Everyone who plays tennis has his or her own personal reason for doing so, but as the longtime tennis director for the Bellevue Club, I’ve come to understand that much of the enthusiasm for the sport boils down to a few core values.
For starters, tennis is one of the few sports that you can play your entire life and enjoy with your friends and family year-round. Many other sports are too dangerous or demanding to play into your thirties or forties.
Along those same lines, one of the most rewarding parts of my job is seeing new players (kids and adults) form an instant camaraderie with other players. It is amazing to watch how many new friendships are created as a result of playing tennis. Between functions, special events and league play at the Club, it is very easy to meet new people with the same interests.
I also really enjoy the competitive aspect. Because of the organized leagues, the Bellevue Club accommodates players of all levels. Seasoned players can advance to sectionals, regionals and nationals, and it can be very exciting! I have watched and been a part of this excitement for many years. How fun is it to go to Hawaii or Palm Springs with your team for nationals?
But no matter your level, tennis will challenge you. Because it is a highly technical sport, it is both mentally and physically challenging—and even very frustrating at times. There is always something new to learn and something to work on. Just remember, the more you play, the better you get and the more enjoyable the game becomes.
Lastly, and probably one of the main reasons why people play, tennis is excellent exercise and will improve your overall fitness level. In the new world of always improving technology, many people track their activity and exercise daily. I see people use tracking devices on the courts all the time. I only know of the Fitbit (no, this is not an advertisement), but I am a big fan. Get a tracking device and get on the court. If your fitness goal is to walk 10,000 or 15,000 steps per day, you will find that tennis is a great way to accomplish this and have fun!
Bottom line: Challenge yourself mentally and physically, make new friends, get fit, and, most importantly, have fun!
See you on the courts!
Bellevue Club Tennis Director