The first quarter of the year has been a busy one here at the Tennis Industry Association as we continue to work towards our mission of promoting the growth and economic vitality of the industry
The USTA Board of Directors, during the annual meeting in mid-March in California, approved an amendment to “Friend at Court” that recommends a net cord tension of between 400 and 450 pounds, with the tension of all nets at a facility to be within 25 pounds of each other. The amendment will take effect Jan. 1, 2015, and be in the 2015 edition of “Friend at Court.”
As more Americans of all ages look to get in shape, lose weight and maintain their fitness, they increasingly turn to technology to help them find, track and organize their activities.
One of the most complete websites dedicated to healthy activity is PlayTennis.com, which helps tennis players and non-players alike get into the game and find programs, lessons, partners, equipment, and much more. And importantly, the most recent independent sports participation research shows that more people are getting out on the tennis courts.
March and April were important times for the TIA, as the association presented major meetings in Indian Wells, Calif., and Charleston, S.C., designed to help spur discussions about growing the industry, participation and profitability.
Every two years the TIA surveys facility owners and managers across the country to develop the Cost of Doing Business Facilities Study. This year's report highlights important trends and benchmarks for this industry segment such as revenue per court, average membership dues, peak/off peak court fees, and more.
This year's Tennis Show promises to be THE gathering place for the tennis industry. Held on Sunday, Aug. 24, at the Grand Hatt New York, in conjunction with the collaborative Tennis Teachers Conference and the day before play starts at the US Open, the Tennis Show 2014 will be a celebration of the sport that will feature an Exhibitor Show, the TIA Tennis Forum, and more.
The Physical Activity Council, a consortium of 6 major trade associations for sports and leisure activities (including the TIA), has published its annual Play Report, which shows growth in Tennis and Cardio Tennis for 2013.
This May, hundreds of tennis facilities and certified teaching professionals across the country will be offering new and returning players an opportunity to get into the game for free during the Try Tennis Free promotion. It's not too late for you to sign up as a participating location - click here to register.
The inaugural Tennis Owners & Managers Conference (T.O.M. Conference), presented by the Tennis Industry Association April 3-4 in Charleston, S.C., brought together leading experts in club and facility management and programming to provide practical information and key “takeaways” to help tennis facility owners and managers become more competitive and profitable.
While Novak Djokovic and Flavia Pennetta were working their way to the singles titles at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Calif., the tennis industry came together for the inaugural Future of Tennis Summit, held during the tournament.