The numbers are in: Tennis is still the fastest growing traditional sport.
Tennis participation has grown 12.2 percent from 2000 to 2006, according to the SGMA's Sports and Fitness Participation Report (2007). The only other sports to grow were golf (2.4 percent) and football (2.1 percent).
More than 25 million people played tennis in 2007, which is the first time that threshold has been broken since the 1990s, according to the TIA/USTA Participation Study. And, play instances are up among frequency of players.
May is National Tennis Month: Thousands of tennis pros and recreational leaders will be recruiting more players at USTA Block Parties, "PTR for Kids," and USPTA's "Tennis Across America" events.
A pretty good report card! Compare that to nine-year-old Billie Jean's report card below ("Tennis on display at new sports museum").
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|Tennis on display at new sports museum
If you ever wanted to see the school report card of one of the greatest champions--your chance starts Wednesday when the new Sports Museum of America opens in New York City.
Billie Jean King's report card from 1953 is among the tennis "artifacts" showcased at the museum.
|NYC gets new courts, after losing dozens
"We've lost 33 tennis courts in the area over the last several years. We needed to find a new facility to handle the growing needs of tennis in the area," said longtime tennis club manager Michael DelPrete the night of April 17 at the official opening party of the $10 million CityView racquet club.
Justin Gimelstob and Regis Philbin were among the local tennis fans celebrating that night, and Andy Roddick and Venus Williams already have played at the private club.
|Five Questions with...Karen Eliezer
|Executive Director, USTA Tennis & Education Foundation
Q. Does the tennis-education connection work?
A. We do feel we're changing lives and helping kids and families become engaged in the sport and, most importantly, keeping them off the street...