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Davenport, Bollettieri Lead 2014 Hall of Fame Inductee Class

Former world No. 1 and 6-time Grand Slam champion Lindsay Davenport has been selected for induction into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. Joining Davenport in the Class of 2014 will be legendary tennis coach Nick Bollettieri, 5-time Paralympic medalist Chantal Vandierendonck, Jane Brown Grimes, who has held executive leadership roles with the WTA, USTA, and the International Tennis Hall of Fame; and British tennis broadcaster and author John Barrett.

Red, Orange, Green Ball Sales Continue Growth in 2013

Since the introduction of collaborative industry efforts and focuses to grow participation in the youth tennis demographic, the manufacturing sector has seen a substantial uptick in the number of red, orange, and green tennis balls sold into various consumer distribution channels. For the year end in 2013, wholesale unit shipments of these balls were up 17% over 2012 and up 375% since they were first tracked by TIA Census Reporting in 2008.

Industry Execs Highlight Future of Tennis Summit Agenda

When the Future of Tennis Summit kicks off in Indian Wells, Calif., on Tuesday, March 11, it will do so with an agenda filled with executives from across a wide variety of tennis industry segments. The two-day Summit has a goal of helping generate ideas and discussions that can put the industry on a pathway to creating more players, more fans, and more consumers of the game.

Racquet Sales at Pro/Specialty Slide in 2013

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.

TIA Conducting Annual Tennis Facility and Retail Census

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.

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