All different types of folks become president of the USTA – oilmen, car manufacturers, insurance execs and lawyers. More recently a great doubles player – Katrina Adams, who reached the Wimbledon doubles semis – headed the group for four years. Now another doubles whiz, Patrick Galbraith, will be USTA president on January 1. In fact, the Washington state resident is the finest player to lead the federation since seven-time US National champ Richard Sears headed the group over 130 years ago. Read Inside Tennis's Bill Simons' Q&A with the new USTA president here at this link.
The list of sponsors and exhibitors for the inaugural Racquet & Paddle Sports Conference (RAPS) continues to grow. The event will be Jan. 23-25 at the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) in Orlando, Fla.
Michael F. Goss, Executive Vice President and CFO of Sotheby's, has been elected Chairman of the Board of Governors of the International Tennis Hall of Fame, following his three-year term as Vice Chairman. Goss succeeds John Arnhold, who is concluding a three-year term as Chairman. Charlie Pasarell, a longtime tennis industry leader and a 2013 inductee of the International Tennis Hall of Fame, has been elected Vice Chairman.
There’s still time to register--for free—for the inaugural Racquet & Paddle Sports Conference (RAPS), which will be Jan. 23-25 at the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) in Orlando, Fla. RAPS will include the Tennis Industry Association’s sixth annual Tennis Owners & Managers (TOM) Conference (for an added registration fee), with an expanded focus on facilities, innovation and technology, and showcasing top experts and consultants.
Racquet sports professionals can attend, free of charge, the Demo Day and Industry Welcome Party at the USTA National Campus on Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019. The Demo Day and Industry Welcome Party—the “Lake Nona Experience XX19”—are part of the inaugural three-day Racquet & Paddle Sports Conference (RAPS), Jan. 23-25, in Orlando, Fla. Complimentary industry registration is required to attend and available at RacquetPaddleSportsShow.com.
The Trump administration has delayed until March 1 a tariff hike of 10 percent to 25 percent on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods. Originally, the tariff increase was scheduled to go into effect on Jan. 1.
Cliff Drysdale Tennis, the largest tennis management company in the U.S., announced its year-end ‘Cliffy Award’ winners Friday, with standout employees and clubs being recognized for their efforts in 2018.
The ATP, governing body of men’s professional tennis, has announced the final shortlist of candidates bidding to host the ATP Finals. The cities of Manchester, England; Singapore; Tokyo; and Turin, Italy, have been selected by the ATP to progress and will now be assessed alongside London in the final phase of the bidding process to host the ATP Tour’s crown jewel event from 2021 to 2025.
Larry Ellison, the co-founder, executive chairman and chief technology officer of software giant Oracle, has been named “Person of the Year” for 2018 by Tennis Industry magazine in the publication’s January 2019 issue. Ellison led off the magazine’s 18th annual “Champions of Tennis Awards,” which honors people, businesses and organizations dedicated to improving the sport and business of tennis.