‘Tennis Industry Innovation Challenge’ at 2017 TOM Conference

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (Jan. 11, 2017) — The “Tennis Industry Innovation Challenge,” which will take place at the 2017 Tennis Owners & Managers (TOM) Conference in Orlando, Fla., March 27-29, will showcase new and innovative products designed to help grow tennis businesses.

From now until Feb. 15, companies and individuals can submit their pitch for their products, software, services, etc. at by filling out a short application form. Finalists from the online application process will have the opportunity to present their innovative product or service to a panel of judges—and in front an audience of tennis industry leaders and top tennis facility owners/managers—at the TOM Conference in a “Shark Tank”-like competition.

There is no cost to enter the Challenge. Finalists will be chosen from among the online applicants, and those finalists will receive media exposure through the TIA in the lead-up to the conference, along with special recognition at the event itself. The winner of the Tennis Industry Innovation Challenge will receive $1,000, a one-year TIA membership, a national press release, coverage in Tennis Industry magazine, additional exposure through TIA marketing and social media channels, and a commemorative plaque.

Leadership Performance Strategist Carlos Salum of the firm Salum International Resources will lead a panel of judges that will determine a winner. To apply for the 2017 Tennis Industry Innovation Challenge, visit

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 the business of tennis by working closely with its industry partners and in support of the USTA in their development of initiatives to increase tennis participation. Core TIA activities include producing more than 70 U.S. and global research reports annually on participation and consumer/trade research, managing the largest relational database, along with hosting annual TIA Tennis Forum, Leadership meetings and the T.O.M. Conference at major tournaments and events. Visit or call 866-686-3036.

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