NEW TIMES: How did Tennis Warehouse begin?
SULLIVAN: Tennis Warehouse was started by Drew Munster in 1992 as a 500-square-foot specialty tennis shop in San Luis Obispo, where we still maintain a storefront. In 1995 our website Tennis-Warehouse.com was launched, and full online ordering started in 1998. Munster naturally thought that the Internet was the future of retail and embraced the change unlike many other smaller companies of that time. As a result we’ve grown to become one of the most well-known authorities for all things tennis.
NEW TIMES: What is the busiest time of year for Tennis Warehouse?
SULLIVAN: Most definitely at any point a tennis tournament is in progress. We’re fairly consistent throughout the year as we do ship all over the world, but if any of the professional tennis tournaments are taking place like Wimbledon, French Open or the US Open, we’re constantly busy with gearing out our customers with the newest apparel, shoes and tennis equipment.
NEW TIMES: Have you had any famous encounters with professional tennis players?
SULLIVAN: We’ve had great interviews with such players as Maria Sharapova, Fernando Verdasco, Victoria Azarenka, and Vera Zvonareva just to name a few. We have many of our interviews posted along with professional tennis tips on youtube.com. You can type in Tennis Warehouse to watch some of our videos and click onto our channel and subscribe to our videos.