Go for tennis: a sport for everyone!

Ester Benach

25 August, 2014

In its origins tennis was considered a sport of rich people out of the reach of most people. In the last 20 years, this tag has changed and now tennis has undergone a progressive popularization.

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.
No big investment needed
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, shorts, a shirt and some good slippers. As for the racket, we can find it from the 15 euros. However, because we offer a minimum guarantee we will have to invest a little more. Starting with the 60 euros, we will find suitable and reliable snowshoes, considering that if they are better, we will avoid many risks of injury.
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 for the hard tracks, there are several materials, such as granulated cement (tennis out), parquet or synthetic track, which is widely 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. At the Claror Magazine we will exclude 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 with a pointed profile on 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.

the author

Ester Benach

Director of excellence and social responsibility

Graduate in Communication Sciences (UAB), Graduate in Advertising and Public Relations (UOC), Master's Degree in Corporate Social Responsibility (UOC)

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