Tennis participation in England 2007-2016

In an annual survey by Sport England, the governing body for sports in England, about the number of people who play tennis, it was found that between October 2015 and September 2016, approximately 721,100 people played tennis on a monthly basis, considering any intensity and duration. The survey was conducted via telephone interviews and has been undertaken annually from 2007 to 2016.

Current Trends

This statistic suggests that the number of tennis players has shown a consistent decline, from 940 thousand people between 2007 and 2008, to just over 721 thousand people between 2015 and 2016. A decrease of about 27 percent over seven years. Although this decline in participation can be observed over all age groups, when compared to the share of children participating in tennis in England, it shows that the decline in tennis players is slightly more evident among adults.


To combat this decline, in 2017 the British Lawn Tennis association pledged to invest 125 million British pounds in tennis facilities, which alongside commensurate commitments from local governments, businesses, and communities, will increase the number of tennis courts across the UK and hope to address some of the key barriers to tennis participation such as poor weather, dark evenings and outdated booking systems.

Further information

Further information on tennis in the United Kingdom can be found in the Dossier: Tennis in the United Kingdom.

Number of people participating in tennis in England from 2007/2008 to 2015/2016

Number of participants
Oct 15 - Sep 16721,100
Apr 15 - Mar 16746,900
Oct 14 - Sep 15730,800
Oct 13 - Oct 14694,100
Oct 12 - Oct 13777,900
Oct 11 - Oct 12782,500
Oct 10 - Oct 11696,900
Oct 09 - Oct 10834,100
Oct 08 - Oct 09987,400
Oct 07 - Oct 08940,000
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Release date

December 2016


United Kingdom (England)

Survey time period

October 2007 to September 2016

Number of respondents

163,108 (latest)

Age group

16 years and older

Special properties

base varies

Method of interview

Telephone interview

Supplementary notes

Participating means at least once in the last 28 days. Any intensity, any duration. Since publication of the APS3 results in December 2009, tennis figures have been recalculated to include wheelchair sports - tennis.

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