The USTA and TIA announced the launch of the new playtennis.com site, designed to help all tennis players—whether regular, new or returning to the game—find out everything they need to know about getting into the game and playing more tennis.
Cardio Tennis is one of the fastest growing fitness trends in the U.S.—since its introduction in 2005, it now has more than 1.3 million participants. Now, former WTA players are taking notice of the great health benefits the program provides, as well as the revenue it can generate.
Consumers looking to get into tennis or play more frequently will now have at their fingertips the most powerful tennis industry databases for finding courts, programs, instruction and more when they go to playtennis.com, a new free interactive website developed through a cooperative industry effort.
The new, innovative TRX Cardio Tennis program will get a big boost in July with a training course at IMG Academies in Bradenton, Fla., where legendary coach Nick Bollettieri is scheduled to speak to the group. TRX training tools and education are already an important part of IMG Performance Institute (IPI). The TRX Cardio Tennis Pilot Training Course will be on July 22 (a Cardio Tennis workshop will be held the day before, on July 21). Visit CardioTennisTraining.com for more information and to sign up.
Register to exhibit at The Tennis Show 2012 by July 20 to make sure your ad is included free in the Tennis Show Special Section that will appear in Racquet Sports Industry magazine.
The 42nd Annual USTA Tennis Teachers Conference is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, at the Grand Hyatt New York and will run through Aug. 27. The event brings together hundreds of tennis teachers, coaches, tennis advocates and industry partners. World-class speakers will provide current, cutting-edge educational opportunities for all tennis providers. For more information and to register, visit www.usta.com/ttc.
The TIA’s home page at TennisIndustry.org now has an “Industry Dashboard” link that shows quarterly numbers for wholesale racquet, ball,
and string shipments in both units and dollars. To see a quick view of the new industry dashboard click here.
The Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association (SGMA) and supporters of physical education are applauding the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee for taking a stand for physical education in schools. The committee approved $78.693 million for the Carol M. White Physical Education (PEP) Program in the U.S. Department of Education budget.
To monitor and report on the progress of 10 and Under Tennis, the USTA has created a “Dashboard,” which sets 2012 goals and tracks the initiative across various categories.
“While our ‘Dashboard’ may be new this year, we’ve been tracking our progress throughout the last few years,” says Scott Schultz, the USTA’s managing director for Youth Tennis. “For 10 and Under Tennis, 2011 was a tremendous year. The industry really pulled together and we had major growth in every category.”
Cardio Tennis® has become one of the fastest growing fitness trends in the U.S., and now the program is expanding, with more benefits and services to providers so they can continue to bring a quality, fun fitness-oriented tennis workout to more consumers.