The 2016 TIA Facility Census is now under way. Facility owners/managers should take a few minutes to update and/or add to their information in the TIA’s facility database. Information in the database is available to consumers through search engines and tennis websites, so when potential customers are looking for a place to play tennis or find programs, they can easily find your business.
A “Tennis Industry Innovation Challenge” will take place at the 2017 TOM Conference March 27-29, showcasing new and innovative products designed to help grow tennis businesses. From now until Feb. 15, companies and individuals can submit their pitch for their products, software, services, etc. Finalists will have the opportunity to present to a panel of judges at the 2017 TOM Conference in Orlando.
Tennis facility and club management experts, along with sports and fitness industry executives, will share their knowledge, experience and expertise at the 2017 Tennis Owners & Managers (TOM) Conference, which will be March 27-29 at the Rosen Shingle Creek resort in Orlando.
Donald Tisdel, a longtime member of the USTA board of directors, has been named “Person of the Year” for 2016 by Tennis Industry magazine in the publication’s January 2017 issue. Tisdel led off the magazine’s 16th annual “Champions of Tennis Awards,” which honors people, businesses and organizations dedicated to improving the sport and business of tennis.
A Tennis Health & Wellness Task Force is being assembled to help spread the message of health, fitness, wellness and tennis. The effort is led by Dr. Jack Groppel, who is the Health & Wellness Advisor for the tennis industry.
A just-released study suggest that regularly playing racquet sports such as tennis can help stave off death, while sports such as soccer and running may not help people live longer. The study of more than 80,000 people by Oxford University and researchers in Finland and Australia indicated people who played racquet sports regularly were least likely to die over the nine-year study period, reducing their individual risk by 47 percent compared to people who did not exercise.
POP Tennis is a new feeder sport for tennis that will help grow your business, attract new players and improve member retention.
The Board of Trustees of the Women's Sports Foundation today announced the appointment of Dr. Deborah Antoine as the organization's next chief executive officer. Dr. Antoine will succeed Deborah Slaner Larkin, who is stepping down as the Foundation's current CEO, as of Jan. 3, 2017.
The tennis marketplace continued to struggle through the third quarter of 2016, as racquet units at both wholesale and pro/specialty declined, as did ball and string wholesale shipments.
Throughout the summer and fall, the TIA hosted a free series of educational webinars for the industry on a variety of important business topics. Nearly 2,000 people signed up for a webinar in the series, and recordings of the webinars are available online at TennisIndustry.org/webinars.