Virgil Christian, the director of market development for the U.S. Tennis Association (USTA), has been named “Person of the Year” for 2013 by Tennis Industry magazine in the publication’s January 2014 issue. Christian led off the magazine’s 13th annual “Champions of Tennis Awards,” which honors people, businesses and organizations dedicated to improving the sport and business of tennis.
With the launch of PlayTennis.com and the industry's concentrated efforts to drive traffic to the site, it is more important than ever to get your retail information posted or up-to-date in the GrowingTennis System managed by the TIA. The tennis industry is driving consumers to PlayTennis.com so they can quickly and easily find places to play, search for tennis retailers, connect with tennis teaching professionals, and find tennis programming in their area. The key portal to get listed on this consumer site is at www.GrowTennis.com.
NRF expects sales in the months of November and December to marginally increase 3.9 percent to $602.1 billion, over 2012’s actual 3.5 percent holiday season sales growth. The forecast is higher than the 10-year average holiday sales growth of 3.3 percent.
The latest retail buzzword is “webrooming,” which describes a fast-growing phenomenon that retailers should come to like—when customers research a product online, then purchase it in a brick-and-mortar store. It’s the opposite of “showrooming,” where consumers browse in a store, then buy online.
The American Sports Builders Association (ASBA), the national organization for builders and suppliers of materials for athletic facilities, has announced the winners of its annual awards. Awards are presented each year to facilities built by ASBA members, which best exemplify construction excellence.
In March, the USTA and the tennis industry will host USTA Tennis Play Events in celebration of World Tennis Day on March 3. Tennis Play Events are designed to introduce kids to tennis and provide a platform to register children for spring programs. Sports industry studies have shown that an early, positive experience in sports creates a lifelong commitment to an active lifestyle.
Do you have a program that increases sports and fitness participation in your community? Submit your program for consideration and enter the new SGI Get America Moving Challenge contest. To show support for PHIT America, SGI Weekly Intelligence is launching the inaugural Get America Moving Challenge.
Interested in serving on the USTA Board of Directors or USTA Nominating Committee? Applications for the 2015-2016 term are available on USTA .com. The application deadline is Feb. 1, 2014. For a complete listing of details, position descriptions, and the application form, visit www.usta.com/About-USTA/Organization/Committees/ApplicationInstructions/.
In an effort to provide enhanced resources to tournament directors and referees, the USTA has made available “Tournament Data Manager on the Web,” a software application designed to make tournament management easier. Beginning in 2014, all sanctioned tournaments must use the new online version.
The International Tennis Federation and StarGames announced today that the second annual World Tennis Day will take place on Monday, March 3. World Tennis Day will center around a series of high-profile special events, produced by StarGames, featuring current and former professional players. In 2014, the number of cities hosting the special events will include New York, London, Bangkok and Hong Kong.