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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.

‘Try Tennis for Free’ Campaign and PlayTennis.com Address Rising Consumer Interest in Tennis

Recent sports industry research shows that more than 15 million non-tennis players are interested in playing tennis, and another 13 million Americans “consider themselves” tennis players, even though they didn’t play the sport in the previous year. With the latest initiative by the tennis industry, these 28 million Americans are able to get into the game, or back into the game, for free.

W.Va. Sports Editor Wins Inaugural TIA ‘Tennis Media Award’

Chuck McGill, the sports editor for the Charleston (W.Va.) Daily Mail, is the winner of the inaugural Tennis Media Award, presented by the Tennis Industry Association (TIA) in conjunction with the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association (NSSA). McGill will be recognized at the NSSA’s 55th annual NSSA Awards Weekend in Salisbury, N.C., June 7-9.

Unprecedented Industry Support Makes PlayTennis.com The ‘One-Stop-Shop’ For Bringing Players Into Tennis

As more Americans of all ages look to get in shape, lose weight and maintain their fitness, they increasingly turn to technology to help them find, track and organize their activities.

One of the most complete websites dedicated to healthy activity is PlayTennis.com, which helps tennis players and non-players alike get into the game and find programs, lessons, partners, equipment, and much more. And importantly, the most recent independent sports participation research shows that more people are getting out on the tennis courts.

TIA, Tennis Industry Mag Support PHIT Act, PEP Program

As the sports industry prepares for its largest lobbying day in Washington, D.C., on March 5, the Tennis Industry Association and Tennis Industry magazine are helping to support two key pieces of legislation that will help create a more active, fit and healthy America, while helping to reduce health care costs. Visit http://www.phitamerica.org/Advocate/TIA.htm to send messages urging your Congress members to support the PHIT Act and the PEP Program.

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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