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Despite Slight Rise in Overall Tennis Participation, Challenges Remain

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.

USTA Texas to Move Headquarters to New Facility with 46+ Courts

The USTA Texas Section intends to bring its headquarters and facilities to the Indigo Ridge Mixed Use Development in the City of Cedar Park, north of Austin, Texas. The planned Tennis Campus will include approximately 40 outdoor tennis courts, 6 to 8 indoor tennis courts, a stadium court, and related amenities for training, development, and competition.

Slinger Bag Appoints Former Prince Exec Mike Ballardie as CEO

Slinger Bag, makers of the world's most portable tennis ball launcher, announced that Mike Ballardie has been named CEO of the company. Ballardie brings to Slinger Bag his extensive market knowledge and brand leadership experience in the global tennis industry including most recently as CEO of Prince, one of the world's leading tennis brands.

Congress Gets Active: PHIT Act Off to Great Start in 2019

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).

Correction: The Fourth Tennis Industry Innovation Challenge was won by Sparc

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.

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