6 November, 1999

Tennis years ago was considered an expensive and elitist sport within the reach of people with purchasing power and a lot of free time. But, in the last ten years, this tag has changed and now this sport has undergone a popularization linked to the successes achieved by Spanish elite athletes.

Becoming Carles Moyà, Àlex Corretja, Arantxa Sánchez Vicario, Conchita Martínez or so many other Catalan and Spanish athletes who enjoy a good place in the world tennis rankings is not an easy thing. It takes, like all sports, many hours of dedication, sacrifice and innate abilities.

With this and all, in the last decade, more and more people have been able to try and simulate it on a game track.

Tennis, for good or for worse, has lost the label (hung by its main promoters) of sport for a very specific segment of society. Its origin is tied to the English aristocracy and in good manners, as one of the rules of the first regulation (Wimbledon, 1887) demonstrates, where it was specified that participants should have irreproachable antecedents and customs and be home-based. It is currently available to everyone, from all pockets, and more and more facilities that introduce this discipline into their activity programs.

What do we need?

Tennis, contrary to what it may seem, is a sport that will not make us spend too much money. We only need a racket, a set of balls that can cost some 1.000 pesetas, shorts, a shirt and slippers with good solace. As for the racket, we can find it from the 5.000 pesetas. However, because we offer a minimum guarantee we will have to invest a little more. From the 12.000 pesetas we will find suitable and reliable rackets, considering that if they are better, we will avoid many risks of injuries.

Once equipped we can practice it, if we have chosen the type of track that makes us more comfortable: grass, beaten earth and the hard track are the three most commonly known types.

The grass track, except in some high-competition tournaments, starts to fall into disuse, as it is a very fast track, which requires a lot of control to control the irregular ball of the ball and a very expensive maintenance. As an alternative, the artificial grass rink is born, such as the one that will be installed this summer at the New Carelleu Channel, which "allows a slower game, ideal for those who are just beginning, and meets some characteristics of the dirt track beating with regard to comfort and comfort, "as explained by the manager of the tennis court of the Nou Can Carelleu, Albert Hernández.

As regards the hard tracks, there are several materials, such as granulated cement (tennis out), the parquet or the synthetic track, very used in the Nordic countries.

What does tennis bring us?

The best, if it is the first time we take a racket in a serious way, it is done under the supervision of a technician who teaches us correctly. Only in this way will we avoid bad habits and we can enjoy more of the game.

One of the advantages of tennis is that we can really measure the length and intensity of the game by choosing the number of sets and the time according to our needs. In addition, we can practice it on a covered track or outdoors, individually or in pairs and, most importantly, it has no age limit.

If we practice it in a weighty way, we will notice the benefits of day to day outdoors. Broadly speaking, this discipline demands reflexes, much attention and agility; Aspects such as speed, strategy and dynamism make it a sport that can be very fun.

Regarding the physical benefits, the legs, the heart and the forearms are the most worked parts of the body. On the other hand, the wrist, elbow and back are those that may have the most risk of injury if you do not use good technique and a suitable material.

Learn some tricks

In tennis classes you will learn the technical and tactical knowledge to know how to play. All Claror I advancing some "tricks" that will help you to start the game with some advantage over the opponent:

Wait for the ball flexed and letting the weight of your body fall on the tip of the feet, so you can move faster when it comes to return.

To give the blow, place yourself in a profile aimed at the ball with the end of the racket.

Hit the ball when the trajectory is descending and at the height of the waist.

Accompany the blow with the body, keeping the trunk straight and without moving the wrist to avoid losing control of the ball.

Buy a racket that has the right handle in your hand, neither too big nor too small.

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