Monday, February 07, 2005


From Australian IT Plan to lob messages on court at the tennis.

Too bad they didn't have this available when Amanda Coetzer was playing.

TENNIS fans could send messages to players via screens on court if plans by mobile phone maker Sony Ericsson go ahead.

Last month, the company signed an $US88 million ($113 million) six-year sponsorship deal with the women's game under which the WTA Tour will be renamed the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour.
It is the largest contract in the history of tennis and women's sport.

"We're looking at being able to send SMS messages to screens on-court," Sony Ericsson president Miles Flint says. "It's also feasible to put tennis games and the promotion of the players into phones."

The deal has been welcomed by top players.

"Women's tennis has grown so much from the late 1990s. People know Serena and Venus Williams and Maria Sharapova and everyone by their first names," world number-one Lindsay Davenport says.

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