Sociology of tennis: research on socialisation, participation and retirement of tennis players


  • Abbie Probert
  • Miguel Crespo



socialisation, participation, retirement


This article covers some of the most relevant research studies related to tennis sociology. They will be classified in content areas for clarification including topics related to participation, socialisation of players, retirement, gender, social class and structure in tennis.


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How to Cite

Probert, A., & Crespo, M. (2015). Sociology of tennis: research on socialisation, participation and retirement of tennis players. ITF Coaching & Sport Science Review, 23(65), 25–27.




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