Tennis Industry Innovation Challenge


Racquet innovators presented five-minute pitches about their new product or service to a panel of industry judges in a shark tank-like competition to determine a winner.

The three finalists who presented at the Racquet & Paddle Sports Show are:

  • Bleachr LLC’s TennisOne App (, which is a mobile hub for all things tennis, providing a robust platform that addresses the needs of the tennis community. The TennisONE App provides live scoring, AI ball tracer technology, player stats, social games and other content.
  • Hydrogen Sports’ Proton (, a robotic ball machine that is less than half the size and weight of other ball machines, and smart enough to automatically aim shots. The user taps the court location on a mobile phone, selects speed and spin and the Proton machine does the rest.
  • PLAYR’s Mojjo (, a unique technology based on image processing and Artificial Intelligence that is capable of analyzing a match “on the fly.” The system is intended for clubs, academies and schools and uses a touch-screen computer and two fixed cameras installed on the court, while a smartphone can be synchronized as a third camera.

The Tennis Industry Innovation Challenge winner received $1,000, a national press release to thousands of news outlets with a potential reach to millions of consumers, coverage in Racquet Sports Industry magazine, a one-year TIA membership and additional exposure through industry marketing and social media channels.

The panel of judges for the fifth edition of the Innovation Challenge included:

  • Mike Barrell, coach for more than 30 years and the director of evolve9, an international company that helps national tennis federations and providers design and implement tennis programs for children.
  • Louis Foreman, the founder and chief executive of Enventys Partners, an integrated product design, engineering and marketing firm. He is also the founder of Edison Nation, and Edison Nation Medical.
  • Dr. Stuart Miller, the senior executive director of Integrity & Development at the International Tennis Federation.
  • Keith Storey, president of Sports Marketing Surveys and one of the world’s leading authorities on sports market research, with nearly 30 years of experience in the field.
  • Maik Burlage, a former ATP tour player who is the CEO and co-founder of smart-court technology company Wingfield, which recently received $1.2 million in investments.


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