Play a little tennis and chances are you may live longer. True.
That’s just one reason Dr. Jack L. Groppel lists as to why people should consider picking up a racket and tennis ball and taking a few swipes now and then. Tennis, he notes, makes a person healthier, happier, smarter and slimmer. Never mind that it’s fun, is considered a lifetime sport and is something for the whole family.
Sophie Chowgule gets ready for a return during a local teaching session.
Groppel wrote on the United States Tennis Association’s website:
- People who participate in tennis three hours per week cut their risk of death in half from any cause.
- Tennis players score higher in vigor, optimism and self-esteem and lower in depression, anger, confusion, anxiety and tension than other athletes and nonathletes.
- Since tennis requires alertness and tactical thinking, it may generate new connections between nerves and the brain.
- Tennis outperforms golf, inline skating and most other sports in developing positive personality characteristics.
- Competitive tennis burns more calories than aerobics, inline skating or cycling.
He also writes that tennis helps, among other things, to increase speed, leg strength, agility, bone strength and density, flexibility and eye-hand coordination.
And, consensus is, tennis is really not a difficult sport to learn. To become accomplished, it does take time, but to become really good, it takes years and lots of practice. Just to stand firm, swing through and strike the tennis ball can be accomplished by taking a few lessons.
Melanie Chowgule focuses on the return.
There are a number of options for people to learn the game, including leagues, group workouts at various ability levels and private or group lessons.
And, finding a program is easy. Many of Utah's cities and counties offer a variety of recreational programs, including tennis, based on age and ability levels.
Murray City, for example, offers weekly tennis lessons for all levels. Cost to residents is $35 for five-one hour lessons.
Sandy offers two-week programs (eight days) ranging from youth beginner to adult advanced. These are 50 minutes classes for $50 for residents.
The following are active registered Community Tennis Associations in Utah: Cache Valley Tennis Association, South Jordan Tennis Association, Coach Mike’s Tennis Academy, Top of Utah Tennis Association, Friends of Liberty Park Tennis, Uintah Basin Tennis Association, Heber Valley Tennis Association, Utah Junior Tennis Foundation, Kanab Tennis Association, Utah Tongan Tennis Club, Marriott-Slaterville Tennis Association, Ogden Valley Community Tennis Association, North Canyon Swim & Tennis Club, Wasatch Community Tennis Association, Ogden-Weber Partnership—Marshall White Center, Ogden-Weber Partnership.
Several of the private clubs, such as the Sports Mall, offer classes to both members and nonmembers (scroll down for many of the phone numbers and website for these program).
Finding a place to play is not difficult at all. The USTA, on its website, lists 88 locations with tennis courts within a 50-mile radius of downtown Salt Lake City.
It’s a fact that tennis is a lifelong sport that helps develop habits not only good for the game, but can also be used for other sports and for the player. And, as noted, tennis is good for health, mind and best of all it’s fun.
Here is a list of some of the public and private tennis contacts available in Utah:
Cache Valley Tennis Association—435-245-4987
Wasatch Community Tennis Association—801-391-7032
Heber Valley Community Tennis Association—435-654-4082
Cottonwood Country Club—801-277-2691
Ogden Athletic Club—801-479-6500
Eagle Ridge Tennis and Swim Club—801-397-2582
Marc-Park City Municipal Athletic & Rec Center—435-615-5400
Ivory Ridge Swim and Tennis Club—801-331-6006
Gold's Gym and Tennis Club—801-765-4653
Salt Lake Swimming and Tennis Club—801-601-8338
Sports Academy (Logan)—435-752-0544