When tennis teams up with Nickelodeon, it’s sure to draw new kids to your courts. Welcome the whole family to get playing and leverage the power of Nickelodeon!
FLUSHING, N.Y., August 15, 2013 – The USTA today announced its plans for a sweeping transformation of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center that will include building a retractable roof over Arthur Ashe Stadium, and the construction of two new stadiums. The transformation will be implemented in three phases to begin at the conclusion of the 2013 US Open, with the goal of overall completion by the 2018 US Open. The completion of the retractable roof for Arthur Ashe Stadium is scheduled for August 2017.
A new player-matching tool for the PlayTennis.com website is being beta-tested now with a group of recreational players and should start to roll out later this summer. The new feature will help to overcome one of the biggest barriers that TIA research shows has been an entry to playing tennis: finding someone to play with.
The TIA is creating new opportunities for technology development companies that offer "software as a service" (SaaS) to help tennis providers manage and grow their businesses.
The TIA and the International Tennis Federation (ITF) have joined to create a Global Tennis Research Partnership designed to create a plan that establishes participation and market trends on a global basis. It's the first time that a sport has established an international evaluation and measurement program managed and controlled by the stakeholders in the sport.
The TIA's "State of the Tennis Industry" meeting will be Monday, Aug. 26, at the Grand Hyatt New York, beginning at 8 a.m. The meeting is free and open to all in the industry, however space is limited. Those interested in attending should visit TennisIndustry.org/Meeting for more information and to register.
Three industry leaders will be honored with induction into the Tennis Industry Hall of Fame in 2013. Howard R. Gill Jr., Walter Montenegro, and Sheldon Westervelt will join previous inductees Howard Head (2008), Dennis Van der Meer (2008), Alan Schwartz (2009), Billie Jean King (2010) and Nick Bollettieri (2011).