Tennis has often been seen as a sport for the wealthy and privileged. And, if you have ever been to a tennis club, there is certainly some merit to that thought – even more so in the past. However, in recent years, the sport has become altogether more egalitarian. Sure, there are still the expensive club memberships, but there are also community courts cropping up everywhere.
So, of you have ever fancied picking up the racquet and pounding some aces across the net, then why not give it a go? It will keep you super fit, help your hand eye coordination, and who knows – maybe it will lead to an appearance at Flushing Meadow one of these days?
There isn’t much you need to get started in tennis – unlike some of the ‘big three’ sports in America. Pick up a racquet from your local sports store, and get started straight away. We wouldn’t be too concerned about spending a fortune on a racquet at the moment – just pick one that feels comfortable in the hand. Oh, you will need balls, too. Lots and lots of balls. When you are just starting out, you are going to sail quite a few of those over the fence – so make sure you have plenty in reserve!
Tennis is an energetic sport, so think about that when you buy clothing. You should also wear some shorts with pockets in them so that you can keep your spare balls in there. You don’t have the luxury of ballboys and ballgirls running around after you like the pros do. Take a look at this mens tennis apparel for a visual idea of what you might look at. Good tennis shoes are also essential. You’ll be doing a lot of quick sprints, turns, and sudden stops. So, your footwear has to be supportive if you want to avoid injury.
We would advise looking for free courts at first. The atmosphere at clubs can be a little daunting for beginners, and why pay when you can find a court free or at a reduced rate? You might need to get in touch with your local community center to book your sessions at busy times of the year. When you get better, you can think about signing up for a club membership. Realistically, though, that’s a way off for the moment.
Once you have had a few hits around the court with friends, it’s time to buck up your game. Tennis is a great combination of technique and fitness – you can deal with the latter by yourself, but you will need help with the former. We recommend checking with the United States Tennis Association to get started. They have a list of teachers and clinics that can give you exactly what you need.
Next step, Flushing Meadows! Just kidding, of course. But if you want to improve your game, you should take in a few visits to watch the pros in action. At first, you will realize you have a long way to go. But, as you progress with your own game, you’ll notice a lot more. Plus, it’s a great day out and something that every sports fan should see! Enjoy your time on the court!