Are you ready for March 4? That’s an important day for tennis and for this industry. Here in the U.S., March 4 is “Tennis Night in America,” and across the globe, it’s “World Tennis Day.”
In 2012, more than 2,000 youth tennis events took place across the country, giving tennis organizers the opportunity to showcase youth programs while attracting new players. This March, invite parents to participate and experience first-hand how tennis is now sized right for age and ability. Be one of the first 1,200 registered tennis festivals and receive an event pack including a YouthTennis.com banner and giveaway items for event attendees. As a host your facility will receive:
In a statement released today by the ATP World Tour, the organization voiced its support of the increase in prize money for the 2013 US Open and shared its concerns of the scheduling change for the 2013 men's final.
Madison Square Garden was filled with excitement on Nov. 5 as tennis legends Andre Agassi, John McEnroe, Patrick Rafter and Pete Sampras competed in the PowerShares Series. And for one local tennis club, the Yonkers Tennis Center, it was a time to showcase their highly successful 10 and Under Tennis program.
The USTA has released an all new website, YouthTennis.com, to connect tennis providers and consumers to play opportunities for youth tennis. For consumers, it's quick and easy to find an event or a facility in your area, simply by clicking the "find an event" photo and/or button on the homepage of the website. For consumers to find events in their area, such as a Free Tennis Play Day, all they have to do is enter their 5 digit zip code and those events being held close to them are displayed in an easy-to-view format. The sign up process for providers to get their events listed is quick and simple, too.
The USTA today announced donations of goods and money to Hurricane Sandy relief efforts totaling more than $400,000.
Clothing, bottled water and other beverages, and needed supplies such as shampoos and soap, were collected from the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center and the USTA’s White Plains corporate headquarters and loaded on 16 pallets for delivery to the hardest hit areas in Queens. The USTA is working with the Queens Economic Development Corporation to ensure these critical supplies reach those in need.
TIA Cardio Tennis Manager Michele Krause, along with two National Cardio Tennis Speakers Team members, conducted a training workshop for staff and other professionals at the new Montgomery TennisPlex in Boyds, Md., on Sept. 14—the day before the facility had its Grand Opening celebration.
From USTA Reports -- United States Tennis Association (USTA) Player Development announced the release of 10 and Under Tennis Competency video resources to provide coaches, players and parents with a source on fundamental guidelines and skill proficiencies that young players, ages 10 and younger, should learn prior to progressing from one play format to the next.
The Tennis Industry Association’s Board of Directors met during the US Open and heard updates from several segments of the tennis industry, including a “state of the industry” report by TIA President Jon Muir, key industry research from Sports Marketing Surveys, and an update on the youth tennis initiative from the USTA.
As the 10 and Under Tennis/Youth Tennis Initiative continues to roll out, both the USTA and TIA have employed various monitors to track its progress. The USTA’s “10 and Under Tennis Dashboard” keeps tabs on participation aspects of the initiative, among other measures, while the TIA is tracking manufacturer shipments of red, orange and green balls. (These metrics are available on the TIA's website at TennisIndustry.org/Dashboard.)