Top 10 Reasons to Play Tennis

I recently saw this fantastic infographic, originally shared on, highlighting the numerous benefits of playing tennis and thought it would be great to share with the HRTS community.

Top 10 Reasons to Play Tennis

Reasons to Play Tennis


Get Fit
Lose Weight. Burn Calories– An hour of singles play can burn 580-870 calories.
(According to Oja, et al, Brit J Sports Med, 2016)

Live Longer
Playing just 3 hours/week will reduce your risk of heart disease 56%.
(According to a 2016 Harvard University study)

Strengthen Heart, Muscles and Bones
Compared to other sports, tennis players have the lowest incidence of cardiovascular disease.
(40-year study conducted by Johns Hopkins University)

Develop Hand-Eye Coordination
Playing tennis involves several skills that all contribute to good hand-eye coordination. You can improve your agility, balance, coordination, reaction time and more.


Reduce Stress
Tennis helps you deal with physical, mental, social and emotional challenges, which increases your capacity to deal with stress.

Increase Brain Power
From alertness to tactical thinking, tennis enhances the neural connections in your brain. Kids who play tennis regularly get better grades. (According to a 2013 USTA study)

Learn to Solve Problems
Tennis is a sport that is based on evaluating angles, geometry and physics to get the best result, which translates into better problem-solving off the court. In the late 1990s, several experts proposed that tennis, since it requires alertness and tactical thinking, may generate new connections between nerves in the brain and promote a lifetime of continuing brain development.


Enjoy Family and Friends
Great for the whole family no matter what your age. With minimal equipment needed and plenty of courts nearby, it’s easy to bring a friend or find one at the courts.

Develop Teamwork and Sportsmanship
From doubles play to learn and league play, tennis develops your ability to communicate and work together.

Improve Social Skills
Tennis outperforms all other sports in developing positive personality characteristics.
(According to a study by Dr. Jim Gavin at Concordia University)

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