New York, NY (January 3, 2013) – The BNP Paribas Showdown brings tennis back to Madison Square Garden for the sixth time on March 4 featuring Grand Slam champions Serena Williams, Victoria Azarenka, Juan Martin del Potro and Rafael Nadal. Once again, the event will headline a full day of nationwide activities as part of Tennis Night in America, but in 2013, the BNP Paribas Showdown will also be part of a global tennis participation effort on the inaugural World Tennis Day.
This past year has seen exciting developments in the Cardio Tennis program. New technologies and tools have been added to the program offering to help tennis businesses create even more revenue, as well as welcome more people to tennis. Hundreds of new coaches, both in the United States and globally have attended training courses to become Licensed Cardio Tennis professionals. As we look back on our progress for 2012 we are pleased with the growth in the program in other countries and at home, yet we realize there are many opportunities to further enhance Cardio Tennis and we will continue to work on building upon the successes of the past seven years.
This past year was very successful year in terms of training new coaches to deliver the Cardio Tennis program. Hundreds of tennis coaches, both in the US and abroad, attended Cardio Tennis training courses in 2012. To keep the momentum going, ensure quality control and safety, and to continue growth of the program throughout the various regions of the US and the world, a robust schedule of training courses is being developed for 2013. Certified teaching professionals who attended a Cardio Tennis Training workshop also receive CEU's from the PTR and MAP Points from the USPTA. Upon completion of the course will be a licensed cardio tennis professional.
Tennis participation in the U.S. grew 4% in 2012, topping 28 million players for the first time since 2009, according to an annual survey by the U.S. Tennis Association and Tennis Industry Association. It's the second highest total number of players recorded since the survey began in 1988.
TennisIndustry.org, the central information source for the tennis trade, has recently been redeveloped and relaunched by the Tennis Industry Association. The new website not only focuses on providing specified content for the various segments of the industry, but it also consolidates much of the information that previously resided on ancillary sites hosted by the TIA—making TennisIndustry.org a true "one-stop shop" for industry information.
The International Tennis Federation (ITF) announced in November that it has entered into an agreement with StarGames to launch World Tennis Day to help promote tennis participation around the world. The inaugural World Tennis Day will be held on Monday 4 March 2013 as part of the 2013 ITF Centenary activities.
Madison Square Garden was filled with excitement on Nov. 5 as tennis legends Andre Agassi, John McEnroe, Patrick Rafter and Pete Sampras competed in the PowerShares Series. And for one local tennis club, the Yonkers Tennis Center, it was a time to showcase their highly successful 10 and Under Tennis program.
The USTA has released an all new website, YouthTennis.com, to connect tennis providers and consumers to play opportunities for youth tennis. For consumers, it's quick and easy to find an event or a facility in your area, simply by clicking the "find an event" photo and/or button on the homepage of the website. For consumers to find events in their area, such as a Free Tennis Play Day, all they have to do is enter their 5 digit zip code and those events being held close to them are displayed in an easy-to-view format. The sign up process for providers to get their events listed is quick and simple, too.
TennisIndustry.org, the central information source for the tennis trade, has recently been redesigned and is set to launch in mid- to late-November. The new website not only focuses on providing specified content for the various segments of the industry, but it also consolidates much of the information that previously resided on ancillary sites hosted by the TIA—making TennisIndustry.org a true "one-stop shop" for industry information.
TIA Cardio Tennis Manager Michele Krause just finished running an afternoon of Cardio Tennis sessions at the grand opening celebration of the Montgomery TennisPlex in Boyds, Md., outside of Washington, D.C. She finally has a moment to relax before heading to California for the USPTA World Conference, where she and some of the National Cardio Tennis Speakers Team members will put on morning clinics for the attendees and offer a presentation to USPTA pros.