A Farewell From The Tennis Nerds!

It is a bittersweet moment for The Tennis Nerds! After over three years of being engulfed in tennis coverage, the time has come for the next step in my career.

For those that may not know, this site as well as all social media accounts were founded by myself, Joey Hanf. As a recent graduate from Ithaca College, I have spent much of this year applying, interviewing and weighing work options. I am very excited to announce that I have accepted an offer and will be starting very soon with Cliff Drysdale Management in the Marketing department. Many of you will know Cliff Drysdale, who is a former elite pro and now tennis analyst and commentator on ESPN. I am very excited about the opportunities ahead, and am very thankful to be working inside the tennis industry; something I’m truly passionate about.

The Tennis Nerds began as a simple blog with little direction, but soon began to take off and give me some of the best experiences of my life. In the podcast embedded above, I talk about how everything began, what I learned and finally look back on my favorite moments. I also give an important thanks to many who have helped me get to where I am now.

Thanks to everyone who has followed and read my content over the last few years, whether it be on this website, twitter or elsewhere. Your engagement and shared passion for tennis is what made this outlet so meaningful. As always, if you want to get in contact with me, follow me on twitter (@TheTennisNerds) or shoot me an email: joey.hanf@gmail.com.

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Update: TTN is Back!

Hello fellow tennis nerds!

You’ve probably noticed by now the extreme lack of posts in recent months. I just finished my Junior year in college, and this semester was probably the busiest school year in my life. Along with a lot of upper level classes, I was working with Cornell Tennis and had very little free time on my hands. I’m really loving college tennis these days, and to experience that atmosphere first hand was a very rewarding experience.

BUT. I have still been watching an incredible amount of pro tennis, and if you follow me on twitter(you should) you’ll know that I’ve been very active on that platform.

That being said, I’m very excited to announce that I will be back to posting (excellent) content on a regular basis this summer. I’m not sure how many tournaments I’ll be able to get to, but I can tell you that I will be at the US Open for an extended period of time, and would like to cover at least one other North American hard court event.

So get excited, because TTN is back! I’m really looking forward to the action at Roland Garros, Wimbledon and the summer hard court series. These next 3-4 months are truly the best time to be a tennis fan, and I’m happy to be back writing and discussing the greatest sport in the world with you guys.

What are you guys, the readers, looking forward to the most during this summer tennis season?

The Tennis Nerds as Credentialed Media–Heading East for US Open Series

This is something I’ve been waiting to share for months now. I wasn’t able to make it official because so many things had to happen in order to have this opportunity. But the wait is no longer, and I, Joey Hanf, managing editor and founder of tennisnerds.com, am extremely excited to announce that The Tennis Nerds has been approved to cover the BB&T Atlanta Open as credentialed media.

The opening tournament for the US Open Series, Atlanta is held from July 19-27th, and the 2014 field is the strongest it has had in years. Top Americans John Isner, Sam Querrey and company are joined by high flying Frenchman Gael Monfils and Richard Gasquet. Other notable players include Lleyton Hewitt, Kevin Anderson, and Radek Stepanek. Full player list here.

I have the great opportunity to cover the tournament for 5 days, from the 21-25th. I’ve been to professional tournaments before, but never as credentialed media. This allows me access into press conferences and the media room, which will be of great help in my quest to create the most interesting and compelling content for you, the reader. I’ll do my best to secure as many interviews as I can, and hopefully I’ll get the chance to talk to many young Americans.

Also, although I cannot 100% guarantee it, I am also planning on covering the Citi Open in Washington DC, a 500 event held the following week. A couple things need to be confirmed before I can make that official.

What does this mean? Well, first off, I’ll be updating this site daily, if not multiple times per day. I want to get as much work done as possible while still enjoying the tennis and the city. Second, I’m going to do my best as an amateur photographer to secure a great photo gallery for the site.

A lot of thanks are in order for making this trip happen. First off, Ricky Dimon of The Grandstand has been a huge help in the entire process, and none of this would be possible without him. I will also be writing for The Grandstand during my travels, and I often contribute to the site, so I highly suggest you guys check it out. Next, my parents, who are not only helping me pay for college(entering my junior year), but also supporting me in this trip across the country. I’ll be driving with my dad from California to Atlanta, and then I’ll be on my own up the East Coast before I settle it at my house in Ithaca, New York. I go to Ithaca College, and obvious shout-out is in order for the Bombers, and our amazing journalism program.

Finally, I owe most of this to all of you who read and comment on my articles, and interact with me on twitter.(If you don’t follow me yet, you should) Without the awesome support from my readers none of this would be possible. It’s always been a goal of mine to cover a tournament as media, but it makes it even more special that I’ll be doing so for my own website.

So, with this exciting news, I pose a challenge for you guys. What are interested in reading? Who do you want to hear from? I will do my best to cover as much as I can, and would love if you guys could comment any suggestions for content.