The “Tennis Industry Innovation Challenge,” which will take place at the 2017 Tennis Owners & Managers (TOM) Conference in Orlando, Fla., March 27-29, will showcase new and innovative products designed to help grow tennis businesses.
A “Tennis Industry Innovation Challenge” will take place at the 2017 TOM Conference March 27-29, showcasing new and innovative products designed to help grow tennis businesses. From now until Feb. 15, companies and individuals can submit their pitch for their products, software, services, etc. Finalists will have the opportunity to present to a panel of judges at the 2017 TOM Conference in Orlando.
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, which will be March 27-29 at the Rosen Shingle Creek resort in Orlando.
Donald Tisdel, a longtime member of the USTA board of directors, has been named “Person of the Year” for 2016 by Tennis Industry magazine in the publication’s January 2017 issue. Tisdel led off the magazine’s 16th annual “Champions of Tennis Awards,” which honors people, businesses and organizations dedicated to improving the sport and business of tennis.
The tennis marketplace continued to struggle through the third quarter of 2016, as racquet units at both wholesale and pro/specialty declined, as did ball and string wholesale shipments.
Throughout the summer and fall, the TIA hosted a free series of educational webinars for the industry on a variety of important business topics. Nearly 2,000 people signed up for a webinar in the series, and recordings of the webinars are available online at TennisIndustry.org/webinars.
In a new partnership, Adidas will become an official sponsor of the USTA National Campus, USTA Player Development, and USTA League Tennis. In addition, Adidas will become the exclusive presenting sponsor of the USTA National Junior Rankings and newly named “USTA Adidas Junior Championship Series,” comprised of junior tournaments that feature some of the top young players in the country.
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.”
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.