Tennis is a racket sport that can be played individually between a single opponent (singles) or between two teams of two players (each doubles).  Each player uses a tennis racket that is struck with a cord to cover a hollow rubber ball over a net or over or over an opponent’s court.  The objective of the game is to maneuver the ball in such a way that the opponent is not able to play a legitimate return.  The player who is unable to return the ball will not get a point, while the opposite player will.

  The game can be played by anyone who can hold a racket, including wheelchair users.  The modern game of tennis began in the late 19th century in the form of lawn tennis in Birmingham, England.  It had close ties to various field (lawn) sports such as crochet and bowls and old racquet sports, as well as real tennis.  During most of the 19th century, in fact, the word tennis meant real tennis, not lawn tennis.

  Benefits Of Playing Tennis:–

  Improves bone health: Playing tennis is not good for your muscles alone;  It also positively affects your bones.  Exercising regularly can increase your peak bone mass and slow the rate of bone mass loss over time.  According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), bone mass is around the age of 30 and then begins to decline.  You can maximize your bone mass before that age through exercise, and continuing exercise after 30 can slow the rate of bone loss.  NIH names tennis as one of the weight gain activities as well for building strong bones.

  Heart healthy: Tennis great Björn Borg featured a tennis match as “a thousand short sprints”.  The demand for quick anaerobic movements sports burns fat, increases your heart rate and promotes higher energy levels.  A typical tennis match can take place from one to two hours and at intervals that are optimal for improving heart health, which is necessary to reduce your risk of heart disease, heart attack and stroke.

  Increases flexibility, balance and coordination: Tennis requires full body support.  The feet present you in the correct position, the hands and hands position the racket to make contact with the ball, and the torso and legs provide the power to send the ball flying over the net.  All these factors come together when you hit the ball, and each shot takes flexibility, coordination and balance.  Flexibility is great because it can give you a wide range of motion, help prevent injuries and even reduce muscle tension.

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