More than fifty tennis businesses and organizations from across the country and many with an international presence will be on hand as exhibitors for The Tennis Show 2014, set for Sunday, Aug. 24, at the Grand Hyatt New York.
With many parts of the country finally recovering from the prolonged winter season, pro/specialty retailers saw a 1% uptick in their unit sales for the month of May as compared to the same period in 2013.
As many parts of the country begin to recover from what was a substantially extended winter season and the first signs of spring began to show, racquet unit sales in the pro/specialty retail channels increased 2% in April.
Excitement is building for The Tennis Show 2014, an evening celebration of the business of tennis at New York's Grand Hyatt Hotel on Sunday, August 24, 2014. Click here to register! Hundreds of tennis industry leaders, executives, and professionals are expected to be on hand for this one-of-a-kind event. The Tennis Show 2014 is being held in conjunction with the collaborative Tennis Teachers Conference.
Join your industry at the Grand Hyatt, New York, on Sunday, August 24th, for the 2014 Tennis Show, held in conjunction with the collaborative Tennis Teachers Conference just days before the 2014 US Open! This event will be a celebration of the business of tennis including an Exhibitor Show along with the 7th Annual TIA Forum and Tennis Industry Hall of Fame Induction.
The first quarter of the year has been a busy one here at the Tennis Industry Association as we continue to work towards our mission of promoting the growth and economic vitality of the industry
The 2014 tennis season has officially kicked off in the U.S. and various segments of the trade are supporting a "Restring for Spring" campaign to get consumers into retail stores to "tune-up" their racquets.
Despite a strong start to the holiday season in 2013, where pro/specialty retailers saw a 4% increase in racquet units sold and a 7% increase in racquet dollar sales in November, year-end figures were down compared to the previous year. Racquet unit sales in the channel were down significantly in Q1 (-14%), which had a significant impact on total sales for the year as remaining quarters saw smaller losses in units sold.
In a recently released article on Market Watch, it appears that some retailer's concern regarding "showrooming" - where a consumer comes into a brick and mortar store to view/test products and then goes home and purchases online - may be somewhat misguideded.
The start of the holiday shopping season brought good news to the pro/specialty segment of the tennis industry in 2013. In what has been a challenging year in terms of "sell through" for racquets among pro/specialty retailers, November racquet sales saw an increase of 4% in unit sales over 2012.