Tennis Sees Significant Growth in 2021 Participation, Equipment Sales

March 15, 2022

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., March 15, 2022 – The USTA announced that tennis saw significant growth in both participation and equipment sales in 2021, which marks the second consecutive year of this trend. According to the Physical Activity Council’s (PAC) Participation report produced by Sports Marketing Surveys, which monitors more than 120 different sports and activities, more than 22.6 million people took to the courts in 2021, up approximately one million players and 4.5% from 2020. In addition, data from the Tennis Industry Association shows that racquet sales have increased in numerous areas, with an uptick of 22.7% in total units (3.4 million units) and 46.2% in total dollars ($122.9 million) last year.

Over the past two years, tennis has seen a 27.9% increase in participation, growing by approximately 4.9 million players over that time period (2019 v 2021). In 2020, participation in the sport increased by 22%, with 4 million more players than in 2019. Sales of entry-level racquets also saw an increase of nearly 40% that year.

Other key metrics in tennis growth include:

“Many individuals turned to tennis during the pandemic, and it is incredibly encouraging to see that the sport was able to capitalize on this momentum and continued to see growth in 2021,” said Craig Morris, Chief Executive, Community Tennis, USTA. “The entire tennis industry worked together to make this a possibility, and the continued efforts of all those involved, including the manufacturers, USTA national and section staff and volunteers, and the providers at the local level, have put us in a position to continue to move the sport forward in 2022 and beyond.”