September 26, 2023

USA Pickleball Announces 'Quiet Category' for Pickleball Products

USA Pickleball, the National Governing Body for the sport of pickleball in the U.S., announced the launch of its Quiet Category for pickleball products, a revolutionary initiative that aims to reduce the sport’s sound output. (Full story …)

September 7, 2023

RacquetX Racquet Sports Industry Conference March 24-26 in Miami

RacquetX is hosting a conference for all racquet sports under one roof - encouraging ideas and collaboration between industry professionals in tennis, pickleball, padel and beyond. (Full story …)

August 29, 2023

USTA Connect Adds Five Additional Partner Organizations

he USTA announced that five additional organizations from the tennis world have joined USTA Connect. USTA Connect was formed earlier in 2023, with the goal of increasing communication and integration throughout the tennis industry. (Full story …)

August 24, 2023

USPTA Signs Multi-Year Pickleball Deal with Selkirk Sport

The United States Professional Tennis Association is pleased to announce a three-year agreement with Selkirk Sport. Per the agreement, Selkirk Sport will serve as the Official Pickleball Ball and the Official Pickleball Net of the USPTA. (Full story …)

August 3, 2023

USPTA Extends Playmate Agreement in Tennis and Adds Pickleball

The USPTA will extend its agreement with Playmate Tennis Machines for three years. As of the agreement, Playmate will continue to serve as the Official Ball Machine of the USPTA and will now also serve as the Official Pickleball Ball Machine of the USPTA. (Full story …)

July 11, 2023

Selkirk Sport Is Presenting Sponsor for Professional Pickleball Association

Selkirk Sport, the industry-leading pickleball paddle manufacturer and brand, is excited to announce an agreement with CBS Sports to be the presenting sponsor for all Professional Pickleball Association (PPA) tournaments airing on the CBS Television Network, Paramount+ and CBS Sports Network. (Full story …)

May 25, 2023

Ellesse Named Official On-Court Apparel Partner of the APP

The Association of Pickleball Players (APP), the nation’s preeminent pickleball tour for professionals and amateurs, has announced a significant addition to its partner roster with the iconic sports fashion brand ellesse joining as its Official On-Court Apparel partner. (Full story …)

March 30, 2023

USTA Launches USTA Connect, to Boost Data Sharing, Insights and Services

The USTA today announced the launch of USTA Connect, a new initiative aimed at connecting key members of the tennis industry in the U.S. in an effort to increase industry collaboration to provide insights and services. USTA Connect will focus on creating greater integration and communication for tennis facilities, industry software providers, industry associations, retailers and manufacturers to facilitate connectivity to grow the game at all levels. (Full story …)

March 28, 2023

Promote National Tennis Month for the Month of May!

May is National Tennis Month! And while many would argue that every month should be tennis month, for the last few years, NTM in May has been an increasingly active platform to help grow the game. (Full story …)

March 15, 2023

Selkirk Sport Enters Partnership with Country Club Owner Invited

Selkirk Sport, the leading pickleball equipment and paddle manufacturer, announced a groundbreaking pickleball partnership with Invited, the Dallas-based corporation and largest owner and operator of private golf and country clubs in the United States. (Full story …)

February 26, 2023

JOOLA Named Sponsor of JOOLA Party at Minto US OPEN Pickleball Chps.

JOOLA, one of the leading pickleball paddle manufacturers in the sport, has agreed to a two-year sponsorship agreement with the Minto US OPEN Pickleball Championships powered by Margaritaville. (Full story …)

February 16, 2023

Selkirk Sport Enters Pickleball Partnership with US Sports Camps

Selkirk Sport, pickleball’s leading equipment and paddle manufacturer, entered a milestone partnership today with US Sports Camps, the official provider of Nike Sports Camps. With the growing influx of players, pickleball camps under the Nike Pickleball Camps banner have exploded in popularity, and the partnership with Selkirk Sport grants opportunity for additional development during the busy 2023 camp schedule. (Full story …)

February 2, 2023

USPTA Acquires Multi-Year Endorsement Deal with Dunlop as Official Ball

The United States Professional Tennis Association is pleased to announce a multi-year endorsement with Dunlop as the Official Tennis Ball of the USPTA. (Full story …)

January 7, 2023

USPTA Inks Deals with Putterman Athletics, Sports Interiors

The United States Professional Tennis Association is pleased to announce a multi-year endorsement with Putterman Athletics and Sports Interiors as the Official Indoor Court Fabrics and Lighting System Supplier of the USPTA. (Full story …)

January 6, 2023

Babolat Names Bill Edell New National Sales Director

Babolat USA is pleased to announce that Bill Edell, Key Account Manager, has been promoted to National Sales Director, effective January 1, 2023. (Full story …)

December 15, 2022

Racquet Sports Industry Magazine Names 2022 ‘Champions of Tennis’

Michael McNulty of New Orleans, the president and chairman of the board for the U.S. Tennis Association (USTA), has been named “Person of the Year” for 2022 by Racquet Sports Industry magazine in the publication’s January 2023 issue. McNulty led off the magazine’s 22nd annual “Champions of Tennis Awards,” which honor people, businesses and organizations dedicated to improving the sport and business of tennis. (Full story …)

October 24, 2022

USPTA, Wilson to Part Ways Following 7-Year Endorsement Partnership

The United States Professional Tennis Association, Inc. (USPTA), regrets to announce that after seven years, Wilson Sporting Goods has made the decision to move away from its endorsement partnership with the USPTA. Wilson has been the official equipment supplier of the USPTA, providing racquets, balls, strings, and other equipment for USPTA members and programs. (Full story …)

October 21, 2022

ICP Introduces CoolTop Cool Pigment Technology to CSS Product Lineup

ICP has formulated CoolTop® Cool Pigment Technology - a new range of vibrant topcoat colours that, through infrared reflective pigments, reduce acrylic athletic court surface temperature via solar reflectance (when compared to standard competitor court surfaces), assisting in overall player comfort. (Full story …)

October 14, 2022

USTA, Athleta Announce Partnership to Empower Women and Girls

The USTA announced a multi-year sponsorship deal with Athleta that will see the women’s and girls’ performance lifestyle brand serve as one of the official sponsors of USTA League, USTA Player Development Teaching Professional Initiatives and the USTA Foundation Excellence Girls’ Team. The partnership will aim to empower women and girls and reach new audiences of active tennis players. (Full story …)

October 12, 2022

Reh Out at Wilson; Jason Collins Named New Global GM of Rac Sports

Wilson Sporting Goods Co. has promoted Jason Collins, Senior Director of Global Product, to Global General Manager of Racquet Sports, effective immediately. (Full story …)

August 1, 2022

USTA Working with Retailers, Providers for 'Try Tennis Free' Pilots

The USTA, working with local retailers and tennis providers, is running free lesson pilot programs in three markets: Denver, Atlanta and Chicago. For the “Try Tennis Free” pilots, consumers purchase a racquet then get rewarded with a QR code or gift card for a free lesson at a local club or facility. (Full story …)

July 8, 2022

Ace Project Is First Recipient of Conga Sports' 'Tennis Ambassador' Program

Conga Sports Inc, provider of new fun and exciting tennis programs, announced the selection of Chicago-based The Ace Project as the recipient of the first Tennis Ambassador Equipment Package to acknowledge their efforts in nurturing children living in underserved communities through tennis. (Full story …)

June 14, 2022

Connexa Sports Announces Three New Commercial Partnerships for Pickleball

Connexa Sports Technologies Inc. is pleased to announce that its wholly owned subsidiary, PlaySight Interactive ( has entered into three new commercial partnerships in the sport of Pickleball. (Full story …)

March 9, 2022

Tennis Providers: Celebrate Tennis at TIU Events in Boston, Cary, K.C.

In April, Tennis Industry United Partner Organizations will be hosting free “appreciation parties” in Boston, Cary, N.C., and Kansas City in an effort to thank tennis directors, teaching professionals, and community leaders for all they’re doing to keep tennis thriving in and around these communities. (Full story …)

February 17, 2022

Har-Tru Adds Innovative Sub-Surface Irrigation to Charleston Open Courts

In 2022, Har-Tru became a premier-level sponsor of the Credit One Charleston Open. The HyQ sub-surface irrigation system was installed beneath center court at the newly renovated Credit One Stadium as part of the five-year arrangement. (Full story …)

February 15, 2022

SFIA’s Topline Report Shows Americans’ Inactivity Rate Declining

As the world slowly began to reopen in 2021, Americans got back on the move, according to the Sports and Fitness Industry Association’s (SFIA) annual Topline Participation Report. The report tracks participation rates of Americans aged six and older, across 120 different sport, fitness, and outdoor activities. (Full story …)

February 3, 2022

Tourna Launches New 850-ES Stringing Machine

Tourna recently launched the new 850-ES stringing machine, with its patented (and exclusive to Tourna) “down-press” clamps. To view a video of the 850-ES in action, click here. For more information, visit or contact 800-554-3707 or (Full story …)

January 31, 2022

USTA President Shares Message on National Tennis Month for May

USTA Chairman of the Board and President Michael McNulty shared a message on Monday about the upcoming National Tennis Month for the month of May. Visit to download the National Tennis Month logo and NTM email signature, and later this month, other free resources to help promote tennis and your business for NTM. (Full story …)

January 25, 2022

Slinger Signs 4-Year Global Tennis Ball Deal with Dunlop

Slinger, a leading connected sports technology company, has announced a new 4-year exclusive tennis ball partnership with Dunlop. As one of the most iconic tennis brands in the world, Dunlop provides the official ball of the ATP World Tour and the Australian Open Grand Slam Tournament. With this new partnership, Dunlop becomes the official ball provider for Slinger across the global tennis market. (Full story …)

January 19, 2022

Uniqlo Extends Sponsorship of ITF Wheelchair Tennis Tour

The International Tennis Federation (ITF) and UNIQLO have announced that the clothing brand will continue its support of wheelchair tennis for a further three years, committing to a renewal of its title sponsorship agreement for the UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour through 2024. (Full story …)

January 13, 2022

K-Swiss Announces 2022 Athletes, Partners with Licensee Lucky in Love

The iconic American heritage tennis brand K-Swiss has announced its athlete roster for 2022, which features returning and new tennis players that are all globally ranked. In addition, K-Swiss has a new apparel licensee this year, Lucky In Love, with its first collection, Stealth Pack, which just launched. (Full story …)

December 10, 2021

Racquet Sports Industry Magazine Names 2021 ‘Champions of Tennis’

Toni Wiley of Sportsmen’s Tennis & Enrichment Center is Racquet Sports Industry magazine’s “Person of the Year” and USTA Southern Executive Director John Callen receives RSI’s inaugural “Lifetime Achievement Award,” while individuals and organizations from across the country are recognized in 24 additional categories. (Full story …)

November 17, 2021

Acrytech Promotes Brad Carroll to President

DECATUR, GA (November 12, 2021) - Acrytech Sports Surfaces, a leader in manufacturing sports surfaces paint and coating systems, has promoted Brad Carroll to President. Previously holding a dual role as President and CFO, Caldwell Robinson will maintain the CFO position. (Full story …)

October 12, 2021

Slinger to Acquire Sports Technology Company PlaySight

BALTIMORE, October 12, 2021 -- Slinger (OTCQB: SLBG), a leading connected sports company, today announced that it has agreed to acquire PlaySight Interactive Ltd. (, a pioneer and leader across sports video technology, data capture, high performance analytics and automated video production. (Full story …)

September 30, 2021

PPR and Electrum Pickleball Sign Multi-Year Deal for 'Official Paddle'

PPR (Professional Pickleball Registry) and Electrum Pickleball recently signed a multi-year partnership agreement. Electrum will be an “Official PIckleball Paddle of the PPR.” (Full story …)

September 27, 2021

Slinger to Acquire AI Sports Tech Company GameFace.AI

Slinger Bag announced it has entered into an agreement to acquire GAMEFACE.AI (, an award-winning artificial intelligence (AI) technology provider for sports. (Full story …)

September 16, 2021

Professional Platform Tennis Registry & Viking Sign 3-Year Partnership

The PPTR (Professional Platform Tennis Registry) and Viking recently signed a 3-year partnership agreement. Viking will be the “Official Platform Tennis Paddle and Ball of the PPTR.” (Full story …)

August 11, 2021

Slinger Raises $11M in Oversubscribed Round to Continue Growth

Slinger has announced the successful completion of a private placement offering. Participating investors in this funding round include several leading small cap focused investment funds as well as several high net worth individual investors. Slinger recently announced its FY 2020 financial results, with gross sales of $11.2 million on approximately 20,000 Slinger Bag units sold in its first year of commercial sales. (Full story …)

July 23, 2021

Dunlop, Atlanta Open Reach Multi-Year Ball, Racquet Agreement

Dunlop today announced it has reached a multi-year agreement with the Truist Atlanta Open presented by Fiserv as the Official Ball and Racquet for the tournament. (Full story …)

July 16, 2021

Eugenie Bouchard Joins Slinger Bag as Brand Ambassador

Slinger Bag Inc. (OTC: SLBG), a sports brand focused on innovating game improvement technology and equipment, with the vision to become a connected sports company, welcomes Eugenie Bouchard to its brand ambassador program, where she joins the likes of Tommy Haas, Mike and Bob Bryan, Nick Bollettieri, Patrick Mouratoglou and Darren Cahill. (Full story …)

July 13, 2021

Franklin X-40 Becomes Official Ball of USA Pickleball

Franklin Sports and USA Pickleball will also be partnering on growth initiatives for the sport, including working towards the goal of making pickleball a Demonstration Sport at the 2028 Summer Olympic Games in Los Angeles. The two organizations will work together to develop pickleball programming for schools while also increasing the sport's presence at retail stores across the country. (Full story …)

June 24, 2021

Slinger Bag Acquires Software Developer Foundation Tennis

Slinger Bag has acquired Foundation Tennis, a developer of tennis software applications covering tennis club and facility administration and encompassing highly functional user and CRM experiences. (Full story …)

May 4, 2021

Penguin by Munsingwear to be Official Apparel Partner of USAP

Original Penguin by Munsingwear® and Grand Slam® brands (divisions of Perry Ellis International) have signed an expansive, multi-year partnership with USA Pickleball. The brands will serve as the Official Apparel Partner and exclusive referee program sponsor. (Full story …)

May 3, 2021

Signa Sports to Add Acquisition of Tennis Express to Online Platform

SIGNA Sports United (SSU), the leading sports e-commerce and tech platform, announced a binding agreement to acquire Tennis Express, a leading online tennis retailer in the United States. The closing of the acquisition is subject to certain conditions. (Full story …)

May 1, 2021

Fast-Dry Courts Now Offering RedClay Tennis Courts

Fast-Dry Courts, Inc., South Florida's premier tennis court builder, is pleased to announce they are now the exclusive installer of RedClay Pro® Tennis Courts throughout the Southeast United States and the Caribbean. (Full story …)

April 27, 2021

Share #NationalTennisMonth to Celebrate Tennis

As tennis participation surges in the U.S., players and tennis organizations across the country are encouraged to promote May as National Tennis Month—a time to get out on the court and experience the fun, competition and long-term health benefits of the lifetime sport. (Full story …)

April 26, 2021

Celebrate National Tennis Month in May!

May is once again National Tennis Month! Share this monthlong celebration of tennis with the hashtag #NationalTennisMonth and plug your grassroots programs into this great promotion to grow the sport. Read USTA President Mike McNulty's message on NTM. (Full story …)

April 21, 2021

Georgie & Lou Announce Spring Pickleball Bag, Accessory Collection

Georgie & Lou, a premiere accessory designer for Pickleball, the fastest growing sport in America, has unveiled its Spring 2021 bag collection as well as a brand new website and online shop. (Full story …)

April 2, 2021

Franklin Sports Partners with Professional Pickleball Association

Franklin Sports and the Professional Pickleball Association (PPA) announced a collaborative partnership that will recognize the professional tour’s top players in a new and exciting way. (Full story …)

March 25, 2021

Adidas Originals Launch 'Stan Smith, Forever' With Disney

Earlier this year, adidas Originals announced a new era for the Stan Smith silhouette, infusing the iconic court sneaker with sustainable materials in order to help End Plastic Waste. Today, adidas Originals has unveiled the next iteration of its more sustainable Stan Smith sneakers. (Full story …)

March 3, 2021

Selkirk Sport Signs Pickleball National Champion Wesley Gabrielson

As professional and recreation pickleball continue to surge in popularity, Selkirk Sport, the leading Pickleball paddle and accessories brand, announced the Company has signed 11-time USA Pickleball National Champion Wesley Gabrielson, of McMinnville, OR, to an endorsement deal. (Full story …)

Slinger Bag and Wilson Sporting Goods Enter into Strategic Collaboration

Slinger Bag and Wilson Sporting Goods Co. announced a new strategic brand collaboration. Slinger Bag, an innovative sports brand focused on game improvement equipment will collaborate on co-branded products and promotional initiatives with Wilson, one of the world’s biggest tennis brands and a major sponsor of top tennis talent including Roger Federer and Serena Williams. (Full story …)

February 24, 2021

Head Named Official Tennis Ball, Racquet and String of Laver Cup

Laver Cup organizers announced that HEAD, a leading racquet and ball manufacturer, has signed a multi-year deal to become a global sponsor of the event starting with this year’s edition to be held at the iconic TD Garden in Boston from September 24-26, 2021. (Full story …)

February 16, 2021

Rich Benson Joins Har-Tru as Outside Sales Rep

Rich Benson has joined Har-Tru as an Outside Sales Representative. Har-Tru has been focusing on the growth of their acrylic Sports Coatings line, and Benson will be helping lead and develop this segment of the business for Har-Tru as well. (Full story …)

February 8, 2021

Babolat Partners With HumanFab to Study the 'Racquet Sports Player'

Two French companies, Babolat, world leader in racquet sports equipment, and HumanFab, sports science expert in human engineering, announce a joint collaboration to create and develop a one-of-kind laboratory focused on the study of “the human racquet sports player.” (Full story …)

February 3, 2021

USTA SoCal Announces 2021 Partnership with Tecnifibre

USTA Southern California and Tecnifibre are pleased to announce a new partnership beginning in 2021 in which Tecnifibre will be the Official Ball of the Signature Series, a collection of elite major tournaments on the USTA SoCal competitive schedule. (Full story …)

January 26, 2021

Troon Names Selkirk Sport First “Preferred Pickleball Partner”

Troon, the world’s largest club management company, and Selkirk Sport, a leading Pickleball equipment brand, have announced a multi-year partnership. Through the partnership, Selkirk Sport becomes the first “Preferred Pickleball Partner” of Troon and an official partner of the company’s Cliff Drysdale Tennis division. (Full story …)

December 17, 2020

USA Pickleball Announces LSI as Official Lighting Partner

USA Pickleball, the national governing body for the sport of pickleball in America, said that LSI Industries in now their official lighting partner. LSI is a leading producer of high-performance, American-made lighting solutions for pickleball facilities, as well as for numerous other sports applications. (Full story …)

December 16, 2020

Racquet Sports Industry Names 2020 ‘Champions of Tennis’

Michael Dowse, the CEO and executive director of the U.S. Tennis Association, has been named “Person of the Year” for 2020 by Racquet Sports Industry magazine in the publication’s January 2021 issue. Dowse led off the magazine’s 20th annual “Champions of Tennis Awards,” which honor people, businesses and organizations dedicated to improving the sport and business of tennis. (Full story …)

December 11, 2020

USTA Statement on Possible COVID-19 Transmission on Tennis Balls

The USTA released a statement regarding possible COVID-19 transmission on tennis balls, following a recent study whose conclusion was supported by the ITF Sport Science and Medicine Commission, USTA Sport Science Committee and USTA Medical Advisory Group. (Full story …)

December 3, 2020

Tennis Industry Shows Growth in the Face of the Pandemic

The USTA announced that recent data and information surrounding racquet sales and participation have shown that the tennis industry has shown strength amid the pandemic. (Full story …)

Padel Coaches Training Project Endorsed by Racquet Sports Groups

The USPTA (United States Professional Tennis Association), Inc., the USPA (United States Padel Association), All Racquet Sports and adidas Padel announce a partnership to endorse and officially recognize PADEL-U by adidas. With this agreement, the PADEL CERTIFICATION program of PADEL-U by adidas becomes the first certification with official recognition and endorsement for Padel coaches in the United States. (Full story …)

November 30, 2020

PTR International Tennis Symposium to be Virtual Event

Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) will host its premier coach education event - the PTR International Tennis Symposium - February 9-11 as a virtual event. (Full story …)

November 5, 2020

California Sports Surfaces Launches Ultra Performance Series

ICP has launched its California Sports Surfaces Ultra Performance Series, a reformulation of its Plexipave® and DecoTurf® products that delivers exceptional abrasion resistance, improved permeability, excellent coverage, a streamlined color palette and other qualities demanded in the world’s most competitive sports surface applications. (Full story …)

October 21, 2020

Slinger Bag Enters Distribution Deal in Chile

Slinger Bag announced a five-year distribution agreement with Sporting Brands, one of Chile’s established tennis distribution specialists, with over 30 years of in-market experience. (Full story …)

October 13, 2020

Industry Veteran Maule Joins USTA to Lead Engagement & Services

The USTA has announced the appointment of industry leader Mickey Maule as the company’s managing director of engagement & services. Maule will play a significant role in supporting the engagement of providers and players, with a focus on adding value within a business-to-business and business-to-consumer framework. (Full story …)

Slinger Bag Partners With Team Headquarters

Slinger Bag Inc. announced a partnership with Team Headquarters (TeamHQS), the portal for professional athletes and teaching pros. (Full story …)

California Sports Surfaces Partners with International Tennis Federation

ICP Building Solutions Group (ICP BSG) is pleased to announce that one of its divisions, California Sports Surfaces (CSS), is now the Official Preferred Court Supplier of the International Tennis Federation (ITF). (Full story …)

October 1, 2020

Tech Startup Helps Keep Tournaments Alive in U.S.

Match Tennis App® is helping keep tennis tournaments alive throughout the United States through the creation of its Virtual Tournament Desk® (VTD) technology. (Full story …)

September 22, 2020

Slinger Bag Enters Into Multinational European Agreement with Dunlop

Slinger Bag announced an unprecedented multi-year, distribution agreement across nine key markets in Europe with global tennis giant, Dunlop. (Full story …)

September 17, 2020

Dunlop Adds 2 Tennis Industry Veterans to Sales Team

Dunlop announced the addition of tennis industry veterans Macy Evert Erickson and Anibal Braga to its sales team. Erickson assumes the Territory Manager role for Northern California, while Braga will act as Territory Manager for the Southeast (SC, NC, GA, MS, AL, TN). (Full story …)

September 14, 2020

Wilson Unveils New 2020 Pro Staff v13 Racquet Collection

ilson Sporting Goods today unveiled its new 2020 Pro Staff v13 Collection of high-performance tennis rackets. The 2020 Pro Staff v13 line fuses new cutting-edge technologies with a heritage-inspired, yet contemporary design that harkens back to the Pro Staff Original introduction in 1983. (Full story …)

September 3, 2020

Slinger Bag Announces Major Expansion into Australia

Slinger Bag, a sports brand focused on innovating game improvement equipment for all ball sports with an initial focus on the global tennis market, has announced a landmark 5-year distribution agreement with Australia’s premier tennis specialty retailer, Tennis Only. (Full story …)

August 29, 2020

USTA & Partners Set to Bring US Open Experience Virtually

The USTA announced plans to bring the US Open experience to new and existing fans across the world through innovative digital platforms and engaging content that will help people enjoy some of the US Open fan favorites from their homes. (Full story …)

August 20, 2020

GSI Executive Search Taps Andrew Minnelli for Racquet Sports Position

GSI Executive Search, an Ethos Club & Leisure Alliance company and one of the nation’s leading recruitment firms specializing in placements for the private club and hospitality industries, is pleased to announce the appointment of Andrew Minnelli, USPTA, PTR as Principal. (Full story …)

August 19, 2020

Wilson & Serena Williams Debut New Blade SW102 Autograph Racquet

Wilson Advisory Staff Member and global tennis icon Serena Williams and Wilson Sporting Goods Co., revealed the new Blade SW102 Autograph racket. Initially seen on court at the 2020 Australian Open as a blacked-out prototype, the new SW102 was co-developed with the 23-time Grand Slam Champion. (Full story …)

August 17, 2020

Rising American Michael Mmoh Chooses Dunlop

August 17, 2020 - Fountain Inn, SC - Dunlop announced 22-year-old ATP Tour player Michael Mmoh has chosen the SX 300 frame as his racket of choice, after an exciting playtesting process. The American is using the SX 300 as he trains at IMG Academy in anticipation of the upcoming U.S. Open. (Full story …)

August 13, 2020

Slinger Bag Says Steady Interest Confirms Demand for Tennis

Slinger Bag Inc., a sports brand focused on innovating game improvement technology and equipment, announced it exceeded order forecasts seeing steady order momentum in Japan, Scandinavia, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. (Full story …)

August 3, 2020

Dunlop Signs U.S. Squash Player Spencer Lovejoy

Dunlop announced the signing of Spencer Lovejoy to its Squash Tour Team. He will embark on his first full season on the PSA Tour pending the resumption of competition. As part of the multi-year deal, the American will endorse Dunlop squash rackets, luggage, eyewear and clothing. After extensive playtesting, he’s selected the Sonic Core Ultimate 132 as his racket of choice. (Full story …)

July 28, 2020

Slinger Bag Announces Significant Expansion into Canada

Slinger Bag, a sports brand focused on innovating game improvement equipment for all ball sports today announced a significant expansion in Canada with the appointment of Doug Coombs as director of business development, effective immediately. (Full story …)

July 17, 2020

ASBA Plans Virtual Options for Technical Meeting, Trade Show in December

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the American Sports Builders Association (ASBA), the national organization for builders and suppliers of materials for athletic facilities, has made the decision to cancel its in-person 2020 Technical Meeting and Trade Show in San Antonio, Texas. The meeting was originally scheduled to take place December 4-7. (Full story …)

July 14, 2020

Wilson Sporting Goods Names Joe Dudy as President

Wilson Sporting Goods, Co. has appointed Joe Dudy as president. Dudy, a 25-year veteran of Wilson, previously served as its VP of finance. He was appointed acting leader of the brand in October 2019, upon Michael Dowse’s departure. (Full story …)

July 13, 2020

Dunlop Launches new FX Series Racquet Range

Dunlop has unveiled its new FX Series of power rackets. Comprised of five premium frames, the FX Series is packed full of technology and is the first range to feature Dunlop’s innovative POWER BOOST GROOVE technology, which provides players with a larger sweet-spot, resulting in more power, allowing them to play with ‘Power At Full Force’. (Full story …)

July 9, 2020

TennisONE to Engage Fans with Live Action of World TeamTennis

World TeamTennis has partnered with TennisONE to engage fans with a revolutionary new sports tech platform that elevates an international pay-per-view livestream to an interactive watch party experience. (Full story …)

WTT Announces Official Sponsorships for 2020 Season

World TeamTennis (WTT) announced category-specific sponsorship agreements for the 2020 season, which will be played in its entirety in West Virginia at The Greenbrier “America’s Resort,” WTT’s official hotel partner, from July 12-Aug. 2. (Full story …)

July 6, 2020

Lucky in Love Celebrates its 10-Year Anniversary

As tennis and golf apparel brand Lucky in Love reflects on ten years of business, perhaps nothing is more worthy of being celebrated than its family legacy. (Full story …)

June 17, 2020

Apparel Brand Lucky In Love Celebrates Its 10-Year Anniversary

As tennis and golf apparel brand Lucky in Love reflects on 10 years of business, perhaps nothing is more worthy of being celebrated than its family legacy. To this brand, family is everything. And that very appreciation of history and tradition is what helps guide the brand forward, now more than ever. (Full story …)

Slinger Bag Sponsors 'Battle of Brits' Tourney June 23-28

Slinger Bag, a sports brand focused on innovating game improvement equipment, with an initial focus on the global tennis market, has announced a sponsorship agreement of Schroders Battle of the Brits taking place June 23th-28th. (Full story …)

June 15, 2020

USAPA Announces New Partnership with SportMaster Sport Surfaces

The United States Pickleball Association (USAPA) is proud to announce a partnership with SportMaster, the one-stop shop for pickleball court and sports surfacing products since it was founded in 1969. SportMaster will now be the Official Court Surface of USA Pickleball. (Full story …)

June 10, 2020

Slinger Bag Announces Distribution Deal with FK Sports Nordic

Slinger Bag, the sports brand focused on innovating game improvement equipment for all ball sports, with an initial focus on the global tennis market, has announced an exclusive distribution agreement with FK Sports Nordic, a leader in the Nordic racquet sport business as its exclusive Nordic distribution partner. (Full story …)

May 29, 2020

Slinger Bag Names Former Prince Exec Tom Dye as Chief Operating Officer

Slinger Bag, a sports brand focused on innovating game improvement equipment for all ball sports, with an initial focus on the global tennis market, announced the appointment of Tom Dye as Chief Operating Officer. (Full story …)

May 21, 2020

Slinger Bag Continues Global Expansion With UK, Ireland Distribution Pact

Slinger Bag, the sports brand focused on innovating game improvement equipment for all ball sports, with an initial focus on the global tennis market, has announced an agreement with Framework Sports and Marketing Ltd (“Framework”) to distribute the Company’s Slinger Bag tennis ball launcher in the United Kingdom (“UK”) and Ireland. The agreement calls for an initial 5-year term and commences on May 21, 2020. (Full story …)

April 17, 2020

USTA Announces Next Phase of Support for Tennis Industry

The USTA announced a comprehensive suite of programs to support the tennis industry, which is battling the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. This announcement is the second phase of ongoing efforts that the USTA is developing in concert with the American tennis industry. The overarching goal of these efforts is to provide immediate relief, spur the industry’s recovery, and help the industry rebuild when the crisis passes. (Full story …)

March 31, 2020

Tennis Industry Resources for Financial Aid and Assistance

Leading organizations in the tennis industry have collaborated to provide a [centralized location ]( share information about the financial assistance and relief programs available for everyone in the tennis community affected by COVID-19. (Full story …)

Wilson Debuts All-New Ultra v3 Racquet

Wilson recently introduced its all-new Ultra v3 frame, designed for singles and doubles players who desire a racquet that “does the work for them, making power shots a thing of ease from anywhere on the court,” says the company. (Full story …)

Footwear Brand New Balance to Make Medical Masks to Fight Covid-19

New Balance will be making medical-grade face masks at its U.S. plants as hospitals continue to face shortages of safety equipment amid the spread of the coronavirus. (Full story …)

Har-Tru Hard-Court Surface Tapped for WTT Season

Har-Tru Sports Coatings will be the official playing surface of World TeamTennis for the 2020 season. A longtime leader in clay court surfaces, Har-Tru is partnering with WTT as the official hard-court surface. (Full story …)

Lucas Pouille Joins Babolat, Chooses Babolat Pure Drive Racquet

Babolat is proud to announce the arrival of Lucas Pouille (FRA) to its international team of professional players. Lucas has chosen to play with the Babolat Pure Drive, appreciating the power of this racket. He will start the season with his new weapon at Indian Wells on hard court, his favorite surface. (Full story …)

Head Names Joe Keenan, Jeff Bardsley to Senior Positions

Head North America has promoted two senior managers. Joe Keenan, who has served in various senior management positions since joining Head nine years ago, has been promoted to vice president of sales for the U.S. He’ll continue to manage the pro specialty sales efforts, tech rep program and key account strategy, but he’ll expand his role with a number of our key industry partners. (Full story …)

ClearSpan Reacts to COVID-19 with Disaster Response Structures

ClearSpan Structures, which makes indoor and covered buildings, including for use with tennis and racquet sports, has adjusted its manufacturing facility to provide governments, medical centers and communities with rapidly deployable disaster response structures and medical buildings. ClearSpan is now able to ship these buildings in fewer than 24 hours, and because of this quick turn around, the company already has buildings being used to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Full story …)

USTA Selects Laykold as New Court Surface for US Open

The USTA announced that following an extensive RFP process, Laykold has been selected as the new court surface for the US Open and the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. The new agreement is in place for five years. The 2020 US Open begins on Monday, August 24 with US Open Fan Week and the US Open Qualifying Tournament. (Full story …)

March 1, 2020

Ashaway Introduces Oblivion, the First Hybrid String Set for Squash

Adding to its long list of technical string innovations, Ashaway has introduced the first hybrid string set for Squash. Incorporating Ashaway’s PowerNick® 18 red for the mains and Powerfusion™ white for the cross strings, Oblivion® hybrid strings offer a high power, low shock combination for amateur and professional players seeking a lively and durable means to generate excellent ball speed and control. (Full story …)

February 17, 2020

Ashaway Named Official String of USA Racquetball for 2020

Ashaway has once again been named the Official String of USA Racquetball, an honor the company has earned for more than fifteen years. Known for its many technical innovations as well as the quality of its strings, Ashaway has long been a strong supporter of racquetball, sponsoring a great many amateur and professional players and promoting the sport through numerous activities. (Full story …)

February 12, 2020

TIA Partners with Association Management Company Bostrom

The Tennis Industry Association is pleased to announce that as of February 8, 2020, Bostrom has been named TIA's management company. (Full story …)

January 22, 2020

Dunlop, Van der Meer Tennis Expand, Extend Partnership

Dunlop announced it has extended its long running partnership with Van Der Meer Tennis, the legendary tennis teaching center and resort located on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. With the new multi-year extension, Dunlop will become not only the official ball of Van Der Meer Tennis, but also the official racquet. This means Dunlop racquets and balls will be exclusively used by all teaching professionals and sold on the premises. (Full story …)

USTA New England, Wilson Partner to Grow Tennis in Section

The U.S. Tennis Association of New England (USTANE) announces a new partnership with Wilson Sporting Goods. The Chicago-based company will have a deep impact on the delivery of tennis programming throughout New England. (Full story …)

January 14, 2020

New Tourna 700-ES Features ‘Press Down Clamps’ to Lock Base

The new Tourna 700-ES features new time-saving “Press Down Clamps.” These new clamps just press down and lock to the base, which is a faster and easier way to secure the clamp to the base. (Full story …)

K-Swiss Signs Pro Players Tomljanovic and Norrie

K-Swiss has signed pro tennis players Ajla Tomljanovic and Cameron Norrie to multi-year apparel and footwear partnerships. Both players will represent K-Swiss Tennis globally and will be brand ambassadors for the K-Swiss Lifestyle category. (Full story …)

Retail Studio Presentation Schedule Set for 2020 Racquet & Paddle Sports Show

Racquet retail experts will present best practices and strategies in a series of complimentary Retail Studio Pop-Up Talks from the Show Floor of the 2020 Racquet & Paddle Sports Show, Jan. 22-24, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. Additionally the Retail Studio will serve as a hub for peer-to-peer conversations, experiential activations and networking events for hundreds of attending racquet industry professionals. (Full story …)

Demo Day Announced for USTA National Campus in Lake Nona Jan. 21

Tennis & racquet equipment companies will showcase the latest equipment including racquets, paddles, ball machines and more at the Demo Day: Lake Nona Experience on Tuesday, Jan. 21, at the USTA National Campus in Orlando. The event will be open to industry professionals and consumers from 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. (Full story …)

January 9, 2020

Dunlop Launches New SX Series of Racquets

Dunlop has unveiled its new SX Series of rackets, the most advanced range of spin rackets it’s ever developed. The range consists of the SX 300 Tour, the SX 300, the SX 300 LS, the SX 300 Lite and the SX 600. Each features SPIN BOOST technology, a series of specialized grommets designed to uniquely react based on where the ball hits the stringbed on every shot. (Full story …)

Complimentary Regional Education Day Set for Racquet & Paddle Sports Show

A Regional Education Day (RED), presented by USTA Florida, USPTA Florida and RacquetFit, will be offered at no charge on Jan. 22 to registered industry professionals of the Racquet & Paddle Sports Show, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. The education event is part of the inaugural Racquet & Paddle Sports Show, Jan. 22-24. Complimentary event and Regional Education Day registration is available at (Full story …)

Industry Leaders to be Featured Speakers at Racquet & Paddle Sports Show

A powerhouse of racquet industry leaders will take to the Main Stage of the 2020 Racquet & Paddle Sports Show, Jan. 22-24, in Orlando, Florida. Industry leaders representing organizations such as the USTA, US Squash, USA Pickleball, World TeamTennis, National Club Association, PTR and American Sports Builders Association and more will share industry trends, insights and expertise to help racquet industry professionals drive the business of the sport forward in 2020. (Full story …)

January 6, 2020

Three Finalists Chosen to Present at 2020 Tennis Industry Innovation Challenge

Three finalists have been chosen to present at the 2020 Tennis Industry INNOVATION CHALLENGE, which will be held on Thursday, Jan. 23, during the Racquet & Paddle Sports Show in Orlando, Fla. Bleachr, Hydrogen Sports and Mojjo will present five-minute pitches about their new product or service to a panel of judges—and in front of an audience of tennis and racquet sports industry leaders—in a “Shark Tank”-like competition to determine a winner. (Full story …)

December 29, 2019

SFIA Elects New Chairman: Dan Arment of Riddell & BRG Sports

Dan Arment, President and CEO of Riddell & BRG Sports, has been elected as the new Sports & Fitness Industry Association (SFIA) Chairman of the Board for a one-year term. In addition, two new directors were elected, and five members were re-elected, to the SFIA Board of Directors for three-year terms. This announcement was made at the end of the SFIA’s Annual Meeting, which took place on Dec. 16, 2019. (Full story …)

Dunlop Signs Chilean Coach Nicolas Massu

Dunlop announced the signing of Nicolás Massú, a former Top 10 player on the ATP Tour and current coach to Dominic Thiem. He joins Patrick Mouratoglou and Brad Stine as highly visible Tour level coaches representing Team Dunlop. (Full story …)

December 19, 2019

Racquet Sports Industry Magazine Names 2019 “Champions of Tennis”

Dan Faber, the executive director of the USTA Foundation, which is the charitable arm of the U.S. Tennis Association, has been named “Person of the Year” for 2019 by Racquet Sports Industry magazine (formerly Tennis Industry magazine) in the publication’s [January 2020 issue]( Faber led off the magazine’s 19th annual “Champions of Tennis Awards,” which honors people, businesses and organizations dedicated to improving the sport and business of tennis. (Full story …)

December 15, 2019

PTR Symposium Feb. 10-13; Tribute to Dennis Van der Meer Feb. 9

The Professional Tennis Registry will host its premier coaching event, the International Tennis Symposium, Feb. 10-13 at the Sonesta Resort on Hilton Head Island, S.C. More than 45 industry experts will conduct classroom and on-court presentations at the PTR Symposium. (Full story …)

10-S Tennis Supply Is Official Court Equipment Provider of ITA

The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) and 10-S Tennis Supply today announced a sponsorship partnership that will make 10-S Supply the "Official Court Equipment Provider of the ITA." (Full story …)

Team Selkirk Ambassador Ruiz Inducted into USA Pickleball Hall of Fame

Selkirk Sport, a leading Pickleball paddle and accessories brand, announced that Enrique “El Condor” Ruiz, one of the most accomplished professional Pickleball players of all-time, was recently inducted into the USA Pickleball Hall of Fame. (Full story …)

Head Penn Junior Racquetball Players Win 8 Medals at World Chps.

Five junior players from Team HEAD Penn won eight medals at the International Racquetball Federation’s (IRF) 31st World Junior Racquetball Championships. The nine-day event was held at the Ciudad Deportiva de Hatillo facility in San Jose, Costa Rica. (Full story …)

November 25, 2019

Har-Tru Adds Dustin Taylor, Promotes Tracy Lynch, Brandy Gentry

Har-Tru, LLC announced this week the addition of former USTA National Coach, Dustin Taylor, and the promotion of two of its longtime associates, Tracy Lynch and Brandy Gentry. The moves support the company’s short- and long-term goals, particularly its expansion into the hard-court coatings market. (Full story …)

November 24, 2019

Wilson Tapped as Official Partner of Roland Garros and French Federation

The French Tennis Federation and Wilson Sporting Goods have entered into a new five-year partnership for Roland-Garros and the FFT. The partnership will be based on working together to enhance the Roland-Garros experience for all tennis fans and on implementing tennis initiatives across France. The agreement is a perfect example of the FFT’s strategy of selecting innovative and dynamic partners in the tennis and tennis lifestyle space. (Full story …)

November 11, 2019

Ashaway Crossfire Family of Tennis Strings Offers Range of Hybrid Options

Ashaway's Crossfire family includes six different material and string gauge combinations to suit even the most discerning player's taste. The earlier models — Crossfire II, 17, and 18 — utilize aramid (Kevlar) mains and synthetic gut crosses to provide varying degrees of toughness and durability while enhancing playability. (Full story …)

October 30, 2019

BNP Paribas Open and Plexipave to Continue Partnership Through 2022

ICP Building Solutions Group has renewed its partnership with the BNP Paribas Open (the Indian Wells Masters) to supply its California Sports Surfaces’ high-performance Plexipave® tennis surface system to the prestigious tournament for another three years. (Full story …)

October 29, 2019

Dunlop Named Official Ball of 2019 Davis Cup Finals

Dunlop will be at the heart of the new-look Davis Cup by Rakuten Finals after being named as the official ball for the event by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) and Kosmos Tennis. The Dunlop Fort All Court TS ball will be used for the prestigious week-long finals, which will see 18 countries vie for the famous trophy on the indoor hard courts of La Caja Mágica in Madrid from 18-24 November. (Full story …)

Ashaway MultiKill® 17 Cruises Through US Open Racquetball Stringing Competition

While the main competition for this year’s US Open Racquetball Championships played out in the fabulous “made-for-TV” portable racquetball court at the Target Center’s LIFE TIME facility in downtown Minneapolis, more action was underway at the Lawler Sports booth where racket technician Ian Titus was hard at work stringing rackets and tallying statistics. (Full story …)

October 28, 2019

Applications Due Nov. 30 for Racquet & Paddle Sports Innovation Challenge

Do you have a new, innovative sports product or service? Enter it into the [Racquet & Paddle Sports Innovation Challenge](, which showcases new products and services designed to grow the sport and business of racquet sports with players, consumers and fans. (Full story …)

October 17, 2019

Wilson President Michael Dowse Named USTA CEO and Executive Director

The USTA announced that Michael Dowse, President of Wilson Sporting Goods Co., has been named Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of the United States Tennis Association. The announcement was made by Patrick Galbraith, USTA Chairman of the Board and President, who led the search for current CEO Gordon Smith’s replacement (Full story …)

October 10, 2019

Miami Open Selects Dunlop as Official Ball and Racquet

Dunlop announced it has reached a multi-year agreement with the Miami Open presented by Itaú to become the Official Ball and Racquet for the tournament. (Full story …)

Selkirk Sport Surpasses 800 Pickleball Paddle Donations

Earlier this year, Selkirk Sport, the leading Pickleball paddle and accessories brand, launched the “Selkirk Growth Program,” a philanthropic campaign where the Company announced plans to donate 1,000 paddles to schools & youth organizations, first responders and charitable organizations. (Full story …)

October 9, 2019

Educational Opportunities at January's Racquet & Paddle Sports Show

he Tennis Industry Association's annual Tennis Owners & Managers (TOM) Conference headlines a comprehensive program of educational opportunities at the Racquet & Paddle Sports Show, Jan. 22-24, at the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) in Orlando, Fla. (Full story …)

September 25, 2019

Racquet & Paddle Sports Show Schedule Announced for Jan. 21-24 in Orlando

The 2020 Racquet & Paddle Sports Show schedule of events was announced for the global racquet sport industry event taking place, Jan. 21-24, in Orlando. (Full story …)

September 10, 2019

'Discovery Challenge' Presents Innovative Solutions for Growing Tennis

This year’s TIA Tennis Forum, held in New York on the opening day of the US Open, included a unique Tennis Industry “Discovery Challenge,” a collaborative effort designed to foster creative ideas and innovative thinking to grow the game and business of tennis. (Full story …)

Challenges, Opportunities Presented at Annual TIA Tennis Forum

Nearly 250 tennis leaders, industry executives and tennis providers came together on the first day of play at the US Open for the 12th annual Tennis Industry Association (TIA) Tennis Forum, held at the Grand Hyatt New York. (Full story …)

August 27, 2019

ITA Adopts PlaySight's PlayFair Video Replay Technology

The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) has officially approved PlaySight’s PlayFair video challenge replay system heading into the 2019-2020 season after a successful three-year pilot. PlayFair enables multi-angle video review for line call challenges, with the mission to improve sportsmanship throughout college tennis and increase participation in and viewership of the sport. (Full story …)

August 22, 2019

Wilson Launches Triniti Tennis Ball, Designed for Sustainability

Wilson Sporting Goods Co. announced the launch of the new Triniti™ tennis ball. Triniti is the first tennis ball designed with sustainability at its core while maintaining the high performance levels expected by amateur and professional tennis players around the world. (Full story …)

Ashaway Sponsors Four-Time British Squash Champion Alison Waters

Ashaway Racket Strings is pleased to announce that PSA World #11 Alison Waters has signed a sponsorship agreement with Ashaway Squash. No stranger to Ashaway, Alison has used SuperNick® XL string throughout her career and will now be using Ashaway’s PowerKill® 115ZX racket, strung at 28 Lbs. (Full story …)

August 20, 2019

Tennis Economic Index Grows 2.1% Through 2018

The total value of the U.S. tennis economy grew by 2.1 percent last year to a total of $6.19 billion, according to data from the Tennis Industry Association’s annual Economic Index, created to evaluate the total worth of the U.S. tennis industry to the overall economy. (Full story …)

August 18, 2019

Complimentary Registration Opens for Racquet & Paddle Sports Show

Racquet sports professionals and others in the racquet/paddle sports industry can now register, free of charge, for the 2020 Racquet & Paddle Sports Show, Jan. 21-24, in Orlando, Fla., at []( (Full story …)

'Discovery Challenge' to Present Creative Ideas for Growing the Sport

This year’s [TIA TENNIS FORUM]( will include a unique Tennis Industry “DISCOVERY CHALLENGE,” a collaborative effort designed to foster creative ideas and innovative thinking to grow the game and business of tennis. (Full story …)

August 17, 2019

TIA Tennis Forum to Bring Industry Leaders and Influencers to NYC Aug. 26

The 12th Annual [TIA Tennis Forum]( will be held on Monday, Aug. 26, on the Ballroom Level of the Grand Hyatt New York City from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. (Full story …)

August 4, 2019

K-Swiss Launches Pickleball-Specific Performance Shoe

K•Swiss announced the introduction of their new performance pickleball shoe, the Express Light Pickleball. With the company having strong momentum as the fastest growing tennis footwear brand in the United States, now ranked #2 in the specialty brick and mortar channel, K-Swiss has officially entered the pickleball market using its strong footwear capabilities and consumer insights. (Full story …)

August 2, 2019

Dunlop Introduces Three New Premium Strings

Dunlop announced three new additions to its lineup of tennis strings. Explosive Red, Silk Pro and Comfort Pro each deliver unique playing characteristics designed to instantly upgrade any intermediate to advanced players’ game. All three are available now. (Full story …)

July 19, 2019

Participate in the Tennis Industry DISCOVERY CHALLENGE!

The Tennis Industry Association wants you to take part in a collaborative effort to brainstorm novel ideas on how to increase creative and innovative thinking to grow the game and business of tennis. The TIA worked with IdeaConnection, one of the world’s leading Open Innovation service companies, to develop the [DISCOVERY CHALLENGE](, an online competition designed to showcase innovation and solutions on how to increase tennis engagement and participation. (Full story …)

July 1, 2019

USPTA Merchandise and Trade Show Set For Sept. 23 in Vegas

Registration is now open for the 2019 USPTA Merchandise and Trade Show, part of the USPTA World Conference at the Westgate Las Vegas Hotel & Casino, on Monday, Sept. 23 from 5 - 9 p.m. This year’s World Conference returns to Las Vegas for the first time since 2006, when it boasted the highest attendance in history. (Full story …)

SFIA Encouraged by China Tariff Truce

President Trump announced this weekend that no additional tariffs will be imposed on imports from China at this time. This is positive news for the sports and fitness industry. American and Chinese officials will return to negotiations and suspend any immediate action on new tariffs, as a result of President Trump and Chinese President Xi’s meeting at the G-20 Summit in Japan. (Full story …)

June 30, 2019

Share Your Ideas! Enter the TIA 'Discovery Challenge'

Do you have a great idea to increase tennis growth? Join the 2019 TIA DISCOVERY CHALLENGE. Our goal is to stimulate creative thinking and innovation within the tennis industry and discover new directions and opportunities for growth. (Full story …)

Pre-Register for 2020 TOM Conference & Racquet & Paddle Sports Show

The TIA’s Tennis Owners & Managers (TOM) Conference will take place Jan. 22-24th at the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) in Orlando, Fla. This will mark the second year that the TOM Conference will be part of the Racquet & Paddle Sports Show, co-located with the PGA Merchandise Show. (Full story …)

June 28, 2019

TIA Tennis Forum, 'Discovery Challenge' and HOF Aug. 26 in NYC

The 12th Annual TIA Tennis Forum will be held on Monday, Aug. 26, on the Ballroom Level of the Grand Hyatt New York City from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. (Full story …)

LSI Industries Names New Vice President of Lighting Products

LSI Industries Inc., a leading U.S.-based manufacturer of outdoor and indoor lighting and graphics for commercial, industrial and multi-site retail applications, recently announced that it has named Michael Prachar as Vice President for Lighting Products. (Full story …)

June 27, 2019

TIA Testifies on Capitol Hill Against China Tariffs

TIA President Jeff Williams was among more than 325 executives who testified on Capitol Hill recently in opposition to the proposed China tariffs. Many of those testifying told the committee that the 25 percent tariffs on roughly $300 billion in Chinese imports would essentially act as a tax on Americans and threaten jobs in the U.S. (Full story …)

June 5, 2019

Dunlop Introduces Next Generation Stringing Machine

Dunlop introduced a trio of new products designed for racket technicians: the Dunlop Stringing Machine 2.0, the Dunlop Swingweight Machine and the Dunlop Balance Board. (Full story …)

May 27, 2019

12th Annual TIA Forum Set for Aug. 26 in New York City

The 12th Annual TIA Tennis Forum will be held on Monday, Aug. 26, on the Ballroom Level of the Grand Hyatt New York City from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. (Full story …)

Top Tennis Stars Offer Advice to Players In New 'Up Your Game' Campaign

A new industry campaign designed to help consumers get the most out of their equipment has enlisted the help of some of the game’s biggest stars—including Roger Federer, Serena Williams and Rafael Nadal. The tennis stars offer their advice on videos produced by and airing on Tennis Channel and social media channels, and in print ads in Tennis Magazine. (Full story …)

May 21, 2019

Ashaway ZyMax® TX Badminton Strings Offer Proprietary Features

Ashaway’s ZyMax® TX family of badminton strings combines a trio of proprietary features to provide both amateur and professional players a new level of playability and performance. The TX family currently includes two strings, 68 TX and 64 TX. Both include a proprietary textured surface coating to enhance feel and control of the shuttle. (Full story …)

May 12, 2019

Wilson/ITA Promoter of the Year Award Winners Announced

Wilson and the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) announced the 2019 Wilson/ITA National Promoter of the Year Award winners on Monday (May 6). Anastasia Rentouli of Mississippi State University and Connor Christian of Ohio Northern University will receive a paid summer internship in the Grassroots Marketing department at Wilson's global headquarters in Chicago. (Full story …)

April 30, 2019

Selkirk Unveils 'Limited Edition' Amped Series Paddle for US Open PBall Chps.

Tyson McGuffin, the #1 ranked professional pickleball player, in one of the world’s fastest growing sports, will defend his Gold Medal at the US Open Pickleball Championship equipped with a new “Limited Edition” Regal Black & Gold Selkirk AMPED Series Paddle. (Full story …)

April 23, 2019

Selkirk Sport Donates 1,000 Paddles During National Pickleball Month

To celebrate National Pickleball Month (April), Selkirk Sport, the leading Pickleball paddle and accessories brand, today announced the “Selkirk Growth Program,” a promotional initiative whereby the Company will donate 1,000 paddles to schools & youth organizations, first responders and charitable organizations - to further support the growth of Pickleball at the grassroots level (Full story …)

April 17, 2019

Dunlop Names Jeff Lininger as National Sales Manager

Dunlop announced Jeff Lininger has been named National Sales Manager as part of the company’s Sales Management Team. The new role, based in Dunlop’s headquarters of Greenville, S.C., has him overseeing the Pro & Specialty Sales. that includes management of Dunlop’s Territory Managers. He will be reporting directly to Kai Nitsche, V.P. and General Manager of Dunlop Sports Americas. Lininger had been a Territory Manager for the Southeast with Dunlop. (Full story …)

April 15, 2019

Dunlop Ball Promotion to Send Fans to ATP and Next Gen Finals

Dunlop announced a new consumer promotion that will send two sets of winners to the 2019 Nitto ATP Finals in London, three sets of winners to the 2019 Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan, and 2000 dozen of their new ATP tennis ball to tennis players across the country. (Full story …)

March 15, 2019

Vulcan Introduces New Max Tacky Overgrip

Vulcan Sporting Goods Co. is introducing the new Max Tacky tennis racket overgrips. Company product engineers have innovated a new advanced polymer material and a unique manufacturing process that delivers extremely high tack plus a soft-cushion feel. With the overgrips now launching for Spring 2019 - they are calling it “the tackiest overgrip in tennis!” (Full story …)

March 14, 2019

Black Knight Introduces Knight Trainer Pro Robotic Badminton Feeder

Black Knight Canada has introduced a completely redesigned version of their highly successful Knight Trainer, the world’s first practical badminton machine, released in 2008. The new Knight Trainer Pro is far more advanced with more control features and increased versatility. (Full story …)

LSI Industries Adds Nelson Wesley as VP-Strategic Initiatives

LSI Industries Inc. has hired Nelson Wesley as Vice President Strategic Initiatives. Nelson will oversee initiatives focused on improving sales, driving operational efficiency and ultimately improving financial performance of the company. As a senior level leader, he will report to the CMO, Scott Coleman. (Full story …)

February 28, 2019

K-Swiss Collaborates with Bob & Mike Bryan on New Lifestyle Shoe

K•Swiss announced the launch of its new Classic 88 II Bryan Brothers lifestyle shoe model. The special limited edition shoe marks a year-long collaboration with Bob and Mike Bryan, the greatest doubles team in the history of tennis. (Full story …)

Slinger Bag Appoints Former Prince Exec Mike Ballardie as CEO

Slinger Bag, makers of the world’s most portable tennis ball launcher, announced that Mike Ballardie has been named CEO of the company. Ballardie brings to Slinger Bag his extensive market knowledge and brand leadership experience in the global tennis industry including most recently as CEO of Prince, one of the world’s leading tennis brands. The move comes on the heels of Slinger Bag’s successful crowdfunding campaign last year, which raised over $1 million. (Full story …)

February 20, 2019

Lucky in Love Debuts Newest Collection with Bethanie Mattek-Sands

Global tennis apparel brand Lucky in Love releases two exclusive capsule collections with Bethanie Mattek-Sands (BMS) called the BNP Paribas Open line and Miami Open line as part of the brand’s Tournament Series. The two new lines will be released leading up to the 2019 BNP Paribas Open and Miami Open Grand Slam tournaments. (Full story …)

February 18, 2019

K-Swiss Launches New Ultrashot 2 with Surgelite Technology

K•Swiss announced the introduction of its newest high-performance tennis shoe, the Ultrashot 2. The company has strong momentum as the fastest growing tennis footwear brand in the United States, doubling its sell-through market share over the past two years and now ranked #3 in the specialty channel. (Full story …)

Dunlop Announces New Line of ATP Balls

Dunlop announced its full lineup of ATP balls, all developed as part of its multi-year partnership as Official Ball of the ATP Tour. The super- premium ATP Extra Duty ball made its debut in New York City as the Official Ball of the NY Open. It is available at U.S. retailers, along with three other ATP branded balls. (Full story …)

February 11, 2019

Ashaway Renews Cliff Swain and Ana Gabriela Martinez Sponsorships

Continuing its long player sponsorship tradition, Ashaway Racket Strings today announced the renewal of sponsorship contracts for two of racquetball’s past and present stars, legendary superstar Cliff Swain, and reigning Racquetball Federation World Champion, Ana Gabriela Martinez. Specific terms of the agreements were not disclosed. (Full story …)

January 31, 2019

Racquet & Paddle Sports Conference Brings Industry Together in Orlando

The 2019 Racquet & Paddle Sports Conference, Jan. 23-25, attracted more than 1,000 racquet sports professionals, industry leaders, and representatives of emerging and bellwether brands to the inaugural event last week, in Orlando, Fla. (Full story …)

January 17, 2019

APT Welcomes Randy Futty as General Manager of Laykold

APT is proud to welcome Randy Futty to its staff as General Manager of Laykold. Futty brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Laykold team. In addition to his day-to-day responsibilities as the General Manager of Laykold Sports Surfaces, Futty manages domestic relationships with the USTA, USPTA and PTR, USAPA, ITA, ASBA, NRPA and a number of sports’ governing bodies and industry organizations. (Full story …)

January 15, 2019

Nominations Open Now for 2019 Tennis Industry Hall of Fame

Nominations are open now for the annual Tennis Industry Hall of Fame. Inductees for 2019 will be announced at the 12th Annual TIA Tennis Forum, to be held in New York City on Monday, Aug. 26. Visit for more information or to nominate. (All nominations will be confidential.) Nominations for 2019 will close on July 1. (Full story …)

January 14, 2019

Pickleball Brand Selkirk Sport to Participate in Rac & Paddle Sports Show

As country clubs and golf resorts across the country continue adding pickleball to their line-up of activities, Selkirk Sport (Booth# 5R-RP9), the leading Pickleball paddle and accessories brand today announced the Company will be participating in the inaugural Racquet & Paddle Sports Conference in conjunction with the 2019 PGA Merchandise Show, January 23-25 at the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) in Orlando, Florida. (Full story …)

January 10, 2019

Innovative Surface to Feature Multiple Racquet, Paddle Sports

The inaugural Racquet & Paddle Sports Show Preview, held Jan. 23-25 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., and co-located with the PGA Merchandise Show, will feature an innovative NEXT-Court surface that will host a variety of racquet and paddle sport demonstrations and events. Attendees at the show will be able to watch professional players on the court, and get out and play themselves with the newest equipment from leading manufacturers. (Full story …)

Racquet & Paddle Sports Conference Includes Padel Court

Attendees of the inaugural Racquet & Paddle Sports Show Preview, Jan. 23-25 and co-located with the PGA Merchandise Show in the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, will be able to watch professional padel demonstrations, participate in on-court padel playing opportunities and learn more about the sport while exploring nearly 50 racquet and paddle sports brands and organizations on the event Show floor. (Full story …)

January 9, 2019

ATP and Dunlop Announce Global Partnership

ATP and Dunlop announced a new, five-year partnership that will see Dunlop become the Official Ball of the ATP Tour and the Nitto ATP Finals beginning this year. (Full story …)

January 2, 2019

Women in Tennis Forum to be Held at PTR Symposium

Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) announced that it will hold a Women in Tennis Forum during the PTR International Tennis Symposium - Feb. 12-15, on Hilton Head Island, S.C.. The Forum will be on Thursday, Feb. 14. Sarah Stone will moderate a panel of experts, including former World #1 Gigi Fernandez, Andy Murray’s coach Judy Murray, Tennis Australia’s Emma Doyle and Leizel Huber’s coach Tony Huber. (Full story …)

December 20, 2018

RAPS Demo Day/Welcome Party Set for USTA National Campus Jan. 23

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 []( (Full story …)

December 13, 2018

Tennis Industry Magazine Names 2018 “Champions of Tennis”

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. (Full story …)

December 12, 2018

Three Finalists Chosen to Present At Fourth ‘Tennis Industry Innovation Challenge’

Three finalists have been chosen to present at the fourth Tennis Industry Innovation Challenge, which will be held on Thursday, Jan. 24, during the Racquet & Paddle Sports Conference in Orlando, Fla. AccuTennis, PlayTennisConnect and SPARC-Virtual Tennis will present five-minute pitches about their new product or service to a panel of judges—and in front of an audience of tennis and racquet sports industry leaders—in a “Shark Tank”-like competition to determine a winner. (Full story …)

December 10, 2018

Chinese Group Looks to Buy Amer Sports

A consortium led by China's Anta Sports made an offer to acquire Finland's Amer Sports in a deal that values the company at 4.6 billion euros (US$5.23 billion), the Chinese firm said on Friday. According to Reurters, the consortium, which includes Chinese tech giant Tencent Holdings Ltd , has offered 40 euros per share in cash for the maker of Wilson tennis racquets and branded outdoor gear. (Full story …)

November 26, 2018

Har-Tru to Launch Acrylic Sports Coatings Line

Har-Tru, LLC is excited to announce that Paul Harris has joined the company to serve as the Sports Coatings Manager. Har-Tru has been focusing on developing and launching their acrylic Sports Coatings line of products, and Harris will be leading this segment of the business for Har-Tru. (Full story …)

November 15, 2018

Mizuno Selects Tennis Specialty Inc. as U.S. Footwear Distributor

Mizuno, the global specialty sporting goods company, has secured the services of Tennis Specialty Inc., based in Louisville, Colo., as the U.S. distribution partner responsible for sales and customer service with the introduction of Mizuno performance tennis footwear across the U.S. (Full story …)

PTR International Tennis Symposium Set for Feb. 12-15

Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) will host its premier coach education event - the PTR International Tennis Symposium - February 12-15, on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. (Full story …)

November 1, 2018

All Racquet Sports Creates First 'Made in U.S.' Padel Court

All Racquet Sports has announced that the first “Made in the USA” padel court was recently completed outside of Reading, Pa. The court and design lead the way to meet the future demands for the growth of the fastest growing sport in the world. Padel started in Mexico, found its way to Argentina and exploded in popularity in Europe. (Full story …)

Ashaway Introduces MultiKill Poly Racquetball String

Ashaway Racket Strings has introduced a new polyurethane (PU) based, multifilament nylon string for racquetball. Utilizing proprietary new polyurethane technology, MultiKill® 17 is designed to add toughness and durability for players who like to really cut and spin the ball. (Full story …)

October 19, 2018

Dunlop Secures Multi-Year Next Gen ATP Finals Partnership

Dunlop will be a Gold Partner of the Next Gen ATP Finals, commencing immediately. The multi-year partnership will see Dunlop provide the official ball for the tournament, as well as receiving a number of promotional rights for the innovative event. (Full story …)

October 18, 2018

Ashaway Introduces ZyMax 68 TX Badminton String

Ashaway Racket Strings has introduced ZyMax® 68 TX, a new badminton string with a proprietary textured surface coating to enhance feel and control of the shuttle. Like its ZyMax Fire siblings, ZyMax 68 TX utilizes Ashaway's proprietary BETA polymer fibers and is constructed using the company's special ZyWeaVe(tm) string core technology. The new string offers sensational elasticity and dynamic stiffness for maximum shuttle speed and explosive repulsion, as well as optimum power and durability, incredible knot and shear strength, and exceptional tension holding ability for consistent, reliable performance. (Full story …)

October 17, 2018

'Tennis Industry Innovation Challenge' Attracts Influential Panel of Judges

A high-powered panel of judges will consider the entries in the fourth “Tennis Industry Innovation Challenge,” which promises to showcase some of the most brilliant new and innovative sports products and services designed to grow the sport and business of tennis and racquet sports with players, consumers and fans. Presented by the Tennis Industry Association (TIA), this unique competition will take place on Jan. 24, 2019, during the inaugural Racquet & Paddle Sports Conference ([]( (Full story …)

October 16, 2018

Wilson, RecycleBalls Team Up to Recycle 20M Tennis Balls in 3 Years

Wilson Sporting Goods Co., and RecycleBalls announced today they are partnering to collect, recycle, and repurpose tennis balls across the United States. RecycleBalls is a non-profit organization founded in 2014, with the goal of collecting and recycling the 125 million tennis balls that end up in US landfills each year and then converting these tennis balls into innovative and sustainable products. The Wilson/RecycleBalls partnership aims to recycle 20 million tennis balls in the U.S. over the next three years. (Full story …)

October 11, 2018

USPTA National Awards Program Open for Nominations

LAKE NONA, Fla. (Oct. 11, 2018) - The United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) is now accepting nominations for the 2019 National Awards Program. The Association is looking for deserving tennis-teaching professionals and coaches who are growing the game of... (Full story …)

ITA, California Sports Surfaces Extend Agreement

The Intercollegiate Tennis Association and California Sports Surfaces are excited to announce an extension of their alliance, whereby California Sports Surfaces will be recognized as the Official Court Surfacing Provider of the ITA. (Full story …)

September 27, 2018

Dunlop Launches New CX Series Racquet Range

Dunlop has unveiled its new super premium CX Series tennis racket range, its most technologically advanced to date. Powered by Srixon technology, the CX Series has been developed over the past 18 months to provide players with increased power, comfort and control. (Full story …)

September 20, 2018

Inaugural Racquet & Paddle Sports Conference Jan. 23-25 in Orlando

The inaugural [Racquet & Paddle Sports Conference]( will be held Jan. 23-25, 2019, and co-located with the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Fla. The multi-faceted tennis, racquet and paddle sports industry event will feature a hands-on product demo experience and opening welcome party at the USTA National Campus in Lake Nona; and a curated ONE2ONE buying summit, Tennis Owners & Managers (TOM) Conference and an exhibit pavilion of racquet, paddle and tennis vendors and organizations at the Orange County Convention Center. (Full story …)

September 18, 2018

Journalist Clarey, Wilson Sporting Goods Honored by ITHOF

New York Times journalist Christopher Clarey and Wilson Sporting Goods were recently honored with special awards presented by the International Tennis Hall of Fame in recognition of significant contributions to the sport. The awards were presented at the annual Legends Ball, which was themed to pay tribute to a significant milestone in tennis history, the 50th anniversary of the Open Era. (Full story …)

September 7, 2018

Tennis Industry Hears Challenges, Opportunities At TIA Tennis Forum

More than 350 tennis leaders, industry executives and tennis providers came together on the first day of play at the US Open for the 11th annual Tennis Industry Association (TIA) Tennis Forum, held at the Grand Hyatt New York. The Tennis Forum included the latest news and research about the state of the tennis and sports industries, including the current challenges, potential opportunities, and collaborative ways to move the sport and industry forward. (Full story …)

August 30, 2018

Dunlop Becomes Official Ball Partner of Australian Open

Dunlop will be the official ball partner of the Australian Open in January 2019. The multi-year partnership will see Dunlop provide the official ball for the Australian Open and granted the rights to sell Australian Open branded tennis balls globally. (Full story …)

PTR, Head Penn Extend Longstanding Partnership

Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) signed a three year contract with HEAD Penn, extending its longstanding partnership to a history-making 38 years. (Full story …)

August 23, 2018

Special Sessions in NYC to Focus on Commerce, Retail

The Tennis Industry Association will present special sessions on commerce and retailing in conjunction with the 11th annual Tennis Forum, held in New York City next week. The sessions will be on Tuesday, Aug. 28, at the Grand Hyatt New York, starting at 9 a.m. (Full story …)

August 15, 2018

Head USA Partners With UTR

HEAD USA (HEAD Penn Racquet Sports) and Universal Tennis Rating (UTR) Powered by Oracle today announced a strategic partnership joining their technology and tennis expertise to drive engagement and growth among tennis players worldwide. (Full story …)

Tennis Industry to Come Together For Meetings in NYC Aug. 27-28

In conjunction with the 11th annual Tennis Forum in New York, the Tennis Industry Association will present a special session on “The Future Commerce Initiative” by renowned industry expert and thought leader Dan O’Connor. The session, which will deal with how tennis businesses can navigate the complexity of retail in today’s world, will be at the Grand Hyatt New York on Tuesday, Aug. 28, from 9 to 11 a.m. (Full story …)

August 7, 2018

Tennis Industry Association, Manufacturers Oppose New Tariffs

The Tennis Industry Association is opposing proposed tariffs on products that are of specific concern to the tennis and racquet sports industry. TIA President Jeff Williams, on behalf of the TIA and its board of directors, recently sent a letter to the U.S. Trade Representative and is urging others in the sports industry to voice their opposition to the tariffs. (Full story …)

Vic Braden, Jim Fromuth to Join TI Hall of Fame Aug. 27

Tennis players, and the tennis industry, can thank both the late Vic Braden and Jim Fromuth for helping to improve their games and grow this sport. Braden, whose tennis academies, books and videos brought tennis to the masses, and Fromuth, the founder of a tennis equipment distribution company, both have had a hand in millions of players enjoying the game over the last four decades. Both men will be inducted into the Tennis Industry Hall of Fame on Aug. 27. (Full story …)

August 2, 2018

HEAD Penn to Sponsor Professional Pickleball Registry

Professional Pickleball Registry (PPR) is pleased to announce a three-year sponsorship agreement with HEAD Penn. HEAD is the Official Paddle and Bag of PPR. (Full story …)

July 25, 2018

PHIT Act Passes the House, Now Moves to Senate

WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 25, 2018) — 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... (Full story …)

July 13, 2018

PHIT Act Passes Key Committee Vote, Moves to Full House

The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ways & Means approved the Personal Health Investment Today (PHIT) Act by a vote of 28-6. The PHIT Act will be part of a larger package of health savings account (HSA) reform measures that the full House will vote on later this month. (Full story …)

June 29, 2018

Prince Debuts Limited-Edition Whiteout Racquet

Prince has launched a limited-edition Whiteout Collection, including an all-white racquet and coordinating bag. The Whiteout Collection debuts just as the oldest and most prestigious tennis tournament in the world gets underway this summer. (Full story …)

June 27, 2018

11th Annual TIA Tennis Forum Aug. 27 in New York

The annual Tennis Industry Association Tennis Forum will be on Monday, Aug. 27, at the Grand Hyatt New York in Manhattan from 8 to 9:30 a.m. The 11th annual Forum will include the latest news and research about the state of the tennis industry, business insights, updates on grow-the-game initiatives including the USTA’s Net Generation, and recognition of the 2018 Tennis Industry Hall of Fame inductees. (Full story …)

New Tennis Participation Report Available from TIA

The 2018 Tennis Participation Report has been published and is available for members. The 24-page report, produced by the Tennis Industry Association in partnership with the Physical Activity Council, includes the most recent data and trends through year-end 2017 for tennis participation, consumer spending, fitness and health, fans, tennis interest, cross participation in other sports, and more. (Full story …)

Play Tennis Month Helps Rally the Industry

More than 2,300 tennis events in 32 states were registered as part of official Play Tennis Month activities during the month of May. All the events were searchable on so current, new and returning tennis players could easily find local places and times to play. (Full story …)

Register Now for 2018 Tennis Teachers Conference in NYC

Register for the 44th Tennis Teachers Conference, which will be Aug. 24-27 at the Grand Hyatt in New York City. More than 1,000 tennis professionals and industry leaders are expected to attend the event, which his presented by the USTA and USPTA, and also will serve as the USPTA’s World Conference. (Full story …)

May 27, 2018

Head Signs New Long-Term Contracts With Djokovic, Zverev

HEAD has signed new long-term contracts with Novak Djokovic and Alexander Zverev. This extends the successful relationship with two of its signature athletes and underlines the brand’s strong commitment to professional athletics. (Full story …)

May 21, 2018

K-Swiss Offers Deal for Play Tennis Month

K•Swiss, the fastest growing tennis footwear brand in the United States specialty channel, announced that consumers can get their new high-end shoe model, the Ultrashot for a $20.00 dollar savings until June 1. The special offer is an effort to support Play Tennis Month and the PHIT America campaign to encourage kids and adults to increase their physical activity levels. (Full story …)

May 12, 2018

K-Swiss Appoints Mike Miringoff VP of Sales, Americas

K-Swiss announced the promotion of Mike Miringoff to VP of Sales for the Americas region. In this new role, Miringoff will report to K-Swiss President Barney Waters and will be responsible for all of K-Swiss’ wholesale business in the U.S. market, along with managing distributors in Canada, Central and South America. (Full story …)

May 11, 2018

Conference Videos Focus on Innovation, Growth, Leadership in the Tennis Industry

The fifth annual Tennis Owners & Managers (TOM) Conference in Charleston, S.C., brought together dozens of top speakers and experts to focus on innovation, growth, business leadership and development in the tennis and racquet sports industry. This year, many of the presentations throughout the three-day event were videotaped and are available to TOM Conference attendees and others to review. Go to []( (Full story …)

May 4, 2018

Get Out on Court for Play Tennis Month!

It’s time to get moving—and to get out on the tennis court! The month of May is “Play Tennis Month,” and thousands of tennis programs and events around the country are showcasing the sport and all its health benefits. As one of the healthiest, most fun and most social activities, tennis is attracting players of all ages and abilities. Visit []( to find nearby tennis facilities and programs. (Full story …)

April 25, 2018

IMG Academy Selects Dunlop as Official Supplier

Dunlop announced an agreement with IMG Academy, located in Bradenton, FL, to become the official tennis racquet, ball, and accessory provider of its world-class tennis program. As part of the agreement, all tennis coaches will use Dunlop racquets and balls for lessons and training. (Full story …)

'Million Calorie Burn' Leads Off Play Tennis Month, PHIT America Month

They came, they played tennis, and they burned lots of calories. That’s one way to summarize what took place last Friday (April 20) at the Million Calorie Burn, the official kick-off event of PHIT America Month, which starts on May 1. May will also be Play Tennis Month. (Full story …)

Inaugural Tennis Innovation Challenge Winner Tennibot Makes Big Moves

Tennibot, the world’s first robotic tennis ball collector, is seeing major success after winning the inaugural Tennis Industry Innovation Challenge last year. Tennibot ([]( is a robot that can autonomously detect tennis balls on the court and collect them for players and coaches, using object detection and advanced algorithms. The app lets players customize where on the court Tennibot will clear tennis balls during practice. (Full story …)

April 12, 2018

Unique LED Lighting System Wins Third Tennis Industry Innovation Challenge

CHARLESTON, S.C. (April 12, 2018) — The third edition of the Tennis Industry Innovation Challenge—a “Shark Tank”-like competition to identify the most innovative and creative product or service in the tennis industry—took place this week during the Tennis Owners &... (Full story …)

April 4, 2018

ITA, Tennis Warehouse Continue Partnership

The Intercollegiate Tennis Association and Tennis Warehouse announce a continuation of their alliance with Tennis Warehouse, which is recognized as the Official Online Tennis Retailer of the ITA. (Full story …)

March 28, 2018

Ashaway Develops Poly-Based Resin Multifilament for Racquetball

Ashaway has introduced another technical innovation to its line of racquetball strings: a polyurethane (PU) based, multifilament nylon string designed to add toughness and durability for players who like to really cut and spin the ball. Ashaway's first string using this technology, new MultiKill® 17, combines a high tenacity multifilament nylon sheath with a specially formulated polyurethane resin that bonds the string into a single matrix and adds durability while providing superior feel. The smooth PU surface of MultiKill 17 enhances grip, while the 17-gauge construction maximizes power. (Full story …)

March 26, 2018

Top Speakers and Experts to Present At TOM Conference

Dozens of top speakers and experts will present at the fifth annual Tennis Owners & Managers (TOM) Conference, which will focus on innovation, growth, business leadership and development. The conference runs from April 9 to 11, with optional specialty courses on Sunday, April 8. Visit []( for information and to register (day session registration available). (Full story …)

March 20, 2018

Har-Tru Celebrates 10 Years of ClayTech

Har-Tru, LLC is excited to share that the company is celebrating 10 years of ClayTech in 2018 by hosting play events around the country. ClayTech is a hybrid clay court that offers all the benefits and playability of clay without all the maintenance. The surface was developed and sold in Europe prior to its introduction to the US. (Full story …)

March 5, 2018

Legendary Snauwaert Brand Re-Enters U.S. Tennis Market

Known for groundbreaking racquet design and elite craftsmanship beginning in 1928, Snauwaert has officially announced its re-entry into the US tennis market. With a new, first-of-its-kind business model that departs from, and disrupts, current category conventions, Snauwaert will deliver, exclusively, direct-to-consumer services. (Full story …)

Ashaway Develops Textured Coating for ZyMax® Badminton Strings

Ashaway Racket Strings has developed a proprietary textured surface coating for their ZyMax® line of badminton strings. New coated strings will be dubbed "ZyMax TX," and like their ZyMax Fire siblings, will utilize Ashaway's proprietary BETA polymer fibers and be constructed using the company's special ZyWeaVe™ string core technology. The textured surface coating on the new strings will provide a stiffer feel and add a measure of control. (Full story …)

March 4, 2018

Tennis Owners & Managers Conference Set for Charleston, S.C., in April

The fifth annual Tennis Owners & Managers (TOM) Conference will bring together tennis business owners, managers and decision-makers, with a focus on innovation, growth, business leadership and development. The conference runs from April 9 to 11, with optional specialty courses on Sunday, April 8, and day session registration available. Visit []( (Full story …)

February 23, 2018

Chris Evert Partners with Osteo Bi-Flex

Bone and joint health brand Osteo Bi-Flex announced a partnership with seven-time No. 1 professional tennis player Chris Evert. Together with Osteo Bi-Flex, Evert will help reinforce the brand’s commitment to leading the call for movement. (Full story …)

February 12, 2018

Tennis Industry Rallies For ‘Play Tennis Month’ in May

Tennis industry partners are working together to promote May as "Play Tennis Month" to help showcase the sport of tennis and associated health benefits. Thousands of tennis programs and events will be held around the country, with a goal of helping to get people moving and playing tennis, the No. 1 sport for a long and healthy life. (Full story …)

January 28, 2018

Wilson Honors Federer with 'Platinum' Collector-Edition Racquet

To honor Roger Federer’s 20th Grand Slam title, Wilson Sporting Goods has created an exclusive Collector’s Edition Platinum Racket Package, complete with a special Pro Staff RF 97 Autograph racket painted in a metallic, glittering platinum-colored paint. The color platinum is widely used to the mark the achievement of 20th milestones. (Full story …)

January 23, 2018

Third ‘Tennis Innovation Challenge’ April 9 in Charleston, S.C.

The third Tennis Industry Innovation Challenge promises to showcase some of the most brilliant new and innovative sports products and services designed to grow the sport and business of tennis with players, consumers and fans. This unique competition will take place on April 9 at the 2018 Tennis Owners & Managers (TOM Conference), held at Wild Dunes Resort in Charleston, S.C. (Full story …)

January 15, 2018

Dunlop Signs Young, Murray, Watson, Fratangelo, Townsend, Chirico

Dunlop announced Donald Young, Jamie Murray, Heather Watson, Bjorn Fratangelo, Taylor Townsend and Louisa Chirico have all chosen Dunlop racquets as they embark on their 2018 seasons. Young, Murray, Fratangelo and Townsend will play with the Dunlop CX 2.0, while Watson will use the CX 2.0 LS and Chirico will use the Dunlop CV F 3.0 Tour. Each racquet is powered by Srixon technology. (Full story …)

December 18, 2017

Tennis Industry Magazine Names 2017 'Champions of Tennis'

Ajay Pant, the national tennis director for Life Time, has been named “Person of the Year” for 2017 by Tennis Industry magazine in the publication’s January 2018 issue. Pant led off the magazine’s 17th annual “Champions of Tennis Awards,” which honors people, businesses and organizations dedicated to improving the sport and business of tennis. (Full story …)

December 7, 2017

ITA, PlaySight Extend Collegiate Tennis Partnership

The Intercollegiate Tennis Association and PlaySight are pleased to announce an extension of their collegiate tennis partnership. Over the past two years, the ITA has helped facilitate PlaySight's SmartCourt expansion across all divisions of the sport. PlaySight is now powering close to 50 men's and women's programs, including the University of Southern California, Princeton, Harvard, Ohio State, and most recently, the University of Florida and Indiana University. (Full story …)

November 7, 2017

Kimberly Schoeffel Joins Har-Tru Team

Har-Tru has announced that Kimberly Schoeffel joined its sales team, and will be transitioning into the sales representative position for the Southeast territory. She is taking over for Harriet Lambert, who has 44 years of service with Har-Tru, as she plans to retire in the summer of 2018. (Full story …)

Tecnifibre X-One Ball Chosen As Official Ball of Davis Cup Finals

In Davis Cup competitions, the home team has the right to choose the ball and the playing surface. This is what makes the competition different and unique from others. For the upcoming finals to be played at Lille Nov. 24-28, the players on the French National team have made their ball choice: they will play with the Tecnifibre X-One tennis ball. (Full story …)

November 2, 2017

Vulcan Introduces 'Custom Logo' Overgrips

Vulcan Grip Co.’s new line of tennis racket grips is now being expanded to include overgrips with custom logos. (Full story …)

November 1, 2017

Top Speakers to Present at 5th Annual TOM Conference

Top experts and consultants both inside and outside of the tennis industry are signing up to share their expertise and knowledge at the fifth annual [TOM Conference](, which will be April 8-11 at Wild Dunes Resort in Charleston, S.C. Presented by the Tennis Industry Association (TIA), the TOM Conference targets tennis owners, managers and industry decision-makers with a focus on innovation, growth and business leadership. (Full story …)

Laserfibre Introduces U.S.-Made Co-Poly Tennis String

Laserfibre, LLC has introduced the first co-poly tennis string ever manufactured in the U.S. This newest string to the Laserfibre product line is aptly named Native Tour and represents a new direction for tennis string manufacturing. (Full story …)

October 27, 2017

Ashaway Releases Stringing Tips Video Featuring MRT John Gugel

A new stringing how-to video featuring Master Racquet Technician John Gugel has been released by Ashaway Racket Strings. The video details step-by-step stringing procedures to get the best performance from Ashaway MonoGut® ZX and MonoGut ZX Pro tennis strings. It is available on and via this link on YouTube. (Full story …)

October 26, 2017

Head Penn Partners with TGA Premier Tennis

HEAD PENN Racquet Sports, a leading tennis equipment manufacturer, announced a partnership this week with TGA Premier Tennis, a nationwide youth tennis delivery system and National Partner of the USTA and USPTA. (Full story …)

September 13, 2017

Lacoste acquires Tecnifibre

Lacoste has agreed to acquire French racquet and string manufacturer Tecnifibre. The purchase price was undisclosed. Lacoste will acquire an 80 percent stake and the deal is expected to close in October. Tecnifibre is best known for its its strings,... (Full story …)

September 18, 2013

Babolat swings a deal with The Gate

Manufacturer Named Exclusive Racquet Sponsor to the Junior Tennis Academy (Full story …)

June 22, 2012

Prince reaches deal with new ‘Prince Americas’

The operating assets of Prince Sports, including exclusive rights to the Prince, Ektelon and Viking brands in North America, have been acquired by the newly formed Active Brands Co. and its new wholly owned subsidiary, Prince Americas. Prince Americas will... (Full story …)

May 1, 2012

Prince enters Chapter 11

Non-U.S. Subsidiaries Are Not Included in U.S. Filing and Are Not Subject to Court Supervision (Full story …)

January 23, 2012

Prince to open Advanced Innovation Center

Innovation Center Part of New Multi-Year Deal between Prince and IMG Aimed at Developing Next Generation of Tennis Champions (Full story …)

August 16, 2011

USPTA Buying Show Booths Still Available

Manufacturer and vendor booth space is still available for the USPTA’s Tennis Buying Show, to be held Sept. 22 at Saddlebrook Resort in Wesley Chapel, Fla., as part of the USPTA World Conference on Tennis. (Full story …)

July 19, 2011

‘State of the Tennis Industry’ Slated for August

The Tennis Industry Association plans to release a newly developed and revamped report in August designed to “help narrate the story of the tennis industry,” says TIA Executive Director Jolyn de Boer. The new “State of the Industry” report will... (Full story …)

July 4, 2011

John Embree Joins Donnay USA

Tennis industry veteran John Embree has joined Donnay USA as a consultant to be its director of sales and lead marketing efforts in the U.S., the racquet brand announced. Embree has served in a variety of capacities in his 30-plus... (Full story …)

January 26, 2011

Babolat Team Meeting

Over 40 Teaching Pros gathered in Atlanta on January 21st at Dunwoody Country Club for the 2nd Annual Georgia Team Babolat Meeting. Dave Dwelle, Southern Regional Sales Manager and Kevin Klabunde, Southern States Territory Sales Rep. presented Babolat’s new 2011... (Full story …)

January 12, 2011

Courier Switches to Donnay Racquets

Courier will exclusively play and represent Donnay and its new ultra-thin-beamed X-Series Red 99. (Full story …)


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