For those looking for a safe and easy way to get fit in the New Year, look no further than tennis.
Recreational tennis has continued to thrive across the U.S. in the face of the pandemic. Indeed, people have taken to the sport in impressive numbers in this pandemic-plagued year, that surge continuing even into the colder fall months.
The numbers prove the point: Year-over-year data shows significant growth in racquet sales and tennis participation throughout the nation.
According to the Tennis Industry Association (TIA) Quarterly USA Wholesale Equipment Census, racquet sales in the entry-level category have seen significant growth in the third quarter of 2020, compared to the same period in 2019. This July-September time frame coincides with the period when much of the country began to reopen for business, following the initial wave of COVID-19. The increase is seen in both the youth and adult demographics, with shipments of youth racquets up 40.9% and shipments of adult racquets under $50 (entry-level) seeing an increase of 43.3%. For all price points, racquet shipments are up 37.7% in that same time period.
In addition, the Physical Activity Council reported 10.08% of the U.S. population playing tennis over that span, compared to 6.75% in the third quarter of 2019 – an increase of nearly 50%. With the U.S. population now over 331 million, the 3.33% jump represents roughly 11 million tennis players.
The USTA National Campus is no exception as the campus has boasted strong programming numbers since reopening in June.
Those who have yet to hit the courts in Lake Nona can take advantage of the ongoing “Free 30” promotion, 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 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.