Since the introduction of collaborative industry efforts and focuses to grow participation in the youth tennis demographic, the manufacturing sector has seen a substantial uptick in the number of red, orange, and green tennis balls sold into various consumer distribution channels. For the year end in 2013, wholesale unit shipments of these balls were up 17% over 2012 and up 375% since they were first tracked by TIA Census Reporting in 2008.
Todd Martin, who was ranked world No. 4 on the ATP World Tour in the 1990s, has been named CEO-designate of the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum (ITHF) in Newport, R.I. He will succeed Mark L. Stenning, who is stepping down in September after 35 years with the organization and 14 years as CEO.
When the Future of Tennis Summit kicks off in Indian Wells, Calif., on Tuesday, March 11, it will do so with an agenda filled with executives from across a wide variety of tennis industry segments. The two-day Summit has a goal of helping generate ideas and discussions that can put the industry on a pathway to creating more players, more fans, and more consumers of the game.
Cliff Drysdale, a 2013 International Tennis Hall of Fame Inductee, will be the keynote speaker for the 2014 TIA Tennis Owners & Managers Conference in Charleston, S.C., April 3-4, during the Family Circle Cup women's tennis tournament.
Despite a strong start to the holiday season in 2013, where pro/specialty retailers saw a 4% increase in racquet units sold and a 7% increase in racquet dollar sales in November, year-end figures were down compared to the previous year. Racquet unit sales in the channel were down significantly in Q1 (-14%), which had a significant impact on total sales for the year as remaining quarters saw smaller losses in units sold.
The International Tennis Federation announced on February 10, 2014, important changes to the ITF Rules of Tennis as they relate to the Green Stage 1 ball and also ITF guidelines related to the use of the Green ball in competitive play at a national level.
Cardio Tennis, now in its ninth year, continues to garner media attention across the country and around the globe. With more than 1.5 million participations in the U.S. and with more than 30 countries delivering the program, media outlets continuously find the Cardio Tennis program a great way to connect with readers about health and fitenss opportunities, as did Debbie Juniewicz of the Dayton Daily News in Dayton, OH.
The IHRSA 2014 Trade Show, March 13-14 at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA will feature more than 350 exhibitors in a dynamic, high-energy environment spread over two full days. You can be the first to try out the newest models of your favorite fitness equipment -- many introduced for the first time at the Show.
The United States Tennis Association (USTA) today announced the launch of an educational curriculum program, “Coach Youth Tennis,” to improve the quality and standards of teaching tennis to kids and enhance the long-term development of children in the sport. The program consists of a series of online courses and a hands-on workshop introducing participants to the fundamentals required for success in working with children ages 10 and under.