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Racquet Sales at Pro/Specialty Slide in 2013

Despite a strong start to the holiday season in 2013, where pro/specialty retailers saw a 4% increase in racquet units sold and a 7% increase in racquet dollar sales in November, year-end figures were down compared to the previous year. Racquet unit sales in the channel were down significantly in Q1 (-14%), which had a significant impact on total sales for the year as remaining quarters saw smaller losses in units sold.

TIA Conducting Annual Tennis Facility and Retail Census

Tennis facilities and retailers will soon receive a notice to update information about their business(es) in the "TIA's Facility and Retail Census." Providers will be sent a “snapshot” of the information they currently have posted in the GrowingTennis System, which supplies consumer search websites including PlayTennis.com, YouthTennis.com, CardioTennis.com and more.

Nominations Sought for TI Hall of Fame

The Tennis Industry Association is accepting nominations for the Tennis Industry Hall of Fame for 2014, which honors individuals who have made a significant impact on the sport of tennis. Nominations, which are due by June 21, can be in any of four categories: Inventors, Founders, Innovators or Contributors.

Tennis Industry Magazine Names 'Champions of Tennis' Awards

Virgil Christian, the director of market development for the U.S. Tennis Association (USTA), has been named “Person of the Year” for 2013 by Tennis Industry magazine in the publication’s January 2014 issue. Christian led off the magazine’s 13th annual “Champions of Tennis Awards,” which honors people, businesses and organizations dedicated to improving the sport and business of tennis.

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