5 Questions Answered to Start Playing Tennis


As we all deal with the new realities of a Covid world and staying safe, it can be a challenge to keep up with health and wellness routines. People are looking for new ways to stay active in this new reality and tennis is seen as one of the activities to turn to. It checks the boxes for active cardio workout, and being social while being safe.  And, whether you are a current or former player, or considering playing for the first time, tennis is a sport that’s easy to pick up.  Here are 5 common questions answered to help you start playing tennis.

Is it safe to play with Covid?

Because tennis does not require any direct person-to-person contact, players can enjoy the many physical and mental benefits that tennis offers so long as you practice physical distancing by keeping six feet apart from other players to ensure you are in a safe exercise environment.  The USTA has created guidelines to help players understand appropriate conduct.

What equipment will I need to get started?

Related to the previous question is the issue of getting new equipment. The basics of a tennis kit are: shoes, athletic clothing, and a racquet. All major manufacturers including Head, Wilson, Yonex, Babolat, Prince, and others offer high-quality equipment. Expect to pay between $100.00 – $250.00 for a new racquet. And while deals may be found online, local shops usually offer demo racquets that you can try out before purchasing.

For shoes, the only limitation when getting started is that some running style shoes with black tread will leave scuff marks on the tennis court and are usually prohibited. Other shoes like cross-trainers typically work fine.

And for clothing, gone are the days of the all-white outfit (it’s still fine if you have one).

What if I don’t have anyone to play with?

It is very easy to find players in and around club facilities. And private and group lessons are a great way to develop skills and meet other players.  

What if I can only play certain times during the week?

Club organizers help new players find activities and times that align with busy schedules of all types.

I have an old racquet, can I still use it?

Old wooden racquets are definitely not recommended. Even racquets that are 10-20 years old are considered obsolete. Some may be usable, but if they’ve been in storage for a long period, then some refreshing will probably need to be done, including new strings and new grip. It’s best to get the perspective of a local tennis professional who can provide equipment guidance.

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