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2007 -- A Record Year for Tennis in the U.S.

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — The USTA today announced that the sport of tennis in the United States grew on every level in 2007 — from local communities to the highest level of the professional game. One of the strongest years in nearly two decades, tennis in the U.S. set records in event attendance, television viewership and recreational participation. Record highlights include:

“The USTA has a longstanding commitment to grow the game at every level,” said Jane Brown-Grimes, President and Chairman of the Board, USTA. “It is very encouraging to see so many record-breaking numbers, proving that tennis is again on the rise in the U.S. From the game’s grassroots to the professional level, we have tremendous momentum heading into 2008.”

“We will remember 2007 as a great year for tennis — with more people attending, watching and playing the sport,” said Arlen Kantarian, CEO, Professional Tennis, USTA. “Professional tennis in the U.S. is setting new records and is strongly positioned to further engage fans in 2008 and beyond. We, along with our key partners, will continue to look for new, innovative ways to showcase and grow the game.”

“Our goal is to get more people playing tennis, and to get all tennis players playing more often,” said Kurt Kamperman, Chief Executive, Community Tennis, USTA. “Record participation and membership numbers are evidence that our efforts are producing results. We’ll be launching new and exciting grassroots initiatives in the coming year to keep those numbers growing.”

 

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