USTA Florida has named Frank Swope director of tennis management. He will lead the new division aimed at partnering with municipalities to manage and improve public tennis facilities across the state.
Visionaries with new, innovative products, software or services designed to grow the sport and business of tennis with players, consumers and fans can submit their pitch in the “Tennis Industry Innovation Challenge—2018.” This unique competition will take place at the Fifth Annual TOM (Tennis Owners & Managers) Conference, which will be April 8-11 at Wild Dunes Resort in Charleston, S.C.
Tennis Channel has added Hall of Fame coach Nick Bollettieri to its deep roster of influential tennis professionals and visionaries. Bollettieri will provide motivational tips, answer viewer questions via “Ask Nick” videos, write weekly articles for TennisChannel.com and sister site Tennis.com, and will likely contribute on air and to Tennis magazine. His first material is set to appear digitally this week during the network’s weeklong coverage of the Shanghai Rolex Masters tournament in China.
When International Tennis Federation President David Haggerty was inducted into the Tennis Industry Hall of Fame on Aug. 28 in New York City, during the TIA’s annual Tennis Forum, the audience was treated to a short video showing some of the many tennis scene’s in Haggerty’s life and career. The video is available to view at TennisIndustry.org/HOF.
Register now for the fifth annual TOM Conference, which will be April 8-11 at Wild Dunes Resort, Charleston, S.C., targeting tennis owners, managers and industry decision-makers with a focus on innovation, growth and business leadership.
This marks the 17th year that Tennis Industry magazine has honored individuals and organizations that are making a difference in tennis, and in the business of tennis. The Champions of Tennis issue will be in the magazine’s January 2018 edition, which will be distributed in mid-December.
Arguments over line calls are the bane of tennis players everywhere, and often a major cause of headaches for parents, tournament directors and tennis facility staff. But now, a new device by inventor Grégoire Gentil may help bring order to the court. Called “In/Out” (www.inout.tennis), this small, $199 unit attaches to any netpost, on any type of court, and detects whether balls are in or out.
To help get more Americans physically active, PHIT America is launching PHIT America Month. This national event will promote and encourage millions of Americans to Get Moving in May 2018, while growing sports and fitness participation. PHIT America and more than 100 corporate sponsors, sports celebrities, plus thousands of local supporters are expected to offer hundreds of ways for Americans to Get Moving, including participation in local events. PHIT America Month is open to all Americans and most of the programs offered will be free.
Lacoste has agreed to acquire French racquet and string manufacturer Tecnifibre. The purchase price was undisclosed. Lacoste will acquire an 80 percent stake and the deal is expected to close in October.
The USTA and Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, have teamed up to host the first ever "Careers Beyond the Court" Virtual Field Trip to inspire students to explore exciting career paths in the tennis industry. The event will premiere on Thursday, September 14, at 1 p.m. ET.