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Location: Tampa, FL, United States

Saturday, July 18, 2009

The Death of American Tennis?

I've driven past at least 40 or 50 tennis courts at various resorts on Sanibel Island the past two days. I haven't seen one of them being used. The weather has been favorable too. With the progressive death of the housewife over the past 30 years or so the booming industry of summer camps has become an American staple. Tennis is too costly and too labor intensive for summer camps. If a camp had 8 courts and 50 kids how much tennis could one kid get in anyways? (The advent of the internet and video games certainly factor in here too).

If tennis was a rich man's sport in the past it's even more so now. The future Andy Roddicks will come out of professional and costly tennis factories not from the local neighborhood public courts.

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