Tennis is a fun, challenging and social way to get fit. It is a game for both the mind and body and one you can do with friends or more competitively. Here are 5 tips to get you started.
Sign-up to a coaching a programme
If you are total beginner, you might as well start the right way and avoid forming any bad habits. As the summer rolls on there are plenty of short an affordable courses to help you get on your way. Check out this one from the LTA, Tennis Xpress.
Start with your forehand
Master strokes gradually and begin with the simplest, the forehand. Ensure you take the shot with moderate force, maintain eye contact with the ball and that your raquet is parallel with the net so that it goes straight and not off at a tangent.
Understand the rules of the game
It might be overwhelming if you are just starting out and trying to keep your eye on the ball but it will help you if you understand the context of the game so that you are mentally prepared for when you come to play your first opponent. Start watching professional games like The French Open or Wimbledon and familiarise yourself with how the game is structured, the rules and how the players behave. It also makes for edge-of-the-seat viewing! Check out this guide to the game here for all the info.
Practice, practice, practice
Don’t expect to have the skill of a Williams sister on day one. This is a work in progress and your tennis skill will develop with time and only if you keep practicing. Schedule in regular lessons or convince a dedicated tennis friend to keep up the good work, especially over the summer when playing outside in the fresh air is a joy anyway. If you are at a loss to find people to go with – this Tennis Tuesday programme from the LTA in collaboration with Nike is a perfect opportunity.
Invest in the right gear
At sportstylist.com we are firm believers that if you feel good in your kit and are wearing things that will add a technical advantage, you are on the right track to a happy workout. Tennis clothing has a certain style which serves a purpose specific to the sport. You might wish to invest in your own racquet and also get a pair of dedicated tennis shoes. Here are some recommended options.