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5 Reasons to Start Playing Tennis in the New Year

Posted by Five Seasons Family Sports Club on 12/26/17 9:00 AM

One of the world's most prestigious modern sports, tennis is a game that challenges both one's physical abilities as well as their mental capacity. Its elegance and watchability are well-known, but tennis can also be an immensely gratifying experience if you play it yourself. With that in mind, here are five reasons why you should consider picking up a tennis racquet come next year: 

1. It has Numerous Health Benefits

A truly complete game if there ever was one, tennis requires the full spectrum of body movements, from running to hand and foot coordination to strength and balance. Not only will playing a single hour of tennis burn around 300-400 calories, but you'll also reap the rewards of having an all-around in-shape body.

2. It Builds Mental Fortitude

Aside from its body-boosting properties, playing tennis also engages your mental side. You'll have to learn how to make quick reads of your opponent and then adjust on the fly in a game that's as tactical as it is physically-challenging. Because of that, tennis will build up your mental fortitude, enabling you to make better decisions under pressure and in a short amount of time, a skill that will undoubtedly prove useful in your day-to-day life as well. 

3. You'll Form New Social Connections

Tennis is a widely-practiced and beloved sport. Chances are that, wherever you go in the world, you'll find enthusiastic practitioners who enjoy forging new relationships with the players they meet on the court. Just be open and kind to everyone you meet and you'll likely find yourself in an ever-deepening social circle as you go along. 

4. It'll Teach You How to Deal with Victory and Defeat

As is the case with all competitive sports, a tennis match can only have one winner, which means someone is going to have to take the brunt of losing each game. Therefore, knowing how to accept a victory graciously in the face of your opponent is equally as important as knowing how to handle defeat. Since things generally don't tend to go as we'd like every single time in life, this is a valuable skill to possess, one that is best learned first-hand on the court. 

5. You'll have a Boatload of Fun

Finally, once you get the hang of it tennis can be a real blast to play. It doesn't matter if you're playing in a singles match or a doing a double with your partner, the sheer excitement, and adrenaline of the sport will likely be enough for you to return to the court time and time again. Add in the fact that tennis can be played well up to a fairly advanced age, and you have all the makings of a lifelong passion that's never too late to kick-start. 

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