Tennis, anyone? Site run by Bellevue company matches players
What: Tennis Round, Bellevue Who: Alex Marinov, 34, co-founder. Mission: Help tennis players find other players and make tennis more accessible...
What: Tennis Round, Bellevue
Who: Alex Marinov, 34, co-founder.
Mission: Help tennis players find other players and make tennis more accessible for players of all levels.
Employees: 6 (all co-founders)
Financials: The privately held company does not discuss its financial matters.
Frustration born: A couple of years ago, Marinov moved to Miami Beach. He went to a tennis club to see if he could find partners with whom to play. The nearby club had a "ladder" on the wall of people who were interested in playing competitively, with their names and phone numbers listed.
But, said Marinov, "the club couldn't even print out the ladder. And there was no website. I kid you not. I sat there writing them down like a monkey. It was too much work."
Connecting players: The website — www.tennisround.com — allows users to search for players and facilities by Zip code and city. So far, more than 500 players have registered with the site, which launched in August. Players can view other players' age, gender and tennis rating, and invitations to play can be sent by simply clicking on the Invite button.
Free for now: Tennis Round is currently a free service, though Marinov says the company is planning to charge small fees for regular users of the site. "You might be able to line up one or two matches for free. After that, there will be a small fee," Marinov said.
Future goals: Apart from expanding the site's user base, Marinov said that the next priority is adding photos of players to the listings. And eventually, the site will support scheduling of matches directly on the site. "It will be a virtual concierge," Marinov said.
— Patrick Marshall