More Americans are playing tennis, with Hispanics and blacks showing a marked increase.
The U.S. Tennis Association says in a survey released Tuesday that more than 30 million people hit the courts this year. That’s a 12 percent increase from 2008 and up 25 percent from six years ago.
The survey shows participation grew in all age groups under 50 and within all ethnic groups. The biggest increases were among Hispanics, with 32 percent more playing the game. Blacks had a 19 percent increase.
The annual survey of 6,000 Americans was done by Taylor Research Group on behalf of the USTA and the Tennis Industry Association.
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