Earlier this month, the Trump Administration released a new round of proposed tariffs on an additional $200 billion worth of US imports from China. The list of proposed products to face a 10% tariff includes certain items of sports bags, hats, apparel and synthetic monofilament racquet strings. The Tennis Industry Association opposes this action as these tariffs will place undue financial stress on our manufacturers and the network of tennis retailers across the country. We're asking the U.S. Trade Representative to remove these products from the list.
There’s some good news with wholesale equipment shipments for the second quarter of 2018 as balls increased in both units and dollars and racquets increased in dollars.
Join industry professionals and colleagues for the 2018 Tennis Teachers Conference, which will be Aug. 24-27 at the Grand Hyatt New York. The event, which is presented by the USTA and the USPTA and also will serve as the USPTA World Conference, will feature educational sessions from more than 30 world class speakers, along with on-court sessions at Sportime at Randall’s Island.
The fourth edition of the popular Tennis Industry Innovation Challenge will take place during the racquet & paddle sports conference in Orlando, Jan. 23-25. Presented by the Tennis Industry Association, the Innovation Challenge is a “Shark Tank”-like competition to identify the most innovative and creative product or service in the tennis industry.
Tennis players, and this industry, can thank both Jim Fromuth and the late Vic Braden for helping to improve their games and grow this sport. Both men will be inducted into the Tennis Industry Hall of Fame on Aug. 27, during the TIA Tennis Forum at the Grand Hyatt in New York City.
Reserve now for the new industry conference that will be Jan. 23-25 in Orlando, which will expand upon and include the TIA’s popular Tennis Owners & Managers Conference. The new “racquet & paddle sports” conference will include an added focus on facilities, innovation and technology. It will also include demo day, with manufacturers and innovators displaying new product for attendees to playtest on the courts at the USTA National Campus.
Don’t miss the 11th annual Tennis Industry Association Tennis Forum, which will be at the Grand Hyatt New York on Monday, Aug. 27, the first day of play at the US Open. The Forum will be from 8 to 9:30 a.m.
In a major step to help overcome the “Inactivity Pandemic” and improve the health of Americans, the U.S. House of Representatives late this afternoon passed the Personal Health Investment Today (PHIT) Act by a bipartisan vote of 277-142. The PHIT Act now moves to the Senate for consideration.
The USTA announced that Rolex has become an official sponsor of the US Open and will serve as the tournament’s Official Timekeeper and Official Timepiece. The new multi-year agreement begins immediately with preparations for the 2018 US Open. Rolex replaces Citizen, which was the official timekeeper of the Open for the last 25 years.