Why Should you play Tennis?
You just want to look and feel fit, and work up a sweat while you’re at it. The treadmill? Too boring. Lifting weights? Ditto. Golf? Riding around in a cart and tapping a little ball into a hole is the quickest way to get OUT of shape. What sport will give your body and mind a workout while letting you enjoy the excitement of head-to head competition, all in the time that it takes to watch the first half of a football game?

There’s only one, and that’s tennis.

Tennis...Where Fun and Fitness Meet
A great social outlet, not to mention an all-over workout burning an average 498 calories an hour, tennis is where fun and fitness meet. This is probably why so many adults are returning to the sport, or picking it up for the first time in their 20s, 30s and even 60s. And sticking with it.

Whether you play with your best friend once a week, in a weekend league or with your family, tennis provides a time-efficient, enjoyable way to get in shape and keep up with the people in your life and community.

There’s also no better activity to help you achieve core strength, a flat stomach, flexibility and heart health. Nobody knows more about the human heart than The Cleveland Clinic Heart Center, home to some of the world’s leading cardiac physicians. Ranked No. 1 in America*, the Cleveland Clinic Heart Center recommends tennis as an excellent cardiovascular workout. To find out more about your heart and optimum heart conditioning, visit

Networking at Net
Did you know tennis is also the ultimate “contact sport”? The modern alternative to the old-boy network golf course, there’s no easier way to get to know someone—socially or for business—than to trade forehands or match strategic wits on the court.

So get your game on, and find a program to play today!

Getting Started...
1. What's the first step to becoming a tennis player?

New players should find a program that will help them in the early stages of learning to play. Teaching pros make learning to play fun and research shows that you are three times more likely to enjoy tennis if you are part of a new player program rather than just trying to learn to play tennis by yourself.

That's why we established Tennis Welcome Centers throughout America, to help you "learn to play!"

Just type in your Zip Code or your City and State at the top of this page and you can find tennis facilities in your community offering programs that will get you playing in no time. Courts, instruction, people to play with, drill tips - you'll find them all here. Like the name says, there's a place for everyone at the almost 3,000 Tennis Welcome Centers throughout the U.S., even if you've never touched a racquet in your life. Back to top of page

2. How much time will it take to learn?

A: Teaching pros say they can have you hitting back and forth steadily in two hours. For most, a four-week group program taught by a pro should put you on the fast track to success. Back to top of page

3. What equipment do I need?

A: Like that other popular world game, soccer, tennis is the most basic of sports—you need a racquet and a can of balls. And it doesn't have to cost much. Racquets can be purchased for under $40, and balls shouldn't run you more than $3 a can. Most Tennis Welcome Centers will have loaner racquets that you can use for your first few lessons. Back to top of page

4. Can I get a good workout?

A: Want flat abs, chiseled legs and a hard body? Tennis will help you get them. The abdominal muscles and legs are involved in every stroke in the game. Want to burn calories? For the average person, an hour of tennis will burn 493 of them. An hour on a stationary bike will burn 387. Which one sounds like more fun?

Check out our Tennis: Stronger Mind and Body section for more information from one of our great supporters, the Cleveland Clinic. You'll see why tennis is such a great sport.

5. Do I have to wear all white?

A: Only if you want. The days of lily-white tennis fashion are gone, replaced by colorful athletic gear. Of course, you can also go out there in a T-shirt and cut-offs.

6. Can tennis help my social life?

A: There's no more social game than tennis. It's one of the few sports where men and women play together. Singles, married couples, friends, fathers, daughters-there's a place for everyone on a tennis court. You will also see on our Web site in the Tennis: Stronger Mind and Body section where tennis is the best sport in building personality characteristics.

7. Is there a charge to be in a Tennis Welcome Center program?

A: Yes, but, you will find the cost to be very reasonable. You will be part of a multi-session course, taught by a professional, where you will learn how to play tennis...and also meet some new friends.

8. Can my spouse/friend and I learn together?

A. Absolutely, tennis is one of the few spots where men and women can play together. Virtually all entry level tennis programs are co-ed.

9. What about my kids? Can they get into these programs?

A: Yes, most TWCs will offer programs for both kids and adults. When you click on a facility, they’ll have this information.

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