Tennis legends Monica Seles and Gabriela Sabatini will face each other in a 25th anniversary rematch of their famed 1990 five-set WTA Championship final in the 2015 BNP Paribas Showdown, it was announced today. Roger Federer, who last month led Switzerland to their first-ever Davis Cup championship, will face Grigor Dimitrov and headline the annual tennis showcase on Tuesday, March 10 at Madison Square Garden.
Shoppers across the nation showed strong support for local independent businesses, including tennis retailers, on Small Business Saturday. About 88 million consumers “Shopped Small” on Nov. 29, up 14.9 percent from a year ago, according to the results from the Small Business Saturday Consumer Insights Survey, released by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) and American Express.
Greg Mason has been named president of HEAD USA Racquet Sports. Mason, who previously was vice president of sales and marketing for HEAD USA, also serves at the president of the TIA.
The Tennis Industry Association presented key industry research and information at the USTA’s annual Tennis Development Workshop (TDW), held Nov. 7-9 in Atlanta, Ga. More than 500 tennis providers from around the country attended the TDW, including USTA section and district staff and volunteers, local Community Tennis Association and park & rec personnel, teaching pros and coaches.
The recently released 2014 TIA Tennis Participation Study shows gains in the total number of tennis players, but also a growing interest for playing tennis among Americans. The report is derived from the annual Physical Activity Council (PAC) Participation Report, the nation's largest single-source sports study, which looks at participation for more than 120 sports and activities.
Plans are quickly falling into place for the 2015 TIA Tennis Summit/2015 Tennis Owners & Managers (T.O.M) Conference, both of which will be held in March in Indian Wells, Calif., at the Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa, during the BNP Paribas Open pro tournament.
The USTA will have new leadership in 2015, with former pro and longtime tennis advocate Katrina Adams nominated to assume the post of chairman, CEO and president on Jan. 1, 2015. She is slated to serve a two-year term, succeeding outgoing president Dave Haggerty.
Payment Alliance International (PAI), a leader in electronic payment processing solutions, is the Tennis Industry Association's newest strategic partner, specializing in merchant processing services. Now, TIA member companies, organizations and tennis businesses have access to a full suite of innovative and cost-effective merchant services and solutions.
The WTA Finals hit its attendance targets, with 129,000 spectators during the ten days of the tournament.
The tennis marketplace experienced some challenges through the first half of 2014, however, Q3 wholesale shipment results point to a brighter conclusion for the second half of the year.