Business and sports industry leaders Douglas Conant and Stephen Tharrett will be among the keynote presenters and moderators at the 2018 Tennis Owners & Managers (TOM) Conference, which will be April 8-11 at Wild Dunes Resort in Charleston, S.C. Presented by the TIA, the TOM Conference targets tennis owners, managers and industry decision-makers with a focus on innovation, growth, business leadership and development.
The third Tennis Industry Innovation Challenge promises to showcase some of the most brilliant new and innovative sports products and services designed to grow the sport and business of tennis with players, consumers and fans. This unique competition will take place on April 9 at the 2018 Tennis Owners & Managers (TOM Conference), held at Wild Dunes Resort in Charleston, S.C.
What happens when you put 175 people onto eight tennis courts for an hour, playing with red balls and shorter racquets, under the direction of trained Cardio Tennis instructors? The players burn a combined estimated total of 102,000 calories (that’s an average 582 calories per participant!), they have a ton of fun—and you have one of the largest single Cardio Tennis events in the U.S.
Industry partners are working together to promote May as “Play Tennis Month” to help showcase the sport of tennis and associated health benefits. Thousands of tennis programs and events will be held around the country, with a goal of helping to get people moving and playing tennis, the No. 1 sport for a long and healthy life. Visit RallyTheIndustry.org.
The USTA has announced its No-Cut Coach All-Star Team, recognizing exceptional high school coaches nationwide who implement an inclusive “no-cut” policy which welcome all students to be a part of their high school’s tennis team. Since 2013, the USTA has honored coaches for their dedication and leadership in providing young players the experience of representing their school.
The USTA commemorated the one-year anniversary of the USTA National Campus, which officially opened on Jan. 2, 2017, in Lake Nona in Orlando, Fla., as the new “Home of American Tennis.” In its inaugural year, nearly 200,000 players visited the groundbreaking facility, with more than 100 international, national and local tournaments held throughout the year.
Universal Tennis and Tennis Channel are joining forces to evolve and accelerate the growth of tennis by unifying the language of the sport through technology and media. The collaborative partnership focuses on supporting more competitive play and enjoyment across the tennis community through the use of the Universal Tennis Rating (UTR).
The USTA announced the creation of a tennis coaching accreditation program for organizations and institutions that certify U.S. tennis professionals. The program will begin in 2018.
Any business, organization or individual looking to support the tennis industry can become part of the Tennis Network for just $35 and enjoy TIA benefits and access to key information to grow their business. Visit TennisIndustry.org/membership.