Join industry professionals and colleagues for the 2018 Tennis Teachers Conference, which will be Aug. 24-27 at the Grand Hyatt New York. The event, which is presented by the USTA and the USPTA and also will serve as the USPTA World Conference, will feature educational sessions from more than 30 world class speakers, along with on-court sessions at Sportime at Randall’s Island.
The fourth edition of the popular Tennis Industry Innovation Challenge will take place during the racquet & paddle sports conference in Orlando, Jan. 23-25. Presented by the Tennis Industry Association, the Innovation Challenge is a “Shark Tank”-like competition to identify the most innovative and creative product or service in the tennis industry.
Tennis players, and this industry, can thank both Jim Fromuth and the late Vic Braden for helping to improve their games and grow this sport. Both men will be inducted into the Tennis Industry Hall of Fame on Aug. 27, during the TIA Tennis Forum at the Grand Hyatt in New York City.
Reserve now for the new industry conference that will be Jan. 23-25 in Orlando, which will expand upon and include the TIA’s popular Tennis Owners & Managers Conference. The new “racquet & paddle sports” conference will include an added focus on facilities, innovation and technology. It will also include demo day, with manufacturers and innovators displaying new product for attendees to playtest on the courts at the USTA National Campus.
Don’t miss the 11th annual Tennis Industry Association Tennis Forum, which will be at the Grand Hyatt New York on Monday, Aug. 27, the first day of play at the US Open. The Forum will be from 8 to 9:30 a.m.
In a major step to help overcome the “Inactivity Pandemic” and improve the health of Americans, the U.S. House of Representatives late this afternoon passed the Personal Health Investment Today (PHIT) Act by a bipartisan vote of 277-142. The PHIT Act now moves to the Senate for consideration.
The USTA announced that Rolex has become an official sponsor of the US Open and will serve as the tournament’s Official Timekeeper and Official Timepiece. The new multi-year agreement begins immediately with preparations for the 2018 US Open. Rolex replaces Citizen, which was the official timekeeper of the Open for the last 25 years.
World TeamTennis, the professional team tennis league co-founded by Billie Jean King, announced the selection of Chris Renner as the Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately. The announcement was made by WTT co-owners King, Fred Luddy, and Mark Ein.
The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ways & Means approved the Personal Health Investment Today (PHIT) Act by a vote of 28-6. The PHIT Act will be part of a larger package of health savings account (HSA) reform measures that the full House will vote on later this month.
The USTA, ATP and WTA announced that a series of in-game innovations will be implemented at a number of events taking place within the United States and Canada throughout the summer, including at the 2018 US Open. These rule changes were a result of collaboration and consultation between all three organizations, and are aimed at increasing pace of play and ensuring a consistent set of enforcement standards.