Mike Ballardie, the new CEO of Prince Global Sports, is the newest member of the Tennis Industry Association’s Board of Directors. Ballardie, who is based in London, has been responsible for Prince’s operations in the eastern hemisphere for nearly 10 years.
From Mauritius to Mexico the world united on Monday 4 March to celebrate World Tennis Day.
With events taking place across the globe in a bid to promote tennis and increase participation among young players, there was plenty going on to keep followers on social media and fans in stands entertained.
Nominate now for Racquet Sports Industry’s “30 Under 30” honors, recognizing some of the young movers and shakers in the tennis industry. The 30 individuals we pick will be featured in an upcoming special section in the magazine.
All of us at the Tennis Industry Association were saddened to hear of the passing of Tim Heckler on Monday.
As CEO of the USPTA for the past 30 years, up until his retirement this past December, Tim was a driving force in the tennis teaching profession and, by extension, to tens of millions of tennis players in the U.S. and around the world.
New York, New York – January 30, 2013— After successfully defending her Australian Open title Victoria Azarenka remains atop the World rankings as No. 1 as Rafael Nadal is set to make his first U.S. appearance at the annual BNP Paribas Showdown at Madison Square Garden on Monday, March 4. The upcoming event featuring Azarenka v. Serena Williams and Nadal v. Juan Martin del Potro will headline a full day of nationwide activities as part of Tennis Night in America as well as the inaugural World Tennis Day.
Having grown up and played tennis in the Pittsburg area, Kent Johnson was aware that there had never been much of a tennis retail presence. As a teaching pro, during lessons, people would ask him where there could buy tennis equipment locally. So Johnson decided to open Tennis Town, which occupies a 1,300-square-foot space in the Pittsburg suburbs.
Greg Mason, the TIA’s new president, has been in the sporting goods industry for more than 25 years in a variety of senior management roles. Currently the vice president of sales and marketing for Head Penn Racquet Sports, where he’s been for the last 12 years, Mason recently shared his thoughts about the industry, the TIA and priorities moving forward.
The Upper St. Claire (Pa.) Tennis Development Program, Inc. won the inaugural Cardio Tennis Get Fit Challenge, in which tennis facilities from across country competed in a five-week challenge designed to help participants reach their health and fitness goals.
New York, NY (January 3, 2013) – The BNP Paribas Showdown brings tennis back to Madison Square Garden for the sixth time on March 4 featuring Grand Slam champions Serena Williams, Victoria Azarenka, Juan Martin del Potro and Rafael Nadal. Once again, the event will headline a full day of nationwide activities as part of Tennis Night in America, but in 2013, the BNP Paribas Showdown will also be part of a global tennis participation effort on the inaugural World Tennis Day.
Susan DiBiase, the U.S. director of marketing for tennis company Babolat, has been named “Person of the Year” for 2012 by Racquet Sports Industry magazine in the publication’s January 2013 issue. DiBiase led off the magazine’s 12th annual “Champions of Tennis Awards,” which honors people, businesses and organizations dedicated to improving the sport and business of tennis.