What Would I Like To Know About Senior Tennis Players?

Rallying With The Executive Director

senior tennisIf I were shooting the breeze with a group of tennis players in the 50 and over age bracket, here’s what I’d like to discover about them.

  • How did you learn to play tennis?
  • Do you have non-tennis playing friends who would like to learn how to play tennis?
  • Would you play tennis with an orange or red ball on a smaller court for fun?
  • Would your friends consider learning how to play tennis with an orange or red ball on a smaller court?
  • Do other members of your family play tennis?
  • How could we encourage them to start to play if they don’t?
  • What keeps you excited about playing tennis?
  • What would help you play tennis more often?

If you’d like to share your answers to the questions with me, leave a comment below, email me at bhunt@scta.usta.com or postal mail your answers to me at SCTA, P.O. Box 240015, Los Angeles, CA 90024-9115.  The fax # is 310.824.7691.  Thanks for sharing!

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  1. USTA,please quit trying to change the game different colored tennis balls shortening matches playing tiebreaker for the third set, leave the game alone , we love playing third set as a senior who plays in tournaments and leagues quit trying to shorten the game ,and pulleys from the room or I’m hearing you’re toying with making sets only to
    four terrible idea thanks

    • I can assure you that the SCTA will leave the game that you love alone so you can continue to play it. We will also offer the different colored balls, short matches and the other options to attract new players into the game and to keep players active who might be considering leaving tennis because their physical skills have diminished.

      When we see draw sizes going down and entry lists shrinking, the SCTA realizes that we have fewer customers using our product so we must find new ways of playing tennis to attract more customers and keep the sport alive.

      • Leave the ball and court size alone. Players who for what ever reason cannot play tennis as it should be played can go play Pickel Ball.

        • Please play tennis with the yellow ball on the regulation-sized court as long as you can. If you wish to use a different ball on a smaller-sized court, that will be available unless pickle ball has taken over.

    • I agree with Edware Kardas completely. Stop trying to change the game. We take pride in competing (even at my 78 years of age) on a level playing field!
      Sandy Herron
      Santa Barbara, California

      • We are proud of you for playing at 78 years young and we are not going to take away that opportunity. What we are going to do is make other options available to current and new players who may want to compete or learn how to play on smaller court sizes with lower compression balls.

        I use the soft drink analogy to explain our goal. We want more people to play tennis/drink soft drinks. If you prefer to drink Coke/play with a yellow ball on a 78’ court, we want you to have all you want. However, if you aren’t playing tennis/drinking soft drinks and we can introduce you to tennis/soft drinks via shorter courts and red, orange or green balls/think Diet Coke or Sprite, then we want to do that.

        The outcome will be more people playing tennis and that helps keep tennis courts open and maintained, pro shops in business, tennis pros employed and equipment companies improving the game. Best regards!

  2. How did you learn to play tennis? My father and grandfather taught me and my brother.
    Do you have non-tennis playing friends who would like to learn how to play tennis? yes
    Would you play tennis with an orange or red ball on a smaller court for fun? yes
    Would your friends consider learning how to play tennis with an orange or red ball on a smaller court? yes
    Do other members of your family play tennis? yes (spouse, son,brother)
    How could we encourage them to start to play if they don’t? Probably influential website or magazine convincing women the health benefits and easy to do.
    What keeps you excited about playing tennis? social, competition, learning, more
    What would help you play tennis more often? healthier body. 🙂 (packaged deal for yearly tournaments.)

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