1. Tennis engages you physically as well as both mentally and emotionally – an all-rounder for your health.
2. It helps you stay in shape. And no, round is not a shape.
3. You’re less likely to get sick too, obvs.
4. You’ll burn fat and build muscles simultaneously. #timesaver
5. That said, you become more efficient with your time at the gym, ’cause you already get both cardio and resistance training in one game of tennis.
6. Which is why it’s an excellent, non-boring cross-training for those of you specializing in any other particular sport.
7. I mean, you ever watched Federer play? His movements are fluid and his limbs are flexible, pretty much all the requirements you need to do yoga.
8. Or what about Rafa? His hits explosive, his core strong, his strikes consistently powerful, his feet constantly moving. These are the hallmark skills of a true boxer.
9. You also get to understand your own pace and rhythm in your movements (long-distance runners, anyone?).
10. Tennis reduces stress. Something about running around, sweating it out, moving around, changing directions, sometimes lunging, often dashing, constantly reaching and jumping and striking the fuzzy yellow balls … that loses the appeal of yoga classes and hitting punch bags.
11. The more you play it, the more agile you become. You know when and where to start, stop, and pivot in unpredictable directions.
12. In between watching the oncoming ball and determining the perfect contact point, you’re improving your hand-eye coordination faster than playing Flappy Bird.
13. You simply become more alert than most people, especially in today’s ADHD-driven world.
14. You’ll develop an impressive reaction time. It’ll come in handy in daily life as well.
15. You’re more coordinated than non-tennis-playing people, ’cause you need to move quickly into position and adjust your body accordingly to hit the ball.
16. You a become a better decision-maker. There’s a longer anticipation between your opponent hitting the ball and you hitting back compared to other racquet sports. This allows for a timeframe to plan and act on a powerful countermove immediately, as the game is all about quick maneuvers (and not just hitting back and forth mindlessly).
17. This way, you’re going become a much more disciplined person, because as long as you’re on the court, you’re constantly practicing control.
18. Over time, you’ll also fail better. You learn that in order to win, minimizing errors is critical.
19. It’s a social sport. “Hanging out” with your buddies is interchangeable with “playing tennis”.
20. Plus, you increase your social skills. In between pre-match, switching sides on court, and after play, you chat, listen, laugh, help, take turns and just getting along with your playmates.
21. You become more confident about yourself. Hitting with power, increased fitness, anticipating problems, efficient problem-solving, learning from mistakes, improved overall performance, better mood, social validation, hello?
22. THE shot. Nothing feels better than hitting the ball the way you do in your head.
23. For as long as you play doubles, you learn the true meaning of teamwork.
24. You’ll master the art of fair play.
25. Consequently, you’ll also get more business connections. I mean, c’mon, golf? You’re barely burning calories.
27. As physicians and scientists always say, it’s THE sport for a lifetime. You can no longer to kick, dunk, hike, dive or score a touchdown 50 years later. But hey, you can still swing your racquet with style.
28. You’ll also live longer, btw. Scientists have proven this.
29. And play with your kids.
31. Not to mention that it’s the only sport where you get to wear a cute dress.
32. You’ll have stronger bones later in life.
33. And you learn that it’s important to keep moving – in tennis and in life. #footwork #resilience
34. You also learn how to remain gracious, both in victory and in loss.
35. And you will form lifelong friendships, ’cause those who sweat together, stick together.
36. That said, you no longer feel the “work” in working up a sweat.
37. Because it’s recreational, it’s competitive, and it’s just plain fun.
Are you watching the Wimbledon this year?