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MPs and peers are launching a new Commission aimed at increasing levels of physical activity among children following new poll data showing that UK parents are concerned over the lack of physical activity in children with 70% doing less than the recommended weekly amount.
This first ever Commission on Physical Activity, chaired by politicians from across the political spectrum, including Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, Charlotte Leslie MP, Julian Huppert MP, and Barbara Keeley MP, is confronting the urgent issue of physical inactivity in children in the UK; and is supported by the British Heart Foundation, Sustrans, the Premier League, the Lawn Tennis Association, Nike, The Young Foundation, Lord Sebastian Coe, as well as a number of high profile sportsmen and women such as world class athletes Mark Cavendish and Dai Greene.
Serena Williams stamped her authority at the last to end the best season of her career with her 11th title of the year in coming from behind to beat Li Na 2-6 6-3 6-0 at the TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships in Istanbul, Turkey.
She successfully defended her year-end title despite showing signs of fatigue, becoming the first player to do so since Justine Henin in 2007.
In a statement, the ITF has announced that Marin Cilic has been cleared to play in next week's Paris Masters after his doping ban was reduced from nine months to four.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport ("CAS") partially upheld the Cilic appeal against the decision of the independent tribunal in September, which had determined that the Croatian should be suspended from competing on the ATP Tour for a period of 9 months, commencing from 1 May 2013 under Article C.1 of the Tennis Anti-Doping Programme (presence of a Prohibited Substance in player's sample).
Prince, a leading manufacturer and distributor of performance racquet sports equipment, footwear and apparel, announced from its headquarters in Bordentown, New Jersey in the USA this week the release of their ‘Fall 2013 Racquet Collections', including a Classics Series and new performance models featuring their latest technological innovation Extreme String Pattern (ESP) Technology.
"This is an extremely important launch for Prince as it marks the beginning of a new era for the brand and especially for the Prince Consumer product strategy," said Mike Ballardie, CEO of Prince Global Sports.
The ATP is bringing fans closer than ever to its flagship tournament, the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, and re-shaping the way content is consumed from the season finale with the launch of a new and innovative website, designed and built in collaboration with digital agency Lightmaker, ahead of the 4 November start of the US$6 million event at The O2 in London.
Providing consistency in design and functionality across multiple devices and screen sizes, the responsive-design www.BarclaysATPWorldTourFinals.com will also showcase Holding Court Live presented by Barclays.
The Lawn Tennis Association has announced a four year extension to its partnership with Babolat, one of the world's leading tennis equipment brands, who first joined the LTA's commercial programme in 2009.
As the Official Equipment Supplier to the LTA, Babolat will provide technical, product and stringing support across the organisation, including via the Babolab at the National Tennis Centre in Roehampton.
Caroline Wozniacki won the BGL BNP Paribas Luxembourg tournament on Sunday and narrowly missed making the last place at the season-ending TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships, which starts today, Tuesday, in Istanbul.
The Dane criticised the WTA for bending the rules when they awarded Germany's Angelique Kerber a late-minute wild card into the recent Generali Ladies Linz in Austria.
After months of uncertainty, the major development pan for the expansion of Roland Garros, home of the French Championships has been approved in Paris.
The plans, which include a retractable roof over the Philippe Chatrier show court and were challenged by locals, will be allowed to go forward, the Administrative Court of Paris ruled on Thursday.
Looking relaxed and fit, Andy Murray arrived at Buckingham Palace on Thursday to be invested with the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for his services to tennis.
He was accompanied by his proud parents, Judy and Willie, and long-time girlfriend, Kim Sears, and the group arrived in a chauffeur driven people carrier.
The Lawn Tennis Association has announced a four year extension to its partnership with Nike, the world's leading sports footwear and apparel brand.
The new deal takes effect in January and sees Nike, who joined the LTA's commercial programme in 2009, step up from official supplier status to become an official partner of all levels of British tennis.