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Wed, Oct. 23

Lots of good reasons to play tennis

While you're playing tennis, if you listen closely you can certainly hear all kinds of excuses why mistakes are made. But if it was really that bad, all of these players wouldn't be out on the courts making them.

Here are a lot of good reasons to take up tennis ­ and for those who already playing- to keep at it:

• It's great exercise and you don't even think about that aspect while the game is going on.

• The people you meet are normally fairly healthy, vibrant and active. The few opponents you don't really care for, you can aim at inadvertently on shots that are set up to you.

• Your coordination can go from very poor to very good in a shot period of time. It makes you think ... like playing a game of checkers or chess, except you are one of the board pieces.

• It's pretty inexpensive and doesn't take up a whole lot of your time.

• Most complainers do things other than play tennis.

• You can buy all sorts of neat tennis clothes and shoes; not to mention racquets and other equipment you may or may not need. You can play in just a T-shirt and shorts with any kind of racquet. Tennis balls only cost $1.88 a can if you look around and they last for around a month, except at the Roughrider Center where they last a year.

• Five-year-olds can play tennis and so can 85 year-olds.

• There is easy access to tennis courts throughout the city, state, United States and world that don't even cost a dime to use.

• The tennis players you play with become extended family after a while, especially if you enjoy team tennis, sanctioned tournaments, drop-in, one-day events, your own group, clinics or lessons.

• Most players learn to be fair with their calls, and when you run up against someone who isn't, you learn to argue, hold your tongue, or not play with that person. It's also a good lesson in human nature and how people will react under pressure.

• Tennis is a fun, cheap date. You don't even need a partner to play tennis, just use the backboard, a hopper of balls, or a ball machine. They can be your best friends at times and they don't give you unwarranted advice or talk your ear off.

• There is almost no end to the different levels you can play at and more than ample bodies to find to play with and against at that level.

Bottom line, tennis is a win-win and the only losers are the ones who don't give it a real try.

Chris Howard is a local USPTA Tennis Professional with over 30 years in the racquet and fitness industry. He can be reached at 445-1331 or

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