POP Tennis, which is played on 60-foot tennis courts with lower pressure Green-Dot balls and shorter POP tennis (paddle) racquets, continues to gain followers in the U.S. and is poised to spread internationally, says Ken Lindner, the president of the U.S. POP Tennis Association.
Top tennis executives will present the latest research and share plans for growing this industry at the ninth annual TIA Tennis Forum, which will be Monday, Aug. 29, from 8:30 to 10 a.m. at the Grand Hyatt New York City. The Tennis Forum is free to attend, but space is limited so attendees should register at TennisIndustry.org/forum.
Sinclair Broadcasting Corp., which owns Tennis Channel, anticipates increased distribution of the channel following its recently announced deal with Comcast. The multiyear deal saw Comcast agree to pay the broadcasting company a fee to carry its lineup among its offerings to subscribers.
Redefining spectacular. That is how the USTA's vision and motivation was described almost three years ago when plans to build a retractable roof over Arthur Ashe Stadium were first unveiled at a Manhattan hotel. Those ambitious and revolutionary plans came to fruition – witnessing spectacular – on Tuesday, Aug. 2, with the first public demonstration of the $150 million roof opening and closing over the US Open's primary show court. Read the USTA's account of the history-making moment here.
The ninth annual TIA Tennis Forum will be held on Monday, Aug. 29, at the Grand Hyatt New York City, right before play begins at the 2016 US Open. In addition to presenting the latest news and research about the tennis industry, the Forum will include a ceremony honoring the two 2016 inductees into the Tennis Industry Hall of Fame: Eve Kraft and Eugene Scott. Attendees should register at TennisIndustry.org/forum.
The 2016 State of the Industry report is available from the TIA and outlines key research to help tennis industry businesses and organizations. The TIA produces more than 70 annual research reports, and the State of the Industry analyzes this data to determine where this industry has been, where it is now, and where it is going.
Through the TIA, Tennis Channel is offering a 20% discount on annual subscriptions to Tennis Channel Plus through June 5. (Go to tennischannel.com, click Tennis Channel Plus, and use Promo Code TIA20.)
The ATP and Infosys, a global leader in consulting, technology, outsourcing and next-generation services, have launched a new statistical way to measure the best performing ATP World Tour players across three key categories—Serving, Returning and Under Pressure. These new stats and ratings are now live on ATPWorldTour.com.
The USTA has announced that former WTA Chairman and CEO Stacey Allaster has been named Chief Executive, Professional Tennis for the USTA. Allaster will report to USTA Chief Operating Officer and Executive Director Gordon Smith.
Longtime tennis journalist and TV tennis analyst Arthur “Bud” Collins died March 4 at his home in Brookline, Mass. He was 86 years old.