With an ever-increasing obesity epidemic in the U.S., along with 80 million "inactive" Americans, one tennis program—Cardio Tennis—is helping to battle these issues head-on. Developed just nine years ago, Cardio Tennis already has more than 1.54 million participants, and it continues to grow.
On the heels of a major study by the Physical Activity Council (PAC) that shows 80 million Americans remain inactive, the tennis industry has unified behind a “Try Tennis for Free” campaign to get Americans of all ages moving and playing tennis. By visiting PlayTennis.com, consumers can find facilities and teaching pros that offer free sessions for beginners and returning tennis players.
The country’s two main professional tennis-teaching organizations are supporting a new, industry-wide effort to get Americans to “Try Tennis for Free,” by urging their thousands of certified tennis teachers to offer free sessions to beginners and returning tennis players. Consumers can find these free sessions, and more, at PlayTennis.com.
Do you know an outstanding tennis facility in your local area—one with great courts, a great design, impressive construction and excellent tennis programs. Nominate it for a USTA Outstanding Facility Award, which is a great way for a facility to receive local and national recognition, and to help in fund-raising goals.
Chuck McGill, the sports editor for the Charleston (W.Va.) Daily Mail, is the winner of the inaugural Tennis Media Award, presented by the Tennis Industry Association (TIA) in conjunction with the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association (NSSA). McGill will be recognized at the NSSA’s 55th annual NSSA Awards Weekend in Salisbury, N.C., June 7-9.
To help tennis providers manage and grow their businesses, the Tennis Industry Association is partnering with technology development companies that offer “software as a service” (SaaS). The newest partnership is with MyTennisLessons.com (MTL), an online marketplace for tennis lessons that connects tennis instructors with students across the country.
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.
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.
There are countless great stories that can be told about tennis—and about those who play, teach, organize, sponsor and promote the game. To help bring more of these stories to light, the Tennis Industry Association (TIA) and the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association (NSSA) will be working together to give tennis a boost.
A few hours before the first tennis ball was struck at the 2013 US Open, the tennis industry came together at a “State of the Industry” meeting in Manhattan, hosted by the Tennis Industry Association (TIA). Attendees heard from key industry stakeholders covering various segments of the tennis business. The meeting sets the stage for a “Future of Tennis Summit” to be held in March.