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Tennis Industry Magazine Names 2014 'Champions of Tennis'

Bahram Akradi, the founder, president and CEO of the Life Time Fitness chain of clubs, has been named “Person of the Year” for 2014 by Tennis Industry magazine in the publication’s January 2015 issue. Akradi led off the magazine’s 14th annual “Champions of Tennis Awards,” which honors people, businesses and organizations dedicated to improving the sport and business of tennis.

Speakers, Agendas Take Shape for Indian Wells Events

Tennis industry executives and experts, legends, pros, coaches and other personalities are confirming their attendance and participation in two key industry events coming up in Indian Wells, Calif., in March—the TIA Tennis Summit (March 17-18), and the Tennis Owners & Managers Conference (March 18-19), both to be held at the Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa.

T.O.M. Conference Agenda Takes Shape

The agenda and speaker lineup for the 2015 Tennis Owners & Managers (T.O.M.) Conference, scheduled for March 18-19 in Indian Wells, Calif., continues to take shape as experts in tennis facility management, programming, marketing, personnel, and other areas confirm sessions designed to help facility owners and managers maximize their bottom line. The second annual T.O.M. Conference will be at the Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa, a few minutes away from the 2015 BNP Paribas Open men’s and women’s tournament taking place at the same time.

TIA 2014: The Year in Review

2014 has been an exciting year for the Tennis Industry Association, which celebrated its 40th anniversary working collaboratively with industry businesses and organizations to grow the sport and the business of tennis. With the “tennis economy” remaining stable, tennis participation saw an uptick in number of players, and tennis executives and providers flocked to several TIA-produced industry gatherings designed to spur growth. Challenges, of course, still remain, but thanks to the efforts of thousands in this industry, the TIA continues to take steps toward long-term growth for all stakeholders.

Seles & Sabatini set to Square Off at 2015 BNP Paribas Showdown

Tennis legends Monica Seles and Gabriela Sabatini will face each other in a 25th anniversary rematch of their famed 1990 five-set WTA Championship final in the 2015 BNP Paribas Showdown, it was announced today.  Roger Federer, who last month led Switzerland to their first-ever Davis Cup championship, will face Grigor Dimitrov and headline the annual tennis showcase on Tuesday, March 10 at Madison Square Garden.

88 Million ‘Shopped Small’ at Local Retailers on Nov. 29

Shoppers across the nation showed strong support for local independent businesses, including tennis retailers, on Small Business Saturday. About 88 million consumers “Shopped Small” on Nov. 29, up 14.9 percent from a year ago, according to the results from the Small Business Saturday Consumer Insights Survey, released by the National Federation of Independent  Business (NFIB) and American Express.

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