Tex Hollywood - July 28, 2023
Rachel Stuhlman is basically the Paige Spirinac of tennis. She realized that she was a good tennis player, just not good enough to be pro, but good enough to be taken seriously by people within the industry, allowing her to be a person within the industry, whether as a host or marketing publicist type, only to realize she looks really good on camera too, so why not take a page out of Paige's book and Glamour model her way through tennis.
She is currently an ambassador for a new enough league called the UTS Tour, the idea is that it is a modern take on tennis
UTS stands for Ultimate Tennis Showdown and this is what they describe it as on their site:
Ultimate Tennis Showdown (UTS) is the world’s newest, most exciting, innovative tennis league, playing an entirely reinvented game format. The year-round league was founded by Patrick Mouratoglou, who previously coached WTA legend Serena Williams and is now the coach of 2-time grand slam champion Simona Halep and young Danish star Holger Rune.
In addition, Patrick also mentors several promising players, including Stefanos Tsitsipas, Coco Gauff, and Alexei Popyrin. UTS introduces a modern format consisting of 40-minute intense matches, a lightened code of conduct, and unique novelties.
For instance, UTS cards strongly emphasize strategy and add to the suspense. Live coaching and mid-match interviews allow fans to get inside the player’s minds and immerse into their universe. UTS organised its first events proof of concept following the Covid-19 lockdown.
World-famous players that have already participated include Daniil Medvedev, Taylor Fritz, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Matteo Berrettini, Alexander Zverev, and many more. In 2023, UTS returns with four events worldwide.
The first three events will occur in the US, Europe, and Asia. Finally, a Grand Final will be held in December in the Middle East.
Schulman's posted her 5 reasons she's into the UTS and why you should be into it too:
1) The overall environment- a DJ playing music the entire time, fans cheering/walking to their seats whenever they want, the players engaging with the crowd
2) I’ve never seen a tennis match/event where fans were attentive and excited the ENTIRE time
3) Loved watching the pros show their fun and hilarious personalities in ways they wouldn’t be able to during traditional tennis matches
4) The format: 6 matches a day, four 8-minute quarters, one serve, three point bonus card, no warm up.. among other things… it was fast paced and the perfect amount of tennis
5) How great this is for the sport. The tour schedule is long and serious. This is a perfect small break in the calendar for players to have some fun and also great prize $. Also in this day and age attention spans are short. UTS makes tennis fun and fast paced in a way thats easy and interactive for general sports fans to digest and get/stay excited about the game
Here's her video recap of the event:
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