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  • East Chop Tennis Club

  • BNP Paribas Open

  • Spin Tennis App

  • PTR + iTPA Partnership

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JANUARY 2020

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 you drive your business forward in 2020.

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The Racquet & Paddle Sports Show is a four-day experience designed to bring racquet sport professionals and industry leaders together for a unique future-focused business-to-business event to learn what's new and next. Co-located with the PGA Merchandise Show, attendees gather in Orlando to discover the latest trends and innovations in equipment, technology, court surface/construction and maintenance as well as apparel, accessories and footwear from leading and emerging brands—all in one place, at one time.

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PTR International Tennis Symposium

2020 Dates Announced

Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) will host its premier coaching event - the International Tennis Symposium - February 10-13, on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.

 

More than 45 industry experts will conduct classroom and on-court presentations at the PTR Symposium, including heavy hitters Scottish coach Judy Murray; former world #1 Gigi Fernandez; Robin Soderling, former world #4;

Craig O’Shannessy, pro tour strategy analyst; Marie France Mercier of Tennis Canada; LTA Coach Development’s Martin van de Braam; preeminent performance psychologist Dr. Jim Loehr; and Corey Gauff, who coaches his daughter teen sensation Coco Gauff.  Topics range from tennis business and sport science to teaching tactics and techniques. 

 

In addition to unparalleled education, the Symposium boasts a Tennis Trade Show with demo courts, and a prize money tournament, where coaches compete.  Participants look forward to the Parade of Nations Flag Ceremony and enjoy awards presentations during the annual banquet and membership meeting.    

 

More than a dozen three-hour professional development courses are also available including On-Court Performance and Injury Prevention, Parent/Player/Coach Relationship, The Art of Error Detection and Correction, and more.

 

Because of the Symposium’s stellar reputation as a top coach education destination, attracting participants from around the world, the STMS (Society for Tennis Medicine and Science) has scheduled its conference immediately following the Symposium anticipating drawing some of PTR’s high caliber attendees.

 

Immediately following the Symposium is the Professional Pickleball Registry (PPR) annual East Coast Conference (February 13-14) and Championships (February 15-16).

 

PTR is the largest global organization of tennis teaching professionals with more than 16,300 members in 125 countries.  It has the greatest percentage of multicultural and women members of any such organization.  PTR is dedicated to educating, certifying and serving tennis teachers and coaches around the world in order to grow the game.

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East Chop Tennis Club Appoints BeyondTheBaselines.com as Management Consultant

 

Elite Martha's Vineyard Tennis Club Hires Specialist For Revamp

 

East Chop Tennis Club, one of the premier tennis clubs in New England, has appointed SBW Associates, Inc and BeyondTheBaslines.com as a management consultant. BeyondTheBaselines.com will assist the club, established in 1910, in updating its management procedures, billing software and processes, membership drive, and staff organization for the upcoming

2020 season.

 

"We are excited to be working with the second largest clay-court facility and one of the premier clubs on Martha's Vineyard," said Ed Shanaphy, President of SBW Associates, Inc. "The club understands that a change in management and protocols is needed and that such changes are vital and integral to future club growth and longevity."

 

East Chop Tennis Club is looking not only to revamp its adult and junior tennis programming for the upcoming summer season but is also investigating a change in management structures through the off-season. To create a "best-in-class" adult and junior program on the island, East Chop's Board realized appointing BeyondTheBaselines.com, a specialist in the industry, was in the Club's best interest. BeyondTheBaselines has been retained to advise the board and search committee regarding industry best practices and governance as the Club moves into and through the Summer of 2020.

 

"Ed has been a pleasure to work with during these preliminary stages, and his industry knowledge and insights have been invaluable. Therefore, we've invited him to stay on and advise us through the first half of the year,” said Jim Guest, President of East Chop Tennis Club. “This will be a full overhaul of the Club’s operating structure, which means revising the role of our Tennis Director as well as the Club Manager and other professional staff,” continues Jim Guest. 

 

BeyondTheBaselines.com

 

Beyond The Baselines is a full-service consultancy and recruitment search firm aimed at educating and advising club governing bodies and committees in conjunction with their tennis and fitness offerings. Drawing on the world-wide experience of its team members in the tennis, health and fitness, marketing and advertising industries, Beyond The Baselines reviews clubs' business practices and advises to improve the member experience through educating governing bodies, general managers and directors in best business practices and cutting edge programming.

For more information, please email Sophie Bentham Wood at beyondthebaselines@gmail.com

BNP PARIBAS OPEN NAMED 2019 WTA PREMIER MANDATORY TOURNAMENT OF THE YEAR
Indian Wells Receives Top Honor for Sixth Consecutive Year

For a sixth straight year, the BNP Paribas Open has been voted the WTA Premier Mandatory Tournament of the Year, as determined by player vote. The BNP Paribas Open, the largest WTA and ATP Tour combined two-week event in the world, held annually at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, has garnered the top tournament honor from the WTA each year since 2014 and eleven times overall.
 

“We are truly grateful to the WTA players for voting us “Tournament of the Year” for the sixth straight year,” Tournament Director Tommy Haas said. “This honor is a testament to the dedication of our entire staff here at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, who work tirelessly to ensure that the players are comfortable, happy and able to perform at their best during their time in the desert. We are humbled by this recognition and look forward to welcoming players and fans alike back to Tennis Paradise for another outstanding event in 2020.”
 

The 2019 BNP Paribas Open saw the emergence of break-out Canadian star Bianca Andreescu, who became the first-ever female wild card to win the Indian Wells title. Her unprecedented victory in the desert set the stage for the 19-year-old’s first Grand Slam title at the US Open later in the season, matching a feat achieved by Naomi Osaka in 2018.
 

Tennis Paradise – as the BNP Paribas Open has come to be known throughout the tennis community – is beloved by players, fans and media alike. With the stunning natural beauty and backdrop of the Coachella Valley highlighted by the world-class players who participate in the event, the award-winning tournament has become a must-see destination for tennis fans around the world. The Indian Wells Tennis Garden is widely recognized as one of the premier venues in all of sports, with unparalleled dining options; top-notch player facilities and amenities; and plentiful practice courts that let fans get up-close and personal with their favorite stars. The BNP Paribas Open remains the only tournament in the world to have Hawk-Eye on all match courts for both main draw and qualifying matches.
 

The Premier Mandatory designation is the highest category on the WTA, outside of the Tour Finals, and includes the tournaments in Miami, Madrid, and Beijing. For more information about the BNP Paribas Open and to purchase tickets to the 2020 event, visit bnpparibasopen.com.
 

About the BNP Paribas Open
The BNP Paribas Open is the largest ATP Tour and WTA combined two-week event in the world and is held annually at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. The tournament offers more than $15 million in prize money and is the only event to provide the Hawk-Eye line challenge system on all match courts, including qualifying rounds. For more information, visit bnpparibasopen.com.
 

About BNP Paribas
BNP Paribas is a leading bank in Europe with an international reach. It has a presence in 72 countries, with more than 202,600 employees, of which almost 155,000 in Europe. The Group has key positions in its three main activities: Domestic Markets and International Financial Services (whose retail-banking networks and financial services are covered by Retail Banking & Services) and Corporate & Institutional Banking, which serves two client franchises: corporate clients and institutional investors. The Group helps all its clients (individuals, community associations, entrepreneurs, SMEs, corporates and institutional clients) to realize their projects through solutions spanning financing, investment, savings, and protection insurance. In Europe, the Group has four domestic markets (Belgium, France, Italy, and Luxembourg) and BNP Paribas Personal Finance is the European leader in consumer lending. BNP Paribas is rolling out its integrated retail-banking model in Mediterranean countries, in Turkey, in Eastern Europe and a large network in the western part of the United States. In its Corporate & Institutional Banking and International Financial Services activities, BNP Paribas also enjoys top positions in Europe, a strong presence in the Americas as well as a solid and fast-growing business in Asia-Pacific.

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Spin Tennis App wins the Tennis Industry UK

Innovation Award for 2019

A mobile app that helps find tennis partners is the 2019 winner of the TIA UK’s Innovation Award. Announced at the annual Tennis Industry Christmas lunch held at the Queen’s Club and presented by TIA UK President Ian Peacock, OBE and Paul Johnson of Tennis Threads magazine, Spin Tennis App scored high marks by the judging panel in the biennial competition that spotlights products aimed to improve the tennis experience.
 

The Spin Tennis App is a free mobile app that helps find tennis partners nearby, based on their skill, location, and availability. Spin also helps tennis clubs and facilities get more of their members playing with each other through social leagues and tournaments run directly on the app. Focussed initially around London the company is now expanding its reach following excellent feedback from its users and partner clubs in the past year.
 

Entries were assessed on the creative idea and how it changes the way people engage in tennis; the execution of the idea and the effectiveness of its communication to the target market.

Ganesh Rao, founder of the Spin Tennis App said “Tennis is a great sport but it’s no fun if you don’t have anyone to play with. Frustrated that I couldn’t find anyone, I tried joining a tennis club but unless you ‘knew’ people there I actually had the same problem – just an expensive one! I decided to create an app to make the whole process easier and that’s how Spin was born.
 

It was an absolute honor for Spin Tennis App to receive the Tennis Industry Association Innovation Award for 2019.
 

It's fantastic to be recognized by the industry for all the hard work the Spin team has put in this year, giving us the drive to continue innovating and making tennis more affordable and more accessible to everyone.

 

Spin started as just an app to help you find tennis partners nearby but has evolved into a platform that really helps tennis clubs retain their members and we look forward to working with more clubs next year.”

Photo from left: TIA UK President Ian Peacock, OBE, Spin Tennis App CEO Ganesh Rao, Paul Johnson of Tennis Threads magazine.

For more information on the Spin Tennis App please visit www.spintennisapp.com or email hello@spintennisapp.com to try Spin at your club.

Ganesh Rao
A former doctor, Ganesh won £50,000 in a poker tournament, enabling him to quit medicine and start his previous business RightClinic.com, a clinic comparison website. After selling that business, Ganesh felt he needed more work/life balance and decided to get back into tennis but realized he had one major problem – nobody to play with! And so with his technology expertise decided to build an app to solve the problem and that’s how Spin was born.

Contact: Ganesh Rao, Founder ganesh@spintennisapp.com +447969 090761
 

PTR and iTPA Sign Partnership Agreement

 

Hilton Head Island, SC, USA - - Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) is proud to announce a new partnership with the International Tennis Performance Association (iTPA).  The partnership provides PTR members around the world access to the most comprehensive tennis-specific fitness, education, and certification.  With the accelerated advancement of PTR’s coach education offerings and requirements, partnering with iTPA offers an ideal enhancement to PTR Certification.  iTPA’s Tennis Fitness Certification of Tennis Performance Trainer (TPT) will be included as an integral element of PTR’s new Level 1.  Starting January 1, 2020, Level 1 is required to earn PTR Certification.

“iTPA, with Dr. Mark Kovacs’ vision, has been a leader in providing quality and cutting-edge coach education for tennis-specific fitness for years,” said Dan Santorum, PTR CEO.  “The iTPA faculty and experts have continually added content to keep the educational offerings up-to-date and relevant.  PTR is thrilled to be partnering with such a strong and well-recognized organization.”

“It is exciting times in education for tennis teaching professionals,” said Dr. Mark Kovacs, iTPA Executive Director.  “We at the International Tennis Performance Association, along with our certified members, are delighted to be working closely with PTR to help educate coaches in the areas of tennis-specific fitness and sport science.  The goal of this partnership is to continue to help teachers and coaches better train tennis athletes on all levels of the game.”

 

About PTR 

PTR is the largest global organization of tennis coaches with more than 16,000 members in 131 countries.  It has the greatest percentage of multicultural and women members of any such organization.  PTR is dedicated to inspiring, educating, certifying and serving tennis teachers and coaches in order to grow the game. www.ptrtennis.org

 

About iTPA 

iTPA is the worldwide education and tennis fitness certification organization for trainers, tennis coaches, strength and conditioning coaches, athletic trainers, personal trainers, physical therapists and other specialists who are passionate about tennis-specific performance enhancement and injury prevention. The tennis fitness education company offers a professional training and education process that establishes recognition through three tennis certifications. The evidence-based certification materials are overseen by the iTPA Certification Commission consisting of world experts in improving tennis performance and reducing injuries. For more information email contact@itpa-tennis.org.

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