It is now essentially confirmed that tennis is the sport of our times. There has been a 12% increase in the number of players over the last year as reported by the Tennis Industry Association and the USTA in their annual report :http://tr.im/FkNZ. No other majot sport has had anything close to this kind of growth.
With the advent of much better reasonably priced tennis rackets, the building of multitudes of public courts (who says government intervention is bad??) and the remarkable number of interesting dedicated and likeable tennis stars, the game has simply taken off in the US and remains, by a huge margin, the most popular and played female sport worldwide.
It is time we celebrated all the goodness of the tennis experience: the exercise, the thrills of the good shots and the embarassment of the bad ones, the niceness of meeting other people and the incredible variety of experineces to be had, rally by rally and point by point. Knowing that exercise is the number one therapy for most physical and psychological conditions, the accessibility of tennis is sending it to the top of social/recreational choices for people everywhere.