What is the future of tennis?

I decided to watch the LaCoste future of tennis commercial on YouTube and it really made me think about the future of tennis.  How can players monitor their game and get more into the game? What can tennis associations & media do to make the game more exciting?

So I watched this video and was really sucked in.  Was it realistic…. heck no.  Was it fun to watch like the movie “The Matrix”, yes but without an additional book to read to explain the meeting.  What could the world of tennis pull from this video?  Here’s a few ideas:

1.  Create a tennis racket with a small computer inside the handle and sensors on the frame that records how you hit every shot and the movement.  Heck you could have an microSD card slot in the bottom of the racket that would allow you to easily transfer your entire game into some software program on your home computer.  With this information you could replay your rackets movements and get advice on what you need to improve your game.

This is like the Dixx digital putter but for tennis.  Someone has to get creative and make this like Babolat, Prince, or Wilson and they would make the front page of any tennis publication.

2.  I think the USTA needs to get more involved in the public school system and offer guided programs with the help of volunteer teachers and trainers in the area.  Have a USTA trained instructor show up at each high school once a year and give kids an idea of what it takes to play in college or the benefits of playing the game your whole life.

3. Help other tennis players find someone to play of their skill level.  The USTA’s find a partner program is horrible.  I signed up for years ago and they never seemed to be able to find me a partner.  Luckily I was wondering around earlier this year and found Tennisopolis. This is a social tennis community site that actually was alive and ended up finding 33 players in my area, 5 that matched my 4.5 NTRP skill level.

4. Create new tennis court technology that makes it less expensive to keep up the local tennis courts.  How many public tennis courts have you seen in shambles while the indoor and outdoor basketball courts are in tip top shape?  Many city governments don’t mind the initial cost of a tennis court, it’s the expensive upkeep that’s the problem.  We need longer lasting court surfaces that require less maintenance.  Who is really working on this?  Court manufactures are definitely not motivated to do this since they make so much on maintenance.

What do you think should be done to improve the future of tennis?


5 responses to “What is the future of tennis?

  1. David, First, thanks for the kind words about Tennisopolis. We could not do it without the help of dedicated tennis enthusiasts like yourself.

    Second, to your post – Honestly, I hated that commercial. I thought it looked more like the future of racquetball. Who wants to play by themselves anyway? However, I do like your computer chip in the racquet idea. There’s lots of possibilities there – how about just a simple stroke counter. “This year I played 356,543 strokes.”

    How to improve the future of tennis? Big question, lots of answers. My goal is to connect players. There are SOOO many people out there that would play more if they had partners – so, that’s what Tennisopolis is all about.


  2. Mark,
    Thanks for your input. I agree that the commercial was more racquetball oriented BUT it was definitely outside the box and well produced.
    You’re doing a great job at tennisopolis.com and I’m glad you started the website. You’re definitely feeling a need out there in the tennis world. Keep up the good work.

    Tennis Noise

  3. Good post David! I think, overall, the game needs to be more accessible on all fronts e.g. giving everyone an opportunity to play, knowing where-when-how to watch the game on TV and/or online, better access by media to cover the sport.

    But it really needs to happen at a grass roots level – Tennisopolis is a great example.

    Why don’t indoor tennis facilities allow people to walk in and rent racquets for the hour or so?

  4. Rich,
    Good points! Indoor tennis facilities should allow a premium rate for walk ins but still allow them to just rent a racket and play. Heck many golf courses do this with clubs now.

  5. Nice blog. I would love to have you post your blogs on the GTN.

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