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Bleachr’s TennisONE App Wins Fifth Tennis Industry Innovation Challenge

The winner of the 2020 Tennis Industry Innovation Challenge is Bleachr LLC’s TennisONE App, which is a mobile hub for all things tennis, providing live scoring, AI “ball tracer” technology, player stats, social games and other tennis content. The fifth edition of the Tennis Industry Innovation Challenge, sponsored by the Tennis Industry Association, was held on Jan. 23 at the Racquet & Paddle Sports Show at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla.

Ted Robinson Joins Tennis Channel's Australian Open Team

Tennis Channel will return to the Australian Open for its 13th consecutive year Jan. 19 to Feb. 2 and, for the first time, veteran sportscaster Ted Robinson (@tedjrobinson) will be part of the network's on-air team. The trip to Melbourne will complete the cycle for Robinson, who has announced matches at tennis' three other majors in his Emmy Award-winning career. Tennis Channel's two-week Australian Open telecast begins Sunday, Jan. 19, at 6 p.m. ET.

Tennis & Racquet Demo Day Announced for USTA National Campus in Lake Nona, Jan. 21

Tennis & racquet equipment companies will showcase the latest equipment including racquets, paddles, ball machines and more at the Demo Day: Lake Nona Experience on Tuesday, Jan. 21, at the USTA National Campus in Orlando.  The event will be open to industry professionals and consumers from 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Tennis Channel to Ring in New Year with Inaugural ATP Cup Jan. 2-12

Tennis Channel and Tennis Channel Plus will welcome the 2020 season with complete live coverage of the new ATP Cup, a tournament-of-nations battle that features the United States and 23 other countries in Australia Jan. 2-12. Including all-time greats Rafael Nadal of Spain and Novak Djokovic of Serbia, 25 of the world's top 30 singles players will compete in an inaugural clash for worldwide recognition. The action gets underway Thursday, Jan. 2, at 5:30 p.m. ET with a 16-and-a-half-hour ATP Cup telecast on the network and streaming matches on Tennis Channel Plus. 

Annual TOM Conference Set for January's Racquet & Paddle Sports Show

The Tennis Industry Association's annual Tennis Owners & Managers (TOM) Conference headlines a comprehensive program of educational opportunities at the 2nd Annual Racquet & Paddle Sports Show, Jan. 22-24, at the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) in Orlando, Fla. Well known for its expert presenters and popular "TOM Talk" format, the TOM Conference will be newly integrated with golf education sessions at the co-located PGA Merchandise Show and with complimentary racquet industry programming at the Racquet & Paddle Sports Show.

Racquet Sports Industry Magazine Names 2019 'Champions of Tennis'

Dan Faber, the executive director of the USTA Foundation, which is the charitable arm of the U.S. Tennis Association, has been named “Person of the Year” for 2019 by Racquet Sports Industry magazine (formerly Tennis Industry magazine) in the publication’s January 2020 issue. Faber led off the magazine’s 19th annual “Champions of Tennis Awards,” which honors people, businesses and organizations dedicated to improving the sport and business of tennis.

PTR Symposium Feb. 10-13; Tribute to Dennis Van der Meer Feb. 9

The Professional Tennis Registry will host its premier coaching event, the International Tennis Symposium, Feb. 10-13 at the Sonesta Resort on Hilton Head Island, S.C. A gathering and reception celebrating the life of PTR founder Dennis Van der Meer, who passed away July 27, will be on Sunday, Feb. 9, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Sonesta Resort.

Innovation Challenge Deadline Extended to Dec. 15

Do you have a new, innovative sports product or service? Enter it into the Racquet Sports Innovation Challenge, which showcases new products and services designed to grow the sport and business of racquet sports with players, consumers and fans.

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