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Free Play Events Emphasize Family

With an emphasis on reaching and connecting with families, and in celebration of Nickelodeon’s Worldwide Day of Play, the USTA is offering a gift-card incentive for tennis providers who sign up to offer a Free Tennis Play Event for the month of September. Providers should go to YouthTennis.com/Host or call 800-990-8772. The promotion ends Sept. 30.

‘Try Tennis for Free’ Battles Inactive Lifestyles

On the heels of a major study by the Physical Activity Council (PAC) that shows 80 million Americans remain inactive, the tennis industry has unified behind a “Try Tennis for Free” campaign to get Americans of all ages moving and playing tennis. By visiting PlayTennis.com, consumers can find facilities and teaching pros that offer free sessions for beginners and returning tennis players.

Major Tennis Teaching Professionals Support ‘Try Tennis for Free’ Campaign

The country’s two main professional tennis-teaching organizations are supporting a new, industry-wide effort to get Americans to “Try Tennis for Free,” by urging their thousands of certified tennis teachers to offer free sessions to beginners and returning tennis players. Consumers can find these free sessions, and more, at PlayTennis.com.

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.

Showcase Your Programming at a USTA Tennis Play Event in March

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.

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