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Why Play Tennis?
John Mills, USPTA
People ask me all the time "Why Play Tennis?" These are a few of the reasons that I suggest:
- It's fun
- It's social
- It improves fitness and promotes a healthy lifestyle
- It's easy to find a league to join
- It is a lifetime sport
- Helps concentration and focus
- Most players that play as little as once a week can enjoy a better life style
- It is difficult to play tennis and overeat or smoke
- Tennis players tend to be goal oriented and set objectives
- Tennis forces you to move, remember the saying "Move it or lose it?"
- It is very inexpensive. With a just a one time purchase of a racquet (typically under $100.00) and a couple cans of balls (approx. $3.00 each)
- Tennis courts are everywhere, especially schools and public courts.
- Even if you do not want to join a club there are many tournaments open to the public through the year.
- The U.S.T.A. (United States Tennis Association) league is formed for players of all levels and ages. These leagues are joined at minimal cost.
- Your entire family can play
- Junior tournaments are held for every level of player and age.
- The U.S.T.A. has starter programs for all entry level players. Contact the U.S.T.A. online for more information
- It doesn't take a lot of time, usually a match lasts 1 to 1 1/2 hours.
Good luck on the courts!
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John Mills currently teaches tennis at the University of Houston, Clear Lake campus. John Mills' experience includes four years as head pro at the Windemere Racquet & Swim Club, where he was responsible for organization of all tennis activities at the club. John also played college tennis at the University of Houston and has spent 20 years teaching tennis at the Memorial Park Tennis Center, the Pasadena Racquet Club, and as the head pro at the Bay Area Racquet Club.