The 11th Annual TIA Tennis Forum will be held in New York City on Monday, Aug. 27, the first day of play at the US Open. The Forum is slated to run from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at the Grand Hyatt New York on 42nd Street and Lexington Avenue.
The USTA announced that it will rename the USTA Girls’ 18s and 16s National Championships presented by adidas and the USTA Intersectional Team Championships, for boys’ and girls’ in the 16s and 14s age groups, in honor of tennis icon Billie Jean King.
The third edition of the Tennis Industry Innovation Challenge—a “Shark Tank”-like competition to identify the most innovative and creative product or service in the tennis industry—took place this week during the Tennis Owners & Managers (TOM) Conference in Charleston, S.C., and the winner was Tweener Lighting, a unique LED lighting system that attaches to existing fencing around tennis and other sport courts.
The USTA announced it will host the second annual USTA All-American College Combine for American juniors June 18-21 at the USTA National Campus at Lake Nona in Orlando, with an expanded, level-based singles tournament and reduced-cost registration.
Among the bright spots in the most recent annual tennis participation study by the Physical Activity Council (PAC) is a 1.0 percent increase in youth tennis players to 4.57 million and a 4.5 percent increase in Cardio Tennis players to 2.22 million over the past year.
On April 20, the sport of tennis will showcase the “Million Calorie Burn,” where the goal is for participants to burn a combined 1 million calories—with a focus on Cardio Tennis and including all the tennis programming on the 100-court USTA National Campus in Orlando, Fla.
To help showcase the sport of tennis and its health benefits, tennis industry partners are working together to promote May as “Play Tennis Month.” At least 1,500 tennis facilities around the U.S. are expected to participate in Play Tennis Month, offering thousands of tennis programs and events—all with a goal of helping to get people moving and playing tennis.
Tennis is the latest sport to host an esports tournament after French Open organizer Roland Garros announced its first gaming tournament, which will give gamers a chance to attend one of the biggest tennis events of the year. The tournament will be sponsored by the French Open's main partner, multinational banking group BNP Paribas and will be called the 'Roland-Garros e-series by BNP Paribas.'
Verizon Digital Media Services has been selected by Tennis Channel to power the Tennis Channel app’s video delivery. The Tennis Channel app offers live tennis matches and tennis-related VOD content to fans around the world.
The sport of tennis will be reaching new heights in 2018 when the USTA and NASA astronaut A.J. ‘Drew’ Feustel attempts a tennis match in space, powered by Net Generation. On March 21, 2018, Feustel, along with compatriot and fellow NASA astronaut Ricky Arnold and crewmate Oleg Artemyev of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, blasted off into space as members of Expedition 55.