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Drysdale to speak at T.O.M.

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — Cliff Drysdale, one of the most popular personalities in the international tennis community, will be among the presenters at the 2016 Tennis Owners & Managers Conference in Miami March 23-25.

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Drysdale, who was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2013, has devoted over four decades to promoting the advancement of tennis. His contributions to the game span across an award-winning career as a professional player (winning 35 singles titles and 24 doubles titles, including a US Open doubles crown), leadership roles in advancing Open Tennis, and the founding and presidency of the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP).

Drysdale has been one of the game’s pre-eminent television commentators since the late 1970s and has been the “voice” of ESPN since the network’s inception in 1979. He also is the owner of a tennis management company, Cliff Drysdale Tennis. At the Tennis Owners & Managers (T.O.M.) Conference, he’ll talk about where the sport is heading and how to continue to increase growth in the tennis business.

The third annual T.O.M. Conference, which is presented by the Tennis Industry Association (TIA), will bring together leading experts in facility management, programming and other key areas to provide vital information to grow tennis businesses and bring in more tennis players. The event will take place at the Hilton Miami Downtown, during the 2016 Miami Open pro tennis tournament. To register, visit TheTOMConference.com.

Other speakers will include internationally recognized performance expert Dr. Jack Groppel, the co-founder of the Johnson & Johnson Human Performance Institute; Hall-of-Famer Gigi Fernandez, a former world No. 1-ranked doubles player and doubles champion at all four Grand Slams; French Open and US Open doubles winner Emilio Sanchez, also a former world No. 1-ranked doubles player and owner of Academia Sanchez-Casal-Florida; tennis industry veteran and former TIA President Jim Baugh, the founder of PHIT America; and internationally known management consultant Dr. Gerald Faust, among other management and business consultants, and successful tennis facility owners and managers.

The T.O.M. Conference also will provide an opportunity for attendees to learn about the latest products and trends and to experience interactive resources and ideas, as the event will feature a unique Tennis Tech Fair & Resource Center and an “Idea Fair” workshop.

On the morning of Wednesday, March 23, a State of the Tennis Industry Forum will be held, prior to the start of the T.O.M. Conference. The Forum is a free event, open to all in the tennis industry, however space is limited, so registration for the Forum is required at TheTOMConference.com website.

For more information or to register to attend the T.O.M. Conference and/or the State of the Industry Forum, visit TheTomConference.com or call the TIA at 843-686-3036.

About the TIA

The Tennis Industry Association, the not-for-profit trade association for tennis, is THE unifying force in the tennis industry whose mission is to promote the growth and economic vitality of tennis by working closely with the U.S. Tennis Association and industry partners to develop and implement initiatives to increase tennis participation and improve the health of industry businesses. Core TIA activities include producing more than 70 research reports annually on participation and consumer/trade research, in addition to Grow the Game Initiatives such as PlayTennis.com, 10 and Under Tennis, the GrowingTennis Systemâ„¢, Tennis Welcome Centers, Cardio Tennis, Careers in Tennis and Tennis Tune-Up Campaign. Visit TennisIndustry.org or call 866-686-3036.

 

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