When I was a child, I was extremely skeptical of tennis. Many times when I visited my aunt, she would be intently watching tennis on her large, homely television. I did not understand her fascination at the time. I, like many others, did not appreciate the lure of the sport, and deemed it boring for many years. Then the summer before high school came, and I was looking for something new, so I decided to attend the county’s tennis camp. This, as I later realized, was the best decision I ever made. In October, I tried out for the tennis team and was the only freshman brought onto the team. At this time, I did not have any friends on the team and was not involved in many activities.
Through my four years on the team, I have met some of the best people I know because of tennis. I believe that this, along with my success at becoming number one on the team, has contributed to my success in other areas in life. If not for tennis, I would not have gained the confidence to pursue other new activities, made the connections I have now, and gained the wonderful experiences that I have, such as volunteering to teach children about tennis for the past three years.
People hear “tennis” and associate it with snooty people in country clubs and believe it to be a boring rich person’s sport. I am seeking to debunk these myths and also give good reasons as to why this sport is a good choice, such as emotional well-being and health. Parents should encourage their children to play tennis because the kids will have fun, be more active, and, additionally, it gives the parents a chance to be more active in their children’s lives.
Children have seemingly endless amounts of energy, and it is important to find a fun and exciting outlet for them to use this energy to express themselves, while also benefiting them in some way. Tennis is a great way to do this because it is very active, but allows for individuality and independence. Continuous movement during points is necessary depending on the pace of the game, but tennis can be played for hours at a time because of breaks allotted between games. Individuality is an important component of tennis, because everybody can bring their own style to the game, whether it is how they serve or their own secret strategies. Either way, each child can grow to have their own individual techniques that they can perfect and later be proud of. Independence is built up by tennis because the players are ultimately responsible for their own progress and what they want to achieve out on the court. Even though players have a supportive instructor or parent in the background, they learn to rely on themselves because each point is up to them to win.
Two important characteristics that can be learned through tennis are confidence and patience: these are important because they are always needed in order to do well in life. In the beginning year of competitive tennis, it takes a lot of courage for players to walk...