Tennis Industry magazine


Our Serve: A Celebration of Tennis

By Peter Francesconi

The US Open brings the best tennis players together for what many consider is the biggest and best tournament in the world. That’s a perfect reason to celebrate this sport.

But now, this industry is adding another reason for celebration. The Tennis Show 2012 is happening in New York City on Friday, Aug. 24, at the Grand Hyatt. If you’ll recall, the inaugural Tennis Show had been scheduled last year, but Hurricane Irene forced cancelation of that and many other events the weekend before the Open.

This year’s Tennis Show is a one-day celebration of tennis that includes an Exhibitor Show (with demo court for trying out racquets), TIA Tennis Forum, the induction of Nick Bollettieri into the Tennis Industry Hall of Fame, and a cocktail reception. The Friday time slot (from 3 to 9 p.m.) was picked to lead into the USTA’s Tennis Teachers Conference, which begins the next morning.

Entrance into The Tennis Show is free for all involved in the tennis industry, so we hope you’ll be able to make it to help support this industry. The Tennis Show program is inserted into the center of this issue of RSI, so if you aren’t able to be in New York at that time, you can still see what it’s all about.

Also in this issue is an extensive Q & A with three of the USTA’s leaders: Kurt Kamperman, Patrick McEnroe and Gordon Smith. They were kind enough to answer our questions on a range of important subjects, from youth tennis, to Player Development, to teaching pro organizations, to the National Tennis Center, and much more. We’re sure, however, that many of you will have other questions you’d like to put to the USTA, and we encourage you to send them to us (email me at While I can’t guarantee we’ll get answers, we can certainly try.

We hope to see you at The Tennis Show this year. (If you are going to be there, I’ll probably be spending a lot of time in a TIA-sponsored “tennis industry media” booth, so please stop and say hello.) If you can’t make it to New York for the show this year, make sure you take time to celebrate this sport, in your shop, club, public park — wherever your business is. The US Open “season” is the perfect reason to boost your business.

Peter Francesconi
Editorial Director

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Peter Francesconi is editorial director of Tennis Industry magazine.



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