Bahram Akradi, the founder, president and CEO of the Life Time Fitness chain of clubs, has been named “Person of the Year” for 2014 by Tennis Industry magazine in the publication’s January 2015 issue. Akradi led off the magazine’s 14th annual “Champions of Tennis Awards,” which honors people, businesses and organizations dedicated to improving the sport and business of tennis.
Greg Mason has been named president of HEAD USA Racquet Sports. Mason, who previously was vice president of sales and marketing for HEAD USA, also serves at the president of the TIA.
The USTA will have new leadership in 2015, with former pro and longtime tennis advocate Katrina Adams nominated to assume the post of chairman, CEO and president on Jan. 1, 2015. She is slated to serve a two-year term, succeeding outgoing president Dave Haggerty.
All of us at the Tennis Industry Association were saddened to hear of the passing of Vic Braden on Oct. 6. Vic devoted his life to bringing tennis to players of all ages and abilities. His “Laugh and Win” style of teaching the game created thousands of lifelong players. Along the way, his research into the sport helped revolutionize tennis teaching.
Former world No. 4 men’s tennis player Todd Martin, the new CEO of the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum (ITHF), has joined the board of directors of the Tennis Industry Association (TIA). Martin takes over the TIA board role held for many years by Mark Stenning, who stepped down recently as CEO of the ITHF after 35 years with the organization.
Longtime tennis industry veteran and industry pioneer Jim Baugh will become the ninth inductee into the Tennis Industry Hall of Fame on Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, during the TIA Tennis Forum and Tennis Show at the Grand Hyatt in New York City.
Long-time tennis industry veteran and industry pioneer, Jim Baugh, will become the ninth inductee into the Tennis Industry Hall of Fame on Sunday, August 24, 2014, during the TIA Tennis Forum and Tennis Show.
Roger Federer is the 18th 'most-obsessed over' person online, according to TIME magazine, with five other tennis players also making the magazine's ranking of people with the most active Wikipedia entries.
Jason Bernstein, senior director of programming and acquisitions at ESPN, is the newest member of the Tennis Industry Association’s Board of Directors. Bernstein oversees digital media programming content acquisitions and scheduling for ESPN’s live multi-screen sports network, ESPN3, and its authenticated networks service, WatchESPN. He is also responsible for the content acquisition and scheduling strategy for ESPN’s tennis business.
Former world No. 1 and 6-time Grand Slam champion Lindsay Davenport has been selected for induction into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. Joining Davenport in the Class of 2014 will be legendary tennis coach Nick Bollettieri, 5-time Paralympic medalist Chantal Vandierendonck, Jane Brown Grimes, who has held executive leadership roles with the WTA, USTA, and the International Tennis Hall of Fame; and British tennis broadcaster and author John Barrett.