While the most recent tennis participation figures indicate an overall increase in the number of U.S. tennis players for 2018—up 0.9 percent to 17.84 million—a deeper dive into the numbers show continuing challenges facing tennis, and the sports industry overall.
The Sports & Fitness Industry Association (SFIA)applauds congressional efforts to reintroduce the Personal Health Investment Today (PHIT) Act in both the House of Representatives and the Senate. On Wednesday, March 6, PHIT Act lead sponsors, Senator John Thune (R-SD) and Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT), reintroduced the bill in the Senate (S.680); and on Tuesday, March 12, PHIT lead sponsors, Congressman Ron Kind (D-WI) and Congressman Mike Kelly (R-PA) reintroduced the bill in the House (H.R. 1679).
The winner of the Tennis Innovation Challenge held this past January in Orlando, was Sparc, made by CCP Games, not Virtual Tennis as previously reported. Sparc is a genuine virtual sport that has been hailed as one of the best, most active games available for virtual reality. A unique, physical sport in which players connect online to compete in fast-paced, full-body VR gameplay, Sparc took the top prize in the fourth edition of the Tennis Industry Innovation Challenge—a “Shark Tank”-like competition to identify the most innovative and creative product or service in the tennis industry.
The 2019 Racquet & Paddle Sports Conference, Jan. 23-25, attracted more than 1,000 racquet sports professionals, industry leaders, and representatives of emerging and bellwether brands to the inaugural event last week, in Orlando, Fla.
Professional Pickleball Registry (PPR) finished 2018 with 1,005 members - becoming the world’s largest organization of pickleball coaches. PPR, which was created in June 2018, now has members in all 50 U.S. states and is set to aggressively expand beyond its current 11 countries.
Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) announced that it will hold a Women in Tennis Forum during the PTR International Tennis Symposium - Feb. 12-15, on Hilton Head Island, S.C.. The Forum will be on Thursday, Feb. 14. Sarah Stone will moderate a panel of experts, including former World #1 Gigi Fernandez, Andy Murray’s coach Judy Murray, Tennis Australia’s Emma Doyle and Leizel Huber’s coach Tony Huber.
The list of sponsors and exhibitors for the inaugural Racquet & Paddle Sports Conference (RAPS) continues to grow. The event will be Jan. 23-25 at the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) in Orlando, Fla.
There’s still time to register--for free—for the inaugural Racquet & Paddle Sports Conference (RAPS), which will be Jan. 23-25 at the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) in Orlando, Fla. RAPS will include the Tennis Industry Association’s sixth annual Tennis Owners & Managers (TOM) Conference (for an added registration fee), with an expanded focus on facilities, innovation and technology, and showcasing top experts and consultants.
Racquet sports professionals can attend, free of charge, the Demo Day and Industry Welcome Party at the USTA National Campus on Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019. The Demo Day and Industry Welcome Party—the “Lake Nona Experience XX19”—are part of the inaugural three-day Racquet & Paddle Sports Conference (RAPS), Jan. 23-25, in Orlando, Fla. Complimentary industry registration is required to attend and available at RacquetPaddleSportsShow.com.