Why Tennis is the Best Sport
1. Minimal Injuries
Compared to other sports, especially contact sports, tennis is very safe. Most injuries are related to overuse, but with the proper exercises, even those can be minimized or even eliminated. Everyone loves being able to have fun without the risk of injury!
2. It’s better than an anger management session
Tough day at work? Go smash some balls on the tennis court! What better way to relieve stress than by hitting a ball as hard as you can. It feels great, and when they go in, it feels even better!
3. It’s a great workout
Many sports are great workouts, but few sports offer the fun AND anaerobic activity that tennis offers. Tennis players are almost constantly in motion, and using nearly every muscle in their body. In addition to short sprints, there are also constant changes of direction, and motion in every possible angle. It builds muscle and stamina. What’s not to love?
4. It’s actually affordable
Sure, tennis can be expensive and it is viewed as an elitist sport. Tennis lessons can be expensive and so can rackets, but once you have the proper racket and footwear, you can find a free court almost anywhere. What other sport can you go and play for free wherever you are?
5. It is played EVERYWHERE
We mean it, it really is played everywhere. No matter where you are, chances are there is a tennis court nearby. You can find a court and a game almost anywhere you go. And if traveling to play tennis is a plan of yours, you can find spectacular tennis resorts on almost every continent. It wouldn’t be outrageous to think that one day, people will even be playing in Antarctica!
6. You can play all year round!
Is it snowing outside? Can’t play golf. But you can find an indoor court, usually for less than $30 per hour, and go have a blast while getting a good workout playing tennis. Sure, summer is peak tennis season, but there is no off-season!
7. It’s good for the body AND mind
Tennis is as mental a sport as any. You can be a great player, but not fulfill your potential if your mental game is weak. Playing tennis will help you get in good shape, but it also stimulates your mind in ways that other sports do not. Great tennis players are all mentally strong, and playing tennis will only fortify your mind, helping you out in other areas of your life as well!
8. You don’t need to round up a team to play!
All you need is a racket, balls, and one other person to go have a great time on the tennis court. Can’t find a partner/opponent? That’s ok! Most public tennis courts also have a backboard. Go smack the ball against the wall for a while. It will help your strokes and your timing. You will be even better off for your next match!
9. It’s social!
Tennis at the amateur level is as much about fun as it is competition. It is a very social sport, allowing you to have fun with your friends and opponents not only during points, but also between, before, and after the match!
10. You can play FOREVER!
Tennis is great for all ages. Children can start very young, often as early as three years old, and you can play until you can no longer walk. People lucky enough to live past 100 can still play the game. What other sport can you play from age 3-103?
by Ren Gates