Tennis is the only traditional participation sport to be ranked in the Top 10 in terms of participation growth, out of nearly 120 sports and activities surveyed in the recently released Physical Activity Council (PAC) 2014 Participation Report. In the U.S., tennis grew by 658,000 players, or 4%, in the last year, to bring total tennis participation to 17.68 million players, according to PAC data.
PHIT America is pleased to report that there is progress to report in Washington, D.C. on pro-physical activity legislation. The Personal Health Investment Today (PHIT) Act has a ‘score,’ which is necessary for any federal legislation which impacts taxation. The Congressional Budget Office has given the PHIT Act (H.R. 956) a ‘score’ of just more than $2.5 billion, over a ten-year period.
This coming September tennis facilities and coaches from across the country will be encouraging new players to get into the game with the "Try Tennis for Free" campaign. This promotion is a continuation of the successful joint efforts of the TIA, USPTA's Tennis Across America, and the PTR this past May.
More than fifty tennis businesses and organizations from across the country and many with an international presence will be on hand as exhibitors for The Tennis Show 2014, set for Sunday, Aug. 24, at the Grand Hyatt New York.
With tennis season now in high gear across most parts of the country, tennis businesses are hiring! Since its redesign that launched earlier in 2014, CareersInTennis.com has received more than 30,000 views of job listings posted on the site.
The Tennis Industry Association will be launching a new online industry resource, the TIA Business Directory, designed to help quickly locate products, services, and information tennis industry professionals and tennis players seek. You can access the TIA Business Directory at TennisIndustry.org soon.
The Tennis Industry Association presented the inaugural Tennis Media Award to Chuck McGill, the sports editor for the Charleston (W.Va.) Daily Mail, during the 55th Annual Awards Weekend of the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association, held in Salisbury, N.C., June 7-9. The TIA also held a Cardio Tennis “Triples” Tournament for NSSA members on the clay courts of the Country Club of Salisbury, led by Cardio Tennis Manager Michele Krause.
Mylan World TeamTennis and ESPN have agreed to a multiyear deal to air the Mylan WTT Finals live on ESPN2 and broadcast more than 60 hours of programming annually on ESPN3.
After a successful Future of Tennis Summit and Tennis and Owners and Managers Conference (T.O.M. Conference) in 2014, the TIA will be returning to Indian Wells, CA in March of 2015 to host similar meetings as a part of its efforts to provide the industry with opportunities to gather and share ideas on growing the business of tennis.
The 2014 US Open will feature a college tennis competition for the first time ever in 2014, inviting top American college players to compete in the inaugural American Collegiate Invitational Sept. 4-6 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y.