Universal Tennis and Tennis Channel are joining forces to evolve and accelerate the growth of tennis by unifying the language of the sport through technology and media. The collaborative partnership focuses on supporting more competitive play and enjoyment across the tennis community through the use of the Universal Tennis Rating (UTR).
The Tennis Industry Association Board of Directors voted in early December to reappoint Jeff Williams as the ongoing TIA president in a new and expanded capacity. Williams will become the first president as a staff position since Jim Baugh held that position 10 years ago. This newly created role will allow Williams to further focus on the industry’s specific challenges and opportunities by working closely with TIA staff and industry partners.
The USTA announced the creation of a tennis coaching accreditation program for organizations and institutions that certify U.S. tennis professionals. The program will begin in 2018.
Visionaries with new, innovative products, software or services designed to grow the sport and business of tennis with players, consumers and fans can submit their pitch in the “Tennis Industry Innovation Challenge—2018,” a unique competition that will take place at the 2018 TOM Conference held at Wild Dunes Resort in Charleston, S.C.
Any business, organization or individual looking to support the tennis industry can become part of the Tennis Network for just $35 and enjoy TIA benefits and access to key information to grow their business. Visit TennisIndustry.org/membership.
Industry partners are working together to designate May 2018 as “Play Tennis Month” to help showcase the sport of tennis and associated health benefits. Thousands of tennis programs and events will be held around the country, with a goal of helping jump-start the industry and get people moving and playing tennis, the No. 1 sport for a long and healthy life. Visit RallyTheIndustry.org.
The fifth annual Tennis Owners & Managers (TOM) Conference will be April 8-11 at Wild Dunes Resort in Charleston, S.C., and will feature top experts and consultants inside and outside of the tennis industry. Presented by the TIA, the TOM Conference targets tennis owners, managers and industry decision-makers with a focus on innovation, growth, business leadership and development.
Ajay Pant, the national tennis director for Life Time, has been named “Person of the Year” for 2017 by Tennis Industry magazine in the publication’s January 2018 issue. Pant led off the magazine’s 17th annual “Champions of Tennis Awards,” which honors people, businesses and organizations dedicated to improving the sport and business of tennis.