Tennis clubs experience big disparities. Indeed, according to their history and their geographical situation, they do not necessarily have the same "nature". Some clubs, instilled by the will of the leaders, take a family form. They revolve around a very active life and a life centered on events, moments of sharing. They organize an annual ball, an annual barbecue, etc.

Others are focused on competition. In leagues, we often find the same clubs with the best players, in competitions, the best players are very often from the same regional club core. When a club called "rural" forms a very good player, the latter is very often attracted by the best clubs in the region, mostly urban. The geographical situation plays its role and this is explained by the fact that large cities have many tennis clubs, and therefore many tournaments. This allows for much less travel, and much less long trips, and therefore easier practice of tennis in competition for players, which also generates a stronger progression.

The geographical situation also plays for some clubs located on the coasts. These clubs very often have a tourist attraction. They are generally very calm winter, and the summer is very animated by the massive influx of tourists. They are therefore more centered on an economic aspect. Jean-Michel Peter and Philippe Tétard[1] point out that tourism has had an influence on the spread of tennis: "This success, the FFT - which is today the most important federation in individual sport - owes it to distant Anglo-Saxon roots, since tennis won France by its coasts and beaches, at the instigation of tourists English, major exporters of sports modes. (...) Tennis is first of all a beach tennis, before conquering all the seaside area. (...) They emphasize (the postcards) the key role of the seaside and tourist development in the implantation of tennis in France ».

[1] PETER Jean-Michel and TETARD Philippe, "The influence of seaside tourism in the dissemination of tennis. The case of France from 1875 to 1914 ", STAPS : 2003 / 2, 61 number, 73 - 74 pages.

Pierre Lemonnier

Pierre studied STAPS, and validated a master's degree in sports management, after studying in Reims, Frankfurt and Lille. I discovered padel in 2014 during my Erasmus year in Frankfurt thanks to a Spanish friend. Damn, how good the padel!