Despite some views that tennis is in a sorry state in the U.S.A., many Americans remain fans.

In the Center’s study of sports fan behavior and media use, which surveyed Americans aged 15 to 74 who follow at least one sport in season, 16% of respondents said that they followed or watched tennis.

How are these views affected by gender, race/ethnicity, income, education, and region of the country?


Females are more likely than males to be fans. Seventeen percent of females versus 15% of males said that they were followers.


Asians (23%) and African-Americans (21%) are somewhat more likely than Latinos (19%) and whites (14%) to follow tennis.


Those with an annual household income of $125,000 or more (30%) are more likely to watch the game than those who make less money ($100,000 to less than $125,000–17%, less than $25,000–16%, $50,000 to less than $75,000–15%, $25,000 to less than $50,000–15%, $75,000 to less than $100,000–13%).


Those with post-graduate degrees (26%) and college graduates (22%) are more likely than those with some college or an associate’s degree (15%) and high school graduates (12%) to follow the sport.


And those living in the South (18%) and the Northeast (17%) are somewhat more likely than those in the West (15%) and the Midwest (11%) to be tennis fans.


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March 18, 2018