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Message from Rich Neher Greetings from California!


Hello, dear readers, friends, and tennis enthusiasts.

During the past month, I have had a few enlightening moments that I would like to share with you all. The first revelation occurred as I delved deeper into various technologies that could potentially benefit the sport of tennis. After engaging in a discussion with Gregory Gettinger from Tennis Esports and attending the TIC2 conference, I have come to believe that this could be an excellent method to encourage younger individuals to try tennis and for older individuals to derive even more enjoyment from the sport. Rest assured, I am committed to pursuing this further and will keep you informed about any developments in the field of Tennis Esports. Please continue reading for more information about the past 2023 TIC2 event.

Another topic that I have recently explored, and one that has long been a personal concern of mine, is mentoring. Following a conversation with Kevin Theos and gaining a deeper understanding of the USPTA Career and Leader Mentoring Program, I must commend this initiative wholeheartedly.

Lastly, I have always had mixed feelings regarding USTA CEO Lew Sherr. While he undeniably achieved success during his tenure with Wilson, Madison Square Garden, and as the former Chief Revenue Officer for the USTA, I questioned his abilities as a leader. However, after listening to the latest episode of the "Here to Serve" podcast featuring Florida ED Laura Bowen, my perception of Lew Sherr has started to shift. I have noticed a greater depth of understanding concerning the American tennis ecosystem than I had previously attributed to him. I encourage you to listen to the podcast yourself, which can be found below under the Podcasts section. While it is natural for him to speak from a USTA perspective, which may or may not represent the entirety of tennis in our country, I appreciate his leadership mindset.


In recent news, Brian Dillman has been elected as the new CEO of the USPTA, succeeding John Embree upon his retirement. It is commendable that he aims to serve as an advocate for the professionals, which is an important aspect. However, a friend has raised an interesting point, stating that the organization's Executive Committee holds significant influence in running the organization, rather than Brian himself. Can Brian effectively collaborate with the committee to prioritize the best interests of the professionals and the industry? Nevertheless, I have confidence in Brian's ability to excel in his role at the USPTA and hope that he establishes a positive rapport with the media, particularly with Tennis Club Business.

Btw, what do you think of Jon Wertheim's tweet? See more about this under QUESTIONS.

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Re: Davis Cup

The Guardian writes: "Davis Cup lands in Málaga but future remains unclear after year of chaos."


Finland’s quarter-final win is memorable but the competition is still finding its feet after Gerard Piqué’s deal collapsed.

At last, the closing week of another breathless tennis season began on Tuesday afternoon in Málaga with the Davis Cup finals. Milos Raonic of Canada, the defending champions, and Finland’s Patrick Kaukovalta stepped out on to the vast Palacio de los Deportes to a warm welcome from a healthy audience for the first quarter-final tie.

Those positive scenes, though, belie a year of chaos for the Davis Cup. Four years since Kosmos, the investment company co-founded by Gerard Piqué, and the International Tennis Federation (ITF) reformed the event, it remains to be seen if one of the world’s biggest annual team sporting competitions can finally figure itself out.

Read more here.

Re: Conga Sports

Press Release: Conga Sports 2nd City Slams Tournament Swings into SoCal

The Conga Sports flagship program, City Slams, is set to begin its 2nd tournament on December 9, 2023. Teams representing communities from all over the LA area will compete for the championship. "We have created a series of entertaining tennis tournaments for all players like you and me," explains Rich Neher, Conga Sports founder and CEO. "I call it the 'tour for the little guy' because it will have a look and feel of a pro tour designed to create renewed excitement in the sport of a lifetime and make players proud representatives for the city they live in."

Read the full press release here.

Re: PickleBall News

ONCOURT OFFCOURT: 5 Unspoken Pickleball Rules You Need to Know


As with any game, pickleball comes with its own set of unspoken rules that everyone is expected to follow. But what about the people that are just starting out? Or what if you just haven’t heard about these rules yet? That’s the problem with “unspoken” rules. People don’t talk about them. Read more here.


Drury University announces plans for “Panther Pad,” including premier Pickleball venue


Drury University will have an exciting addition to campus this fall, an outdoor recreation complex called the Panther Pad. The Panther Pad will feature new pickleball courts, the revitalization of the basketball and tennis courts and a new pavilion grill and beverage area for students and spectators to enjoy.

Read more here.


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Major League Pickleball asks players to take 40% pay cut on the back of rapid growth

  • Major League Pickleball is requesting that players consent to compensation reductions of 40%, according an email sent to players that was obtained by CNBC.

  • The league said it will also cut operational and event-related costs for 2024 and further revealed that it has parted ways with Commissioner Brooks Wiley.

  • It comes as professional pickleball has seen rapid growth in nearly every category.

Pickleball’s rapid growth may be coming back down to reality.

Read more here.

Re: WTA Finals

Reuters: WTA concedes Finals 'not a perfect event' after player complaints

The Women's Tennis Association (WTA) has conceded that this year's edition of the tour Finals was "not a perfect event" and signaled changes to the operation of the circuit after a series of complaints from top players about how they are treated.

In a letter to the players leaked to Sports Illustrated, WTA chief Steve Simon said the late selection of the Mexican resort of Cancun to host the WTA's showpiece tournament was "based on a number of complicated factors".

Read more here.


Re: Padel News

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QUARTER-FINALS | CERVEZAS VICTORIA MALAGA OPEN 2023. Sanz and Nieto come back to defeat Gutierrez and Gonzalez in Malaga!

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Drammen Padel, 40 kilometres from the capital Oslo, will host the FIP RISE Norway Open, with the CUPRA FIP Tour also making a stop in Norway after its many ...

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The Professional Padel League wrapped up its inaugural season earlier this year and is set to cap it off by holding its first-ever all-star .

Sweden Holds Grim Warning for the $4 Billion Padel Craze

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Sep 16, 2023 — Padel centers in the biggest Nordic country are being converted to warehouses and budget grocery stores after the racket sport's pandemic boom turned into a bust.

Padel, racket sport played in at least 90 countries, is gaining attention in U.S.

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Jun 19, 2023 — "I believe it is a better game to play than pickleball, which I know everyone is trying just now," Murray said. sports-comparisons.jpg CBS News.

Re: Wimbledon Expansion

The Guardian: Wimbledon expansion plans rejected by Wandsworth council

A London council has rejected plans to build a new 8,000-seat stadium and 38 further tennis courts on a Grade II*-listed park in Wimbledon.

Wandsworth council’s planning committee on Tuesday night voted unanimously to reject the All England Lawn Tennis Club’s plans to almost triple the size of the tennis championship grounds from 17 hectares (42 acres) to 46 hectares.

The councillors agreed with Wandsworth’s planning officers’ recommendation that the proposal be refused as it would “cause substantial harm to the openness of metropolitan open land”. Read more here.


WTA News

Gauff honored by U.S. Senate for US Open win

A month after her maiden Grand Slam triumph, Coco Gauff is still getting her flowers. On Tuesday, the offices of four U.S. senators announced that the legislative body unanimously passed a bipartisan resolution to congratulate the American teenager on her historic US Open victory last month.

Read more here.

Tennis Industry United News 11.7.23

PHIT America Launches ‘Help Kids Play Tennis’ Campaign

PHIT America, a national charity dedicated to getting 50 million kids active, healthy, smarter, and on the pathway to lifetime sports, is launching a campaign to help kids learn to play tennis.

Read more here.


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Inside The Games: Iberdrola announced as Official Energy Partner of the Billie Jean King Cup by Gainbridge. Iberdrola already has excellent relationships with several sports organizations and competitions, including the Spanish Billie Jean King Cup team, the Spanish Olympic and Paralympic Committees, and the Spanish women's national football team

Tennis Industry United News 11.7.23

Althea Gibson to be Featured on New U.S. Quarter in 2025

Tennis trailblazer Althea Gibson will be featured on a new 2025 quarter design, as part of the U.S. Mint’s “American Women Quarters” Program. Gibson was the first person of color to win Wimbledon in 1957, and overall claimed 11 Grand Slam titles, including at the U.S. and French Championships.

Read more here. Sky plans dedicated tennis channels after netting ATP, WTA rights in active Euro markets. European pay-television giant Sky has signed off an extensive rights deal covering the men's ATP and women's WTA Tours across its active markets of the UK, Ireland, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Italy.

Oncourt Offcourt: Free Webinar "Everyday Wellness: Training Smarter and Debunking Myths." Every day, countless people suffer from aches and pains they THINK are normal. In fact, things like back and neck pain have cost Americans billions in lost hours, expensive surgeries, and medications. Read more here.

SPORTSPROSCONNECT: Michelle Jaggard-Lai: Mentoring Future Tennis Champions. Mark Wylam spoke with Michelle Jaggard-Lai, a former WTA player and Grand Slam Junior Champion at Wimbledon and the Australian Open. She is also the founder of Jaggard Sports, a tennis player mentorship program that is helping future tennis champions reach their full potential. Read the interview here.

Another interesting interview: Mark spoke with Ruben Hererra from Base Tennis in Germany. Topic: The Evolving Landscape of Tennis Technology. Read it here.

Below are three of the many job postings on SportsProsConnect. For details, go here.



Connexa Initiates Beta Testing of Artificial Intelligence (AI) Tennis Analytics App for IOS and Android Users Under its Slinger Bag Brand. (App Turns Smart Phones into Invaluable Tool for Improving Players’ Tennis Game; Sophisticated Algorithms Analyze All Styles of Play)

Connexa Sports Technologies Inc. (Nasdaq:CNXA), the owner of both Slinger Bag and Gameface brands, announces the beta launch of the Slinger Bag analytics app for tennis - powered by Gameface Artificial Intelligence (AI) – simultaneously available for iOS and Android users.

The Slinger App, powered by Gameface, provides an AI sports platform already proven with success in Australian cricket. Slinger’s AI analytics app will provide tennis players and coaches with invaluable insights into the intricacies of their game by extracting and analyzing data from uploaded player or match videos, filmed with a single smart phone or compatible camera.

Read more here.


Connexa Announces Quarterly and Half Year Results

  • Connexa Records 59 Percent Improvement in Operating Loss for Quarter Ended October 2023 and 72 Percent Improvement Year-to-Date.

  • Operating Expenses Reduced 60 Percent Year-on-Year.

  • Positive NET INCOME for the 6 Months to October 2023.

  • Revenue on Track for Estimated 10 Percent Growth in FY24

  • Operational Profitability Expected by 4Q24

Details here.

Black Tennis Hall of Fame

Nominations for the Class of 2024 are now open!

Nominee categories: Organization, Pioneer, Players, Contributor, Regional Legend.

Nomination criteria and Form download

For additional information, contact Shelia Curry at 804-982-9459 or email

Elite Tennis Travel 2024

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GoTennis! Launches in Metro Atlanta to Serve Tennis and Racquet Sports Communities

GoTennis! is an online platform for aggregated information and events for coaches and players serving the Atlanta tennis community. ALTA, USTA, T2 schedules, events, drills, and more, are now in one place. GoTennis! is a single source of access to tennis-related content, products, and services initially targeted to the metro Atlanta social tennis market. With a mission to provide information, pricing, and strong customer service, GoTennis! is a one-stop-shop for all things tennis in Atlanta.

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Last Word On Sports (LWOS)

Key Points: ESports Has Significantly Strengthened Classic Sports

eSports has entered and integrally fit into all gaming industries, including sports simulators, which now allow you not only to understand all the intricacies and features of sports genres, but also to at least slightly feel the real difficulties and emotions of popular sports – football, basketball, golf and tennis and other sports activities.

Read more here.


New Book

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By Bill Patton

You have probably reached a point of pain in your net game, something has triggered your curiosity about the secrets of coming forward to finish, or you have a solid drive to gain every advantage you can. You want to go to the net to get the most out of an aggressive game. People always use the word ‘secret,’ but it's only a secret if you don't know it. All secrets will be revealed, and everything in this book is born from feeling the pain, knowing the problems, and finding practical, doable solutions that are valid and relevant solutions.

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When I come to the net, I get passed cleanly, watching the ball go by with no chance of getting it, and it tears at my soul.

I do reasonably well at the net, but sometimes, I make a mistake with my volley at critical moments.

I'm a regular at net, but I sometimes feel like there are some subtle aspects of net play that I am missing. I see other, more seasoned players doing better, and they are not telling me their secrets.

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Women's Tennis Blog

Mandy Minella becomes a member of Luxembourg parliament

WTA tennis player and mom of two girls, Mandy Minella, is now building a career in politics. 

Read more here.

Sports Business Journal
Bolt6's live electronic line-calling system passes testing by major tennis representatives

Bolt6’s live electronic line-calling system, titled Sentinel, passed testing for use on hard courts last week after being evaluated by a committee comprised of representatives from the ITF, ATP, WTA, and Grand Slam tournaments. Said committee, in handing down the decision, also recommended stadium-specific testing before implementing for events.

Read more here.


This tennis calendar is insanely long. Martina Navratilova congratulates Italy on Davis Cup win and blasts the tour's grueling schedule

Read more here.


Alexander Zverev was fined 450,000 Euros after being accused of physically abusing his ex-girlfriend.

Read more here.


TENNIS BALLS - 125 million balls go into U.S. landfills each year? Read it here.


RECYCLE BALLS is moving from South Burlington, Vermont to Belington, West Virginia 


USPTA welcomes Brian Dillman as New Chief Executive Officer.

Read more here.

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USPTA Career and Leader Mentoring Program

A good program managed by a dedicated supporter of growing tennis!

I strongly believe that mentoring programs are extremely advantageous for tennis teaching professionals. These programs offer valuable opportunities to learn from experienced mentors, receive constructive feedback on teaching skills, foster a supportive environment, and access valuable networking opportunities. Investing in mentoring programs can significantly enhance the success and development of tennis industry professionals.


Upon being directed to the USPTA's Career and Leader Mentoring Program, which is overseen by Kevin Theos, I felt compelled to investigate further and engage in a conversation with Kevin. I have been connected with him on LinkedIn since 2010. According to the USPTA website, Kevin Theos, a USPTA Southern board member, initiated and launched the program within the Southern division. Its remarkable success prompted USPTA President Gary Trost to endorse its expansion into a national program in 2018. According to Theos, “Since 2018, we have had over 500 pros take advantage of the Career and Leader Mentoring program, and many have participated multiple times. Further, numerous pros who started as mentees have now become mentors in the program.”


Kevin's ability to tackle challenges makes him a highly suitable candidate for leading the mentoring program. With a diverse background as the former Executive Director of the Birmingham (Alabama) Tennis Association, USTA Southern Tennis Service Representative, USTA Southern President, and current USPTA National Vice-president, he brings extensive experience to the table. The USPTA program features two enrollment/pairing periods per year and each period typically brings in about 50 mentors and 50 mentees. While the program originally was focused exclusively on pros who were already certified, it has now expanded to include certification applicants who request assistance. These individuals are then connected with mentors who can guide them through the certification process.


One of the key benefits of mentoring programs is the opportunity to learn from experienced mentors. These mentors possess a wealth of knowledge and expertise that can be invaluable to those starting out in their tennis teaching careers, and even experienced pros benefit from the program. Theos believes “It is inspiring to see mentee applications come from seasoned pros because by applying they are showing humbleness and a desire to improve.”

Mentoring offers an invaluable opportunity to receive constructive feedback on teaching skills, handling difficult situations, career advancement, and other topics. This feedback can help professionals identify areas for improvement, polish their teaching methods, and enhance their overall performance as tennis professionals. Moreover, mentoring programs provide access to valuable networking opportunities. Through interactions with mentors, professionals can expand their professional network, forge connections within the tennis community, and explore potential career opportunities. Further, these networking opportunities can open doors to collaborations, job prospects, and even mentorship roles in the future.

  • The best pairings occur when mentors and mentees live close enough that they can meet in person. 

  • Some mentors may not get paired because there are always more mentors applying than mentees.

  • Mentees are required to watch a video on before they can move on to be paired.

One of the key benefits of mentoring programs is the opportunity to learn from experienced mentors. These mentors possess a wealth of knowledge and expertise that can be invaluable to those starting out in their tennis teaching careers, and even experienced pros benefit from the program. Theos believes “It is inspiring to see mentee applications come from seasoned pros because by applying they are showing humbleness and a desire to improve.”

From their active participation, mentees gain new and/or enhanced skillsets and develop a clearer comprehension of their career objectives as well as a roadmap to guide them in accomplishing these goals. Mentors depart with a sense of fulfillment and satisfaction, knowing that they have provided valuable guidance and training to new and experienced professionals who are seeking to advance their careers.

Mentoring programs are a crucial component of professional development for tennis teaching professionals. The USPTA's Career and Leader Mentoring Program is an excellent example of a well-structured and effective mentoring program that provides valuable opportunities for professionals at all stages of their careers. I highly encourage both mentors and mentees to consider participating in this program.

According to Theos, “One of the most gratifying aspects of being connected with the Career and Leader Mentoring program is hearing mentors and mentees discuss their ongoing and positive relationships with each other years after having been initially paired together.”

For more information about the program, contact Kevin Theos at

WTCA is a warm, welcoming, and inclusive community of all tennis coaches, players, and enthusiasts that empowers women through education, mentorship, and connection to become coaches and leaders in the sport.


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Facebook: BOT 221 - The Return of Bruthas At the Net!

You asked for it and we delivered, the return of Bruthas At The Net! We were so excited to collaborate once again with our friends AJ Chabria and Craig Bell from At the Net Podcast. The foursome reviews their favorite moments from the 2023 tennis season and make a few predictions for 2024. Take a few minutes to join in on our fun!



Epi.33: From world class player to world class coach- with Ann Grossman!

Ann is the Chief Executive Officer of the Women’s Tennis Coaching Association (WTCA), the only professional global organization dedicated to supporting coaches working with female tennis players. The WTCA's vision is to elevate the quality of coaching in women's tennis.


Epi.34: Uncovering court construction- with Eric Loftus!

This week, we have an engaging conversation with Eric Loftus, Vice President and Partner at Cape and Island Tennis, New England's premier tennis court and running track contractor. Eric also wears the hat of President at Northeast Padel, a comprehensive padel construction, management, and logistics firm.


Epi.35: Fast-track your tennis coaching career to a leadership role- with Rishan Kuruppu!

Dive into a fresh episode of Vida Tennis as we welcome Rishan Ruruppu, a seasoned tennis director with a decade of experience at Roton Point Club. He is also a private family coach in Greenwich and an Executive Leadership Coach. 



Match!Tennis App: It’s Like They’re Reading Our Minds ft. Heath Waters

Welcome to Season 12 Episode 43 – our final one of the year – of the ParentingAces Podcast, a proud member of the Tennis Channel Podcast Network. Heath Waters of Match!Tennis App is back with us to share the latest updates to this game-changing tech!



Off-Court Fitness Training ft. Dean Hollingworth

Welcome to Season 12 Episode 42 of the ParentingAces Podcast, a proud member of the Tennis Channel Podcast Network. In this week’s podcast, Lisa brings back fitness trainer extraordinaire, Dean Hollingworth, to break down what junior tennis players need to be doing off-court to maximize their fitness level.



From Russia with Love ft. Egor Shestakov

Welcome to Season 12 Episode 41 of the ParentingAces Podcast, a proud member of the Tennis Channel Podcast Network. Egor Shestakov, a senior at University of Texas at Tyler who happens to be from Russia, shares his junior and college tennis journey with us, one that I believe you will find to be extremely eye-opening


Demi Schuurs Interview at the WTA Finals

This is a conversation with Demi Schuurs from the WTA Finals in Cancun. Demi partnered with Desirae Krawczyk and I spoke with her between her first and second matches.


Kirsten Flipkens Interview at the WTA Finals

Kirsten Flipkens is a former WTA player who retired earlier in 2023 and is now coaching. I spoke with her at the WTA Finals where she was coaching Demi Schuurs & Desirae Krawczyk.



Doubles Game Styles: How to Counter Pushers, Attackers, & Baseliners

In doubles, you'll often play against a team with one of three different game styles.

Pushers - they lob endlessly, never miss, and make you beat yourself.Attackers - they serve and volley, get to the net, and apply relentless...


Rick Macci Interview: Serena & Venus Stories, Finding a Good Coach, Mental Strength, & More

In this episode, I interview one of the greatest tennis coaches ever. Coach Rick Macci has coached tennis for over 40 years. He's helped five players reach world #1 including Serena and Venus Williams, Andy Roddick...



Here to Serve: Where Leadership Meets Innovation

USTA CEO, Lew Sherr joins the Here to Serve Podcast to talk about everything about being an innovative leader. Learn from the person at the helm of USTA how innovation is a key pillar of leadership, what must be down in order to create more leaders, and what challenges the tennis industry faces with 2024 on the horizon.



Here To Serve: Utilizing Analytics to Expand Tennis

USTA Florida's Data Analytics & CRM Coordinator, Brad West joins the Here to Serve podcast to break down business insights and data. Learn the difference between the two, why each is important, and how USTA Florida is using analytics to continue the growth of grassroot tennis across the state.



SwingVision – Magic Tennis Technology!

Have you ever questioned whether a ball landed in or out? How fun would it be to see a replay (or to challenge a call)?


We  were thrilled to have back on the podcast Swupnil Sahai, CEO of SwingVision.  SwingVision is the A.I. tennis app that brings you pro-quality shot tracking, video analysis, and line calling on any court, using just your iPhone!



SwingVision - Magic Tennis Technology! Part 2

Is there a way to make the ball machine not so boring? Want stats on your game to help you win? Tune in and find out how SwingVision can elevate your tennis game to the next level!


SwingVision is the A.I. tennis app that brings you pro-quality shot tracking, video analysis, and line calling on any court, using just your iPhone!



SwingVision - Magic Tennis Technology! Part 3

What if your heated disputes over line calls were a thing of the past? And what if an AI umpire took charge of score keeping, making the game smoother and more enjoyable for all? That's exactly what we're exploring in our conversation today with Swupnil Sahai, CEO of SwingVision.


SwingVision is the A.I. tennis app that brings you pro-quality shot...



Ten Minutes of Tennis: How to choose the right coach

Shaun Boyce & Justin discuss how difficult it can be to find the right tennis coach. We talk about online search options, online booking systems, and the new GoTennis Atlanta "coach finder" currently under construction to help players in metro Atlanta find a certified coach in your area.



WTA, Morgan Stanley

WTA tennis player and former US Open Grand Slam champion, Sloane Stephens, speaks on planning for the future and the importance of financial stability within her career.



Use the Pickleball Block Shot

USPTA Elite Professional Dominique Lemperle demonstrates how you can "keep it simple" to master the pickleball block shot in this week's #QuickTipTuesday!


TIC2 Conference

Carlos Salum and Fernando Segal organized a successful Tennis Innovation Conference 2 on November 17 and 18. I had the opportunity to attend several of the presentations within the time constraints I had, and I am pleased to know that all of them will be available for replay for a period of 45 days following the conference. 


During the event, I had the opportunity to witness some impressive talks and conversations.

Cesar Andrade - "Racquets!AppSuite™ helping people to create growth"

Specifically, one that stood out was Cesar's value proposition. It was presented in a clear and straightforward manner, highlighting the potential for exponential player participation increase and subsequent growth in racquet sports provider income. Cesar's app, RacquetsAppSuite™ (previously known as TennisAppSuite™), has been rebranded as a comprehensive "Racquets Sports operating system," available as SaaS apps on smartphones and watches. The app caters to the unique requirements of providers and players worldwide. What I found particularly appealing was Cesar's ambitious vision of transforming racquet sports businesses, regardless of their size, into thriving and enjoyable racquet community networks of the future. This kind of grand vision has the power to motivate not only his team but also his clients. It is safe to say that we can expect to hear a lot more about Racquets! in the future.

Gregory Gettinger - "VR. Next tennis participation revolution"

If you are seeking to incorporate more innovation and unique ideas into the realm of tennis, Esports emerges as a highly promising contender. Gregory Gettinger's company, VR Motion Learning, stands at the forefront of this evolving trend. Currently, the company employs a workforce of 18 individuals and has successfully organized a series of exceptional hybrid events in conjunction with real tennis tournaments. Notably, collaborations have taken place with Tennis Canada, The Erste Open in Vienna, and an upcoming event in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Tennis Esports has gained popularity in 100 countries worldwide, and its accessibility requires nothing more than a Headset (Oculus Quest 2 or 3) and a wireless connection. For a one-time fee of $30, users can download the necessary software and commence their journey. Individuals have the option of accessing training modules for immersive tennis instruction or engaging in competitive matches against opponents from across the globe. Furthermore, a Tennis Esports Tour has been established, offering Wilson-sponsored tournaments with substantial prize money. To date, the Tour boasts an impressive participant count of 2,000 players.

Arriving imminently is a groundbreaking Techzone feature that analyzes players' strokes and identifies areas for improvement. Intriguingly, approximately 50% of Virtual Reality (VR) players have never experienced real tennis, while the remaining 50% mainly consists of lower-level players and advanced beginners. Consequently, this new development presents a compelling opportunity for higher-level players desiring to enhance their skills through the platform of Tennis Esports.

Looking to the future, market penetration of Quest headsets remains relatively low. However, as this figure increases, so too will the level of participation. An exciting trend on the horizon involves the provision of real-time online coaching services from anywhere around the world.

Notably, Gregory's company is actively engaging with the Boy Scouts organization to promote the usage of Tennis Esports. Studies have revealed that 99% of children within this group have not previously engaged in real tennis; nevertheless, many have expressed a keen interest in exploring the sport on an actual court.

In conclusion, Fernando Segal has deduced that VR represents a valuable avenue through which to expand the tennis community and attract a wider audience.

Marcel Straub - "Street Racket: A Movement for Global Tennis Growth."

I used to be amused whenever I came across videos showcasing Marcel's innovative creation being utilized on the streets of Switzerland a few years ago. However, my perception has changed significantly. Marcel, a prominent Squash Champion, author, speaker, and former 'Head of Centre of Competence for Physical Education' for the city of Zurich, has astounded many by transforming the seemingly straightforward concept of Street Racket into a global movement. His ultimate objective is to inspire and engage individuals everywhere, without any limitations. Marcel envisions a world where everyone can access sports, particularly racket sports, at any time and any place, fostering the numerous positive benefits derived from regular motor skill-based activities!

I implore you to visit their website and witness the compelling nature of this uncomplicated yet captivating concept:

Brian Parkkonen - "The PTR and The Coach of the Future"

Brian Parkkonen, the Chief Operating Officer of the Professional Tennis Registry (PTR), has established a reputable presence in the industry since graduating from Ferris State with a degree in Professional Tennis Management. With PTR currently operating in 127 countries worldwide, its vision for 2024 revolves around expanding its international reach. This involves supporting international coaches in their pursuit of success and assisting National Governing Bodies (NGBs) in their educational endeavors. Furthermore, PTR is actively embracing various racquet sports to provide its members with even greater opportunities for a prosperous career.

Nelson Artz - "The Tennis-Is-Us Foundation: A Global Vision For Tennis growth"

Foundation CEO Nelson Artz has worked with Roger Federer and Wilson to explore opportunities for the growth of tennis. On his LinkedIn profile, Nelson Artz presents himself as a multifaceted professional, specializing in brand architecture, keynote speaking, consulting, and demonstrating a deep passion for his work.

The Tennis-Is-Us website states: WE ARE ALL TENNIS! With Tennis is us we are officially launching an independent, worldwide movement for the sustainable shaping of tennis by promoting our favorite sport in a sustainable, inventive way and developing it further with visions in terms of content.

WE ARE … a strong, international alliance of companies, institutions, professionals, active and passive tennis supporters, startups/innovators and sponsors, who all have only one common goal in mind: The future of tennis.

Nelson explained that Tennis-Is-Us is based on 4 pillars:

1.  Easy Access - They are utilizing Marcel Straub's Street Racket as an entry sport for tennis and as a standalone program.

2. Digitization - Organize tennis clubs and programs with apps and other technology.

3. The Tennis Club of the Future - incorporating technology, different racquet sports, and more in an environmentally sustainable and responsible way.

4. Team Yellow - a global initiative that needs pro-leaders in every country.

Also notable

Jolyn de Boer: A Vision for the Tennis Industry through a Racquetsports Alliance

The founder of Racquet and Paddle Sports Alliance, a resource network focused on technology, education, and innovation to engage more players, fans, and consumers, has presented a compelling case with a series of charts analyzing the current state of the industry and the concerning lack of participation among children. Additionally, she has provided an array of tools and strategies to inspire greater interest in sports among young individuals.

But there were also problems.

TIC2 Co-host Carlos Salum mentioned that tennis coaches are known to not embrace technology fast enough. I must say I have encountered numerous speakers who tend to inundate the audience with excessive technical jargon without effectively connecting the dots. Despite my engineering background, I struggled to comprehend the relevance of certain concepts and found myself questioning whether these speakers truly grasped the practical application of their information for tennis teaching professionals. Consequently, I requested two of them to provide me with a concise summary of their talk, no longer than half a page, but unfortunately, they were unable to fulfill this request until our publication date. It is regrettable.

My takeaway: It is crucial to communicate your concept effectively and clearly to gain the support and acceptance of tennis coaches.


Tennis Industry United

USPTA Increases Certification Schedule, Locations

USPTA certification workshops have expanded across the country, for all stages of a tennis teaching career. Head into 2024 certified and prepared to elevate the standards of your students.

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PTR Expands Workshop Schedule, Locations

The PTR has expanded its educational and certification schedule with dozens of new workshops and training events, both virtual and in-person, for providers at all levels.

Learn more.



✨ Inspiring Sessions: Engage with industry experts and thought leaders in racquet sports, gaining insights to elevate your coaching and leadership skills.

✨ Networking Opportunities: Connect with fellow award winners, coaches, and enthusiasts from around the world, fostering valuable relationships and collaborations.

✨ Team Building: Bring your team members or friends along to share the knowledge and enthusiasm, creating a stronger bond within your community.


The American Sports Builders Association is hosting their 2023 Technical Meeting December 2023 from 1st to 4th in Houston, Texas at The Marriot Marquis Hotel. Professionals in the sports design and construction industry worldwide will meet for networking and business development. The technical meeting offers 30 concurrent sessions across each division (courts, tracks & fields) and unparalleled networking.  

If you are attending, please stop by our advertiser NGI Sports' Booth (413 & 415) and say hello. NGI's David Burke will be one of the presenters on the subject of "Overlays". In this session he will focus on the types of overlay systems designed for tennis and pickleball in particular, demonstrating the installation process, limitations, and benefits these systems bring. 

Read more here.


Tennis Industry United

Register for a Live Cardio Tennis Training Course

Check out upcoming in-person Cardio Tennis Training Courses. CEUs available from USPTA, PTR and other organizations.

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RacquetX Announces Landmark Inaugural Event in Miami as New Conference Capitalizes on Racquet Sports Boom

  • RacquetX takes place at the Miami Beach Convention Center across March 24-26 2024 

  • The event is a global first, celebrating the huge growth of the racquet sports industry 

  • Former Chairman and President of USTA Katrina Adams, Dink founder Thomas Shields and Former USPA President and PPL Co-Founder Marcos Del Pilar also named in stellar conference schedule that will drive industry conversation

Read more here.


The Challenge: Tennis needs more coaches.

The Answer: Women's Tennis Coaches Association.


Having female coaches in tennis is not just about gender diversity; it's about providing equal opportunities, fostering a more inclusive and supportive environment, and harnessing the unique skills and perspectives that female coaches can bring to the game. It benefits both the sport and the individuals involved, helping to develop a richer and more diverse tennis community.

The WTCA is the first organization of its kind, solely dedicated to advancing women’s tennis through thoroughly educated coaches. The global hub for coaching women’s tennis, the WTCA has resources in medicine, coaching, and athletes in order to assist and educate all coaches. With instructional videos, mentorship programs, conferences around the globe, and educational coaching courses, the WTCA both educates and inspires passionate tennis coaches with the one goal of enhancing the world of women’s tennis. Our online courses come with certifications, helping coaches to both learn and draw in more athletes. Members will have unparalleled access to WTCA material on both our website and our social media pages. 

Help us grow.

Start your path to coaching career success now!



The proverbial "little birdie" has whispered the news that the USTA PD budget is being cut by $4 million. Assuming it's true, we need to ask a few questions, though.

Are the cuts real or fake? Is it an item that would have been eliminated anyway and can now be conveniently dressed up as a budget cut? Where will the cuts be made? Salaries? Benefits? Bonuses? Travel? Your guess is as good as mine.


Oh man, so much news and so many opinions about that topic. First, it was Jon Wertheim of Sports Illustrated who hinted at something's going on in a tweet. Jon is, of course, much better connected than me! 

  • "The Slams joining to acquire 10 biggest events"
    I don't think the Slams would be able to raise enough money for that. However, with the help of Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund (PIF), this could work. No?

  • "Forming a Super Tour"
    There are 9 ATP 1000 events, a new Jeddah event would make that 10. There are also 7 WTA 1000 events that are combined men/women and three women-only events (Doha, Dubai, and Guadalajara). What about ATP/WTA ranking points? 

  • "Leaving ATP and WTA to run 500s and year-end finals"
    Ouch! Here goes the money.

  • "Game-changer"

Then it was Tennis Infinity with this headline: Saudi Arabia Reportedly Championing For Breakaway Super Tour In Tennis. Wow.

Writer Nurein Ahmed: "A ground-breaking claim has emerged about Saudi Arabia's potential involvement in fostering a deal that could see the ATP and WTA tours lose out its controlling power over tennis tournaments. Saudi Arabia is reportedly set to host a Masters 1000 tournament by 2025, which will act as a warm-up tournament before the Australian Open. The Gulf Kingdom has made its intentions clear that they're looking to inject an influx of cash into tennis following highly successful investments in other sports."

Ahmed is basically elaborating a little and speculating a lot following Wertheim's tweet. But then we received another, very insightful commentary on the same topic. Writer Alan Shipnuck, in a blog post-effort to sell his new book "LIV AND LET DIE" gives us a lot of background information and compares the tennis situation with what happened in golf. "Many tennis fans are worried about the arrival of money from Saudi Arabia in the game. This week marks a watershed, as the ATP NextGen Finals take place in Jeddah. It’s the first time an official tour event has been played in the Kingdom, though several star players have taken part in the Diriyah Cup exhibition, first held in 2019." Describing the content of his book, he ends with, "Fortunately, we have an advantage in that we’ve seen what Saudi money can do. By detailing how the golf world sailed off course in such a short period of time, LIV and Let Die is an essential playbook for decision-makers in tennis who would prefer to avoid the same fate."

And here's the latest article published November 28 in The Athletic: Tennis’ Grand Slams plot deal for ‘premier tour’ that would revolutionize the sport. This is by far the most comprehensive analysis done by (who else?) Matthew Futterman. Read it here.

Stay tuned, folks. This is going to be very interesting. More questions are emerging from this topic. Like, are Andrea Gaudenzi and Steve Simon out of a job soon? Will all tournaments at 150 and 250 levels go away faster than Nick Kyrgios's commenting on the Tennis Channel?

Another question: Where does the ITF fit into that scenario? They don't own the current tour nor do they own the Grand Slams. Here's their Grand Slams involvement as stated on the ITF website: "The ITF works closely with each Grand Slam tournament through its presence on the Grand Slam Board, and in providing governance, administrative, officiating and media support. The ITF also operates the Grand Slam Player Development Programme (GSPDP) on behalf of the Grand Slam Board."

And: What will the new super tour be called? How about the Latin numerals for 14?


What do you think? What should the new Super Tennis Tour be called? That's our One-Question Survey for December. Let me know by taking the 30-second survey!


An NGB full of good ol' boys and very few women!


I believe the USTA has often been referred to as a traditional organization, but in terms of gender diversity, the DTB (Deutscher Tennis Bund) in Germany seems to deserve recognition. If you take a look at their Executive Committee (Präsidium), you will see that there are six men and no women. One cannot help but wonder if this lack of gender diversity has ever been a topic of discussion for these individuals.


But wait - there's more! How about the following numbers?

17 Section Delegates (Bundesausschuss) - 16 men, 1 woman

10 Aides to the Committees (Referenten) - 9 men, 1 woman

6 Main Committees with 13 Sub Committees - 76 men, 20 women

And all that in a country where the population is 51% women and 49% men - just like the U.S.


First Cardio Tennis then Padel and Pickleball. Not much left for the USTA to target. I have an idea: How about Hobby Horsing?

Exciting sport. See for yourself.



Growing the game by creating retention


The leading message coming from the USTA is “Grow the Game.”  Everyone is on board with that, but there is another message that needs to become part of our mantra, “Create Retention.”  The number of players coming into our sport is still growing, but the factors that impact retention are becoming equally important.  Our future will need to pay more attention to the issue of attrition as potential new customers find alternate recreational sports. For that reason and more, retention is becoming more relevant.  Here are four issues that we need to better understand in order to evaluate why players are leaving or will be leaving the tennis industry.   

Read the full article here.



The certification programs need more rigor!


Since at least 2019, the tennis industry has been in a predicament because of its inability to certify and retain a sufficient number of coaches, instructors, and teaching professionals. COVID-related policies caused approximately six million new players to take up the sport between 2020 and 2022.

Read the article here.


Revolutionizing Tennis Club Stringing

By Ashley Owens

Efficiency is the game's name in the fast-paced world of tennis clubs. While these clubs strive to offer the best services to their members, certain aspects, such as stringing technology, have often needed to be solved in the past. Many clubs still rely on paper tickets to keep track of stringing jobs, leading to a manual and time-consuming process that needs historical data. But there's good news on the horizon: CourtReserve's innovative stringing module is changing the game.


The Stringing Challenge


Tennis clubs and facilities have traditionally used paper-based systems to manage stringing jobs. This method involves writing down the details of each job on a paper ticket, including the player's name, string brand, tension preferences, and other relevant information. Once the job is complete, clubs must manually contact the player, often through phone calls or emails, to notify them that their racket is ready for pickup.


The Problem with Paper


While paper systems have served their purpose for years, they come with inherent challenges:


Manual and Time-Consuming: Writing down stringing details, contacting players, and tracking job completion is manual and time-consuming. It leaves room for errors and delays.


Lack of Historical Data: Paper records offer no easy way to store data about stringing jobs, such as previous string choices, tensions, and technician information. This valuable information can help clubs tailor their services to individual player preferences.


Inefficient Communication: Relying on phone calls and emails for player notifications can lead to miscommunication or delays in pickup, causing frustration for players and club staff.


CourtReserve's Solution


CourtReserve recognized these challenges and set out to streamline the stringing process for tennis and pickleball clubs. The result is their cutting-edge stringing module, designed to address the shortcomings of paper-based systems.


Key Features of CourtReserve's Stringing Module:


Historical Data Storage: With CourtReserve, clubs can keep a comprehensive history of stringing jobs. This includes details on string brand, tension preferences, and even which technician completed the job. This historical data can be a game-changer for clubs looking to provide personalized service to their members.


Efficient Job Tracking: Say goodbye to paper tickets and manual tracking. CourtReserve's digital platform allows clubs to manage stringing jobs efficiently. Staff can easily input job details, track progress, and view job history in one central location.


Automated Player Notifications: No more phone calls or emails to inform players that their rackets are ready for pickup. CourtReserve automates this process, sending automatic notifications to players after completing their stringing job. This ensures a seamless and hassle-free experience for members.


Auto Charging: CourtReserve offers auto charging. Once a stringing job is completed, the player's account can be automatically charged, simplifying the payment process.

CourtReserve's innovative stringing module is revolutionizing how tennis clubs manage stringing jobs. By transitioning from outdated paper-based systems to a digital platform, clubs can save time, reduce errors, and provide a more personalized experience for their members. With historical data at their fingertips and automated processes, clubs can take their stringing services to the next level, ensuring players have the best possible experience on the court. Say goodbye to the past and embrace the future of stringing technology with CourtReserve.

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TCB  Survey November 2023


"Now that the USTA is taking Pickleball under their wings, should they change their name?" (Comments and/or name suggestions are welcome)


As every month, comments are posted at the bottom of the LETTERS page.

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TCB  Survey December 2023 


"What would be a good name for the proposed new Super Tennis Tour of the 4 Grand Slams and the 10 largest ATP/WTA events?"

Here's the link to the survey.


Happy Birthday

Billie Jean King


From Teheran to Toronto

Coach Armita

Workout Fanatic

Bill Riddle

Swinging Tennis Cowboy

Jack Broudy

Beauty and the Beast

(Sorry, Dan, couldn't resist)

Hail to the King!


Trials and tribulations of today's

Tennis club members


Grand Opening of the 

Leftwich Tennis Center, Memphis, TN

(Tennessee's last Pickleball-free Zone?)


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