April 10, 2006, the ATP and South African Airways announced a three-year partnership that saw the leading carrier of the African continent become the "Official Airline of the ATP". The multimillion-dollar global partnership coincided with South African Airways formally joining the Star Alliance.
On June 20, 2008, the partnership was extended for a further three and a half years in an agreement worth $20 million. It was also announced that a new ATP World Tour tournament in South Africa would debut in 2009.
As well as remaining the ATP's Official Airline Partner through 2012, the partnership will see the continuation of SAA's sponsorship of several of the ATP World Tour's prestigious international tournaments.
South African Airways also provides ATP players and staff with a special travel benefit program, facilitating the year-round international travel that characterises the global ATP World Tour. Through their membership of the Star Alliance, SAA will provide substantial travel benefits including the "Voyager Platinum" and "Gold Elect" cards for player members.
SAA Umpire Chair in Washington
SAA net judge box in New Haven
SAA judge box at the Shanghai Tennis Masters Cup
Player autograph sessions
Tomas Berdych signs autographs in Stuttgart, Germany
SAA tournament prize winners presented with two business class tickets to South Africa
Juan Martin Del Potro, winner of the 2008 SAA tournament in Stuttgart, receives two business class tickets to South Africa from SAA representative.
Glam Slam Party
August 25, 2006
Pre-US Open Party
New York City, NY
Travel the Tour
ATP Champions Tour:
South African Airways is the Official Airline and the Official Rankings Sponsor of the ATP Champions Tour, which features greats of the game such as John McEnroe, Pete Sampras, Stefan Edberg, Goran Ivanisevic, and Pat Cash.