Although Tennis is a great sport for everybody why is it often thought of as an elitist Sport? The original game of Lawn Tennis originated in the United Kingdom in the late 19th Century. It then spread throughout the English-speaking world amongst the upper class before spreading worldwide. Now it is truly a global sport that is also an Olympic sport due to it’s international appeal.
Tennis is a sport that uses all your muscles and can be played by both Male and Female and by 2 or 4 players. It is a great individually competitive sport or just a tremendous game to keep very fit. Many people come out of the shadows to play for a few weeks in the summer and then got back into the closet for the rest of the year. Tennis is primarily an outdoor sport that can and should be played naturally in good weather however it can of course be played from March to October in countries with all 4 seasons (weather permitting) or even over longer periods of time in countries with better all year round climates.
This excellent sport is played on different surface types like Grass, Clay and Hard Courts (Concrete) as well as Indoor courts including Carpet courts (artificial courts). The type of court surface has a direct impact on the speed, ball types and type of footwear recommended. Indoor courts are usually only available for tournaments and are very rare and hard to find.
The sport is a very competitive game but nevertheless a very satisfying one. When you have played a few sets of Tennis you know you have used a good amount of energy. Should you belong to a club or train regularly then of course you have the ongoing opportunity to play competitive Tennis regularly. It’s very important to have a good coach when you are playing in a league or looking to improve well over a short period of time. Good coaches will definitely help you to dramatically improve your game and to eliminate any bad habits.
There are many fine points to the great game of Tennis. It is a very cultured sport that requires good technique and requires you to think about how to outsmart your opponent or opponents. You usually need a strategy especially in a competitive game. Therefore you are exercising both your mind and body.
You can certainly have a lot of fun with Tennis, as it’s a very enjoyable sport. It is usually great to watch and matches can often be enthralling end to end action. Sometimes you can be captivated by some of the great stars by the sheer genius of their play. The rallies can be truly amazing. The amount of stamina required can often be quite incredible. Major players certainly have to be very fit.
The Mens game tends to be more about power and precision while the ladies game tends to be more graceful and purposeful. However there are always exceptions to the rule in the Ladies game as there are some individuals that are very muscular and strong and therefore have a lot more pace and power.
Serving is a very keen element to the Tennis game and therefore it’s vitally important to have a very good serving action. It helps to serve accurately with swerve, slice and power. Practising your ground strokes regularly with one hand and possible 2 hands and improving on your backhand strokes as well is all key to developing your all round game.
The full repertoire of shots is Forehand, Backhand, Volley, Half Volley, Lob, Overhead Smash, Drop Shot and of course the very rarely used “Great Willy” shot.
Have fun with Tennis and ensure to get the best from the sport. It’s a game to really benefit and experience from.
Enjoy sports always!