While overall wholesale ball shipments ticked up slightly for the first six months of 2015, in general tennis equipment shipments into the wholesale market for the first half continued to be a challenge for manufacturers and retailers.
Tennis fans can receive free admission to the US Open grounds on Sept. 10, the second Thursday of the event. The action on the courts will include semifinal matches in men’s and women’s doubles, and the USTA American Collegiate Invitational, which will feature top U.S. collegiate players.
The TIA and USTA have released the updated “Tennis Talking Points” document, which highlights and summarizes a number of topics regarding the tennis industry, with a focus on key messaging. The document, which can be used to help promote tennis locally, is available to view and download at TennisIndustry.org under “media.”
The new edition of “Tennis Courts: A Construction & Maintenance Manual” has just been published and is available from the American Sports Builders Association (ASBA), with a special discount offer through the TIA and ASBA
To help tennis providers manage and grow their businesses, the Tennis Industry Association is partnering with technology development companies that offer “software as a service” (SaaS). The newest partnership is with Coachseek, an online management tool that allows independent tennis contractors to manage their coaching business.
Tennis providers can use the power of Nickelodeon, the No. 1 media brand for kids and parents, to help grow their youth tennis programs in September. The USTA’s partnership with Nickelodeon means the media giant is helping to drive traffic to YouthTennis.com, where parents and kids can find programs and places to play tennis.
Mylan World TeamTennis’ historic 40th season closed out Aug. 2 with the Washington Kastles making history by winning a record fifth consecutive championship title with a 24-18 victory over the Austin Aces in Washington DC. It was the sixth overall championship for the Kastles, tying the mark set by the Sacramento Capitals in 2007.
Plans are in the works for the 2016 Tennis Owners & Managers (T.O.M.) Conference, to be held March 23-25 in Miami, during the Miami Open pro tournament. This third annual T.O.M. Conference builds on the successful event held this past spring in Indian Wells, Calif.
Reserve your spot now for the 8th Annual TIA Tennis Forum, which will be Monday, Aug. 31, at the Grand Hyatt New York City (42nd Street and Lexington Avenue). The Forum, which is free to attend, will be from 8:30 to 9:45 a.m. in Salon V on the Ballroom level. It will also include the Tennis Industry Hall of Fame induction for industry pioneer Peter Burwash.
The Tennis Industry Association has created a new TIA Tech Partner level of membership designed for companies that provide consumer-based software and products to help connect the tennis-playing community. New TIA Tech Partners create software and products that players, facilities, coaches and other groups in tennis can use to enhance and expand the tennis-playing experience.