Press release: The Tennis Show 2014 Celebrates the Business of Tennis
Tennis industry leaders, executives and professionals to gather on Aug. 24
in New York City to honor the past, present and future of the game
NEW YORK, NY (Aug. 6, 2014) – Hundreds of tennis industry leaders, professionals and executives will join together at The Tennis Show 2014 on August 24th at the Grand Hyatt in New York City to celebrate the business of tennis.
Held in conjunction with the Tennis Teachers Conference and on the eve of the 2014 US Open, The Tennis Show 2014 is a rare opportunity for the tennis industry—including teaching professionals and coaches, retailers, facility owners/managers, manufacturers and players—to celebrate and discuss the business of tennis. The afternoon will begin with a media briefing at 4:30 p.m. and also include the Tennis Industry Association (TIA) Tennis Forum and the Tennis Industry Hall of Fame induction.
The 7th Annual TIA Tennis Forum, which will start at 5:15 p.m. in Salon V of the Grand Hyatt New York, will include the latest news about the state of the industry, including participation, equipment sales data, grassroots initiatives, Youth Tennis, and more. The Forum will conclude with the Tennis Industry Hall of Fame induction of industry pioneer and former TIA President Jim Baugh. (Plaques of Tennis Industry Hall of Fame inductees, including Billie Jean King, Nick Bollettieri and Dennis Van der Meer, are on permanent display at the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, R.I.)
At 6 p.m., The Tennis Show, which is managed by the TIA, will open in the Manhattan Ballroom and Lobby Level Reception, highlighting the newest gear, products, technology and services from more than 50 companies and organizations. In addition, participating companies will hold prize drawings for merchandise and services valued at more than $20,000.
“We’re excited to present The Tennis Show and thrilled with the interest we’re seeing from exhibitors and tennis providers,” says TIA Executive Director Jolyn de Boer. “Tennis companies will be showcasing truly innovative products and services that will help to continue moving this sport and industry forward.”
All event attendees also will receive a link to their own Tennis Show “Virtual Bag,” easily viewable across all digital devices, including smartphones and tablets. The TIA has partnered with VirtualEventBags.com to provide show attendees the opportunity to view, save and redeem offers from exhibitors along with many companies and organizations that were unable to exhibit at the sold-out Tennis Show.
Attendees are also encouraged to download The Tennis Show app to their smartphones. The app includes information about the exhibitors, a map of the show floor, event times, and the ability to create a “to do” list, see who else is attending the show, and post to photos and information to Facebook and Twitter. To download the app, first download the “Guidebook App” to your mobile device, then click “Download Guides” at the bottom of the app screen and search for “The Tennis Show 2014” Guide.
More than 50 tennis businesses and organizations will be on hand as exhibitors at The Tennis Show 2014, set for Sunday, Aug. 24, at the Grand Hyatt New York. The current list is below and at TennisShow.com.
2014 Tennis Show Exhibitors
| Acelon Tennis Strings
| HEAD Penn Racquet Sports
| Putterman Athletics
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About the TIA
The Tennis Industry Association, the not-for-profit trade association for tennis, is THE unifying force in the tennis industry whose mission is to promote the growth and economic vitality of tennis by working closely with the U.S. Tennis Association and industry partners to develop and implement initiatives to increase tennis participation and improve the health of industry businesses. Core TIA activities include producing more than 70 research reports annually on participation and consumer/trade research, in addition to Grow the Game Initiatives such as PlayTennis.com, 10 and Under Tennis, the GrowingTennis System™, Tennis Welcome Centers, Cardio Tennis, Careers in Tennis and Tennis Tune-Up Campaign. Visit TennisIndustry.org or call 866-686-3036.
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Tennis Industry Association
1 Corpus Christie Place/117 Executive Center
Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
Phone: (843) 686-3036
Fax: (843) 686-3078
TIA Board of Directors
adidas: David Malinowski
America Sports Builders Assoc.: Fred Stringfellow
ATP World Tour: Linda Clark
Babolat: Eric Babolat
Dunlop Sports Group: Kai Nitsche
ESPN: Jason Bernstein
HEAD Penn Racquet Sports: Greg Mason (TIA President)
IHRSA: Meredith Poppler
International Management Group: Kevin Callanan
International Tennis Federation: Dave Miley
International Tennis Hall of Fame: Mark Stenning
Mylan World TeamTennis: Ilana Kloss
Prince Sports: Mike Ballardie
Professional Tennis Registry: Dan Santorum
Sports & Fitness Industry Association: Tom Cove
Tennis Channel: David Egdes
Tennis Magazine: Jeff Williams
U.S. Professional Tennis Association: John Embree
U.S. Racquet Stringers Association: David Bone
U.S. Tennis Association: Kurt Kamperman
Wilson Sporting Goods: Cory Springer
WTA Tennis: Stacey Allaster