Tennis in The Tar Heel State: 67% of Tennis Players Think they can Take a Game from a Pro?

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With the Australian Open in full swing, we have once again examined the results of our comprehensive survey, which reveals the self-belief and motivations that run within the American tennis community. 

In this piece, we’ll examine how tennis players from North Carolina rate their abilities on the court and what lengths they would go to for a starting place at a Major like the Australian Open. 

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Daring sacrifices

Looking at the survey results, it’s clear that tennis players from North Carolina think highly of the Majors. When asked what the players would sacrifice to compete at a Major, 15% of North Carolinians replied they would choose a spot at a Major tournament over their spouse. The players in North Carolina are more inclined to ditch their marriage than the average American tennis fan. Only 12% of tennis players across the country would be willing to split with their significant other to play at a tournament like the Australian Open. 

Without going into details about the culinary scene in North Carolina, the survey also reveals that one in four (24%) would stop eating their favorite food if it meant they could play at a prestigious tournament like the Australian Open. That number is equivalent to the rest of the country, where 24% also would give up their favorite food.

Further, in order to get a chance to compete at a Grand Slam, 27% of North Carolinian tennis fans would be willing to live in isolation for a full month and 15% would stop watching sports. 

A confident community

Within the American tennis player community, an interesting finding from the survey is that 71% of all players are confident in their ability to claim victory in at least one game against a professional in a best-of-three-set match. 

Despite valuing their sport as highly as their marriage, players from North Carolina are a tad more modest than the average tennis fan when it comes to appraising their abilities on the court. In the Tar Heel State, only 67% of tennis players think they have what it takes to win a game against a professional. 

On average, the players from North Carolina think they could win 4.5 games against a professional in a best-of-three-set tennis match, which is below the national average of 5.6.

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The research was commissioned by Action Network and carried out by Research Without Barriers and was conducted between June 9, 2023, and June 13, 2023. The sample comprises 2,403 tennis players across the United States of America. All research adheres to the Market Research Society (MRS) code of conduct (2023) & ESOMAR. RWB is registered with the Information Commissioner’s Office and complies with the DPA (2018).

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