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1 State of the Industry Tennis Court Contractors 2014

2 2  Methodology  Personal business: annual comparison – 2014 vs 2013  Current outlook of the contracting business (in general)  Future outlook of the contracting business (in general)  Personal business expectations for 2015  Operation Summary  Respondent profile Contents

3 3  Sports Marketing Surveys USA conducted this research on behalf of the Tennis Industry Association (TIA). Certified court builders and members of the American Sports Builders Association (ASBA) were invited to participate in an online survey during December 2014 and January  Respondents received an containing an electronic link to the survey and participated voluntarily. They answered questions about their business operations for the year of 2014 and were asked to compare relative to the previous 12 months. They were also asked to project forward about their future expectations for the year of  A hardcopy version of the survey was developed from the electronic version. It was distributed at the annual ASBA conference in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL during December  23 hardcopy responses plus 11 online responses combined for a total response of 34 participants.  With an approximate universe of 160 ASBA tennis court contractors, this response rate is roughly 21%.  All data submitted has been aggregated to produce the following 2014 State of Industry for Court Contractors Report.  Question wording for operational summary was revised to more accurately reflect the market conditions.  Questions about pickleball courts were added to the survey to track the pickleball replacing tennis court phenomenon. Methodology

4 4  Comparing year over year business,65% of court contractors reported increased business in 2014 compared to 57% in While 9% reported decreased business in 2014 compared to 22% in  On an annual comparison basis, 2014 compares favorably to 2013 (increased up & decreased down). Also, compared to the average over the previous 4 years, 2014 was substantially better (3 year average increase for = 50% and 4 year average decreased = 24%) 2014 business better than significantly better than the average for the past 3 years.

5 5  Asked about the current state of the tennis construction industry, contractors rated 2014 similar to 2013 but slightly more favorable – mean rating for 2014 is 3.50 (average to strong) compared to 2013 rating of 3.41 (closer to average than strong). Current Outlook of the Tennis Court Construction Business

6 6  Asked about the future for the tennis construction industry, contractors rated 2014 nominally better than 2013, with a mean rating for 2014 of 3.60 (average to strong) compared to 2013 rating of 3.49 Future Outlook of the Tennis Court Construction Business

7 7  Court contractors hold significantly better expectations for their own business in 2015 compared to Nearly two thirds (65%) expect their future business to increase in the next 12 months, much better than the 44% in  65% expecting increased personal business is the highest percentage of contractors expecting such a changes since the surveys have been conducted. Personal business expectations are higher for 2015 compared to 2014 – underlying optimism for 2015 business

8 8 In an effort to make the survey results as representative and accurate as possible we consulted with the ASBA to refine the way we asked questions about operations in The primary changes included introducing a new category (lining /relining), move the resurfacing question before the courts built category, and to use the expression “new build” rather than simply built. In the electronic version the order of the questions was (i) line/reline, (ii) resurface and (iii) new builds Q. Approximately, how many courts did you Re-line, resurface and build in 2014? (i) Line / Re-line(ii) Resurface(iii) New Build Hard Courts____ ____ ____ Clay courts____ ____ ____ Grass courts____ ____ ____ Total ____ ____ ____ Operation Summary: New Build, Resurfacing & Lining/Re-lining

9 9 Courts Lined / Re-lined Average Number of Courts LinedNA 22 Courts Resurfaced Average Number of Courts resurfaced [ 147= ] Courts Built Average Number of Courts built *The question wording revision is getting us closer to a more accurate representation of the court contractor business. Most probable meaningful annual comparison for the “Courts Resurfaced” is to include the relined and resurfaced numbers for 2014 ( = 147). Relining and resurfaced were broken out in 2014 but not in previous survey periods. *The question wording revision is getting us closer to a more accurate representation of the court contractor business. Most probable meaningful annual comparison for the “Courts Resurfaced” is to include the relined and resurfaced numbers for 2014 ( = 147). Relining and resurfaced were broken out in 2014 but not in previous survey periods. *147 Operation Summary: New Build, Resurfacing & Lining/Re-lining

10 10 Pickleball popularity has steadily grown over the past couple of years. During 2014 anecdotal evidence suggested an increasing number of tennis courts were being converted to pickleball courts. Thus, we added a series of questions to explore this phenomenon with the goal of quantifying the rise of pickleball courts. Q. Did you replace or resurface existing tennis court courts with pickleball courts in 2014? If yes, average number of tennis courts replaced with pickleball courts in 2014 = 5.1 Q. Did you construct new or resurface existing pickleball courts? If yes, average number of existing pickleball courts resurfaced = 6.2 If yes, average number of newly constructed pickleball courts = 5.7 Operation Summary : Pickleball

11 11  The average split between private vs. public contracts remains fairly constant since The majority of contracts are public (58%) compared to 42% private. Operation Summary: Private/Public Contracts

12 12 The USTA’s *Youth Tennis promotion has clearly impacted the tennis court construction industry. In 2014, nearly three quarters (74%) of the contractors surveyed had worked on youth courts. * Youth Tennis is now what used to be called Ten and Under or QuickStart Tennis Operation Summary: 10 & Under Courts

13 13 While 74% of contractors have been involved with youth courts, the actual percentage of courts built dedicated for youth tennis (36ft and 60ft) is still very small. Combined together, the shorter courts make up 2.8% of courts built (4% last year) Operation Summary: Courts Types Built

14 14 Approximately 10% of courts built by ASBA accredited court contractors were indoor courts in This is a slight uptick from the 7% in 2013 Operation Summary: Courts Types Built

15 15  Slight drop off in the percentage (89% to 85%) of ASBA tennis court contractors who installed ‘Youth Tennis’ lines to existing courts. Operation Summary: Youth Court Lining

16 16 Experience in Court Construction Industry Average Number of years in court construction2930 Respondent Profile


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