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.
The International Tennis Federation announced on February 10, 2014, important changes to the ITF Rules of Tennis as they relate to the Green Stage 1 ball and also ITF guidelines related to the use of the Green ball in competitive play at a national level.
The IHRSA 2014 Trade Show, March 13-14 at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA will feature more than 350 exhibitors in a dynamic, high-energy environment spread over two full days. You can be the first to try out the newest models of your favorite fitness equipment -- many introduced for the first time at the Show.
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.
An all new design for CareersInTennis.com has been developed to appeal to a younger generation of potential employees for the tennis industry while still maintaining the same great resources employers and previous users of the site have become accustomed to.
Two of the games most prominent names will be in attendance as featured guests of upcoming industry meetings in Indian Wells, CA and Charleston, SC.
Welcome families new to the game or offer a Play Day to introduce the thrill of competition; you choose the event that works best. Register your event now for any day in March to celebrate World Tennis Day on March 3rd.
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.
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.
The American Sports Builders Association (ASBA), the national organization for builders and suppliers of materials for athletic facilities, has announced the winners of its annual awards. Awards are presented each year to facilities built by ASBA members, which best exemplify construction excellence.