The inaugural Tennis Owners & Managers Conference, April 3-4, in Charleston, SC, has a line up of some of the industry's leading experts in club and facility management and programming to provide practical information and key "takeaways" that owners and amangers can implement to become more competitive and profitable in the evolving tennis marketplace.
This spring, the TIA will release the fourth edition of its annual State of the Industry report, which analyzes data from the previous year collected through the nearly 80 TIA surveys and research studies and synthesizes this information into a singular easy-to-read report which narrates the story of the tennis industry.
Tennis Channel has released a new app, Tennis Channel Everywhere, allowing fans to watch the channel live 24/7 wherever they want on mobile and tablet devices, as well as their PCs. The app is now available in both the iTunes and Google Play stores.
The 2014 tennis season has officially kicked off in the U.S. and various segments of the trade are supporting a "Restring for Spring" campaign to get consumers into retail stores to "tune-up" their racquets.
Jason Bernstein, senior director of programming and acquisitions at ESPN, is the newest member of the Tennis Industry Association’s Board of Directors. Bernstein oversees digital media programming content acquisitions and scheduling for ESPN’s live multi-screen sports network, ESPN3, and its authenticated networks service, WatchESPN. He is also responsible for the content acquisition and scheduling strategy for ESPN’s tennis business.
Former world No. 1 and 6-time Grand Slam champion Lindsay Davenport has been selected for induction into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. Joining Davenport in the Class of 2014 will be legendary tennis coach Nick Bollettieri, 5-time Paralympic medalist Chantal Vandierendonck, Jane Brown Grimes, who has held executive leadership roles with the WTA, USTA, and the International Tennis Hall of Fame; and British tennis broadcaster and author John Barrett.
Since the introduction of collaborative industry efforts and focuses to grow participation in the youth tennis demographic, the manufacturing sector has seen a substantial uptick in the number of red, orange, and green tennis balls sold into various consumer distribution channels. For the year end in 2013, wholesale unit shipments of these balls were up 17% over 2012 and up 375% since they were first tracked by TIA Census Reporting in 2008.
Todd Martin, who was ranked world No. 4 on the ATP World Tour in the 1990s, has been named CEO-designate of the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum (ITHF) in Newport, R.I. He will succeed Mark L. Stenning, who is stepping down in September after 35 years with the organization and 14 years as CEO.
When the Future of Tennis Summit kicks off in Indian Wells, Calif., on Tuesday, March 11, it will do so with an agenda filled with executives from across a wide variety of tennis industry segments. The two-day Summit has a goal of helping generate ideas and discussions that can put the industry on a pathway to creating more players, more fans, and more consumers of the game.
Cliff Drysdale, a 2013 International Tennis Hall of Fame Inductee, will be the keynote speaker for the 2014 TIA Tennis Owners & Managers Conference in Charleston, S.C., April 3-4, during the Family Circle Cup women's tennis tournament.