ITF president David Haggerty and USTA president Katrina Adams addressed the 9th Annual Tennis Industry Aassociation (TIA) Tennis Forum at the Grand Hyatt New York City on Monday morning, just before play began at the 2016 US Open.
Haggerty, who was elected president of the ITF last September, updated the tennis industry on global plans and initiatives to help grow the sport. Haggerty is a former USTA president and former president of the TIA.
Adams, whose two-year term as USTA president, CEO and chairman of the board ends at the end of this year, shared plans and insights about tennis in the US, renovations at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center (including the new retractable stadium roof), and the new, 102-court USTA National Campus in Orlando, Florida.
Both Haggerty and Adams also signed the CEO Pledge for Physical Activity, which was presented to them by Dr Jack Groppel, the global spokesperson for the CEO Pledge and the cofounder of the Johnson & Johnson Human Performance Institute.
The CEO Pledge is a national campaign promoted by the National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity (NCPPA) to encourage every CEO in the US and internationally to recognize physical activity as an important driver of employee health and business performance. In April, tennis became the first sports industry to sign the CEO Pledge and to endorse the new National Physical Activity Plan at a ceremony at the US Capitol in Washington DC.
Jeff Williams (TIA president and managing director of the Tennis Media Co), Jolyn de Boer (TIA executive director), Kurt Kamperman (USTA chief executive of community tennis and USTA national campus) and Craig Morris (USTA general manager of community tennis and youth tennis) also addressed the forum.
The forum concluded by honouring the 2016 Tennis Industry Hall of Fame inductees: Eve Kraft and Gene Scott.
Kraft, who passed away in 1999, was a visionary when it came to bringing tennis into local communities. She was honoured by longtime friends and colleagues Kirk Anderson and Anne Humes.
Scott, who died in 2006, was the incisive founder, publisher and editor of Tennis Week magazine. He will be celebrated by longtime friend Jim Baugh, a tennis and sports industry veteran who is himself an inductee into the industry hall of fame. Kraft and Scott become the 11th and 12th inductees into the Tennis Industry Hall of Fame.