Understanding how the Costs of Tennis Affect the Composition of Players

Project by Polygence alum Finn

Understanding how the Costs of Tennis Affect the Composition of Players

Project's result

Pending publication to Curieux Academic Journal and the Research Archive of Rising Scholars.

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Summary

Studies the cost of tennis for young players—such as equipment, lessons, tournaments, etc.—and understanding the financial barriers they impose, and how that affects the composition of players. Tennis is an expensive sport with high costs to entry—competitive players require coaching, equipment wears out quickly, traveling to tournaments is both time-consuming and expensive, and tennis academies do not have financial aid but are as expensive as boarding schools. These factors, along with the fact that few professional tennis players are people of color, disproportionately affect low income communities, especially for non-white players. Provides clarity about the magnitude of the effect, how that influences the tennis circuit, and what can be done to change tennis culture.

Jack

Jack

Polygence mentor

PhD Doctor of Philosophy candidate

Subjects

Psychology, History, Quantitative, Business

Expertise

Economics and mathematics

Finn

Finn

Student

Hello! My name is Finn Johnson, and my Polygence project is on the costs of tennis and how that affects the composition of players. I chose to work on this project because of my passion for tennis and solving its socio-economic issues. After completing my project, I would like to hold a fundraiser in my community to provide underserved youth tennis equipment.

Graduation Year

2025

Project review

“I had a great experience researching the financial barriers of tennis. While researching the topic, I learned about the sport's elitist origins and the expenses that still persist today. I became so passionate about the topic that I proposed solutions to the problem and hope to improve the access of less fortunate communities to tennis.”

About my mentor

“Jack is absolutely brilliant. He brings a wealth of experience, knowledge, and passion to every meeting and helped me whenever I needed. His prior experience in the world of tennis made him a valuable guide and someone I would recommend to anyone.”