The United States Tennis Association (USTA) today announced its plans to create the new home for American tennis, a state-of-the-art facility at Lake Nona area in Orlando, Fla., that will enhance the sport at every level. The 100-plus court tennis center, which will house the USTA’s Community Tennis and Player Development divisions, will be divided into dedicated areas that will focus on the complete tennis pathway – from the youngest players, to recreational players, to collegians, to future professional players, and to professional tour level players. The target completion date is the fourth quarter of 2016.
According to the most recent study from the Physical Activity Council (PAC), 80.2 million Americans age 6 and up, or 27.6%, were physically inactive in 2013. This is a decrease of 0.4% from 2012 where 80.4 million, or 28%, of the population were inactive.
As more Americans look to stay active and healthy in a fun, social environment, the tennis industry is coming together to offer a way to get into "the sport for a lifetime" for free. By visiting PlayTennis.com throughout the month of May, consumers can find tennis facilities and teaching professionals in their areas offering "Try Tennis for Free" events for beginners and returning tennis players.
One of the most complete websites dedicated to healthy activity is PlayTennis.com, which helps tennis players and non-players alike get into the game and find programs, lessons, partners, equipment, and much more. And importantly, the most recent independent sports participation research shows that more people are getting out on the tennis courts.
Chuck McGill, the sports editor for the Charleston (W.Va.) Daily Mail, is the winner of the inaugural Tennis Media Award, presented by the Tennis Industry Association (TIA) in conjunction with the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association (NSSA). McGill will be recognized at the NSSA’s 55th annual NSSA Awards Weekend in Salisbury, N.C., June 7-9.
To help tennis providers manage and grow their businesses, the Tennis Industry Association is partnering with technology development companies that offer “software as a service” (SaaS). The newest partnership is with MyTennisLessons.com (MTL), an online marketplace for tennis lessons that connects tennis instructors with students across the country.
The inaugural Tennis Owners & Managers Conference, presented by the Tennis Industry Association in Charleston, S.C., in early April, brought together leading experts in club and facility management and programming to provide practical information and key “takeaways” to help tennis facility owners and managers become more competitive and profitable.
The first quarter of the year has been a busy one here at the Tennis Industry Association as we continue to work towards our mission of promoting the growth and economic vitality of the industry
The USTA Board of Directors, during the annual meeting in mid-March in California, approved an amendment to “Friend at Court” that recommends a net cord tension of between 400 and 450 pounds, with the tension of all nets at a facility to be within 25 pounds of each other. The amendment will take effect Jan. 1, 2015, and be in the 2015 edition of “Friend at Court.”
The American Sports Builders Association, in conjunction with Tennis Industry magazine, is accepting applications through June 2 for its prestigious Facility Awards Program. Winners will be featured in TI magazine in 2015 issues.