Citi Open Celebrates National Tennis Month As Tennis Is Booming!
New Study Shows 22% Increase in Tennis Participation in 2020
21.6 Million Players is Highest Number Since 2007
The word is out! Tennis is one of the healthiest activities for overall wellness, and more people than ever are getting in on the action!
The latest research by the Physical Activity Council shows that more than 21.6 million Americans played tennis in 2020, an unprecedented 22 percent increase in participation over 2019, and the highest number of players since the PAC study began in 2007. More promisingly, 6.78 million Americans were new and returning players to the game, and research by the Tennis Industry Association bears that out, as entry-level racquet sales also saw major growth in 2020, up nearly 40 percent.
The sudden surge of interest and participation in the game comes as new reports have been published highlighting the extensive health benefits of tennis, including being one of the safest Covid-19 activities.
In an effort to continue to promote the historic growth of the game, the Citi Open, in conjunction with the USTA, players, and tennis organizations across the country will observe National Tennis Month this May.
“Although Americans have been challenged by pandemic restrictions, they clearly see that tennis is exactly what they need to stay active and healthy, and a safe way to have fun with family and friends,” said Michael McNulty, USTA Chairman of the Board and President. “By promoting May as National Tennis Month, we are encouraging even more Americans to get out on the courts and enjoy our great sport."
For National Tennis Month, players, organizations, clubs, and more are photographing, recording, and posting their favorite tennis moments on social media, from Twitter to TikTok, and spreading the word about tennis and its benefits.