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2017 TOM Conference Brings Together Leading Tennis and Sports Experts

Tennis facility and club management experts, along with sports and fitness industry executives, will share their knowledge, experience and expertise at the 2017 Tennis Owners & Managers (TOM) Conference, March 27-29, at the award-winning Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando, Fla. Visit TheTOMConference.com for more information and to register.

Tennis Health & Wellness Task Force Named

Members of the new Tennis Health & Wellness Task Force have been named recently by chair Dr. Jack Groppel, who is the Health & Wellness Advisor for the tennis industry. The industry-supported task force will help spread the message of health, fitness, wellness and tennis to Americans of all ages.

‘Inactivity Pandemic’ At Its Worst: Out of 50 Countries, U.S. Kids Are 47th Fittest

U.S. children are in terrible shape. According to a recent report, U.S. children rank 47th in the world in overall physical fitness, based on a series of 20-meter shuttle runs (aka, The Beep Test) conducted with more than 1.1 million children from 50 countries. Yes, U.S. kids barely crack the top 50 in global fitness.

POP Tennis Continues to Create New Excitement

POP Tennis, which is played on 60-foot tennis courts with lower pressure Green-Dot balls and shorter POP tennis (paddle) racquets, continues to gain followers in the U.S. A webinar, "Pop Tennis Coming to Your Club & Community," will be presented by the TIA on Thursday, Oct. 13, at 1 p.m. ET. The webinar will feature Ken Lindner, president of the U.S. POP Tennis Assocation; TIA Executive Director Jolyn de Boer; Virgil Christian of the USTA; and Lee Sponaugle, national sales manager for Sport Court. To register for the webinar, click here.

Retail Expert Dan O’Connor Leads Industry Roundtable

Top retail expert Dan O’Connor, the founder and CEO of RetailNet Group (RNG), spoke to tennis retailers, manufacturers and others in the industry at a roundtable sponsored by the TIA. "The business question I get asked all the time is, ‘What’s next?’” O’Connor said. “The fundamentals of retail are shifting in a way that I’ve never experienced. It’s all about the merchandise and execution.”

TIA Tennis Forum Audience Hears from Global, U.S. Execs

More than 300 attendees heard top U.S. and international tennis executives present key industry research, initiatives, issues and challenges at the ninth annual TIA Tennis Forum, held on Aug. 29 in New York City, the first day of play at the 2016 US Open.

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