As the world’s best players gather in New York for the US Open, so too are industry leaders gathering for a series of meeting and events involving all areas of the sport with discussions focused on future growth for the tennis industry. Among some of the key meetings scheduled are the TIA Tennis Forum at the Tennis Show, TIA Board Meeting, along with separate dedicated meetings for TIA manufacturers and others to focus on youth tennis developments and updates with the USTA and the ITF.
The activities start on Friday, Aug. 24, with The Tennis Show 2012—a one-day celebration of the sport presented by the Tennis Industry Association, in conjunction with the USTA Tennis Teachers Conference. The Tennis Show, at the Grand Hyatt New York from 3 to 9 p.m., includes an exhibitor show, demo court, the TIA Tennis Forum and the Tennis Industry Hall of Fame induction of Nick Bollettieri, as well as a cocktail and hors d’oeuvre reception.
The TIA Tennis Forum begins at 6 p.m. with a welcome by USTA Chairman of the Board and President Jon Vegosen. Then TIA President Jon Muir will present the state of the tennis industry, updating the U.S. tennis market and current initiatives to support industry growth. USTA Chief Executive of Community Tennis Kurt Kamperman will follow with an update on Youth Tennis and the 10 and Under Tennis initiative.
Also included in the TIA Tennis Forum is the induction of coaching legend Nick Bollettieri into the Tennis Industry Hall of Fame. ESPN tennis commentator Brad Gilbert will introduce his former coach. (A press conference with Bollettieri will follow the Hall of Fame induction.)
The USTA Tennis Teachers Conference begins early the next morning, Aug. 25, and runs through Aug. 27, at the Grand Hyatt, providing current educational resources and excellent networking opportunities to tennis teaching professionals, organizers and coaches. Sessions include some of the sport’s most acclaimed speakers and presenters.
The Tennis Industry Association will hold its semi-annual TIA Board Meeting on Monday morning at the Grand Hyatt. The agenda will include updates on key initiatives from the TIA and the USTA, including playtennis.com, youth tennis, along with overall industry initiatives, the latest TIA research on tennis equipment and participation and partner presentations.
Monday afternoon, at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, will be a meeting of the playtennis.com advisory group, to review the direction and efforts the industry is making in launching the website to consumers in July. Playtennis.com is designed to get more people playing tennis, creating more frequent players.
The TIA also will be holding a series of informal meetings with various groups during the US Open, including TIA Advisory Panels for manufacturers, retailers and a meeting with the American Sports Builders Association on Sept. 2 to discuss court construction issues, including research that concerns tennis court and facility builders.
The USTA’s 2012 Semiannual Meeting and Conference begins Saturday, Sept. 1, at the Grand Hyatt and runs through Wednesday, with numerous committee meetings that deal with community and professional tennis.