A just-released study suggest that regularly playing racquet sports such as tennis can help stave off death, while sports such as soccer and running may not help people live longer. The study of more than 80,000 people by Oxford University and researchers in Finland and Australia indicated people who played racquet sports regularly were least likely to die over the nine-year study period, reducing their individual risk by 47 percent compared to people who did not exercise.
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.
The Cardio Tennis staff is in the process of setting its training courses for 2017. Currently on the calendar are Level 1 and Level 2 training courses, along with other training and appearances at national events. Go to CardioTennis.com to check the current schedule and sign up for a training course near you.
Registration is now open for the fourth annual Tennis Owners & Managers (T.O.M.) Conference, presented by the TIA, which will be March 27-29 at Rosen Shingle Creek resort in Orlando, Fla., with a site visit to the USTA National Campus. Register at TheTOMConference.com.
Since taking on the role of Health & Wellness Advisor for the Tennis Industry, Dr. Jack Groppel has been busy spreading the message of health, fitness, wellness and tennis at meetings and conferences across the country.
Cardio Tennis Global Education Director Michele Krause traveled to Singapore in late October to deliver a Cardio Tennis Training Course at the Tanglin Academy. The Level 1 Training Course, which was hosted by PTR Southeast Asia, drew 19 tennis coaches from Singapore and Malaysia.
The USTA announced the election of Katrina M. Adams as USTA Chairman of the Board, CEO and President to serve a second two-year term beginning Jan. 1, 2017. This marks the first time in the association’s 135 year history that an individual will serve a second two-year term as Chairman of the Board, CEO and President
POP Tennis, which is played on 60-foot tennis courts with lower pressure Green-Dot balls and shorter POP tennis (paddle) racquets, continues to gain followers in the U.S. A webinar, "Pop Tennis Coming to Your Club & Community," will be presented by the TIA on Thursday, Oct. 13, at 1 p.m. ET. The webinar will feature Ken Lindner, president of the U.S. POP Tennis Assocation; TIA Executive Director Jolyn de Boer; Virgil Christian of the USTA; and Lee Sponaugle, national sales manager for Sport Court. To register for the webinar, click here.
The USTA Southern Section has released the 28-page online publication “Making Tennis Matter: A USTA Southern Facility Toolkit,” aimed at supporting Community Tennis Associations, facility owners, municipal leaders and grassroots advocates as they work to build more tennis courts in local communities.