TopNotch Tennis and Rally78 Partner To Connect Players in Northern Virginia

Louisville, KY. Rally78, a Louisville-based sports industry firm recently announced a partnership with the top tennis programming company in Northern Virginia, TopNotch Tennis. Together, TopNotch and Rally78 will bring new technology to help increase the play opportunities for the thousands of tennis players in the McLean, Arlington, and Falls Church region.  

“We were excited to meet with the Rally78 team and kick off this initiative,” said Mani Barajas-Alexander, Founder and Director of TopNotch Tennis. “We are always looking for new and innovative ways to bring more people to our facilities so they fall in love with the game. We provide an on-court experience that is second to none, so we are always looking to add great off-court experiences for our players as well.”

TopNotch Tennis prides itself on building tennis players for life. A recent study from Denmark, The Copenhagen City Heart Study, followed over 8,500 adults for up to 25 years studying various leisure-time activities. When compared to other sports, tennis ranked #1 to increase your life expectancy by an impressive 9.7 years. 

According to the report, one reason tennis lands in the top spot is because it’s a social sport, requiring at least two people to play. This often builds relationships and gives players a sense of wellbeing. According to a 2018 Tennis Industry Association report, people say they don’t play more tennis because they don’t have someone to play with.

This was the impetus for developing Rally78, a mobile platform that helps both casual and avid players connect more easily. Inspired by easy-to-use apps like Tinder and GroupMe, Rally78 provides features like Find-A-Partner where players can build a profile and find other players in their area. Players can communicate via chat, or use the Groups feature for teams, lessons, clinics or any type of casual playing group.

“Mani and his team at TopNotch are fantastic, and they know what it takes to deliver great programming that’s both fun and competitive,” said Jan Barrett, VP of Club and Player Relations at Rally78. “We look forward to engaging with this avid group and expanding our community of tennis players in Virginia and nationwide.”

Jan and Mani both note that while they can’t clear off people’s schedules to learn the game, they can help connect more tennis players everywhere a lot easier through Rally78.

About TopNotch Tennis: TopNotch Tennis is one of the largest and most successful outdoor tennis programs in the McLean, Arlington, and Falls Church area.  TopNotch strives to create a fun, yet competitive tennis environment that is conducive to learning this great life-long sport! To learn more visit: https://www.topnotchtennis.com/ 

Rally78 in Full Swing at the Racquet & Paddle Sports Conference in Orlando

The leaders from racquet sports all over the country were joined together this past week at the Racquet & Paddle Sports Conference in Orlando. The three day event focused on the growth of the racquet and paddle sports industry as a whole and ways in which facilities, businesses, and players alike could promote more play in these areas. Paddle, Padel, Pickleball, Badminton and Pop — oh and tennis too — were highlighted throughout the event. We most enjoyed learning about new technologies to help players up their game and watching some of the world’s best compete at Padel.

Whatever your game of choice, one thing was very clear. All racquet sports provide a great atmosphere for both casual and competitive players. The social aspect of our sport is undeniable, which made Rally78’s platform the perfect match no matter what racquet you grab. When you build a community of players that can meet, chat, and play more - everyone wins. And speaking of winning, congrats to Joey Puleri, Tennis Director of the JW Marriott/Ritz Carlton in Orlando for winning our bourbon drawing. Thanks to everyone at the R&PSC this year - we’ll be back! 

Cobb County Community Tennis Association and Rally78 Team Up to Grow the Game

Louisville, KY. Rally78, a Louisville-based sports industry firm recently announced a partnership with one of the largest influences of tennis in the country, the Community Tennis Association (CTA) of Cobb County Georgia. Together, the partnership will bring new technology to the estimated 75,000 tennis players in the area in hopes of generating even more tennis play.

“The Community Tennis Association in Cobb County is very enthusiastic about this opportunity to grow the sport in our area,” said Amy Bonner, Recreation Program Coordinator and Facility Manager of Lost Mountain Tennis Center. “While we have a lot of players in the area, we know that companies like Rally78 make connecting players easier. And when more people connect, more people play.” 

Rally78 is a mobile platform that helps both casual and avid players connect more easily. Inspired by easy-to-use apps like Tinder and GroupMe, Rally78 provides features like Find-A-Partner where you can scroll through players in your area and start chats, as well as a Groups feature for teams, lessons, clinics or any type of casual play group.

 “Cobb County has fantastic tennis facilities and is in the heart of one of the largest tennis-loving cities in the world,” and said Ellen Stubbs, Founder and CEO of Rally78. “We are growing our tennis network city by city to help connect players across the country, and being here is really exciting.” 

Not all cities are like Atlanta however. The Tennis Industry Association’s 2018 State of the Industry report recently reported that since 2010, overall tennis participation has continued to decline. The top three reasons cited by players as to why they are playing less or not at all: 1) time 2) access to courts and 3) no one to play with.

“While we can’t solve finding the time, we can help solve making access to tennis players everywhere a lot easier with technology,” said Stubbs. “Cobb County has 19 amazing public facilities that provide a lot of opportunity to play tennis, and we provide a platform for people to connect their current tennis network and meet new players too.”

Cobb County Parks & Recreation has over 120 tennis courts at six facilities with programming and full-time staff, and an additional 13 satellite facilities with courts available to the public. 

To learn more about finding tennis opportunities in Cobb County, visit: https://www.cobbcounty.org/parks/recreation/tennis.

Mobile App Rally78 Pairs Tennis and Tech to Make Playing Easier

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Rally78 is the newly launched mobile platform that makes it easier than ever to play more tennis. From team captains to pick-up leagues to teaching professionals, users agree that Rally78 is the must-have app for simplifying their tennis life.

With the My Groups feature, players can quickly start a group and invite anyone with a profile inside the app. It’s easy to communicate locations, times and rosters to all players at one time or to direct message players individually. 

“Coordinating 18 women to do anything is a chore,” said Anna Curley, who has captained dozens of competitive tennis teams over the past decade. “This is a cool new way to keep all my teams communications in one app. I’m not having to manage one-off texts, group emails or FB messenger reminders. I tell our players to download the app and join the group!” 

Rally78 is great for casual group play and leagues too. If your group needs a last minute extra or you simply want to meet new people, the Players feature makes it easy to meet and start a chat with other tennis players. Users can search for people by location or skill-level, and even find players to grab a game with when they travel. 

“Rally78 is a great way to coordinate a large group of players for your casual evening or weekend meet-ups,” said Bryan Hash, Manager of Competitive and Recreational play for USTA Kentucky. “We coordinate a lot of tennis for people new to town, or just getting back into tennis, and it’s great to have a tennis-focused app that makes it easy for everyone to stay connected even after the league is over.” 

Rally78 also includes in-app and push-notifications with match and play reminders, and has new features launching by year’s end! As requested by captains, a Roster Card feature for line-ups of five, eight, or nine players will be available for the 2019 season. Also, a Team Connect feature is in the works for players to post their information to a digital bulletin board inside the app making it easier to connect with team captains or casual play coordinators.

Rally78 is FREE and easy to use! Download today at the Apple Store or Google Play to connect your tennis crew, meet new people and play more tennis!