Women’s Tennis Participation
According to ongoing research conducted by the Lawn Tennis Association, female participation in tennis has dropped 30% since 2005.
Technology developments, rising female employment levels and the rise in participation of other sports & hobbies are cited as contributing factors to this statistic.
Netball, hockey, gymnastics, swimming and football have all reported increased female participation in 2016. Additionally the number of gym memberships in the UK exceeded 9 million for the first time last year – an increase of 5.3% on 2015 – with roughly a 50/50 gender split between males and females.
The LTA have several programmes focussed on increasing girls and women participation including, Miss Hits, Tennis Tuesdays and She Rallies, which is backed by former GB Fed Cup captain Judy Murray.
Until recently, female tennis had very few role models at the top of the sport. However, Joanna Konta is now in the world top 10 and the Fed Cup team are looking to emulate their male counterpart’s success in the Davis Cup. Hopefully this could help provide the spark needed to reverse the female participation figures.