Second Annual Forum To Be in NYC on Aug. 25

The TIA and USTA will share the news in tennis at the second annual TIA Tennis Forum, presented by Tennis Magazine, on Monday, Aug. 25, at the Grand Hyatt in New York City, in conjunction with the 38th Annual USTA Tennis Teachers Conference.

The hour-long Forum, which is free to attendees, will celebrate the sport and serve as a rallying point for the industry. Topics will include the latest research in tennis, an overview of key USTA and industry initiatives, and other news in the sport. In addition, we’ll announce the inaugural class of inductees for the new Tennis Industry Hall of Fame.

“Last year’s Forum was an important opportunity to come together and present the facts and our unified mission of tennis growth,” says TIA President Dave Haggerty. “This year, we look forward to sharing the news about tennis participation, equipment sales, league play and much more, including key research that can help your business. Also, we’re pleased to announce our first Tennis Industry Hall of Fame class, honoring those who have made a significant impact on the sport.” (See below.)

Some of the research will include how tennis is weathering the overall economic climate. “We know there are many challenges for retailers and manufacturers,” says TIA Executive Director Jolyn de Boer. “But our research shows that people are still going out to play tennis, which is certainly a bright spot in this industry.”

The Forum will start at 9 a.m. in Manhattan Ballroom at the Grand Hyatt (immediately following the 8:30 a.m. USTA awards presentation). Admission is free and includes breakfast for all registered attendees, along with an information packet. There will be a question-and-answer session. Attendees also will be able to submit questions for any speaker that will then be answered online in an open forum.

“Last year’s TIA Tennis Forum was very informative for me. I learned a lot of inside information about the state of tennis, especially how we can bring more people into the game and keep them playing on a regular basis.”

—Jorge Andrew, Tennis Director, Lexington County (S.C.) Tennis Complex

“I thought the 2007 Forum was extremely productive. Attendees had an opportunity to see how everyone in TENNIS is working together to grow the game!”

—Delaine Mast, National Director, WTT Recreational Leagues

“It was great to hear about all the industry statistics and the game plan for going forward. I am better able to try to develop my club’s programs and plans in line with those initiatives and goals.”

—Bruce Levine, General Manager, Courtside R.C., Lebanon, N.J.

TIA Tennis Forum at the TTC

Aug. 25, 9-10 a.m., Grand Hyatt, Manhattan Ballroom

For more information or to register, go to tennisindustry.org/forum.

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