The number of people playing tennis in the U.S. and the number of tennis “play occasions” increased in 2015, according to the latest figures released by the Tennis Industry Association (TIA) and U.S. Tennis Association (USTA), which were part of the Physical Activity Council (PAC) Annual Participation Study.
Tennis participation for 2015 was generally stable, showing slight increases overall. Year-end stats for tennis equipment shipments and sales, however, were mixed.
POP Tennis, which recently adopted play on 36-foot and 60-foot courts using Red, Orange, and Green tennis balls, was demonstrated on-court at the PTR Symposium in February in Hilton Head. The sport will be demonstrated during the Tennis Owners & Managers Conference in Miami March 23-25, and in April, four Chicago-area Midtown clubs will hold POP Tennis pilot programs.
The tennis industry has promoted play on shorter 36-foot and 60-foot tennis courts for a number of years to help players of all ages get active, have fun and learn the game more easily. Now, the game of tennis played on 36- and 60-foot courts gets a major boost through the U.S. POP Tennis Association.
Tennis providers should sign up now at RallyTheFamily.com to participate in the industry-wide “Rally the Family” campaign to increase tennis activity and interest in the sport—and to take advantage of free promotional and marketing material, including downloadable guides, drills, teaching models and more.
Tennis providers can sign up now at RallyTheFamily.com to participate in the industry-wide “Rally the Family” campaign to increase tennis activity and interest in the sport. Rally the Family focuses on tennis for all ages, using lower compression Red, Orange and Green balls, shorter courts, shorter racquets and modified scoring.
Plans for “Rally the Family,” a new industry-wide campaign announced during the US Open that is designed to bring more players into the sport of tennis, continue to be refined in preparation for testing in select markets this fall and winter. The new family tennis initiative is expected to be rolled out to consumers in March.
The USTA is offering 100% funding to add 36- and 60-foot playing lines for school tennis programs, which will make it easier for organizers and teachers to offer tennis at school, and make it easier for students to excel at the game.
The agenda for the 2016 Tennis Owners & Managers (T.O.M.) Conference, which will take place March 23-25 in Miami, includes topics focused on growing revenue for clubs and facilities. The third annual T.O.M. Conference, presented by the TIA, will bring together industry leaders and top experts in the field of facility operations and management. The event will include a separate session on the State of the Tennis Industry.
Tennis providers can use the power of Nickelodeon, the No. 1 media brand for kids and parents, to help grow their youth tennis programs in September. The USTA’s partnership with Nickelodeon means the media giant is helping to drive traffic to YouthTennis.com, where parents and kids can find programs and places to play tennis.