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Q3 ‘Bumpy’ for Equipment, But Some Optimistic Signs

The third quarter of 2015 was bumpy for the tennis marketplace overall, with only strings and ROG tennis balls growing in wholesale shipments. Racquet unit shipments continue to lag, although pro/specialty retailers showed minor growth in racquet unit sales. However, there appears to be some early signs of overcoming the rust from issues in the greater shipment environment that nagged the industry in 2014 and continued into 2015.

USTA Names Executive Team for USTA National Campus in Florida

The United States Tennis Association (USTA) announced three moves for the executive staff at the new USTA National Campus, which is being constructed in Orlando, Fla.  Kurt Kamperman will become Chief Executive, Community Tennis and USTA National Campus.  Craig Morris has been hired as General Manager, Community Tennis and Youth Tennis.  Tim Cass has been hired as General Manager, USTA National Campus.

 

PHIT Act Gets Breakthrough Support in Congress

Americans may soon see relief from the increasing costs and expenses to get physically active and healthy, with the announcement from U.S. Senate leaders in support of the PHIT Act, the top legislative priority for PHIT America and the Sports & Fitness Industry Association. Last week, the PHIT Act received the support it needs from four U.S. Senators—two Republicans and two Democrats—who are now committed to supporting the PHIT Act.  

TIA Conducting Annual Tennis Facility, Business and Retail Census

Verifying your facility, business and retail information for the industry’s annual census is an important activity of the TIA to keep current information on courts, program, retail and more. A “snapshot” of information was delivered to industry inboxes this week. For providers of programs, the information helps supply consumer search websites including PlayTennis.com, YouthTennis.com, CardioTennis.com and more.

‘Rally the Family’ Campaign Prep Under Way for Spring Consumer Launch

Plans for “Rally the Family,” a new industry-wide campaign announced during the US Open that is designed to bring more players into the sport of tennis, continue to be refined in preparation for testing in select markets this fall and winter. The new family tennis initiative is expected to be rolled out to consumers in March.

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‘Play Tennis Fast’ Offers Perfect Intro for Adults

One of the programs designed to bring adults into the game—and perfect for the Rally the Family campaign—is Play Tennis Fast (PTF), which is designed as six one-hour "Play To Learn” group socials that use low-compression ROG balls and shorter courts to introduce or welcome back adult players to tennis.

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