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3. 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 lose.  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 don't tend to go as far 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.



                                                                                  TENNIS AND VISION


A teaching pro can glance at a new student and tell whether they are physically fit.  But what they can't see is whether they are visually fit and that's a problem.


When meeting a new student, most teaching pros will ask, "Do you have any injuries or surgeries I should be aware of?"  Some students will have something to report here that dictates whether the workout intensity should be dialed back.  It might also provide clues as to what physical testing, stretching or warm-up routine to provide.


It would be nice to know if your student had a recent standard eye exam that checks Static Visual Acuity.  In most cases, this is a simple exam to see if the eyes can focus on an eye chart.  Ideally, tennis players should have Dynamic Visual Acuity examination every year.  This exam assesses divergence/convergence and tracking skills, in addition to focusing.  

Be aware that visual skills are learned; they are not genetically pre-determined.   Some optometry patients use just one contact lens to see better, either near or far, so that the brain must put the images together.  This optometry practice is called "monovision," will inhibit athletic performance.  In this case, contact wearers should get a single pair of distance

lens for tennis.  


Often the visual fatigue can be seen by a coach but not felt by a

student.  Whether playing sports or reading, visual fatigue is a

sign of excessive stress on the eyes  They are forced to comply

under conditions of flawed "eye teamwork," poor visual fitness

or lack of rest.


A student who consistently frames the ball despite plenty of

practice is likely struggling with eye teamwork issues.  On court,

if a student who frames more shots toward the end of a session,

he or she is likely sufferering from visual fatique.  Between

points, have them close their eyesfor a few seconds, and

"reboot" the eye muscles.By assessing your student's visual

fitness, you can help them learn how to keep their eyes on the




1.  It Has Numerous Health Benefits: 

A truly complete game if there ever was one.  A game of tennis provides great, all around exercise, not to mention improves your stamina and strength.  The agility required to play tennis means all the muscle groups are worked, on top of the aerobic workout you get.  Playing tennis can improve critical thinking, mental alertness.  It also helps combat stress.  It helps regulate serotonin a brain chemical linked to functions such as sleep, or keeping your emotions in check



The Do's and Don'ts


DO NOT: Cheat or play dirty to win.  You may pocket a victory by stooping to dishonest behavior, but you will lose respect of your peers and compromise your integrity.

DO: Play fair!  Play by the rules.  Pass it on.


DO NOT:  Be negative just because something doesn't go your way.  No one likes a Negative Nelly!

DO:  Stay positive with yourself after all points.  Take each match as a chance to improve your game and grow.


DO NOT:  Continuously talk trash or smack talk.  Save all that energy and focus to concentrate on your performance because talking trash doesn't make up for a lack of skill, it just shows a negative aspect of your character on and off the court.

DO:  Give credit where credit is due.  In fact, go a step further by complimenting your opponent on a good play or giving a "nice job" type of pat on the back.


DO NOT:  Be a sore loser.  Sometimes you are just going to get outplayed.  Accept it.  No one likes to lose, but why let a loss keep you down?  So don't sulk, don't cry, and definitely do not swear or throw things - seriously, racket and ball abuse are just inexcusable.

DO:  Lose gracefully.  Each and every match with a smile, firm handshake and compliment on your opponent's performance.  Get feedback from your coach, teammates and find out what you can work on so that the next time you can be a graceful winner.  And when you win, stay classy.  Your performance will speak for itself.  








2.   The Perfect Social Activity:  

Tennis is widely practiced and beloved sport.  The flow-on effects from tennis are obvious, tennis can be played as doubles or singles, but either way you have to play with another person.  Being able to socialize with opponents and partners is a huge benefit of the game!  You are also around others who share similar interest and goals, which is very physiologically rewarding.  Did you know having an active social life has been shown to increase longevity?  So start enjoying the social benefits that tennis can provide and head to the courts!






Benefits to Playing Tennis in the New Year

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4.  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 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.  And in the fact 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.