The tennis marketplace continued to struggle through the third quarter of 2016, as racquet units at both wholesale and pro/specialty declined, as did ball and string wholesale shipments.
Throughout the summer and fall, the TIA hosted a free series of educational webinars for the industry on a variety of important business topics. Nearly 2,000 people signed up for a webinar in the series, and recordings of the webinars are available online at TennisIndustry.org/webinars.
The Cardio Tennis staff is in the process of setting its training courses for 2017. Currently on the calendar are Level 1 and Level 2 training courses, along with other training and appearances at national events. Go to CardioTennis.com to check the current schedule and sign up for a training course near you.
Registration is now open for the fourth annual Tennis Owners & Managers (T.O.M.) Conference, presented by the TIA, which will be March 27-29 at Rosen Shingle Creek resort in Orlando, Fla., with a site visit to the USTA National Campus. Register at TheTOMConference.com.
Since taking on the role of Health & Wellness Advisor for the Tennis Industry, Dr. Jack Groppel has been busy spreading the message of health, fitness, wellness and tennis at meetings and conferences across the country.
Cardio Tennis Global Education Director Michele Krause traveled to Singapore in late October to deliver a Cardio Tennis Training Course at the Tanglin Academy. The Level 1 Training Course, which was hosted by PTR Southeast Asia, drew 19 tennis coaches from Singapore and Malaysia.
The USTA announced the election of Katrina M. Adams as USTA Chairman of the Board, CEO and President to serve a second two-year term beginning Jan. 1, 2017. This marks the first time in the association’s 135 year history that an individual will serve a second two-year term as Chairman of the Board, CEO and President
Wearable technology will again be the top fitness trend in the coming year, according to an annual fitness trend forecast by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), which surveys exercise professionals. The results were released in the article “Worldwide Survey of Fitness Trends for 2017” published Oct. 26 in the November/December issue of ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal.
WTA CEO Steve Simon announced the launch of WTA Networks, a new digital media and marketing division that will deliver tennis fans with the highest-quality, on and off-the-court content available anywhere. WTA Networks will completely revamp the WTA’s owned and controlled channels, wtatennis.com and branded social channels. The new digital and social content platform, creative look and feel and enhanced user experience will launch on Jan. 1 at www.wtatennis.com and via a mobile app for Apple and Android smartphones and tablets.
U.S. children are in terrible shape. According to a recent report, U.S. children rank 47th in the world in overall physical fitness, based on a series of 20-meter shuttle runs (aka, The Beep Test) conducted with more than 1.1 million children from 50 countries. Yes, U.S. kids barely crack the top 50 in global fitness.