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Tennis is a sport that people usually play individually against a single opponent (singles) or between two teams of two players each (doubles). Each player uses a racquet that is strung with cord to strike a hollow rubber ball covered with felt over or around a net and into the opponent's court. The object of the game is to play the ball in such a way that the opponent is not able to play a good return

The Basics

The basics of tennis fall into four main areas:

Strokes – the different techniques for striking the ball Footwork – proper movement on the court Physical Fitness and Conditioning - this includes strength, flexibility, speed, agility and stamina. It also covers eyesight, reaction time and coordination Equipment – your racket, strings and shoes

The Benefits

Tennis is a fast-paced sport that requires a combination of many different aspects of fitness, making it a great all-round workout.

Regular play will help you to increase:

  • aerobic fitness
  • anaerobic fitness
  • speed
  • strength
  • power
  • flexibility
  • balance
  • co-ordination
  • muscle tone

The average player will cover between 3 and 5 miles during a match and burn up to 600 calories per hour. Tennis players perform the same few movements over and over again, which helps tone the thighs, bum, stomach and arms.

Try Tennis

The governing body for tennis in the UK is the Lawn Tennis Association www.lta.org.uk.  The website details the different types of tennis that are available, what equipment is needed and where to play.


Participating Centres

This activity is available in other centres too. To be directed to the centre that offers this activity as well, please select the district council first and then the centre from the below dropdown list. You will automatically be redirected to the centre page on centre selection.

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