Racquet Sports Industry Magazine Names 2022 ‘Champions of Tennis’

December 15, 2022

NEW YORK, NY (Dec. 15, 2022) — Michael McNulty of New Orleans, the president and chairman of the board for the U.S. Tennis Association (USTA), has been named “Person of the Year” for 2022 by Racquet Sports Industry magazine in the publication’s January 2023 issue. McNulty led off the magazine’s 22nd annual “Champions of Tennis Awards,” which honor people, businesses and organizations dedicated to improving the sport and business of tennis.

McNulty’s long history of volunteering in the sport of tennis and with the USTA began in the early 1980s in Lake Charles, La., where he helped to organize the Lake Area Community Tennis Association. He rose through USTA associations in Louisiana and the USTA Southern Section, and at the end of 2022, he’ll finish up a two-year term as chairman and president of the USTA Board of Directors, a volunteer position.

A key for this industry award is McNulty’s support for grassroots tennis, tennis providers and the tennis industry overall. He was an important voice in the new Tennis Industry United (TIU), which was formed in early 2020 to bring together the industry to weather the Covid pandemic.

“Thanks to Mike’s efforts and in working with the other entities in this sport, the TIU helped the industry deal with the many challenges posed by the pandemic and emerge stronger,” says Racquet Sports Industry Editor Peter Francesconi. “Now, again with Mike’s support and his understanding of grassroots tennis, the TIU will continue on as the collaborative group in tennis to help grow the game.”

In addition to its Person of the Year award, Racquet Sports Industry also named winners in 26 other categories for its 2022 Champions of Tennis Awards (see the January 2023 Racquet Sports Industry digital edition at for more on these winners):

Racquet Sports Industry (formerly Tennis Industry), the largest racquet sports trade magazine in the world, has been covering the tennis business and the sport for 51 years. It is published 10 times a year by Tennis Channel Inc. Available in both print and digital editions, RSI is the official publication of the Tennis Industry Association, U.S. Racquet Stringers Association and American Sports Builders Association. Visit