Getting Started in Tennis
April 08, 2022
Our lives have considerably slowed down since the pandemic happened. Because of this, we gained a higher appreciation and now give more value to our time with ourselves and the people that we love. We understood the need for hobbies and saw them as not a waste of time but rather what could help complete our lives when we are not trying to be productive workers. You might have heard this a million times but we do mean it literally: there is no better time than now to pick up a sport. One sport that is easy to start on now is tennis. There are many courts in neighborhoods, public parks, or local recreation centers where you can play one match and rent equipment. It was in Ancient Greece that tennis first saw its roots. They say that tennis came from a 12th-century French game known as ‘paume,’ or ‘jeu de paume.’ This French game can be likened to handball where the ball would be passed from one side of the court to another with the players using their bare hands. They eventually wore gloves until racquets were invented. The racquet was first seen in 1583. It was in 1873 when Major Walter Wingfield gave birth to ‘lawn tennis,’ playing the sport outdoors and thus, introducing the tennis that we know of today. People love to play tennis because it’s fun. It can boost your mood by releasing endorphins and reducing feelings of anxiety and depression. You get energized during and after playing tennis. Plus, it’s good for your physical health too. It is a good exercise to increase your heart rate and bring it to healthy levels. One of your goals, perhaps, is to lose weight. You can shed some pounds by playing tennis because it burns calories and speeds up your metabolism. Of course, you have to maintain a healthy diet. And like other sports, you will have a better quality of sleep when you exercise moderately for at least 2.5 hours every week. For fun, you may include tennis in your weekly workout routine! Many of course would ask if they could still learn tennis. They probably are insecure that they are too old to pick up a racquet and start learning tennis at an old age. The good news is that you can learn tennis no matter how old or young you are. You won’t find it hard to look for opponents that have the same level of skills as you have. They say that tennis is a very inclusive sport so it’s easy for anyone to look for a tennis club and find friends among its members. There is even wheelchair tennis for the disabled. Another concern for beginners is the cost. It’s a misconception that tennis is expensive. You can start playing the sport even if you have less than $100 in your wallet. Yes, you can buy expensive tennis gear or join highly exclusive tennis clubs but that doesn’t mean there is no option for average Joes. A tennis racquet can go as low as $20 to $30 while tennis balls are priced at around $2 to $4. So where do you begin? You need to pick a racquet. There are three types of racquets used in tennis. We will discuss each of them below.