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TIA, ITF Create Global Research Partnership

The TIA and the International Tennis Federation (ITF) have joined to create a Global Tennis Research Partnership designed to create a plan that establishes participation and market trends on a global basis. It's the first time that a sport has established an international evaluation and measurement program managed and controlled by the stakeholders in the sport.

Three to Enter Tennis Industry Hall of Fame

Three industry leaders will be honored with induction into the Tennis Industry Hall of Fame in 2013. Howard R. Gill Jr., Walter Montenegro, and Sheldon Westervelt will join previous inductees Howard Head (2008), Dennis Van der Meer (2008), Alan Schwartz (2009), Billie Jean King (2010) and Nick Bollettieri (2011).

Preferred Card Services Offers Exclusive Pricing to TIA Members.

Preferred Card Services (PCS), which has been one of the premier Credit Card Processors since 1986, is now offering an exclusive offer to current and potential members of the Tennis Industry Association and the TIA Retail Division.  Any tennis industry business or retailer who switches or enlists the services of PCS will receive $100 towards one year of TIA Membership. Learn more about the benefits of TIA membership at www.TennisIndustry.org/Membership.

PlayTennis.com Has Re-Launched, Providers Get Your Marketing Materials

PlayTennis.com, the one stop portal for consumers to find out about all things TENNIS, has recently been relaunched and is beginning to gain traction as the premier tool to connect current and potential players to the sport by allowing them to find places to play, find instruction, connect with retailers, locate programs, and much more! Providers can get involved in the effort, too, by signing up to be listed on the site and helping promote the URL with free marketing materials provided by the industry.

TIA State of the Industry Meeting set for Aug. 26

The TIA will hold a meeting on “The State of the Tennis Industry” in New York City on Monday, Aug. 26, during
the US Open. The meeting will update attendees on the different sectors, current tennis marketplace, key
initiatives, programs and research; plus take a closer look at the makeup of frequent tennis players and consumers
and how to get them more engaged with tennis.

USPTA, PTR and USPTA to Collaborate on Developing a Coaching Education Curriculum to Develop Youth

The United States Tennis Association (USTA) today announced that it is developing an educational curriculum, consisting of a series of courses and workshops, that focuses on the development of young players. The USTA will work in collaboration with the Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) and the United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA), in developing the curriculum, which will serve as part of the  pathway to PTR and USPTA certification.

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