Free Tennis Events Will Take Place Across the Country,
Encouraging Players of All Ages and Abilities to Take to the Courts
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., May 2, 2022 – The USTA today announced that throughout the month of May, providers, facilities, parks and recreation departments and tennis players from across the country will join Tennis Industry United, the USTA and the 17 USTA Sections to celebrate “National Tennis Month.” Following two years of significant growth in participation, a series of events and activities will take place in local markets to encourage individuals to take to the court, whether they are longtime players or have never before picked up a racquet.
Tennis participation has seen significant growth over the past two years, with people turning to the sport to stay physically fit in a safe manner. According to the latest Physical Activity Council’s participation report, more than 22.6 million people hit tennis courts in 2021. That number represents a 27.9% increase since 2019, with 4.9M more players picking up a racquet. In addition, data from the Tennis Industry Association shows that racquet sales have increased in numerous areas, with an uptick of 22.7% in total units (3.4 million units) and 46.2% in total dollars ($122.9 million) in 2021 versus 2020.
“Over the past two years, tennis has seen an incredible surge in participation as players turned to the sport for a safe way to socialize with family and friends while also staying physically active,” said Michael J. McNulty III, USTA Chairman of the Board and President. “Tennis is a sport with many health benefits, can be played for your entire lifetime, and is easily accessed, with courts in every community, including in schools and at public parks and facilities. We are encouraging people of all ages, whether you are a lifelong player or just being introduced to the game, to pick up a racquet and take to the courts in May as we celebrate National Tennis Month.”
For more information about National Tennis Month, visit USTA.com/NationalTennisMonth or search hashtag #NationalTennisMonth on social media.