The Tennis Industry Association (TIA) appointed Jack Groppel, an internationally recognized authority and pioneer in the science of human performance, as the health & wellness advisor for the organization.

Groppel will work with industry partners, including the U.S. Tennis Association (USTA), Sports & Fitness Industry Association (SFIA), International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) and others on strategies to best convey the health and fitness messaging of tennis.

Groppel, who is the co-founder of the Johnson & Johnson Human Performance Institute, has a long history in tennis, including 16 years as chair of the National Sport Science Committee for the USTA.

“I’m thrilled to be able to give back to the game that has given me so much,” Groppel said. “I look forward to working with the Tennis Industry Association and all of the industry partners in helping to highlight the health, fitness and wellness benefits tennis can offer people of all ages.”

“With Jack’s background and expertise in fitness performance and health, the entire tennis industry will benefit from the strategic support he’ll bring,” added TIA President Jeff Williams.

Groppel is the co-chair of the Global Alliance for Health & Performance and is professor of Kinesiology & Community Health at the University of Illinois. He’s addressed the issue of worksite wellness and performance at U.N. and U.S. Congress policy events, and represented the worksite wellness industry at the Surgeon General’s Call to Action on Walking and Walkable Communities.