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USPTA's Addvantage Magazine Remembers Tim Heckler

The latest issue of the USPTA's Addvantage Magazine includes a tribute to the former USPTA CEO, Tim Heckler, who recently passed away. Included in the latest issue are messages from dozens of former colleagues, friends, and those within the tennis industry expressing their condolences for Tim's family while noting the significant contributions he made to the tennis industry and the impact he had on the tennis teaching profession.

TIA Holds Meetings to Promote Retail, Industry Growth

The Tennis Industry Association organized meetings in New York, March 4-5, to discuss efforts to promote retail and to grow the game and the "business of tennis." Primary discussions focused on stimulating growth at tennis retail outlets across the country and also expanding the TIA Retail Division, which has been developed to provide the tennis retail segment with a unified voice for industry action.

New City Sports to Include Full Service Racquet Department

City Sports today announced that it will open its 22(nd) retail location in New York City's financial district this Tuesday, March 26(th). Coming on the heels of the successful re-location of their Chestnut Hill store in Boston, MA, this newest store will mark City Sports' third location in New York City. Key highlights for this location will include a full service Racquet Sports department that will offer demo racquets and free stringing for City Sports Insiders.

Total Tennis Economy Grows 3.1% in 2012 to $5.57 Billion

The total value of the U.S. tennis economy grew by just over 3% last year, up to $5.57 billion. The data stems from the Tennis Industry Association's annual "Economic Index," created to evaluate the total worth of the U.S. tennis industry to the overall economy. The 2012 index value measured 101, meaning the industry is in a slightly better position than it was in 2008 when the first Economic Index value was released.

2012 TIA Cost of Doing Business Retailer Report Slated for Release

Every two years the Tennis Industry Association releases its Cost of Doing Business Study for Tennis Retailers, providing this segment  with key performance indicator benchmarks and other industry averages. Retailers who utilize the report have the opportunity to see where they are performing well against the rest of the retail landscape, as well as identify areas in which they may be able to improve their operations. This year's report is slated for an early March release and will available to Associate TIA Members and above.

2012 TIA State of the Industry Release

The Tennis Industry Association is planning a spring release of the third edition of its State of the Industry report, which has been designed to “help narrate the story of the tennis industry,” says TIA Executive Director Jolyn de Boer.

The State of the Industry synthesizes data from the past year that the TIA collects through its nearly 80 surveys and research studies into an easy-to-read report. “The State of the Industry report takes a top-level view of a variety of trends and segments in the industry to tell a comprehensive “story” of the tennis industry ,” de Boer says.

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