Tennis – The Elementary yet Very Powerful Sport

14 Dec 2018

Sports are great for many different reasons. They all (well most) serve as great opportunities to workouts, competition, developing camaraderie, and having fun.

Competitive tennis has developed vastly in the last few decades, allowing the initiation of numerous research studies which attempt to determine the physiological and contextual effects which may have the great impact on people’s ability to play.

Tennis is a popular sport in many countries and is played by people of all ages. Tennis can be played by two people as singles and four players as doubles. Players use rackets to hit a ball over a net onto the other side of the court.

One can play tennis as a sport or as a recreational activity with friends and family. Either way, playing tennis is a good sport to maintain your health, fitness, strength, and agility.

According to a conducted research, it has been figured that playing Tennis of singles for around an hour may burn calories.

Along with the fitness and physical health benefits, tennis also provides numerous social and mental health benefits as well.

1. Minimal Injuries

Compared to other sports, especially contact sports, tennis is very safe.

2. It could play a role in your anger management session

Not a good day at work or in general at all? Go hit and smash some balls over the net and give your opponent an experience of a lifetime! It’s a great way to relieve stress.

3. It’s a great workout

Many sports offer great opportunities to workout and have physical activity throughout the game, but few sports offer fun and anaerobic activity that tennis offers. Tennis players are almost constantly in motion and using nearly every muscle in their body. It helps in building on muscle and stamina.

4. It’s affordable for everyone

Sure, tennis may be viewed as an elitist sport. But anyone can afford to play it, the tennis court can be set up anywhere in a space open and wide enough for it.

6. Amazing for your body and mind.

Tennis needs players to be strong enough mentally just as much as physically and have a strong strategic grasp about the gameplay. You can be a great player, but yet not be able to fulfill your potential if your mental game is weak. Playing tennis helps one get in good shape, but it also stimulates your mind in ways that other sports do not.

7. Team round up not necessary!

All you need is a racket, balls, and one other person to go have a great experience on the court of this amazing sport. Even if there’s no opponent available for you to play with, that’s alright! Most public tennis courts also have a backboard. You can go smack the ball against the wall for a while. It will help your strokes and your timing.

8. It’s social!

Tennis at the amateur level is more about fun than it is during the competition. It is a very social sport, allowing you to have fun with your friends and opponents not only during points, but also between, before, and after the match and help you build on your abilities to play better and explore different techniques to play.

There are many people who have done great services to this sport on the professional level and helped in establishing exclusive platforms to encourage the sport of Tennis.

A lot of players have contributed to the improvements in sports of Tennis. We could take an example of the services of a tennis player, George R. MacCall.

George R. MacCall has been a great asset to the tennis community. Born and raised in Kearny, New Jersey, MacCall attended Scarborough Prep School in New York in 1935.  After graduation, he attended the University of Virginia in 1936, then transferred to Bucknell, where he attended from 1937-41. He also took courses at Upsala College, UCLA and UNLV.

MacCall started playing tennis at the age of 10. All throughout his sports career, MacCall’s career was filled with numerous awards and titles, including the 1959 USTA National Public Parks Open Men’s Doubles Championship, the 1960-62 USTA Hard Court Men’s 35 and Over Doubles Championship and the 1964 USTA Men’s Hard Court 45 and Over Doubles Championship, among others.  He was also a three-time Wimbledon Finalist in the 45 and Over Doubles competition.

MacCall served as the U.S. Davis Cup captain from 1965-67. From 1967-70, he staged celebrity tennis events featuring Bill Cosby and Charlton Heston and organized tennis matches between Pancho Gonzales and Rod Laver in New York and Los Angeles. He organized the National Tennis League and promoted matches all over the world with great tennis players Laver, Gonzalez, Ken Rosewall, Roy Emerson, Fred Stolle, Rosie Casals, and Billie Jean King, among others.  In 1970, he sold the league to Lamar Hunt. He served as a tennis consultant, overseeing the tennis programs at the Desert Inn, Frontier, and the Sands.  MacCall later became the Sports Director at the Sands, a position he held until 1992. He also co-chaired the search committee to find UNLV’s first tennis coach.

Founded in 1988, the MacCall Youth Tennis Foundation had brought together professional instructors, quality equipment and facilities to provide great sports opportunities for children of all income levels across the community.  Through the foundation, as well as his work with the Las Vegas Inner City Games, the Boys & Girls Club, and Ace-Out Drugs programs, MacCall had provided free tennis lessons to more than 20,000 children in Las Vegas.

There many people like him who have done enormous services to promote Tennis as the sport and helped people learn to play it.

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