Donald Tisdel, a longtime member of the USTA board of directors, has been named “Person of the Year” for 2016 by Tennis Industry magazine in the publication’s January 2017 issue. Tisdel led off the magazine’s 16th annual “Champions of Tennis Awards,” which honors people, businesses and organizations dedicated to improving the sport and business of tennis.
A just-released study suggest that regularly playing racquet sports such as tennis can help stave off death, while sports such as soccer and running may not help people live longer. The study of more than 80,000 people by Oxford University and researchers in Finland and Australia indicated people who played racquet sports regularly were least likely to die over the nine-year study period, reducing their individual risk by 47 percent compared to people who did not exercise.
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.
The USTA Southern Section has released the 28-page online publication “Making Tennis Matter: A USTA Southern Facility Toolkit,” aimed at supporting Community Tennis Associations, facility owners, municipal leaders and grassroots advocates as they work to build more tennis courts in local communities.
Dr. Jack Groppel, an internationally recognized authority and pioneer in the science of human performance, will become the Health & Wellness Advisor for the Tennis Industry. As the representative and spokesperson for the Tennis Industry Association Board of Directors, Dr. Groppel will work with industry partners, including the USTA, SFIA, IHRSA and others, on strategies to best convey the health and fitness messaging of tennis.
For the second straight school year, PHIT America and the Sports & Fitness Industry Association (SFIA) are pleased to announce that tens of thousands of school-age children in the U.S. are being introduced to an active, healthy lifestyle through PHIT America GO! Grants. During the current school year, 118 GO! Grants are being awarded to school-based physical activity programs in 29 states throughout the U.S.
The top officials from the International Tennis Federation (ITF) and U.S. Tennis Association (USTA) will speak to hundreds of industry executives at the ninth annual TIA Tennis Forum, which will be held Monday, Aug. 29, from 8:30 to 10 a.m. at the Grand Hyatt New York City, right before play begins at the 2016 US Open.
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 industry is working together with the U.S. Paddle Tennis Association, which has rebranded its organization to “POP Tennis,” mirroring rules and court sizes adopted by the USTA and ITF.
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.