Adult Play and Competition

Tennis has great benefits physically, mentally and emotionally.

Social Tennis

You can meet new friends while playing tennis.

Family Tennis

Tennis is an excellent sport for families to play together.

US Open

The largest annual sporting event in the world.

Adult Play and Competition

The Facts:

  1. People who participate in tennis three hours per week (at moderately vigorous intensity) cut their risk of death in half from any cause.1
  2. Tennis players scored higher in vigor, optimism and self-esteem while scoring lower in depression, anger, confusion, anxiety and tension than other athletes or non-athletes.2
  3. Since tennis requires alertness and tactical thinking, it may generate new connections between nerves in the brain and thus promote a lifetime of continuing development of the brain.3
  4. Tennis outperforms golf, inline skating and most other sports in developing positive personality characteristics.4
  5. Competitive tennis burns more calories than aerobics, inline skating, or cycling according to studies on caloric expenditures.

Is it any wonder that scientists and physicians world-wide view tennis as the most healthful activity to participate in? Other sports may provide excellent health benefits, as well as stimulate mental and emotional growth. But no other sport received such acclaim for its great benefits physically, mentally and emotionally.

1 According to physician Ralph Paffenbarger of Harvard University School of Public Health. (Paffenbarger not only studied over 10,000 people over a period of 20 years in his landmark 'College Alumni Health Study', but also finished over 150 marathons over the age of 45.)

2 According to Dr. Joan Finn and colleagues in a study done at Southern Connecticut State University

3 Reported scientists at the University of Illinois.

4 According to Dr. Jim Gavin -- author of The Exercise Habit

Social Tennis

For all its individuality, tennis can be a remarkably social game. Contesting a game of doubles, playing in a team at club level, joining a group tennis lesson or Cardio Tennis workout, bringing a plate of food to a social tennis competition, or heading away with a group of friends for a tournament, league match, or tennis event, are all ways in which tennis can bring people together.

The flow-on effects from this are obvious – it helps you make new friends, expand your social circles, meet like-minded people, and build tennis social networks such as Meetups.

You can meet new friends while playing for your school, on league teams or competing in tournaments. You can move to a new city anywhere in the world and quickly meet nice people to play with.

And there are some less-obvious but equally significant benefits to this. Social support can be an important factor in the management of stress. If you play tennis primarily as a form of exercise, doing so as part of a team or group means you’re more likely to commit to that exercise and develop a routine, therefore enjoying the maximum benefits it provides.

In doubles, the necessary strategies and communication involved is great for building teamwork skills. Plus, there are several opportunities to provide encouragement to your partner and enjoy the support they offer to you, which is a whole extra element to hitting tennis balls.

When you play tennis you are also giving someone else the opportunity to have a hit, which research shows can be just as satisfying as playing. And with tennis clubs in most suburbs and towns throughout Australia, it’s easy to get connected with a club – and your local community – and start enjoying the social benefits that tennis can provide.

Learning to play tennis in classes in a group learning environment, and playing competitively as a school or league team provides a great team atmosphere within an individual sport.

Family Tennis

Tennis is also an excellent sport for families to play together.

Shorter courts, Red, Orange and Green balls, and shorter racquets (where appropriate) make tennis an activity the whole family can play together.

It’s one of the few sports where you can have your children, your wife or husband, boyfriend, girlfriend on the court and have fun playing the game.

You can enjoy a Saturday afternoon with your entire family on one court!

US Open

The United States Open Tennis Championships is the modern version of one of the oldest tennis championships in the world, the U.S. National Championship, for which men's singles was first contested in 1881. Since 1987, the US Open has been chronologically the fourth and final tennis major comprising the Grand Slam each year; the other three, in chronological order, are the Australian Open, the French Open and Wimbledon.

The US Open is held annually, starting on the last Monday in August, and lasting for two weeks into September, with the middle weekend coinciding with the Labor Day holiday. The main tournament consists of five event championships: men's and women's singles, men's and women's doubles, and mixed doubles, with additional tournaments for senior, junior, and wheelchair players.

Since 1978, the tournament has been played on hard courts at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows–Corona Park, Queens, New York City. The US Open is owned and organized by the United States Tennis Association (USTA), a not-for-profit organization. Net proceeds from ticket sales, sponsorships, and television deals are used to promote the development of tennis in the United States.

The United States Tennis Association (USTA) is the national governing body for tennis in the United States. A not-for-profit organization with more than 700,000 members, it invests 100% of its proceeds to promote and develop the growth of tennis, from the grass-roots to the professional levels. The association was created to standardize rules and regulations and to promote and develop the growth of tennis in the United States.