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Find indoor courts at gyms and health clubs, and outdoor clay or concrete courts at country clubs near you.
When the weather gets warm, outdoor tennis courts are a great place for exercise and fun. Look for country clubs, racquetball clubs and sports centers in your area with courts. You might also find a good partner there.
Gyms and health clubs have grown in size and now often offer indoor tennis courts. In an effort to please everyone, gyms and health clubs also offer tennis lessons, matches and partners. Find a partner and join a game.
Finding the perfect racket is a science. Go to your local sporting goods store for expert advice on what tennis shoes, balls, and grips you might need. You can aslo purchase fun tennis clothes and accessories.
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If you've decided to play a round of tennis with a partner or some friends, be sure everyone is in agreement about the rules and codes of the court. There is an unofficial 'Code of Tennis' which outlines the basics of good sportsmanship. You never want to spend time on the tennis court arguing over rules, so discuss them beforehand. There are some basic things you can do to keep the game moving. Always keep a ball nearby either in your pocket, against a fence or behind the center line so that time spent between serves is kept to a minimum. Always throw a ball across to the server after they've accepted the pass, so they don't get hit or waste time running after a missed ball. If you're not sure whether or not your opponent's shot is in or out, it's in. These are just a few basic things to know; to read more about the unofficial Code of Tennis, check out the Official website of the United States Tennis Association.
Tennis is an internationally acclaimed sport with millions of players and spectators. You can play tennis on a clay court, grass court or a hard-court (concrete or asphalt). You'll need a tennis racquet, a felt/rubber ball, a net, and an opponent. Tennis is played between two people or two teams of two people. Tennis games are called matches and are played in sets. A set consists of a series of games. Games are begun when one player serves by hitting the ball over the net and into the opponent's side of the court. That player continues to serve until either player scores 4 points and at least 2 points more than the other player. A good way to start your tennis training is to learn the 8 basic tennis shots: the serve, forehand, backhand, volley, half-volley, overhead smash, drop shot and lob. You can practice these skills on or off the tennis court.
Tennis is a fashionable sport and tennis clubs are like runways. If you've recently signed up for a membership at a tennis club, you'll want to know what are the clothing requirements and restrictions. Sporting goods stores and tennis pro shops offer a variety of clothing and styles for your first day on the tennis court. Though it's not necessary to wear made-for-tennis clothing, it's a good idea to check out all of the performance related clothing materials now offered. You'll want the clothes to be comfortable and form-fitting, so as not to restrict any of your movements. There are sneakers made specifically for tennis that allow for different grip and slide on various court surfaces. You can wear a basic supportive sneaker to start, but as you advance, you will want a professional to size your foot and help you find the proper pair of tennis shoes for the type of court you are playing on. Additionally, you may want to consider purchasing a tennis visor and sunglasses. The sun can be pretty brutal when you are out on the tennis court, so invest in a good pair of glasses with high durability and added UV protection.
Everyone has heard of tennis elbow, but tennis players suffer from many different types of injuries. Common injuries that happen on the tennis court include ankle sprains, torn knee ligaments and chronic wrist injuries. In order to prevent injury when playing tennis, you must include a full-body warm-up, a cool-down and a stretch. Make time for these elements during every workout to decrease the risk of injury. Warm-ups should include an activity that increases your heart rate to about 60% of your maximum heart rate, followed by gentle stretches to prepare your muscles for the game. Stretch at the end of your game while your muscles are very warm from increased blood flow. Hold each stretch for about 20-30 seconds before moving to the next stretch. Cool-downs should last about 5 minutes and gradually bring your heart rate down. If you have any discomfort, that area should be iced immediately after your match for about 10 minutes. Always consult a physician if an injury persists.
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