New International Tennis Federation President Dave Haggerty is now part of the Tennis Industry Association's Global Council. In addition, Steve Simon, who became CEO of the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) in October, is the newest member of the TIA Board of Directors.
As Cardio Tennis turns 10 years old, the “third way to play tennis” has reached some true milestones. While Cardio Tennis has grown to nearly 1.7 million participants in the U.S., the program has also been growing around the world and is now in more than 30 countries.
PlaySight, a tennis video and analytics company, has joined the Tennis Industry Association. As a new Tech Partner of the TIA, PlaySight creates a product that players, facilities, coaches and other groups in tennis can use to enhance and expand the tennis-playing experience.
This November and December, the USTA is spearheading the testing of “Rally the Family” messaging in selected markets across the country. The nationwide campaign is scheduled to roll out to consumers in March. Rally the Family focuses on tennis for all ages, using lower compression Red, Orange and Green tennis balls, shorter courts, shorter racquets and modified scoring, along with a focus on family spending time together in fun and healthy activities.
Cardio Tennis, launched in 2005 by the TIA in conjunction with the USTA, now has more than 1.6 million Americans taking part in this successful health and fitness program.
The tennis industry and PHIT America are combining efforts to help promote the sport of tennis and increase physical activity throughout the country. Tennis facilities, tournaments, organizations, CTAs, teaching pros, etc. will soon be able to designate PHIT America as an official charity for their local tournaments and events.
Registration is now open for the 2016 Tennis Owners & Managers (T.O.M.) Conference, which will be March 23-25 in Miami during the Miami Open pro tournament. To register for the conference, and to take advantage of a discounted rate at the Hilton Downtown Miami and tickets for conference attendees to the Miami Open, visit TheTomConference.com.
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.
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.
One of the programs designed to bring adults into the game—and perfect for the Rally the Family campaign—is Play Tennis Fast (PTF), which is designed as six one-hour "Play To Learn” group socials that use low-compression ROG balls and shorter courts to introduce or welcome back adult players to tennis.