The TIA’s Spring/Summer Webinar Learning Series will continue into June with educational webinars that touch on many segments of the tennis industry. A number of the webinar topics for this series have been adapted from presentations at the Tennis Owners & Managers Conference that was held in Charleston, S.C., this past April. The past year’s Webinar Learning Series, which also followed the TOM Conference, generated nearly 1500 registrations.
In its ongoing effort to educate and enlighten the U.S. about the dangers of physical inactivity, PHIT America, the charity and campaign created by tennis industry veteran Jim Baugh, is giving the American general public the chance to be a part of the solution with its first National Fundraising & Awareness Campaign. And, everyone in the tennis industry can help.
The TIA’s sixth annual Tennis Owners & Managers (TOM) Conference is scheduled for Jan. 23-25 in Orlando, Fla. In an expanded format, the popular TOM Conference will have a special focus on facilities during a session at the USTA National Campus. It will also include a TIA Forum, the Tennis Industry Innovation Challenge, specialty courses, “TOM Talks,” presentations, interactive sessions and opportunities to network and share best practices. Stay tuned for more details.
The 11th Annual Tennis Industry Association Tennis Forum will be on Monday, Aug. 27, at the Grand Hyatt New York in Manhattan. The Forum will include the latest news about the state of the tennis industry, business insights and updates on grow-the-game initiatives including the USTA’s Net Generation. Click here to register.
The fifth annual Tennis Owners & Managers (TOM) Conference in Charleston, S.C., brought together dozens of top speakers and experts to focus on innovation, growth, business leadership and development in the tennis and racquet sports industry. This year, many of the presentations throughout the three-day event were videotaped and are available to TOM Conference attendees and others to review. Go to https://vimeo.com/tennisindustry.
The month of May is “Play Tennis Month,” and thousands of tennis programs and events around the country are showcasing the sport and all its health benefits. As one of the healthiest, most fun and most social activities, tennis is attracting players of all ages and abilities. Visit PlayTennisMonth.com to find nearby tennis facilities and programs.
Among the bright spots in the most recent annual tennis participation study by the Physical Activity Council (PAC) is a 1.0 percent increase in youth tennis players to 4.57 million and a 4.5 percent increase in Cardio Tennis players to 2.22 million over the past year.
To help showcase the sport of tennis and its health benefits, tennis industry partners are working together to promote May as “Play Tennis Month.” At least 1,500 tennis facilities around the U.S. are expected to participate in Play Tennis Month, offering thousands of tennis programs and events—all with a goal of helping to get people moving and playing tennis.
The sport of tennis will be reaching new heights in 2018 when the USTA and NASA astronaut A.J. ‘Drew’ Feustel attempts a tennis match in space, powered by Net Generation. On March 21, 2018, Feustel, along with compatriot and fellow NASA astronaut Ricky Arnold and crewmate Oleg Artemyev of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, blasted off into space as members of Expedition 55.