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Tennis Participation in the U.S. Grows To 17.9 Million Players

The latest research into the sport of tennis in the U.S. shows that overall tennis participation rose 1% to 17.9 million players, according to the Tennis Industry Association (TIA). The data also show growth in the number of youth tennis players, and indicate more than 14 million Americans, while not tennis players currently, express an interest in playing the sport.

TIA Tennis Forum Set for Aug. 31 in NYC

The eighth annual TIA Tennis Forum will be Monday, Aug. 31, on the Ballroom level of the Grand Hyatt New York City, right before play begins at the 2015 US Open. Free to attend, the Forum will present the latest news about the state of the tennis industry, including participation, equipment sales data, grassroots initiatives, Youth Tennis, updates from the USTA, and more. Plus, in a ceremony at the conclusion of the Forum, Peter Burwash will become the 10th inductee into the Tennis Industry Hall of Fame.

TIA Research Shows Participation at 17.9 Million

The soon to be published 2015 TIA State of the Industry report outlines key research to help tennis industry businesses and organizations. The TIA produces more than 70 annual research reports, and the State of the Industry analyzes this data to determine where this industry has been, where it is now, and where it is going. Here are some key data points from the current report. (The 2015 State of the Industry report is available starting at the “Industry” ($100) level of TIA membership. Visit TennisIndustry.org.)

State of Industry Report to Value Tennis Economy at $5.73 Billion

The TIA will soon be publishing the fifth edition of its annual State of the Industry report, which analyzes data from the previous year collected through the nearly 80 TIA surveys and research studies. The State of the Industry report contains important information that all segments of the tennis industry can, and should, use to help their business.

Nearly 2,000 Tennis Facilities Offer ‘Try Tennis Free’ in Nationwide Campaign

As the tennis-industry-wide “Try Tennis Free” national campaign passes the midpoint in the month of May, nearly 2,000 facilities across the country have signed on to offer free tennis sessions designed to bring non-players and former players into the sport. Consumers, particularly new or returning players, can visit  PlayTennis.com or TryTennisFree.com to find local facilities and tennis teaching professionals offering a free introductory session, lesson, clinic or other event.

The Pope Talks Tennis at the Vatican; Cardio Tennis Debuts to Coaches in Italy

During the qualifying tennis tournament for the Italian Open in Rome in early May, the Italian Tennis Federation (FIT) hosted a special session at the Vatican with Pope Francis, who used the encounter to speak about sports and tennis as an “educational experience.” The audience with the Pope was the opening session for the 2nd Annual International Tennis Coaches Symposium.

Hundreds of Tennis Facilities Join Nationwide ‘Try Tennis Free’ Campaign

Throughout the month of May, the tennis industry-supported “Try Tennis Free” campaign will bring non-players and former players into the sport at any of at least 1,800 participating facilities nationwide. Consumers, particularly new or returning players, can visit PlayTennis.com or TryTennisFree.com to find local facilities and tennis teaching professionals offering a free introductory session, lesson, clinic or other event.

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