The latest “Sports, Fitness and Recreation Participation Overview Report” by the Physical Activity Council finds that tennis is the fastest growing traditional participation sport by a huge margin. Tennis grew by 43% in the US between 2000 and 2009. Tennis and racquetball (2% growth) were the only sports to show an increase in participation. Every other sport has actually lost participants since 2000.
My take is that the widespread building of public courts acros the US and Canada , the advance of technology in tennis rackets, the new tennis programming being initiated by tennis coaches on the public courts and the great fun and ease of tennis is attractive to both new players and players who used to play.
I see tennis ultimately becoming, if it is not already, the world’s most played individual sport.