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USTA TO CREATE THE NEW HOME FOR AMERICAN TENNIS AT LAKE NONA IN ORLANDO, FLA.

The United States Tennis Association (USTA) today announced its plans to create the new home for American tennis, a state-of-the-art facility at Lake Nona area in Orlando, Fla., that will enhance the sport at every level.  The 100-plus court tennis center, which will house the USTA’s Community Tennis and Player Development divisions, will be divided into dedicated areas that will focus on the complete tennis pathway – from the youngest players, to recreational players, to collegians, to future professional players, and to professional tour level players.  The target completion date is the fourth quarter of 2016.

Find Places to 'Try Tennis for Free' at PlayTennis.com

As more Americans look to stay active and healthy in a fun, social environment, the tennis industry is coming together to offer a way to get into "the sport for a lifetime" for free. By visiting PlayTennis.com throughout the month of May, consumers can find tennis facilities and teaching professionals in their areas offering "Try Tennis for Free" events for beginners and returning tennis players.

Unprecedented Industry Support Makes PlayTennis.com the 'One-Stop-Shop' for Bringing Players Into Tennis

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.

W.Va. Sports Editor Wins Inaugural TIA ‘Tennis Media Award’

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.

Leading Experts, Successful Club Owners Offer Key Insights at Tennis Owners & Managers Conference

The inaugural Tennis Owners & Managers Conference, presented by the Tennis Industry Association in Charleston, S.C., in early April, brought together leading experts in club and facility management and programming to provide practical information and key “takeaways” to help tennis facility owners and managers become more competitive and profitable.

Net Tension Amendment Approved by USTA

The USTA Board of Directors, during the annual meeting in mid-March in California, approved an amendment to “Friend at Court” that recommends a net cord tension of between 400 and 450 pounds, with the tension of all nets at a facility to be within 25 pounds of each other. The amendment will take effect Jan. 1, 2015, and be in the 2015 edition of “Friend at Court.”

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