TI magazine names 2014 ‘Champions’

December 30, 2014

Bahram Akradi, the founder, president and CEO of the Life Time Fitness chain of clubs, has been named “Person of the Year” for 2014 by Tennis Industry magazine in the publication’s January 2015 issue. Akradi led off the magazine’s 14th annual “Champions of Tennis Awards,” which honors people, businesses and organizations dedicated to improving the sport and business of tennis.


Life Time Fitness, which is based in Chanhassen, Minn., currently operates 113 fitness facilities in the U.S. The company went from $1 million in revenues in 1992 to $1.3 billion today, says Akradi. Importantly for tennis, Life Time Fitness has more than 200 courts at 20 locations, including 128 indoor courts, making it the largest operator of indoor tennis courts in the U.S.

“Under Bahram Akradi’s leadership, Life Time Fitness has been extremely committed to helping the sport of tennis grow,” says Peter Francesconi, the editorial director for Tennis Industry, the world’s largest tennis trade magazine ( “The company has been investing in tennis for years, and it’s hit on a formula that provides top-notch facilities, amenities and programs for its tennis players. Mr. Akradi considers the sport to be an important component for a healthy and fit lifestyle, and that’s a key to growing tennis in the U.S.”

“I love the sport,” says Akradi, who plays a few times a week. Akradi says he’s hoping to work more with the U.S. Tennis Association “to build a program where we can sponsor and pay for kids on a regular basis. I really want Life Time to impact tennis in America in a big way.”

In addition to its Person of the Year, Tennis Industry also named winners in 20 other categories for its 2014 Champions of Tennis Awards (visit for more on these winners):

Tennis Industry has been covering the tennis business and the sport for 43 years. Available in both print and digital editions, TI is the official publication of the Tennis Industry Association, U.S. Racquet Stringers Association, and American Sports Builders Association. Visit