FedEx and UPS will be increasing their shipping rates for the new year, which will affect those at the TIA Associate Membership level and above who use the TIA’s PartnerShip shipping program. The UPS rate increase will take effect Dec. 28 and new FedEx rates will be in effect Jan. 4.
The USTA Nominating Committee is seeking qualified candidates to serve on the 2017-2018 USTA Board of Directors and Nominating Committee. For complete details regarding the nominating process, the timeline, requirements and duties of the USTA Board of Directors and Nominating Committee, and a link to the online application, click here. Application deadline is February 1.
The ATP and Emirates Airline announced a new partnership on Nov. 22 that will see the award-winning airline elevate its status to the Premier Partner of the ATP World Tour starting in 2016. The five-year agreement represents the biggest sponsorship deal in the history of the ATP.
The third quarter of 2015 was bumpy for the tennis marketplace overall, with only strings and ROG tennis balls growing in wholesale shipments. Racquet unit shipments continue to lag, although pro/specialty retailers showed minor growth in racquet unit sales. However, there appears to be some early signs of overcoming the rust from issues in the greater shipment environment that nagged the industry in 2014 and continued into 2015.
The USTA Foundation, the national charitable organization of the USTA, held its inaugural USTA Foundation Los Angeles Pro-Am on November 8 and raised more than $150,000. The USTA Foundation provides grants for programs nationwide for under-resourced youth; individuals with disabilities; and wounded, ill and injured service members, veterans and their families.
The ATP has launched MyATP powered by Vixlet, a social networking app built around passions, connecting tennis fans’ enthusiasm for the ATP World Tour, its players and tournaments like never before.
The United States Tennis Association (USTA) announced three moves for the executive staff at the new USTA National Campus, which is being constructed in Orlando, Fla. Kurt Kamperman will become Chief Executive, Community Tennis and USTA National Campus. Craig Morris has been hired as General Manager, Community Tennis and Youth Tennis. Tim Cass has been hired as General Manager, USTA National Campus.
Americans may soon see relief from the increasing costs and expenses to get physically active and healthy, with the announcement from U.S. Senate leaders in support of the PHIT Act, the top legislative priority for PHIT America and the Sports & Fitness Industry Association. Last week, the PHIT Act received the support it needs from four U.S. Senators—two Republicans and two Democrats—who are now committed to supporting the PHIT Act.
Verifying your facility, business and retail information for the industry’s annual census is an important activity of the TIA to keep current information on courts, program, retail and more. A “snapshot” of information was delivered to industry inboxes this week. For providers of programs, the information helps supply consumer search websites including PlayTennis.com, YouthTennis.com, CardioTennis.com and more.
Plans for “Rally the Family,” a new industry-wide campaign announced during the US Open that is designed to bring more players into the sport of tennis, continue to be refined in preparation for testing in select markets this fall and winter. The new family tennis initiative is expected to be rolled out to consumers in March.