British participation numbers down again; LTA funding at risk

by: Matt Cronin December 12, 2013

Tags: Andy Murray

AP Photo

The Lawn Tennis Association could lose all of its Sport England funding after a national survey of grassroots participation in all sports in England showed that the number of tennis players has continued to decline.

The Telegraph reports that in 2012, the LTA’s funding was reduced by Sport England from $40 million to $11.6 million because participation was declining, and that the organization did not have a credible plan to boost participation.

There was allegedly a promise made of an additional $16.8 million if progress was made in 2013, but in the latest Active People Survey—which measures participation levels based on the number of people taking part in an activity for at least 30 minutes a week—the number of tennis players suffered a nine percent drop, with only 406,000 active participants compared to 445,100 a year ago.
 

More Stories

Petra Kvitova defeats Eugenie Bouchard in straight sets at Connecticut Open

Also, Kirsten Flipkens beat Caroline Garcia to set up a match with top-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska.

Players experience U.S. Open roof for first time

The roof is designed to open or close in just seven minutes. Rain or shine, the show will go on. 

Tennis’ greatest generations join forces for Laver Cup, pitting Europe against the world

The star-studded press conference played up admirable camaraderie as much as tantalizing competition.