In recognition of their generous and longtime service to the sport of tennis, four dedicated industry leaders and volunteers were recently honored by the International Tennis Hall of Fame, in a special awards presentation at the USTA Annual Meeting.
USTA Player Development has officially added high-performance wheelchair tennis to its organizational structure, marking a full integration of high-performance wheelchair tennis into USTA Player Development for the first time ever.
The ITF and Kosmos Tennis have announced the schedule for the Davis Cup Finals, taking place in Madrid from 18 to 24 November. The group stage ties will take place Monday to Thursday. One quarter-final will be played on Thursday evening while the other three will be played on Friday, followed by the semi-finals on Saturday and the final on Sunday 24 November. All matches are best of three sets, with two singles and doubles match.
While the most recent tennis participation figures indicate an overall increase in the number of U.S. tennis players for 2018—up 0.9 percent to 17.84 million—a deeper dive into the numbers show continuing challenges facing tennis, and the sports industry overall.
The USTA Texas Section intends to bring its headquarters and facilities to the Indigo Ridge Mixed Use Development in the City of Cedar Park, north of Austin, Texas. The planned Tennis Campus will include approximately 40 outdoor tennis courts, 6 to 8 indoor tennis courts, a stadium court, and related amenities for training, development, and competition.
Professional Pickleball Registry (PPR) and Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) is pleased to announce the creation of PickTEN, a revolutionary program aimed at growing both pickleball and tennis.
ATP and Dunlop announced a new, five-year partnership that will see Dunlop
become the Official Ball of the ATP Tour and the Nitto ATP Finals beginning in 2019.
Slinger Bag, makers of the world's most portable tennis ball launcher, announced that Mike Ballardie has been named CEO of the company. Ballardie brings to Slinger Bag his extensive market knowledge and brand leadership experience in the global tennis industry including most recently as CEO of Prince, one of the world's leading tennis brands.
The New York Empire selected WTA veteran Kirsten Flipkens with the first overall pick during the annual World TeamTennis draft on Tuesday, and top Americans Venus Williams, John Isner, Sam Querrey, Mike and Bob Bryan and former world No. 1 player Victoria Azarenka will also return to WTT this summer.
The Sports & Fitness Industry Association (SFIA)applauds congressional efforts to reintroduce the Personal Health Investment Today (PHIT) Act in both the House of Representatives and the Senate. On Wednesday, March 6, PHIT Act lead sponsors, Senator John Thune (R-SD) and Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT), reintroduced the bill in the Senate (S.680); and on Tuesday, March 12, PHIT lead sponsors, Congressman Ron Kind (D-WI) and Congressman Mike Kelly (R-PA) reintroduced the bill in the House (H.R. 1679).