Is tennis a perfect hobby for you?

One of the best things about tennis is that you only really need to find one other person to have a great time, but it may be worth having a lesson or two.

Unless you are playing doubles, tennis can mean spending the entire match talking to yourself, usually congratulating, berating, or coaching yourself.

If you like a bit of healthy competition, tennis is for you.

The duration of the match can significantly vary, requiring you to display both mental and physical stamina over an unpredictable amount of time.

Benefits of tennis:

  • Tennis is considered as a high-intensity exercise, so it increases your cardiovascular fitness.
  • Leg and buttock strength: the day after a game, you will feel the burn from lunging for the ball.
  • All the twists and turns will improve your strength and flexibility in the back and abdomen.
  • Thinking strategically to play to your strengths as well as to your opponent’s weakness means you will also keep your brain sharp as a tack.
  • You can play tennis all year round, with many clubs that offer night-time and weekend sessions.

Equipment needed for tennis:

  • You will need a tennis racquet and balls.
  • A pair of trainers should get you comfortably around the court but you can purchase shoes that are specifically designed for tennis if you wish.
  • If you prefer to play socially, you will be up for court hire fees. If you join a club, court hire fees are usually either covered or discounted.
  • Professional lessons fees are extra and not usually covered by club membership fees.

Common tennis injuries:

  • There is a reason for the injury termed ‘tennis elbow‘. Pain can result in the elbow joint because of extensive use of the wrists as swinging the racquet, which can damage tendons.
  • Achilles and Calf tendon injuries are also common because of sudden changes in pace and direction.
  • Injuries to the tendons and muscles in the rotator cuff – the group of tissues that stabilize the shoulder and help it move.
  • Back pain is also common because of arching and producing a powerful swing to hit the ball.