The first day of tennis industry meetings in Orlando, Fla., at the end of March will open with a Future of Tennis Forum, a “Tennis Innovation Challenge,” and a Tennis Health & Wellness Panel. The meetings, March 27-29, are presented by the Tennis Industry Association (TIA) and lead into the fourth annual Tennis Owners & Managers (TOM) Conference, which will be at the award-winning Rosen Shingle Creek Resort.
The 10th Annual TIA Tennis Forum will be Monday morning, Aug. 28, which is the first day of play at the 2017 US Open. This year’s Forum will be at a new location, the Intercontinental New York Barclay Hotel, at Lexington Avenue and 49th Street.
Tennis facility and club management experts, along with sports and fitness industry executives, will share their knowledge, experience and expertise at the 2017 Tennis Owners & Managers (TOM) Conference, March 27-29, at the award-winning Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando, Fla. Visit TheTOMConference.com for more information and to register.
A “Tennis Industry Innovation Challenge” will take place at the 2017 TOM Conference March 27-29, showcasing new and innovative products designed to help grow tennis businesses. From now until Feb. 15, companies and individuals can submit their pitch for their products, software, services, etc. Finalists will have the opportunity to present to a panel of judges at the 2017 TOM Conference in Orlando.
Tennis facility and club management experts, along with sports and fitness industry executives, will share their knowledge, experience and expertise at the 2017 Tennis Owners & Managers (TOM) Conference, which will be March 27-29 at the Rosen Shingle Creek resort in Orlando.
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.
Wearable technology will again be the top fitness trend in the coming year, according to an annual fitness trend forecast by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), which surveys exercise professionals. The results were released in the article “Worldwide Survey of Fitness Trends for 2017” published Oct. 26 in the November/December issue of ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal.
Dr. Jack Groppel, an internationally recognized authority and pioneer in the science of human performance, will become the Health & Wellness Advisor for the Tennis Industry. As the representative and spokesperson for the Tennis Industry Association Board of Directors, Dr. Groppel will work with industry partners, including the USTA, SFIA, IHRSA and others, on strategies to best convey the health and fitness messaging of tennis.
Top retail expert Dan O’Connor, the founder and CEO of RetailNet Group (RNG), spoke to tennis retailers, manufacturers and others in the industry at a roundtable sponsored by the TIA. "The business question I get asked all the time is, ‘What’s next?’” O’Connor said. “The fundamentals of retail are shifting in a way that I’ve never experienced. It’s all about the merchandise and execution.”