Racquet Sales Start to Turn Upward at End of Year

While 2009 racquet shipments showed an overall decline for the year, there is a bright spot, as fourth-quarter sales numbers from pro/specialty moved upward, ahead of the fourth quarter in 2008.

4th Qtr retail audit

Fourth-quarter comparisons show racquet sales at pro/specialty stores increased in 2009 by 3% (for both units and dollars) relative to 2008.

“Amid this tough overall economic climate, it’s good news that racquet sales moved out of the negative for the last few months of the year,” says Jolyn de Boer, executive director of the TIA. “We hope we can continue this trend through 2010, especially in light of the recent news that more than 30 million people are now playing tennis in the U.S.”

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