Since many golf facilities also include tennis, pickleball or other racquet sports courts, it is only fitting that the 2020 Racquet & Paddle Sports Show is being conducted in concert with the PGA Merchandise Show at the Orange County Convention Center this week. It’s no backhanded compliment that both shows can benefit by sharing space side-by-side to allow professionals in the allied sports to discover the latest trends in equipment, technology, apparel, footwear and accessories under the same roof.
All badgeholders for the PGA Merchandise Show or the Racquet & Paddle Sports Show have access to both shows at the Orange County Convention Center Wednesday through Friday.
Like the PGA Merchandise Show, the 2020 Racquet & Paddle Sports Show offers exhibits, demonstrations, education, product testing and networking events. But the Racquet & Paddle Sports Show also has its own identity and its own events this week.
The Racquet & Paddle Sports Show begins on Tuesday with its Demo Day – The Lake Nona Experience – conducted at the USTA National Campus at Lake Nona in suburban Orlando with hands-on product testing from leading equipment companies, campus tours and networking with industry professionals.
The show moves to its co-location with the PGA Merchandise Show at the Orange County Convention Center on Wednesday through Friday. Show attendees are sourcing the products from nearly 100 market-leading racquet, paddle and tennis vendors, presenting the newest innovations, products and services in apparel, accessories, footwear, fitness & more on the Show floor.
The Racquet & Paddle Sports Show also features multiple racquet & paddle presentations on a multi-sport NEXT-COURT. Attendees can experience live demonstrations, education programming and more on the court, which will host tennis, pickleball, and POP Tennis – with multiple well-known POP Tennis players presenting – throughout the week.
In addition, attendees are encouraged to enjoy two hitting lanes conveniently located on the Show floor, where they can test equipment and interact with vendors simultaneously.
Wednesday through Friday will also on the Racquet & Paddle Show Floor will also be home to a featured area dedicated to table tennis equipment, exhibitions, product demos and a Killerspin UnplugNPlay Days tournament that will include two of the biggest names in table tennis.
Brazilian Table Tennis Champion and staff Killerspin Professional Filipe Morita and Ilija Lupulesku (pictured), the winner of more than 40 Olympic, International and National Championships titles, will participate in exhibition matches each day. Show attendees are also able to register for a special UnplugNPlay tournament in the demonstration area. Lupulesku is the most accomplished table tennis player to ever live in the United States, and will appear in a Pro’s Challenge on Thursday at 3:30 p.m.
During the Racquet & Paddle Sports Show, the Tennis Industry Association is presenting the annual Tennis Owners & Managers (TOM) Conference (separate registration required), featuring “TOM Talks” by industry experts, followed by roundtable discussions to generate and share ideas and best practices. Continuing education credits are available for members of the USPTA and PTR. Complimentary industry presentations are also taking place on the Show floor throughout the event.
A special Tennis Industry Innovation Challenge is scheduled for Thursday at 4:30 p.m. on the main stage of the Racquet & Paddle Sports Show. Racquet innovators will each present a five-minute pitch about their new product or service to a panel of industry judges in a “Shark Tank”-like competition to determine a winner.