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Tennis Participation in the U.S. Grows To 17.9 Million Players

The latest research into the sport of tennis in the U.S. shows that overall tennis participation rose 1% to 17.9 million players, according to the Tennis Industry Association (TIA). The data also show growth in the number of youth tennis players, and indicate more than 14 million Americans, while not tennis players currently, express an interest in playing the sport.

Update: Try Tennis Free Brings in New Players

The TIA worked closely with industry partners, USTA, USPTA and PTR to launch a "Try Tennis Free" campaign for May 2015, and then continuing year-round. Industry research shows 65% of players who begin tennis in introductory programming continue with the sport. Facilities and certified tennis professionals were encouraged to sign up at and offer a free introductory program, such as a Play Day, Cardio Tennis, etc. to new and returning tennis players.


    Hundreds of Tennis Facilities Join Nationwide ‘Try Tennis Free’ Campaign

    Throughout the month of May, the tennis industry-supported “Try Tennis Free” campaign will bring non-players and former players into the sport at any of at least 1,800 participating facilities nationwide. Consumers, particularly new or returning players, can visit or to find local facilities and tennis teaching professionals offering a free introductory session, lesson, clinic or other event.

    TIA & NSSA Offer Second Annual ‘Tennis Media Award’

    The TIA and the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association (NSSA) are again working together to help bring to light the many great stories about tennis—those who play, teach, organize, sponsor and promote the game. The TIA will present the Second Annual “Tennis Media Award” to an NSSA member (either a sportswriter or sportscaster) who produces a story  judged to be the most informative, interesting, and compelling about the sport of tennis or those involved in the sport.

    Free Play Events Emphasize Family

    With an emphasis on reaching and connecting with families, and in celebration of Nickelodeon’s Worldwide Day of Play, the USTA is offering a gift-card incentive for tennis providers who sign up to offer a Free Tennis Play Event for the month of September. Providers should go to or call 800-990-8772. The promotion ends Sept. 30.

    ‘Try Tennis for Free’ Battles Inactive Lifestyles

    On the heels of a major study by the Physical Activity Council (PAC) that shows 80 million Americans remain inactive, the tennis industry has unified behind a “Try Tennis for Free” campaign to get Americans of all ages moving and playing tennis. By visiting, consumers can find facilities and teaching pros that offer free sessions for beginners and returning tennis players.

    Major Tennis Teaching Professionals Support ‘Try Tennis for Free’ Campaign

    The country’s two main professional tennis-teaching organizations are supporting a new, industry-wide effort to get Americans to “Try Tennis for Free,” by urging their thousands of certified tennis teachers to offer free sessions to beginners and returning tennis players. Consumers can find these free sessions, and more, at

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