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THE CURRENT STATE OF TENNIS IN IZMIR

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Author(s): Pınar GÜZEL | Hülya ÜNLÜ | Selhan ÖZBEY

Journal: Beden Egitimi ve Spor Bilimleri Dergisi
ISSN 1307-6477

Volume: 7;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 167;
Date: 2013;
Original page

Keywords: Tennis | Izmir | Qualitative research

ABSTRACT
In many countries tennis has become a sports branch that has forged its own cultural structure. Being one of the branches that continue its popularity and tradition in the world, tennis has been undergoing an effort to reach the masses in Turkey since the 1900’s. The purpose of this study is to analyze the current condition of tennis in Izmir due to this city’s geographical and climatic conditions. tennis is expected to be a sport widely played. In this research 7 club managers, 7 coaches and 4 parents were interviewed. The case study method in qualitative research techniques was used and the data was gathered in accordance with the “interview method." As a result of the data analysis, four main themes and related sub-themes were acquired. These were; “Participants' views on the state of tennis in İzmir”, “Participants' views on the activities of SFA”, “Participants' views about the support given by the Turkish Tennis Federation (TTF) to tennis in the province of İzmir” and “Participants' views about the development and promotion of tennis in İzmir”. As a result, it has been determined that the number of active athletes was less than the number of athletes registered with the TTF. Although Izmir supports tennis through significant international organizations and is suitable for tennis regarding its physical and cultural infrastructure and climate conditions, it has been observed that besides elite athlete training, tennis as a recreational sport has not yet reached its full potential. In order to promote tennis in Izmir, TTF, local administrations and the private sector should provide financial support, tennis training should begin at an early age, and cooperation with educational institutions should be made to create a sports culture.
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