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Going to NYC for the U.S. Open? Don't Miss The Tennis Show

Those who are making tracks for the Big Apple in time for the U.S. Open might want to know about something new for tennis: the one-day "Tennis Show." The theme of the show is "Celebrating the Sport of Opportunity”-- and it will feature a trade show, the TIA Tennis Forum, and the Tennis Industry Hall of Fame Awards Ceremony.

Everything takes place on Friday, Aug. 24, at the Grand Hyatt in New York City, prior to the opening session of the 42nd Annual USTA Tennis Teacher’s Conference (which will kick off on the morning of Aug. 25).

The Tennis Show will be in the Grand Ballroom at the Grand Hyatt New York starting in midafternoon on Aug. 24 and running to 9 p.m. It will include the Tennis Forum, which will feature industry research and initiatives; the Tennis Industry Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony for Nick Bollettieri; a cocktail reception in the exhibitor area; prize drawings; a networking event with more than 30 industry exhibitors; a demo court on which manufacturers will be able to showcase products; and more.

During the Tennis Forum, TIA President Jon Muir will present some of the latest tennis industry research, data and initiatives. He will be followed by the Tennis Industry Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony of Bollettieri, who joins previous inductees Dennis Van der Meer (2008), Howard Head (2008), Alan Schwartz (2009) and Billie Jean King (2010). (Plaques of Tennis Industry Hall of Fame inductees are on permanent display at the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, R.I.)

The next morning, the USTA Tennis Teachers Conference is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. at the Grand Hyatt. The USTA TTC will run from Aug. 25 to 27. (The US Open tennis tournament, the last Grand Slam event of the year, begins Aug. 27 in nearby Queens, N.Y.) The Grand Hyatt New York is at Lexington Avenue and 42nd Street.

Those who are interested in attending the 2012 Tennis Show or having an exhibitor booth can visit or call (843) 686-3036 x.223 or email

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