I believe the main reason tennis is slowly dying in America is the cost for a school system or city municipality to build & MAINTAIN a tennis court. How much does a tennis court cost to build? Roughy $15,000 for a clay court and $28,000 for a hard court (in the southeast). This is not the main problem. The main problem is maintenance on these courts. A hard court cost about $3,500 a year to maintain BUT that’s only if you are putting away $3,500 a year when you need to resurface. Resurfacing a single court can cost up to $15,000 every 5 years. Most budgets don’t account for this type of maintenance. Most schools that build courts will build about 5-7 of them without thinking about the cost to keep them up. They end up looking like this:
When kids play on these courts they have no clue to what real tennis is like. Your tennis balls end up turning black after about 10 minutes and you slide all over the place getting the ball. The ball also does not act as it should on a newly resurfaced court.
What do you think is causing the downfall of tennis in America?