The 2019 Racquet & Paddle Sports Conference, held Jan. 23-25, attracted more than 1,000 racquet sports professionals, industry leaders, and brand representatives to the inaugural event in Orlando, Fla.
Thank you all for a successful first Racquet & Paddle Sports Conference! We hope you had a great time testing innovative products, learned new strategies that you will be able to bring back to your colleagues, and made lasting connections. See you in 2020! #racquetshow pic.twitter.com/ma9RSZ9z20
— Racquet and Paddle Sports Conference (@RacquetShow) January 25, 2019
The multi-faceted tennis, racquet and paddle sports industry event featured a hands-on product demo experience and opening welcome party at the USTA National Campus in Lake Nona; and a curated ONE2ONE buying summit, Tennis Owners & Managers (TOM) Conference, and a Show Preview of racquet, paddle, and tennis vendors and organizations at the Orange County Convention Center.
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— Stu Saiki (@StuSaiki) January 24, 2019
The three-day Racquet & Paddle Sports Conference was organized by the Tennis Industry Association (TIA) and Reed Exhibitions, and co-located with the PGA Merchandise Show.
“The inaugural event in Orlando was an exciting time for the tennis industry as it showcased the different racquet and paddle sports together to help drive innovation, education and growth for industry professionals and businesses,” said Jolyn de Boer, executive director of the Tennis Industry Association. “We are enthusiastic to collaborate with all who are invested in our industry to continue to enhance the Racquet & Paddle Sports Conference, providing an annual rallying point to build business and participation in the new year.”
Co-hosted with the PGA Merchandise Show, a Racquet & Paddle Sports Show Preview of more than 60 racquet, paddle and tennis vendors and organizations was offered, featuring two demonstration courts, scheduled daily with professional demonstrations and on-court playing opportunities.
Additionally, the TIA’s annual Tennis Owners & Managers (TOM) Conference featured expert speakers from within and outside the tennis industry in an engaging format for the sharing of ideas, experiences and best practices among peers. In addition to the classroom education sessions, the conference also spotlighted the popular “TOM Talks” series, the fourth edition of the Tennis Industry Innovation Challenge, and afternoon breakout sessions.
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