The number of people playing tennis in the U.S. and the number of tennis “play occasions” increased in 2015, according to the latest figures released by the Tennis Industry Association (TIA) and U.S. Tennis Association (USTA), which were part of the Physical Activity Council (PAC) Annual Participation Study.
Tennis participation for 2015 was generally stable, showing slight increases overall. Year-end stats for tennis equipment shipments and sales, however, were mixed.
More than 300 tennis industry leaders, who gathered recently at the 2016 State of the Tennis Industry Forum held in Miami, heard about the future of the sport, including key information and statistics that pointed out the challenges and opportunities tennis faces today.
Cardio Tennis played to full courts at the PTR Symposium in February and at a key Cardio Tennis Training Course held after the PTR event on Hilton Head Island, S.C.
How can you increase your business and promote tennis in your local area? By signing up now to participate in the industry-wide Rally the Family campaign, where you can take advantage of free promotional and marketing material that will drive consumers—and families—to your courts and programs.
The 2016 TIA State of the Industry Forum will be March 23 in Miami, in conjunction with the Tennis Owners & Managers (T.O.M.) Conference. The Forum will run from 10 to 11:45 a.m. at the Downtown Miami Hilton on Biscayne Blvd. and is free to the industry to attend, however, space is limited, so registration is required (visit TheTOMConference.com).
Tennis providers should sign up now at RallyTheFamily.com to participate in the industry-wide “Rally the Family” campaign to increase tennis activity and interest in the sport—and to take advantage of free promotional and marketing material, including downloadable guides, drills, teaching models and more.
Reserve your spot for the 2016 Tennis Owners and Managers (T.O.M.) Conference, which will be March 23-25 at the Downtown Miami Hilton during the Miami Open. This third annual TIA conference will bring together leading experts in facility management, programming and other key areas to provide vital information to grow tennis businesses and bring in more tennis players, including Dr. Jack Groppel, Cliff Drysdale, Gigi Fernandez, Dr. Gerry Faust, Emilio Sanchez, Jim Baugh, Doug Cash, Greg Lappin and many more.
As Cardio Tennis turns 10 years old, the “third way to play tennis” has reached some true milestones. While Cardio Tennis has grown to nearly 1.7 million participants in the U.S., the program has also been growing around the world and is now in more than 30 countries.
This November and December, the USTA is spearheading the testing of “Rally the Family” messaging in selected markets across the country. The nationwide campaign is scheduled to roll out to consumers in March. Rally the Family focuses on tennis for all ages, using lower compression Red, Orange and Green tennis balls, shorter courts, shorter racquets and modified scoring, along with a focus on family spending time together in fun and healthy activities.