Despite a strong start to the holiday season in 2013, where pro/specialty retailers saw a 4% increase in racquet units sold and a 7% increase in racquet dollar sales in November, year-end figures were down compared to the previous year. Racquet unit sales in the channel were down significantly in Q1 (-14%), which had a significant impact on total sales for the year as remaining quarters saw smaller losses in units sold.
The International Tennis Federation announced on February 10, 2014, important changes to the ITF Rules of Tennis as they relate to the Green Stage 1 ball and also ITF guidelines related to the use of the Green ball in competitive play at a national level.
Cardio Tennis, now in its ninth year, continues to garner media attention across the country and around the globe. With more than 1.5 million participations in the U.S. and with more than 30 countries delivering the program, media outlets continuously find the Cardio Tennis program a great way to connect with readers about health and fitenss opportunities, as did Debbie Juniewicz of the Dayton Daily News in Dayton, OH.
The IHRSA 2014 Trade Show, March 13-14 at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA will feature more than 350 exhibitors in a dynamic, high-energy environment spread over two full days. You can be the first to try out the newest models of your favorite fitness equipment -- many introduced for the first time at the Show.
The United States Tennis Association (USTA) today announced the launch of an educational curriculum program, “Coach Youth Tennis,” to improve the quality and standards of teaching tennis to kids and enhance the long-term development of children in the sport. The program consists of a series of online courses and a hands-on workshop introducing participants to the fundamentals required for success in working with children ages 10 and under.
Tennis facilities and retailers will soon receive a notice to update information about their business(es) in the "TIA's Facility and Retail Census." Providers will be sent a “snapshot” of the information they currently have posted in the GrowingTennis System, which supplies consumer search websites including PlayTennis.com, YouthTennis.com, CardioTennis.com and more.
An all new design for CareersInTennis.com has been developed to appeal to a younger generation of potential employees for the tennis industry while still maintaining the same great resources employers and previous users of the site have become accustomed to.
Two of the games most prominent names will be in attendance as featured guests of upcoming industry meetings in Indian Wells, CA and Charleston, SC.
Tennis professionals from across the globe who will be attending the 2014 PTR International Tennis Symposium in Hilton Head Island, SC will have the opportunity to partake in free TRX Cardio Tennis sessions on Saturday and Sunday, February 22-23, 2014. Members of the TIA's Cardio Tennis Training team will be on hand to deliver the morning sessions which will begin at 7:15 each day. Pros in attendance of the symposium should reference their welcome packets for specific details on Cardio Tennis class locations.
The USTA and U.S. Davis Cup Captain Jim Courier announced that top-ranked American and world No. 13 John Isner, world No. 51 Sam Querrey and the world’s No. 1 doubles team of Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan will represent the United States in the 2014 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas First Round tie against Great Britain. The best-of-five rubber series will be played on a temporary clay court in left field at Petco Park in San Diego January 31-February 2.