Check out the scene at the local courts!

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  1. Booger

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    • Perfect weather in the 70's, some light clouds to obscure direct sun. We only get a handful of these every year, at best.
    • Few hours after the GOAT notched yet another unbelievable achievement on the biggest stage
    • 6 near new public courts, lighted and well maintained, located in the shadow of a friggin' picturesque mountain
    • I live in an area known for producing great young athletes, there are D1 scouts at every high school football game. Tons of talented kids playing football, basketball, baseball, track, etc.





    This was the crazy scene for the 2 hours that I practiced today! Same as it is every day. What in tarnation is going on with this sport?

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  2. MarcusInKensington

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    Perhaps the local 10 year old kids realise that if they became tour players, at the age of 25 they'd still be losing to 51 year old Roger Federer, so don't bother.
     
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  3. Booger

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    Just moonball to his backhand. EZ PZ.
     
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  4. r2473

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    No fence between courts. Terrible.
     
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  5. Booger

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    Individually fenced public courts? Didn't think those existed.
     
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    Looks like our courts(empty)...only BETTER kept. I enjoy it though...it's almost like having my own private courts!!!
     
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    Tennis is harder than it looks. When I started, I flicked the racket with my wrist, and the ball sailed everywhere. Oh, how it helped when I leaned that you keep a firm wrist for control! If you don't know that, and many don't, and you flail at the ball, you won't be able to sustain a rally.

    So novices go to the courts and think they'll have fun just rallying, and they don't have fun. They can't keep the ball in play for more than 2 strokes, and they spend all the time walking around the court picking up errant balls. That's not fun, so they look for something else to do.

    I know, I know, tennis has always been hard. Why is that a bigger problem now? I think people are less patient now, and once they realize that tennis will take some dedication just to become a club player, they lose interest.
     
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    tennis is dying in America. golf is taking over
     
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  9. Steady Eddy

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    Golf is in trouble too. Maybe for the same reason, it's a very difficult sport.
     
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    Tennis isn't dying cause it is difficult................... USTA LIED when they said Tennis is sport for a lifetime.................. Truth of the matter is it is very very tough on the body once you turn 60 and it is tough to keep playing day in and day out
     
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    It's very expensive to learn properly so you really need parents with money who can pay to keep you happy somewhere far from home but safe - a tennis court?

     
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  12. Ronaldo

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    Where are the pickleball courts?
     
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  13. Chingoo1255

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    Come to Atlanta. Both courts within a 6 mi radius feel like you have to be the neighborhood bully to get and keep a court most every night. Year round except for maybe the dead of winter. December anode January. Other than that it's on!
     
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  14. Booger

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    They are starting to paint pickleball lines on a lot of public courts. I don't like it, but tough to argue since the demand for tennis is so low.
     
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    Still have outdoor handball courts so go figure.
     
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  16. nytennisaddict

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    golf is also dying.

    group/family activities are taking over...
    cross fit, group fitness classes, lots of different kinds of races,... etc,..

    also, dads these days are more active taking care of kids, hanging out with them, coaching, games, etc,...

    there is also waaaay more electronic entertainment,... tv, youtube, etc,...
    more hobbies, etc,....

    gone are the days of days working all week then taking off on the weekends to play golf all morning.

    my $0.02
     
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  17. Booger

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    So what's different in Atlanta? Why are people still coming out to play?
     
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    Those courts look nice. I see no cracks, nets up on all courts with center straps, crisp lines, and no net posts popping up.

    Only the private clubs have courts as nice around my parts. The public courts are empty and look if you're lucky a net might be up. Shame really...
     
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  19. Chingoo1255

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    I would say one reason is the ease of finding a League. Alta, T2, USTA and Ultimate tennis. Between aLL 4 and the warm temps, it's playable year round. Swim tennis subdivisions abound also. Don't get me wrong, some segments of the population are not as well represented and their participation is getting lower. But it's a diverse population here and the new comers are driving some of the leagues. Esp where I play.
     
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    They are playing Candy Crush Saga on their phones.
     
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  21. sureshs

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    The good young kids are at private clubs and academies so as not have some oldies in the next court constantly sending balls over and talking about the good old times and leching over the girls.
     
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  22. Noveson

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    You mean the rich kids lol. Which in tennis is pretty much the same thing
     
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  23. sureshs

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    I volunteer at many junior tournaments, including one which finished yesterday. Most of the kids are not rich. They are from middle-class families.

    In a situation where kids need the following:

    Access to coaching at their capacity to pay
    Access to a pool of other kids
    Ability to reserve courts
    Infrastructure of restrooms and water

    public courts are not suitable.

    Some have no water, some have no restrooms open on the weekends, some have no fencing between the courts, most cannot be reserved, most do not allow coaching. It is not practical for a student who has to juggle tennis time with academics to put up with this. Sure we all know about JMac and Pancho Gonzalez on the public courts, but what were their academic acheievements? The kids I see are ALL headed to college and the parents won't have it otherwise.
     
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  24. Noveson

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    Junior tournaments are not the same thing as "private clubs and academies". And parents paying for coaching/ a club with indoor courts and a pool and probably pretty damn wealthy in most areas lol.
     
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  25. sureshs

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    Oh OK indoor courts. I don't even know what they are:) We don't need them here or in any tennis hotbed like Florida or Texas.

    My club is a public-private club in partnership with Parks and Rec and costs like $150 for a year of junior membership. 12 lighted courts, restroom, water, no pool, no lockers.

    And it also comes with great old guys like me to hit with for free.
     
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    I noticed there are no benches to set bags on.

    (had to say it)
     
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  27. Booger

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    Nope. I might drag my own in there, see if anyone notices. I doubt it.
     
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    I was going to say, I've never seen individually fenced public courts. I've only ever seen that at clubs (indoor courts) and some of the outer courts at River Oaks are individually fenced. Of course, membership fees there would be so astronomically high that it would figuratively make your head spin.
     
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    No coaches to take your balls either. ;)
     
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    What's the time? Where I live even at the clubs only a few people play on a Sunday afternoon. Mornings are busy.

    Nice courts by the way!
     
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  31. Topspin Shot

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    Mac was very good academically in high school and went to Stanford.
     
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    Wow they look like pretty nice courts. We seem to have the same problem over here in Australia, aging tennis population. I'm 25, although I didn't start till I was 19 or 20, there aren't many new players starting up the game or joining our club it seems. I'd say 95% of our membership is older people playing social tennis.
     
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    They are great courts, gritty and somewhat slow which is perfect for amateur tennis. On weekends I'm usually there 10AM-Noon and it's pretty rare to see anyone else. Once in a blue moon, a couple people will show up and dink around with thrift store racquets for half an hour. That's about it.
     
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    I wish I had that nearby! Where do you live?
     
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    There were hardly any public courts I saw when I was over there. :(
     
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    Looks like an opportunity to start a social project that introduces tennis to kids that cannot afford private clubs and academies. Sponsorship and/or partnership can provide the basic needs.
     
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    Nice courts, beautiful surroundings (where is it ?) just needs an enthusiastic Pro to get everyone excited playing tennis.
     
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    Same in some places in the UK. We've got some good weather at the moment and Wimbledon has been on. When I was a youngster, the courts would be heaving with people trying to get on, but nowhere close to being like that anymore.

    Maybe kids these days prefer to just sit and play tennis games on their computers. Young, fit, healthy limbs are wasted on the young! lol
     
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    Thanks to AR & VR
     
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  40. sureshs

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    And did not graduate I think.

    Being good academically was a low bar in those days. Today it is much tougher on the kids.
     
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  41. sureshs

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    Plenty of them around.
     
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  42. mavsman149

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    Bear Branch Park in the Woodlands kind of has individually fenced public courts. There's a spot by the net you can go across but the fence nearly goes all the way to the net post.
     
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    I seldom ever make it out to the Woodlands though. If I venture outside like the beltway/610 loop, then it's usually down to Clear Lake/League City to visit my sister and brother-in-law. Last time I ventured up North, by car anyway, was like 4 years ago when I drove to College Station to buy my stringing machine from a guy on this forum. Pretty good little investment, I have to say. Saved me so much money in stringing fees over the years, haha. And I've strung a few other people's racquets for a little $$ too.
     
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