Tennis is one of the more popular sports in the world with a rich sociocultural background. Initially developed in the mid-19th Century as a game-set sold to be played on a crochet lawn; the modern form of lawn tennis has historically been associated with upper class members of society. Despite continued efforts from its governing bodies to encourage participation, significant socioeconomic barriers, particularly within the United Kingdom, continue to exist.
Tennis Europe was founded in 1975 by 17 member nations. The organization has since grown to include its current total of 50 member nations, encompassing all countries of the European continent, and is now the largest regional association of the sport's governing body, the International Tennis Federation.
The 50 member nations are classified by Tennis Europe into three statuses: 'A', 'B', and 'C'. The group of 10 'A' nations includes the nations that have traditionally had the largest numbers of tennis participants, this includes two of the four Grand Slam hosting nations: France and Great Britain. The 18 'B' nations are comprised of countries with a fairly substantial tennis infrastructure but smaller total population size than the countries in the group of 'A' nations. All remaining countries fall into the list of ‘C’ nations. These are typically smaller nations or developing nations with limited tennis infrastructure.
Number of tennis courts
This statistic presents the total number of tennis courts, within each of the 50 member nations of Tennis Europe.
Unsurprisingly, this statistic shows that Tennis Europe's 'A' categorised nations dominate the sport in Europe, containing the vast majority of tennis courts. The country with the greatest total number of tennis courts in 2018 was Germany with over 46 thousand clubs, accounting for 10.2 percent of all tennis courts worldwide. This is shortly followed by France with over tennis courts in 2018. The large number of tennis courts within these countries in comparison to the UK, a country with equally developed infrastructure and lengthier tennis history, could relate to the sociocultural history of tennis in the UK. The historical association of lawn tennis with upper class members of society, in the UK, presents a significant barrier to participation that prevents the further development of tennis courts within the UK.
The total number of tennis courts in Europe in 2018, by country
National tennis federations of Tennis Europe member nations
The general managers and/or CEOs of all 50 national tennis federations in Europe are sent an online survey and asked to nominate a member of staff to complete the information, covering all aspects of the organization’s activities.
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