Tennis is one of the most popular individual sports in the world and in the United States, the sport has grown in popularity in recent years.  But did you know that New Jersey is one of the top states for tennis players and fans to live in?

Like Golf, Tennis is a great outdoor activity to play with friends or competitively, and in the aftermath of the COVID-19 Lockdowns, people were looking for activities to do that allowed for "Social Distancing".  Combine that reality with the rise of sports betting in recent years, people are paying attention to Tennis more on TV as well.  With the final major of the Tennis season coming up with the US Open in New York City starting August 28th, created a data points system to measure what are the best states to play Tennis based on: The Number of Tennis Courts and Clubs versus state population, Cost of Tennis Court Rentals to Play, Number of Training Camps and Tennis Programs, along with the Number of Competitive Tournaments.

Based on the combination of all data points, created Rankings Based on Total Scores, and New Jersey is tied for Fifth Best State for Tennis Fans and Players.  According to their scoring system, New Jersey has the best Competitive Tournaments in the United States and Sixth Best Value for the cost of using Tennis Courts/Clubs around the state.

What hurt New Jersey's overall Tennis score was they were ranked in the bottom third in the United States with Facilities, having much fewer Tennis Courts and Clubs open to the public compared to neighboring states like Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Maryland. In fact, the top overall ranked in the United States for Tennis players and fans is Delaware, thanks to high scores for Facilities per population, Value of Tennis Courts, and Clubs Costs, along with the best scores for Tennis Training and Coaching availability.

We should note that in South Jersey there are places where Tennis Courts used to be located have been replaced with Pickleball Courts, a game that is a variant of Tennis. So one could argue with the rapid growth of Pickleball in the United States, that has become an alternative for people to play a game with less running and lateral movement compared to Tennis. Either way, New Jersey looks like a great state to grab a racket and hit the ball over the net!

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