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.
The ninth Annual TIA Tennis Forum will be Monday morning, Aug. 29, at the Grand Hyatt New York City (42nd Street and Lexington Avenue), which is the first day of play at the 2016 US Open.
The USTA has announced that former WTA Chairman and CEO Stacey Allaster has been named Chief Executive, Professional Tennis for the USTA. Allaster will report to USTA Chief Operating Officer and Executive Director Gordon Smith.
The tennis industry will come together on March 23 in Miami for the 2016 State of the Industry Forum. The event, which will be held at the Hilton Miami Downtown, will run from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Prior to the start of the State of the Industry Forum, a “Tennis Tech Fair & Resource Center” will open at 9 a.m. and offer the opportunity to learn about key new trends and products in the marketplace.
Longtime tennis journalist and TV tennis analyst Arthur “Bud” Collins died March 4 at his home in Brookline, Mass. He was 86 years old.
How can you increase your business and promote tennis in your local area? By signing up now to participate in the industry-wide Rally the Family campaign, where you can take advantage of free promotional and marketing material that will drive consumers—and families—to your courts and programs.
Make plans now to attend the 2016 TIA State of the Industry Forum, which will be March 23 in Miami, in conjunction with the Tennis Owners & Managers (T.O.M.) Conference. The Forum will run from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Hilton Miami Downtown and is free to the industry to attend. The event is being held during the Miami Open professional tennis tournament.
Mark your calendar now for an important webinar and update on the progress at the USTA National Campus at Lake Nona in Orlando, Fla., as the new Home for American Tennis continues to take shape. The webinar will be April 6 at 11 a.m. ET. Stay tuned for more details and a link to sign up
The 2016 Tennis Owners & Managers Conference in Miami March 23-25 will feature Dr. Jack Groppel, an internationally recognized authority and pioneer in the science of human performance. Dr. Groppel, who is the co-founder of the Johnson & Johnson Human Performance Institute, has a long history in tennis. He will address tennis facility owners/managers on topics that include the importance of health and fitness in helping to grow tennis and the industry.