The winner of Sportsmart and Wilson’s tennis sponsorship program, Scott Lyons, provides regular blog articles on his favourite topic – tennis …

Have you ever watched tennis on TV or driven past your local courts and wondered, “Gee, I would really like to play tennis?” Have you ever put it off through self-doubt of not being good enough, or perhaps because there is nobody to play with at your level? Well here is exactly what you need to do!

The great thing about tennis is that it is a game that can be played by all people, regardless of gender or age, and regardless of skill level. You don’t often see 80 year olds playing rugby, or people trying backflips at their first gymnastics lesson, but tennis is different. Anyone can play, and remember, it is all about having a bit of fun.

So what do you need to get started? Well first there is the obvious stuff, such as equipment! Of course, you will need a racquet. If you have never played in your life then maybe you can look out for an old racquet from a friend, otherwise you can consider buying a brand new, good looking racquet from Sportsmart! Sportsmart offers tennis racquets to cater for every player, so even if you are just starting out, there is a racquet out there that is just for you. You may also want to grab a can of balls while you are here. It is also a requirement at most tennis courts to wear appropriate tennis shoes with the correct sole. Sportsmart also sell great tennis shoes at a fantastic price, so come in and have a look.

Now with all your gear, where do you play? If you have a friend that you can play against then that is great, but if not, the best solution is to join a tennis club! In general, tennis clubs give you free access to courts, organised social tennis and a new social network of tennis players, some starting out just like you. So don’t be shy, and give it a go!

However, what if it is not yourself, but your child that wants to take up tennis? How do you go about arranging this? Before you worry about equipment and everything else, the first thing you should do is visit a club near you and make contact with a coach. Coaches often run small group sessions for small kids which are fun, interactive and develop tennis skills. And of course, coaching is not limited to kids, but adults taking up tennis should definitely consider contacting a coach too.

Tennis is truly a fantastic sport that you can enjoy for a lifetime, so go and play for yourself and you definitely won’t regret it!

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