TENNIS INDUSTRY: Save the Date: 2020 Racquet & Paddle Sports Show Jan. 21-24

ORLANDO, FLA. (May 28, 2019) — The 2020 Racquet & Paddle Sports Show kicks off Jan. 21-24 at the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) in Orlando, Fla., featuring the latest in racquet sports products, demos, exhibits, education and much more.
A Demo & Innovation Day will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 21, at the USTA National Campus with an added session for consumers. The Tennis Owners & Managers (TOM) Conference begins Wednesday morning at the OCCC alongside the Racquet & Paddle Sports Show (RAPS), which is co-located with the PGA Merchandise Show. Exhibits, seminars and presentations are featured Jan. 22-24 with courts set up inside the convention center so attendees can try product and view demonstrations from top experts and pros.
The Tennis Industry Association is working with Reed Exhibitions, which puts on the PGA Merchandise Show, to also produce the Racquet & Paddle Sports Show (RAPS). For more information, visit



TENNIS INDUSTRY: Top Tennis Stars Offer Advice to Players In New ‘Up Your Game’ Campaign

A dozen tennis stars offer advice on how recreational players can get the most out of their equipment in a series of public service announcements airing on Tennis Channel.

NEW YORK, N.Y. (May 27, 2019) — 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.

The “Up Your Game” campaign brings advice from a dozen top pros on their gear, new technology, the importance of new strings and other areas to help recreational players enjoy the game and play better. The tour pros interviewed were:

* Kevin Anderson (plays with Dunlop racquet)
* Marin Cilic (Head racquet)
* Roger Federer (Wilson racquet)
* Taylor Fritz (Head racquet)
* Angelique Kerber (Yonex racquet)
* Madison Keys (Wilson racquet)
* Christina McHale (Head racquet)
* Garbine Muguruza (Babolat racquet)
* Rafael Nadal (Babolat racquet)
* Denis Shapovalov (Yonex)
* Serena Williams (Wilson racquet)
* Caroline Wozniacki (Babolat racquet)

The Tennis Channel sat down with the tour players in March, during the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Calif. Not only did the top pros take the time to share advice and insights designed to help all players, but Tennis Channel also interviewed key equipment directors at each of the five brands: Babolat, Dunlop, Head, Wilson and Yonex.

“Getting the most out of your gear is vital to getting the most out of your game,” says Jeff Williams, president of the Tennis Industry Association (TIA) and director of publishing with Tennis Channel/Tennis Magazine. The TIA worked with Tennis Channel and racquet manufacturers to help coordinate the messaging.

“The latest game-improvement tennis equipment and products are constantly evolving, and we look to better inform and encourage recreational players to get or seek advice,” says TIA Executive Director Jolyn de Boer. “With our partners at the Tennis Channel, the tips and recommendations we’ve compiled from both top professional players and key racquet manufacturing executives will help all players to enjoy the game more and play better.”

The best advice for players, when searching for a new racquet and even new strings, is to demo the products, de Boer emphasizes. “Find a tennis facility or retailer near you and ask the experts to properly match the correct gear to your game.”

The tips for recreational tennis players compiled by the Tennis Channel and TIA include these general guidelines and recommendations:

  • Recreational players should restring their racquets three to four times a year.
  • Seek the advice of professional stringers or Master Racquet Technicians, since string tension affects control, power, spin and playability, all of which are lost over time with any type of string. Visit to find a stringer/technician.
  • Racquets and strings are very susceptible to the environment, particularly to heat and humidity. Do not leave racquets in your car or trunk.
  • Materials used in racquet frames break down over time, resulting in loss of power and less control. The TIA recommends that recreational players upgrade their racquet every two to three years.
  • Racquet technology continues to improve with every new model released, which can help players gain more control, spin, power and comfort.
  • Players’ games change over time, so it’s important to ask the expert and match the correct equipment to help maximize your playing style.

To view all the videos from top tour players, searches and tips on the proper care of tennis gear and advice from leading manufacturers, visit



TENNIS INDUSTRY: The Road to Roland Garros Leads to Tennis Channel

With more live matches and exclusive coverage than anywhere else, Tennis Channel and Tennis Channel Plus are the homes for Roland Garros. Tennis Channel will have more than 120 hours of live French Open action and Tennis Channel Plus gives fans at least 350 live matches from the outer courts that are not seen on the network. With wall-to-wall coverage over the course of the tournament, Hall of Fame analysts and award-winning broadcasters, Tennis Channel has you covered.
TIA Members will receive a special 20% discount on the Tennis Channel Plus digital subscription service (available in the United States). Throughout the year, subscribers can watch hundreds of live matches not seen on Tennis Channel from some of the year’s biggest events like the French Open, BNP Paribas Open, Miami Open and much more including ATP Masters 1000s. Go to and enter code TIA20 to subscribe.



TENNIS INDUSTRY: Tennis Channel, USTA Form 3-Year Rights Deal for NCAA D1 Chps.

LOS ANGELES, May 7, 2019 – Tennis Channel and the USTA, in conjunction with the NCAA, have entered a three-year partnership that makes the network the exclusive television home of the NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Tennis National Championships. The agreement begins with this year’s events, to be held at the USTA National Campus in Orlando, Fla., May 16-25.
During the championships, Tennis Channel will show more than 50 hours of live matches, with live coverage every day of the 10-day competition.  In all, the network will provide the most hours of NCAA DI Men’s and Women’s Tennis National Championships coverage in television history.  Held simultaneously, both the men’s and women’s events feature team and individual tournaments.
“Tennis Channel is the perfect home for the best players and teams in college tennis,” said John MacDonald, Tennis Channel’s senior vice president, content programming. “We’re excited to bring these young stars to fans around the country.”
The agreement expands the network’s coverage of college tennis at the USTA National Campus. Since 2018, Tennis Channel has televised the USTA’s College MatchDay series of head-to-head competitions, featuring some of the country’s top schools.  The weekly battles marked the network’s first live coverage of college tennis.
“We are incredibly excited that the Tennis Channel is committing to this level of coverage of the NCAA Tennis Championships, showcasing college tennis at its highest level and elevating the sport like never before,” said Lew Sherr, chief revenue officer, USTA. “College tennis is an important part of the development of the next generation of tennis players and the exposure generated by this partnership will only further our mission of growing the game of tennis across the country.”
“We are grateful to the Tennis Channel for providing this unprecedented level of exposure to the NCAA Division I student-athletes competing in the national championship,” added Elizabeth Schmidt, NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Tennis Committee chair and head women’s tennis coach at Rice University.
Emerging from respective fields of 64 schools, eight men’s and eight women’s teams will compete in the NCAA DI Men’s and Women’s Tennis National Championships at the USTA National Campus.  The men’s and women’s individual singles tournaments in Orlando will each feature 64 players, with 32 doubles pairs comprising both the men’s and women’s doubles tournaments.



TENNIS INDUSTRY: 4 Honored for Service to Tennis by Hall of Fame

In recognition of their generous and longtime service to the sport of tennis, four dedicated industry leaders and volunteers were recently honored by the International Tennis Hall of Fame, in a special awards presentation at the USTA Annual Meeting. 


TENNIS INDUSTRY: CBS Sports Network To Televise WTT Matches

World TeamTennis and CBS Sports announced a multi-year television partnership spanning both broadcast and cable. The deal will start this summer, highlighted by CBS Television Network broadcasting the Philadelphia Freedoms facing the Vegas Rollers on Saturday, July 21.