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Tennis Playing on rise in U.S.

Study Shows Tennis Participation On The Rise

By Tennis Week
12/01/2005

If you noticed your local courts getting a bit more crowded this year, there's a good reason. The total number of American recreational tennis players and frequent players both increased significantly in 2005, according to a soon to be released USTA/Tennis Industry Association tennis participation study.


The total number of tennis players in the U.S. grew by 1.1 million to a total of 24,722,965 million players, up from the 23,567,015 total players in 2004. The 24.7 million Americans playing tennis is the most since 1992. Participation rose 4.1 percent over 2004.

The number of frequent players — defined as those who played tennis 21 or more times in 2005 — rose by 8.8 percent from 4,746,713 million players in 2004 to 5,201,891 million players in 2005.

The increase marks the second straight year of frequent player growth in the United States.

More than 25,500 American households were contacted for the annual study which is designed to accurately quantify tennis participation throughout the U.S. and to identify opportunities to increase participation in the sport. The study, conducted by independent research firms The Taylor Research & Consulting Group and Sports Marketing Surveys, is the largest participation survey in sports.

Other key results from the study:
  • 5.8 million new players began playing the game in 2005.
  • Player retention has improved over the past two years, with 80 percent of players continuing with the sport in 2005 (vs. 74 percent in 2004).


"The USTA has dedicated itself to energizing the sport of tennis on every level and has initiated a number of successful programs that are making a difference," said Franklin Johnson, Chairman of the Board and President, USTA. "It's rewarding to see our decision to make a significant increase in spending to grow the game have such an immediate impact."
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great news, thanks
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Very good to hear, slowly but surely tennis is becoming popular again in the US

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I'm glad to hear that! I know after the US Open, many young people who had not been playing tennis before, started wanting to (I've talked with some of them), and I think it's great!
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Oh I agree that tennis is picking up in popularity. It's getting harder and harder for me to find a free court on evenings and weekends.



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Oh I agree that tennis is picking up in popularity. It's getting harder and harder for me to find a free court on evenings and weekends.
the public courts are getting crappy from so many people playing. i mean i played on hard courts with 1inch crack down the middle but now i just play on campus courts, they have to keep those up for college matchs
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the public courts are getting crappy from so many people playing. i mean i played on hard courts with 1inch crack down the middle but now i just play on campus courts, they have to keep those up for college matchs

Thankfully, they do keep up the public courts in my area. Unfortunately or Fortunately, I'm no longer on the college scene, so I feel weird going to play on University courts.



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Thankfully, they do keep up the public courts in my area. Unfortunately or Fortunately, I'm no longer on the college scene, so I feel weird going to play on University courts.
there is few people, that im pretty sure just live in the town, that come and play, but the city here has since courts, since its just a college town, not like St.Louis(where i live when not in school) where 2.5million people live.
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