Retail Studio Presentation Schedule Set for 2020 Racquet & Paddle Sports Show

January 14, 2020

NORWALK, Conn. (Jan. 13, 2020) – Racquet retail experts will present best practices and strategies in a series of complimentary Retail Studio Pop-Up Talks from the Show Floor of the 2020 Racquet & Paddle Sports Show, Jan. 22-24, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. Additionally the Retail Studio will serve as a hub for peer-to-peer conversations, experiential activations and networking events for hundreds of attending racquet industry professionals.

The complimentary Retail Studio Pop-Up Talk series include the topics of digital marketing, racquet merchandising, court renovations, accessories retail value and the importance of racquet stringers to facility shops.

The 2020 Racquet & Paddle Sports Show will bring together racquet sports professionals, industry leaders, facility suppliers and wide-ranging product manufacturers from around the world for merchandise sourcing, product testing, education and professional networking. The industry gathering will begin with hands-on product testing at Demo Day: Lake Nona Experience, at the USTA National Campus, on Jan. 21.

The Racquet & Paddle Sports Show Floor, open Jan. 22-24 and co-located with the PGA Merchandise Show at the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC), will feature more than 100 exhibits; racquet and paddle sport demonstrations on a multi-sport NEXT Court; a Killerspin UnplugNPlay Table Tennis Tournament; complimentary industry presentations on the Main Stage and in the Retail Studio; and extensive educational programming, including the Tennis Owners & Managers (TOM) Conference and the Complimentary Regional Education Day (Jan. 22), presented by USTA Florida, USPTA Florida and RacquetFit.

USTA, USPTA and PTR members may earn up to five USPTA FL continuing education credits during the complimentary RED (Regional Education Day), and additional education credits may be earned during complimentary Main Stage programs. Complimentary event registration is available for qualified racquet industry professionals at

Wednesday, Jan. 22

10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Digital Marketing in a Nutshell, Ron Cates, President of Ron Cates Consulting & Marketing

10:30 a.m. – 11 a.m. Merchandising: Best Practices, Joan Kolski, VP of Merchandising, Perry Ellis

12 p.m. -12:30 p.m. The Importance of Having a Stringer in Your Shop, Matt Steverson, Matt’s Tennis, Master Racquet Technician

Thursday, Jan. 23

9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Court Building 101: What Owner/Managers Need to Know about Court Renovations, Fred Kolkmann, Tennis & Sport Surfaces LLC, Certified Tennis Court Builder

11 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. The Challenges & Opportunities of Racquet Stringing in 2020, John Hudson, Master Racquet Technician, John Hudson Tennis

11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Incorporating Accessories into your Space, Karen Giberson, President of the Accessories Council