News from the American Sports Builders Association                                                        April 2013

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The Stats on Tennis

The Tennis Industry Association (TIA) recently published its Tennis Talking Points, which captured some intriguing industry statistics.

The data covered the business aspect of the sport, including participation, equipment and apparel sales and more. One aspect of the business is sure to appeal to ASBA members: data relating to court construction:

  • In positive news, the percentage of court contractors indicating the Industry was “strong” in 2012 increased significantly to 30% of respondents versus 14% of respondents in 2011.

  • Since 2005, the USTA has issued over $8 million in grants, which has leveraged local investment and helped to build or refurbish more than 30,000 courts.

  • In 2012, 90% of court contractors installed 10 and Under tennis lines on existing courts and 21% built 10 and Under Tennis courts. The percentage of contractors responding that they installed lines to existing courts is up from 71% in 2011.

  • The USTA invested more than $1.5 million in 2012 to assist communities to create over 4,000 10 and Under tennis courts

Some other aspects of the study? Data relating to tennis facilities:

  • 66% of tennis facilities indicated an increase in the “new players” category in late season 2012, with only 8% indicating a decrease.

  • 49% of facilities saw an Increase In total courts booked/used, vs. 11% indicating a decrease.

  • 41% saw an increase in league play, vs. 15% noting a decrease.

  • 36% indicated an Increase In youth tournament play, vs. 15% saying they saw a decrease.

  • Adult tournament play appeared to be a challenge for facilities in 2012,with 18% of respondents noted an increase versus 25% that noted a decrease.

In spring 2013, much of this data will be published in TIA’s “State of the Tennis Industry” report. More information on this will be available soon.

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