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Offseason: Just How Green Is Tennis?

Updated: Jul 27, 2022

In early November, the ATP became a signatory of the United Nations Sports for Climate Action. This announcement came off the back of the COP 26 summit which took place in Glasgow, wherein world leaders were challenged to accelerate sustainability and climate related actions on a global scale.

The ATP produced a document which outlined the commitments it had made along with the key commitments within the United Nations agreements. Herein the ATP adopted the framework which committed to two specific targets. Achieving a 50% reduction in greenhouse gases by 2030 and Net Zero emissions by 2040.

Realistically how achievable are these goals that are set out by the ATP? Can tennis continue to operate in its current globalized format against the backdrop of natural disasters and unfettered consumption? And can growth continue to exist in sports across the board?

To help answer those questions this week I was joined by Sam Bliss, a graduate fellow at the Gund Institute for the Environment at the University of Vermont.

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