Tennis Courts Are Empty

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  1. new_tennis_player

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    When I play(ed) basketball, one of the great joys is/was knowing that I could go to gym A or rec courts B or C on certain days and hours and be GUARANTEED pickup games whenever I wanted for as long as I wanted (assuming I could win games to stay on :)).

    I don't know what's going on with tennis. There are times when I don't want to coordinate schedules for four people at a time, or just want to play on a whim.

    I understand that pickup tennis existed some time ago, say in the '70's or '80's in the PREVIOUS century.

    Nowadays, when I look around, all I see are youth clinics taking up courts, and basically no adults playing. The courts are empty.

    It's shameful. One great way of getting better is to be able to find hitting partners easily, without having to go through the work of scouring ads online.

    Sorry, just venting. :shock:
     
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  2. Power Player

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    It sucks. Mine were empty today so I practiced serves. Got to hit with one guy for a bit but he got tired pretty fast and had to go.
     
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  3. Parker512

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    I can never get people off my courts. I have 4 courts in my town and 6,000 people live here.
     
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  4. aceX

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    My local courts are either completely empty or completely full of pacific islanders (not hating, just stating fact). I play with my gf's brother 75% of the time, but I get waaaaay to used to playing against him and have trouble against other players.
     
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  5. new_tennis_player

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    Maybe you guys can explain why?

    The game is very fun and requires little in the way of equipment investment: a racket and a can of balls.

    Is there just a general decline in interest in adult sports? I remember back in the day, company softball games, rec basketball, and racquetball, were crazy popular.

    American adults and even kids are getting fatter, and social skills are on the decline with all these computers.

    I don't want to sound pessimistic, so I'll do my best to organize a game this week.

    I can't just complain, I am going to be pro-active. :)
     
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    Connors was complaining about this...
     
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  7. aceX

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    Well before I "got into" tennis two years ago, the only other time I remember playing tennis was a bad memory.

    It was about 30 degrees (C), the sun was beating down onto the black asphalt, I was about 12 and my dad was about 50 (but ran competitive half-marathons). He was hitting the ball all over the court and telling me I had to run after it and get it. I wanted nothing more than a cold coke and some shade. But these days I would enjoy such a beautiful day on the court. I played with my dad a few months ago, he was the one puffing around the court and wanting to finish after one set.

    Whats the point of my story? Well I think tennis has a bit of a high learning curve. Also, it can be a bit of an acquired taste. I think newbs can be put off a bit by the 'snobby' feeling that non-players think tennis clubs give off. Also compared to say, basketball or soccer, tennis requires 2 or 4 racquets plus balls which can seem expensive "$15 for tennis balls? why are they so expensive?". In my country (NZ), they only show three tennis tournaments on free TV, the local mens 250 (Heiniken Open) and the adjacent women's (ASB classic) and Wimbledon which was shown Live from midnight to 6am. Apart from that the majors and masters are only shown on pay TV and even then they can be difficult to find.

    Soccer has the world cup, tennis has... the davis cup!? NZ had a davis cup tie with pakistan recently and it was held in a small town 5 hours from Auckland. Why? Because tennis NZ didn't have the money to pay for use of a decent facility in auckland. What a joke. We can spend millions to prepare for the Rugby World cup here, but we can't front for facility fees for an international tennis match? I bet if they advertised it properly they would re-coup their costs from ticket sales.

    Another thing is time. The first major final I watched live was the AO 09 final. I actually fell asleep in the 4th set (it was about 3am here in NZ, so forgive me) but also it was just so damn long! Like 4+ hours to watch a single match, that's too long for most people.

    I also think the scoring can be confusing for first timers. "What's the score? Is it 15-45 now? Or is it 20-40?" "Oh do I serve on this side now?" "Don't we change ends now? We changed after the last game, why aren't we changing ends after this game?".
     
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  8. TennisCoachFLA

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    Not that way in Europe or Asia. Just America. Lots of reasons....10000 TV stations, internet, video on demand. Every passing year finds more Americans over weight or obese.

    I grew up playing pick up basketball all over the place. Lots of adults playing that game also. Lot less adults playing hoops these days too. We had pickup football all the time. I can not remember the last time I drove through a neighborhood and saw kids playing pickup football.

    I don't think it is just tennis.
     
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  9. tennisdad65

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    Today, my son was at a tennis clinic for kids for 2 hrs. They took up 3 courts (~15 kids + 3 coaches). I played on a court with a friend. Eight other courts were mostly empty for the time I was there.

    Hopefully everyone else was on the beach, since the weather was great today.
     
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  10. Mike2228

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    Look around a little and you'll probably find a place that isn't so dead. I just started playing this spring at a highly frequented park and my tennis contacts went from 1 to about 15-20 in 5 months. Thats really not even an exageration.
     
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    Anytime tennis is on broadcast or 'family' cable (Tennis Channel isn't on the lowest tiers around me), OR a major tournament is played, people come out of the woodwork & fill up the 4 town courts where I play most of my rec tennis & run my camp. Today was no different. Courts were packed from 9a-1p. I always comment to my crew of 8-10 guys: "Where are these people when it's 35 degrees in January?"
     
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  12. Cindysphinx

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    Steep learning curve is right.

    Tennis is no fun at all when it consists of hitting a few shots and then going to fetch the balls that all went over the fence.
     
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    I remember early in high school we had to play tennis in P.E. We would hit the balls into this dense, overgrown unused land next to our school. The teacher would be like "you better get those balls back!". So we would go off and have an adventure in the 'jungle'. Good times.
     
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    Courts should have large backboards. If people could practice while waiting for someone to show up, more people would show up.
     
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    Most courts I know of also have a wall o.o
     
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    I've read about this. The unused land adjacent to your school became known as 'middle earth'....and your adventures gave birth of the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

    Tinness InnZedd!
    Between Tony Wilding, Chris Lewis, Brett Steven, Rhys Darby, Jemaine Clement and Bret Mackenzie....you Kiwis have too much tennis tradition to have to stress out about scoring or changing inds.

    Changing inds?
    He maybe dead.
    He maybe did what?
     
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  17. Blake0

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    My courts are always full. In texas there are only 2 times you can go to avoid the heat...morning/night. Since i'm to lazy to go in the morning, I go at night as does everyone else. Too many players and half of them are new...:neutral:.
     
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    We have this set of 8 public courts in the middle of our biggest city. There are a good group of 100 players that come out 2-3 times a weak to these courts. You can always find a pick up match at the right level.

    However, while it used to be that the ages of the players ranged from 25-65, now the ages range from 40-65. The group is consistently getting older. The new recruits tend to be in the 35-45 group. I worry that our local tennis community is fading away.
     
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    There is no body to play with in orlando. I even started a tread about just playing against a wall. I still play everyday, but it's been over two weeks since I've played against a person.
     
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    Here, it's not so much a weather issue as a court maintenance issue.

    Some courts are so old, cracked and tattered that no one will play on them.

    Then there are courts in wooded areas. These are lovely in the heat because of the shade the trees provide, but in spring and fall they are covered in debris and are not safe -- big acorns fall onto them in the middle of a point. And they get mossy because of the shade. I keep my broom in my car all fall and spring to be able to clear the courts well enough to play on them.

    That leaves the few well-drained, well-maintained public courts, which can have a lot of demand.

    They are repairing one of our regional facilities right now. I hope they really do a lot with it. The last time I fell hard on a concrete court was at this particular set of outdoor courts -- the backhand corner was slippery due to moss.

    Cindy -- who almost got beaned in the head playing on a tennis court located too close to a baseball field
     
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  22. Devilito

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    You’re a fat, worthless middle aged desk jockey. You can chose to either, A; play golf, ride in a cart between shots, talk about total ******** with your other stupid friends, drink a few brews, stay cool and relaxed. OR, B: Play tennis, work up a sweat, run after balls, have no time to talk, get dehydrated, hurt your shoulder, get blisters, twist your ankle and general have no idea wtf you’re doing. Most people will pick option A

    Tennis is about the hardest sport to pick up *just for fun* because it takes too much overall fitness coordination and skill just to begin having any fun at all. And I wouldn’t have it any other way.
     
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