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RecTennisgrows1978 - Recreational tennis is alive and growing...
Recreational tennis is alive and growing Saturday, Aug. 26, 1978 By Christy Barbcc ..;. Associated Press writer .Recreational tennis is alive and well and living in Fat City, with players playing more often, taking more lessons and buying more racquets, racquets, balls and tennis clothing. If you read recently that 10 million million people had defected from the sport of the '70s and were puzzled- about why it's so hard to get 'a court, Imagine how the owners of those courts and the U.S. Tennis Association Association felt. The USTA was so shocked that Its Education and Research Center went to work on a study to refute the report. Not that there was much to refute — Laurence Korwin, also known as the Sports Training Institute, Institute, admitted later that he'd drea- ; mod up the figure so that he could I promote his own teaching concept I once he had their attention. . The problem was that the sensational sensational figure got the ink, causing more than a little consternation in the tennis industry/ So the USTA marshaled its forces to show that not only has tennis not suffered any sort of exodus, but that it actually Is burgeoning — not in sheer numbers, but intensity. Statistics Statistics compiled by the sporting goods industry, court construction firms and various tennis associa- tions bear out the USTA conclusions. conclusions. Now, note that the checklist of tennis health does not claim that the number of players has grown. It hasn't, and In fact has dropped off some since its heyday in 1974 when an A.C. Nielsen survey indicated 34 million were playing. That dropped to 29 million In the 1976 survey, but the same study showed that the dedication of those -players'had grown — that many more players were taking lessons and were spending more time on their games. A new Nielsen survey is due this year. "Regardless of what the numbers are," says the USTA research center's center's Eve Kraft, "we know from our own growth that the market is not saturated yet ... We can't begin to satisfy the demands for teachers, training of teachers and all the requests requests of information." Korwin's report, however, did capitalize only tennis' greatest problem — availability of courts. While it's true that in some cities there is a glut of facilities, but they, are far fewer than those areas where It is difficult and expensive to Play- While the number of players has increased about 300 percent since 1970, the accompanying court construction construction growth was about 30 per- cent, according to Tennis USA magazine. magazine. In 1976, according to one USTA estimate, there were 141,000 — 45,000 at outdoors clubs and clubs and resorts, 25,800 municipal, 24,700 on college campuses, 16,000 individually individually and privately owned and only 9,000 indoor. Tennis Planning Consultants of Chicago says there arc now about 160,000 courts in the nation and that they will continue to be installed at a rate of about 5,000 per >year. Indoor construction has been lagging lagging by outdoors and other standards, standards, but nevertheless is exponentially exponentially greater than the 400 indoor courts that existed in 1968. "The rate of increase of indoor facilities facilities has slowed in recent years, but this doesn't mean new clubs arc not being built," says Jack Aid- worth, executive director of the National National Indoor Tennis Association. "And there arc still new players entering entering the game. We're settling down to a solid base of players." And there are these other indicators, indicators, provided by the USTA: — Tennis equipment sales have shown a steady annual growth, ranging from three to seven percent in recent years. — Tennis camps, which vary widely in the services offered and the amount of dilligcnce required of the player, have proliferated from fewer than a dozen in the '60s to Devine declares someone will have to claim title more than 300 in at least 40 states. — On high school teams alone, the number of Individual players has grown from 117,289 in 1970 to 250,136 in 1976 with projections for 300,000 by the end of this year. Team interest interest has grown similarly in junior colleges and colleges, according to the USTA study,-and women's tennis tennis scholarships, non-existent in 1973, now number more than 1,000. — The USTA has distributed 22,990 beginner's achievement certificates certificates awarded to those who take lessons just this year, compared with 15,656 in 1977. To substantiate that those players stick with it, the USTA notes that 16,377 advanced beginner's certificates were sold in 1977, compared with 16,750 already in 1978. The figures are similar for all levels of achievement. — The USTA Itself is spending more than $2 million on junior tennis tennis development through its sections, sections, districts and local programs. And the prospects are more new players — at a growth rate of six percent for the next three to five years, according to C.D. Grcenidge of Greenldge and Associates Inc., a consulting firm. "Our investigation substantiates the fact that recreational players today are playing tennis more frequently, frequently, with greater interest, and with more expensive equipment," says Henry Talbert, coordinator of the USTA national tennis development development program. "The great tennis boom has matured into a reliable industry and an accepted pasttime for millions." -TV happenings- EDITOR'S NOTE:.The following schedule Is designed to be as complete,'accurate and easy to read as possible. Homecoming highlight Pacers' pre-season Home comings for Rick Robey, Johnny Davis, Wayne Radford and Steve Green, plus a stern test for second-year pivotman James Edwards Edwards highlight the six game preseason preseason schedule announced by the Indiana Pacers. It will not take long for Pacers' coach Bob Leonard to see how much Edwards has improved over the course of the summer, as Indiana's first three exhibition contests are against NBA All-Star Artis Gllmore and the Chicago Bulls. The Bulls also feature Scotty May, Micky Johnson, Norm Van Lier, John Mengelt and first-round draft choice choice Reggie Theus. The first of these encounters will be old home week for May, Green and Radford when the two clubs meet at Indiana University's Assembly Assembly Hall in Bloomington on Thursday, Sept. 28. The next night they travel to Terre Haute, Ind., to play at the Hulman Civic Center and then close out the series on Saturday, Sept. 30, in Dayton, Ohio, college home of Johnny Davis. This contest will be played in Dayton's Kara Arena. Indiana and the New Orleans Jazz then begin a three game series of their own with the first meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 3, at Thibodaux, La. Pete Maravich along with Truck Robinson, Gail Goodrich and first- these two close out Arena in Oct. 8. Marathon cosponsor games the five game The benefit game Championship city of proceeds a non-profit of Findlay The times Schedule DATE-DATE •Sept. 2B 'Sspt. 29 •Sspt. 30 Oct. 1 Oct. 3 N. •Oct. 5 N. •Oct. 8 N. •Pacers' home

Clipped from The Kokomo Tribune26 Aug 1978, SatPage 17

The Kokomo Tribune (Kokomo, Indiana)26 Aug 1978, SatPage 17
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