If you are looking for the perfect holiday gift this season, look no further than tennis – you would not be alone.
Interest in recreational tennis has skyrocketed during the pandemic as tennis is an ideal social-distancing sport and is widely considered one of the safest activities. Participation among both new players and former players that have reentered the game has increased across the country.
With increased participation comes increased equipment sales and the Tennis Industry Association, which tracks industry-wide trends, has reported dramatic increases of sales of introductory tennis racquets.
In the third quarter alone, total introductory racquet shipments increased by more than 43%, contributing to a more than 22% increase on the year. Shipments of youth racquets were up more than 40% in the third quarter and more than 27% this year.
You can find reasonably-priced introductory equipment for adults or youth that can get you and your loved ones into the game online at most sporting goods retailers.
If you’re looking for a local option or talk to an expert about your next tennis equipment purchase, look no further than the USTA National Campus Pro Shop. The Pro Shop, located in the welcome center at the campus, features the newest product releases from top brands as well as apparel and other tennis gear. In addition, the Racquet Bar offers industry-leading stringing, racquet customization, and racquet consultation.
Once you have your racquet and are ready to hit the court, new players can take advantage of a new promotion called “Free 30,” which includes a free, 30-minute hitting session with one of the campus’ teaching pros. The promotion is available for any player who has never participated in USTA National Campus programming.
Players of all ages and ability levels can take advantage of this new offer as it is designed to create a more personalized introductory experience for those participating in campus programming for the first time.
The 30-minute session will include tips and evaluation, and the pro will recommend classes and programs based upon the player’s skill and interest at the conclusion of the session. They can also make recommendations about equipment purchases at the Pro Shop and guide the player through registration.
For children, the pro can also discuss with the parents different programming options based upon the player’s desired pathway.
There is no commitment to sign up for programming, and all guests will receive a welcome bag. Please visit www.ustanationalcampus.com/freethirty for more details.
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