Redefining spectacular. That is how the USTA's vision and motivation was described almost three years ago when plans to build a retractable roof over Arthur Ashe Stadium were first unveiled at a Manhattan hotel. Those ambitious and revolutionary plans came to fruition – witnessing spectacular – on Tuesday, Aug. 2, with the first public demonstration of the $150 million roof opening and closing over the US Open's primary show court. Read the USTA's account of the history-making moment here.
The ninth annual TIA Tennis Forum will be held on Monday, Aug. 29, at the Grand Hyatt New York City, right before play begins at the 2016 US Open. In addition to presenting the latest news and research about the tennis industry, the Forum will include a ceremony honoring the two 2016 inductees into the Tennis Industry Hall of Fame: Eve Kraft and Eugene Scott. Attendees should register at TennisIndustry.org/forum.
The 2016 State of the Industry report is available from the TIA and 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.
Through the TIA, Tennis Channel is offering a 20% discount on annual subscriptions to Tennis Channel Plus through June 5. (Go to tennischannel.com, click Tennis Channel Plus, and use Promo Code TIA20.)
The ATP and Infosys, a global leader in consulting, technology, outsourcing and next-generation services, have launched a new statistical way to measure the best performing ATP World Tour players across three key categories—Serving, Returning and Under Pressure. These new stats and ratings are now live on ATPWorldTour.com.
The USTA has announced that former WTA Chairman and CEO Stacey Allaster has been named Chief Executive, Professional Tennis for the USTA. Allaster will report to USTA Chief Operating Officer and Executive Director Gordon Smith.
Longtime tennis journalist and TV tennis analyst Arthur “Bud” Collins died March 4 at his home in Brookline, Mass. He was 86 years old.
Cliff Drysdale, one of the most popular personalities in the international tennis community, will be among the presenters at the 2016 Tennis Owners & Managers Conference in Miami March 23-25.
The 2016 TIA State of the Industry Forum will be March 23 in Miami, in conjunction with the Tennis Owners & Managers (T.O.M.) Conference. The Forum will run from 10 to 11:45 a.m. at the Downtown Miami Hilton on Biscayne Blvd. and is free to the industry to attend, however, space is limited, so registration is required (visit TheTOMConference.com).
The ATP has released its 2017 and 2018 calendars on the back of a record-breaking season in 2015 that attracted a global broadcast audience of 973 million viewers, a 10% growth on the previous year.