Women to Men percentage for your area?

Alchemy-Z

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I am a little jealous of my wife....no matter what day ...or time really she can find a hitting partner where I feel like I have to organize something a week in advance to hit with another fellow male player (of my rating) is this typical of most areas?

My area

Rated Players -

Men 2.0 0 Women 2.0 16
2.5 10 2.5 56
3.0 41 3.0 104
3.5 109 3.5 171
4.0 74 4.0 75
4.5 14 4.5 1

Men 248 Women 423

so 68% of our tennis community is the ladies and 32% for the guys

credit to TLS League Rating website for the quick look up of numbers

now I know why our local sports shop has a tennis section for Women ...but nothing for the men
 

Mongolmike

Hall of Fame
My area, I can and have played doubles most every day except Mondays and Fridays, and I could play those days too with a few phone calls.

My wife has much more trouble find playmates, but she is also reluctant to introduce herself to groups she doesn't know, and she really does not put a lot of effort into trying to drum up players (phone/text) either. I'm a LOT more social, and have zero problem doing either of the above to solid success.

My point of view, unless you live in a sparsly populated area... there are other players in your area just like you... wishing they could find someone to hit with. You gotta find them and cultivate them. That means when you see a group your level playing, stop by and politely wait for a changeover, then introduce yourself and ask if they ever need another player, or know a different evening or location that more players meet at. Or see below what I did for one group.

Don't be offended if you are the only person that seems to be the organizer/makes all the calls/ does all the texts. Someone has to take the initiative... how much do you want to play?

Of all the groups I play with, and all the different groups I have played with in the past, I would say roughly 30-40% have a rating or play league. The majority don't... which means to the OP, even tho it looks like there are only 250 men... there is probably closer to 600-700 active players, and probably close to 1000 men in the area who play just a couple times a year. That is decently fertile ground.

Last night there were 3 courts of doubles playing... 11 men and 1 woman. My court had 3 league/rated players, 1 non rated (doesn't mean he isn't good, he just doesn't play league).

The next court had 1 league, 3 non. The third court had I think 4 non league... but two of the guys I'm not positive about, but I don't think they do.

Last year, I didn't know anyone at this court, but I heard the best times were Wed night, Sat/Sun morning. I'd heard it was good play, so I drove out one Wed night to scout it. It was a good mix of mostly better players, but all the courts were full. I drove out earlier the next Wed, sat on the bench outside the court, and within a minute someone asked if I was waiting for someone. I said no, we started hitting, joined another twosome for doubles, and viola... I was in.

They are out there OP... ya gotta look and be a little aggressive, but polite.

Also, for the TLS site... it only tracks current players for that year... so you might want to check the numbers for 2014 or 2013 to get a better idea of the number of league players.... plus, a good minority of players play at multiple clubs... so they could be found under 2 different clubs I think.
 

Alchemy-Z

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I looked at this a couple years ago, so it is a little out of date but I doubt the ratios or numbers have changed dramatically. See http://computerratings.blogspot.com/2013/10/more-interesting-usta-league-stats-do.html to see the percentage of men/women who played USTA by section.



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Cool....so looks pretty normal for it to be Majority Women


other problem we have is Augusta is a GOLF town so tennis lacks participation cause basically ...all tennis players here ...also play golf....but not all golfers will play tennis
 

LeeD

Bionic Poster
My area, San Francisco Bay Area, only 30% of the tennis players have USTA ratings, so you'd be missing out on 70% of the tennis population by only looking at USTA players.
 

gchen

New User
you only need to find one, or three (doubles) hitting partners. I have seen more women at the tennis club, many of them work part time or do not work allowing them to play during the day. For the men at the club during the day, many are retired. Just my observation.

I am of working age- many of my hitting partners 4.0+ men have families. We usually hit after the kids are asleep, 9pm or later. Recently not too much problem finding people, one way to do it is send out a group text to a few people and see who can play that day.
 

schmke

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Cool....so looks pretty normal for it to be Majority Women


other problem we have is Augusta is a GOLF town so tennis lacks participation cause basically ...all tennis players here ...also play golf....but not all golfers will play tennis
In Southern, yep, the largest percentage of women other than New England.
 

schmke

Hall of Fame
My area, San Francisco Bay Area, only 30% of the tennis players have USTA ratings, so you'd be missing out on 70% of the tennis population by only looking at USTA players.
Absolutely correct. Tell me how to get info on the other 70% and I'll give you those stats too :)
 

Alchemy-Z

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you only need to find one, or three (doubles) hitting partners. I have seen more women at the tennis club, many of them work part time or do not work allowing them to play during the day. For the men at the club during the day, many are retired. Just my observation.

I am of working age- many of my hitting partners 4.0+ men have families. We usually hit after the kids are asleep, 9pm or later. Recently not too much problem finding people, one way to do it is send out a group text to a few people and see who can play that day.

I had one for a long time....but he got injured pretty bad on the job and is out of the tennis game for probably 8-10 months
 

kevrol

Hall of Fame
In my area there are 750 men and 1203 women in USTA leagues. There's also another club league that isn't affiliated with USTA that is female only. Many females play that exclusively so you could easily add another 200 to that female total.
 

LeeD

Bionic Poster
Maybe the 70% you ignore don't want to play with YOU, a statistician and obvious class oriented player.
 

schmke

Hall of Fame
Maybe the 70% you ignore don't want to play with YOU, a statistician and obvious class oriented player.
LOL. It is kind of hard for me to not ignore them being 700 miles away and having no way to know about them or what matches they play!

I love numbers, stats, and sports. I don't hide that. And fortunately a lot of other players are interested in such things so I have fun calculating ratings and sharing various stats about USTA League play. I suppose that makes me a nerd and stats head. So be it.

But when it comes to playing, I just go out and play and will play with most anyone regardless of level or gender. The whole point of the game at the recreational level is to enjoy playing, get some exercise, and compete to whatever degree one wants.
 
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