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Scott Dunlop: Tennis is the Fastest Growing Mainstream Sport

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.

A New Reality By Nicolas Pereira

This past week in the World Team Tennis ‘Bubble” I have seen the efforts to keep everyone safe while carrying on a team competition with around 60/70 players and coaches onsite. Counting organizers, officials, media, and support personnel are around 150 people trying hard to make this happen. I am very impressed by how the strict protocol has been handled and how everyone is invested in making this event a success, but The Open is a completely different scale of details.

ONcourt Interviews NGTL Co-Founder Yves Boulais

It does not matter that you get your rating playing locally or that you had spent an insidious amount of money playing the ITF junior tour tournaments. Your rating is your level of play (you get no bonus for playing more or playing far away). This allows us to break free of the ITF competitive structure potentially saving us time, money, and headache. We see this as a great opportunity to improve the logistic of our sport.

Brandon Burke (son of ACE President Doug Burke) Elected to WTA Board

As revealed in a recent news release issued by the WTA Tour – Brandon Burke has been elected to the WTA Board of Directors (to start officially in September). Oncourt got together with Brandon to delve a bit more into his background and to gain some insight into this wonderful appointment he has attained at such a young age.