The TIA worked closely with industry partners, USTA, USPTA and PTR to launch a "Try Tennis Free" campaign for May 2015, and then continuing year-round. Industry research shows 65% of players who begin tennis in introductory programming continue with the sport. Facilities and certified tennis professionals were encouraged to sign up at PlayTennis.com and offer a free introductory program, such as a Play Day, Cardio Tennis, etc. to new and returning tennis players.
Thirty select tennis and fitness professionals from across the U.S. took part in the Cardio Tennis Trainer Summit, held at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. At the two-and-a-half-day event, attendees learned the skills and knowledge required to be a TIA Cardio Tennis Trainer.
During the qualifying tennis tournament for the Italian Open in Rome in early May, the Italian Tennis Federation (FIT) hosted a special session at the Vatican with Pope Francis, who used the encounter to speak about sports and tennis as an “educational experience.” The audience with the Pope was the opening session for the 2nd Annual International Tennis Coaches Symposium.
Throughout the month of May, consumers will be encouraged to get out onto the tennis courts through the “Try Tennis Free” campaign. Managed by the Tennis Industry Association (TIA), Try Tennis Free has the support and partnership of the two main tennis-teaching groups in the U.S.—the Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) and the U.S. Professional Tennis Association (USPTA)—along with the U.S. Tennis Association (USTA), the national governing body of tennis.
Your industry needs you … to register a free program offering for the “Try Tennis Free” campaign, which will run throughout the month of May. And, you need “Try Tennis Free” to boost your business and bring in more players and members!
Don’t miss this chance to boost your business and bring more people into tennis with the industry-supported “Try Tennis Free” campaign, which will run throughout the month of May. Sign up now at PlayTennis.com.
“On Court with USPTA,” a series on Tennis Channel, will feature episodes of Cardio Tennis starting on Dec. 7 at 5 p.m. (Eastern). The episodes will include play-based and drill-based activities, including the six components of a Cardio Tennis session.
In October, TIA Cardio Tennis Manager Michele Krause traveled to Shanghai, where she was invited to be a keynote speaker at the PTR China Symposium, held at the Shangai Racket Club.
The TIA and the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association (NSSA) are again working together to help bring to light the many great stories about tennis—those who play, teach, organize, sponsor and promote the game. The TIA will present the Second Annual “Tennis Media Award” to an NSSA member (either a sportswriter or sportscaster) who produces a story judged to be the most informative, interesting, and compelling about the sport of tennis or those involved in the sport.
More than 1.54 million Americans took to the tennis courts last year to participate in the popular and growing Cardio Tennis program, according to the Physical Activity Council (PAC) 2014 Participation Report.