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Venus Williams leads Washington Kastles to World TeamTennis title

CHARLESTON, S.C. (September 16, 2012) – Venus Williams led the Washington Kastles to their second consecutive World TeamTennis title today with a 20-19 victory over the Sacramento Capitals at the Family Circle Tennis Center in Charleston, S.C.  Williams was also named the Finals MVP, winning her sets in women's doubles, mixed doubles and the decisive final set of women's singles.

USPTA names John Embree as new CEO/Executive Director

HOUSTON, TX (Sept. 13, 2012) – The United States Professional Tennis Association Board of Directors and Search Committee has hired industry veteran John Embree as the new CEO/Executive Director. Embree will take the administrative reigns from Tim Heckler, who will retire at the end of the year, after 30 years in the position. Embree will begin transitioning into his role as of Oct. 1and will be relocating to the national office in Houston on Nov. 1.

SGMA To Change Name to Sports & Fitness Industry Association

The Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association (SGMA) plans to change its name to the Sports & Fitness Industry Association (SFIA) as part of a new branding effort. The rebranding process is a reflection of a multi-year strategic planning process that includes a disciplined focus on its core offerings: member services; thought leadership & events; public & industry affairs; and research insights.

TIA Seeks Task Force to Discuss Unified Teaching Pro Group

Tennis Industry Association President Jon Muir said the TIA will work with the U.S Professional Tennis Association and the Professional Tennis Registry to form a task force that will look into the possibility of creating a single, unified tennis teaching professional organization. Muir made the announcement to more than 300 tennis providers, teaching pros, coaches, facility managers, retailers, media and industry supporters at the TIA Tennis Forum in New York just before the US Open.

10 and Under Tennis Dashboard & TIA Research Tracking Success of Initiative

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.)

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