This November and December, the USTA is spearheading the testing of “Rally the Family” messaging in selected markets across the country. The nationwide campaign is scheduled to roll out to consumers in March. Rally the Family focuses on tennis for all ages, using lower compression Red, Orange and Green tennis balls, shorter courts, shorter racquets and modified scoring, along with a focus on family spending time together in fun and healthy activities.
FedEx and UPS will be increasing their shipping rates for the new year, which will affect those at the TIA Associate Membership level and above who use the TIA’s PartnerShip shipping program. The UPS rate increase will take effect Dec. 28 and new FedEx rates will be in effect Jan. 4.
The third quarter of 2015 was bumpy for the tennis marketplace overall, with only strings and ROG tennis balls growing in wholesale shipments. Racquet unit shipments continue to lag, although pro/specialty retailers showed minor growth in racquet unit sales. However, there appears to be some early signs of overcoming the rust from issues in the greater shipment environment that nagged the industry in 2014 and continued into 2015.
Plans for “Rally the Family,” a new industry-wide campaign announced during the US Open that is designed to bring more players into the sport of tennis, continue to be refined in preparation for testing in select markets this fall and winter. The new family tennis initiative is expected to be rolled out to consumers in March.
The 8th Annual Tennis Industry Association (TIA) Tennis Forum will be Monday, Aug. 31, at the Grand Hyatt New York City, from 8:30 to 9:45 a.m. At the Forum, tennis industry executives will present the latest news about the state of the tennis industry, including participation and equipment sales research, updates on initiatives, and an announcement about a major long-term campaign designed to bring more players into the sport.
While overall wholesale ball shipments ticked up slightly for the first six months of 2015, in general tennis equipment shipments into the wholesale market for the first half continued to be a challenge for manufacturers and retailers.
The TIA and USTA have released the updated “Tennis Talking Points” document, which highlights and summarizes a number of topics regarding the tennis industry, with a focus on key messaging. The document, which can be used to help promote tennis locally, is available to view and download at TennisIndustry.org under “media.”
Reserve your spot now for the 8th Annual TIA Tennis Forum, which will be Monday, Aug. 31, at the Grand Hyatt New York City (42nd Street and Lexington Avenue). The Forum, which is free to attend, will be from 8:30 to 9:45 a.m. in Salon V on the Ballroom level. It will also include the Tennis Industry Hall of Fame induction for industry pioneer Peter Burwash.
Innovative Light Therapy has joined the Tennis Industry Association as a Supporting Member.
LidLum™, a manufacturer and designer of LED lighting solutions for professional and non-professional sports facilities, has joined the Tennis Industry Association as a Supporting Member.