Redefining spectacular. That is how the USTA's vision and motivation was described almost three years ago when plans to build a retractable roof over Arthur Ashe Stadium were first unveiled at a Manhattan hotel. Those ambitious and revolutionary plans came to fruition – witnessing spectacular – on Tuesday, Aug. 2, with the first public demonstration of the $150 million roof opening and closing over the US Open's primary show court. Read the USTA's account of the history-making moment here.
The ninth annual TIA Tennis Forum will be held on Monday, Aug. 29, at the Grand Hyatt New York City, right before play begins at the 2016 US Open. In addition to presenting the latest news and research about the tennis industry, the Forum will include a ceremony honoring the two 2016 inductees into the Tennis Industry Hall of Fame: Eve Kraft and Eugene Scott. Attendees should register at TennisIndustry.org/forum.
Tennis and fitness coaches, expand your business by attending a Cardio Tennis Training Course. Visit CardioTennis.com for more information and to sign up for a course near you.
The TIA, in partnership with the Physical Activity Council (PAC), has released the 2016 Tennis Industry Association Participation Report, which examines tennis participation trends, play frequency, participant profiles, venue information, tennis business spending, fitness & health, tennis fans, cross participation in other sports, and more. The tennis survey is part of an overall PAC online study of more than 100 different sports and activities during 2015.
Dan O’Connor, the founder and CEO of RetailNet Group (RNG), a leading advisory and insights firm that works with large-scale retailers and brand leaders worldwide, will lead a roundtable discussion on Tuesday, Aug. 30, on engaging consumers in today’s retail environment. RNG’s clients include Walmart, Target, Best Buy, and Home Depot, among others. The roundtable is presented by the Tennis Industry Association and is open to manufacturers and retailers.
The ninth annual TIA Tennis Forum—with a focus on addressing the current marketplace, outlining industry efforts under way, and presenting the latest news and trends—will be held on Monday, Aug. 29, at the Grand Hyatt New York City, starting at 8:30 a.m. Please register for the Forum here. The Forum will be followed on Tuesday by a roundtable working session to examine ways to better engage consumers in an age of disruption that is impacting industry businesses, manufacturers and retailers.
Through July, nearly 1,500 people had registered for a webinar in the TIA’s series of educational webinars offered through August. The PTR and USPTA are offering continuing education credits for those who attend the webinars. For more information and the most up to date schedule, and to register for a webinar, visit TennisIndustry.org/webinars.
Dick’s Sporting Goods recently paid $15 million at auction for the Sports Authority brand name as well as additional intellectual property. Dick’s also paid an additional $8 million to take over 31 Sports Authority store leases.
The industry is working together with the U.S. Paddle Tennis Association, which has rebranded its organization to “POP Tennis,” mirroring rules and court sizes adopted by the USTA and ITF.
The TIA will present the fourth annual Tennis Owners & Managers (T.O.M.) Conference March 27-29, 2017, at Rosen Shingle Creek, a 230-acre resort in Orlando, Fla., which will also include a site tour of the new USTA National Campus at Lake Nona. For more information, visit TheTOMConference.com or contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 866-686-3036.