An Introduction to Tennis

Many people associate Tennis with pleasant summer days spent watching Wimbledon while eating strawberries and cream and sipping Pimms. For others, a match is an intense physical and psychological battle which pushes competitors to their limit.

Tennis is a popular sport and tournaments often take place in front of large crowds and even larger television audiences. While matches are frequently long, it is usually impossible to become bored by Tennis, particularly when two players continue a long standing rivalry. Enthusiasts often look back nostalgically to the times when Björn Borg and John McEnroe or Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi were pitched against each other in nail-biting encounters.

Part of the appeal of Tennis is the immense amount of skill required to play the sport proficiently. Amateur and professional players alike would generally agree that, on the Tennis court, strength is of secondary importance to stamina and strategic thinking. The best Tennis players observe their opponent carefully, note his or her weaknesses, and do all they can to exploit them. This marriage of technique, stamina, strength and tactics is what makes the sport such an enthralling spectacle, and encourages people of all ages to pick up a racquet.