Tennis Express Re-Acquired by Founder Brad Blume
December 1, 2023
Houston, Texas – Tennis Express announced that Brad Blume, Founder of Tennis Express, has re-acquired full ownership in the retail and online business.
Previously, Blume had sold a majority interest in Tennis Express to Signa Sports United (SSU) but had remained President of Tennis Express and a minority shareholder. Blume said that given recent financial challenges faced by SSU, both SSU and Blume agreed it would be in the best interest of the company for Blume to re-acquire Tennis Express. The change in ownership was handled privately and went into effect November 10, 2023.
“Recently, several news outlets mistakenly reported that Tennis Express was still part of SSU and was involved in bankruptcy proceedings,” Blume said. “Of course, this is completely inaccurate. I am the sole owner of Tennis Express and have re-established our long-standing partnerships with our vendors.”
“We are looking forward to a strong holiday season and a robust 2024 as we build on the entrepreneurial spirit that has successfully helped Tennis Express become one of the world’s largest tennis retailers,” said Mr. Blume. “Customer satisfaction remains our number one priority, and we strive to deliver a WOW experience to each customer.”
As a cornerstone to the Houston business community for more than 20 years, Tennis Express was named one of Houston’s Fastest Growing Companies in 2021 and 2022 by Houston Business Journal. Their headquarters, warehouse, and superstore are housed in a 90,000+ square-foot building that has become a destination for recreational, junior, and collegiate players as well as ATP and WTA tour professionals. A full-size, indoor tennis court hosts seasonal events including new merchandise trunk sales, clinics, coaches and captain meetings, as well as branded demo days.
Tennis Express provides a wide selection of tennis, pickleball, and padel gear to consumers across America. Recognized as an industry leader, the company leverages its buying power to offer the greatest selection of tennis shoes, racquets, bags, apparel, and equipment for all levels of players. Tennis Express offers free, 2-day shipping on most orders, as well as a hassle-free return policy, and a price match guarantee.
Tennis Express proudly supports the tennis community on both the national and local level as a long-time partner of a variety of organizations including the United States Tennis Association (USTA), Houston Tennis Association (HTA), National Junior Tennis League (NJTL), Houston Ladies Tennis Association (HLTA), West Houston Ladies Tennis Association (WHLTA), Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA), Serve Up a Cure Breast Cancer Awareness, as well as countless schools, clubs, non-profits, and humanitarian organizations.
Tennis Express also promotes environmental responsibility and is honored to work with RecycleBalls.org, a non-profit program that collects and converts used tennis balls into recycled materials.
According to the USTA, tennis participation has grown by 1 million players in 2022 resulting in 23.6 million players worldwide. It’s the third consecutive year that the sport has seen an increase since 2020, during the pandemic.
Mr. Blume shares that Tennis Express has seen consistent growth and remains a thriving business. He is excited about the future and invites consumers to learn more by visiting www.TennisExpress.com or following Tennis Express across all social media channels including Instagram, Facebook, TicTok, X (formerly known as Twitter), Pinterest, Snapchat, and YouTube.