It’s no secret that tennis is one of the most popular sports in the world. If you are trying to start learning tennis on your own, it can feel like a somewhat overwhelming process. Breaking the rules and components of tennis into smaller pieces can enable you to learn tennis easily and enjoy all of the benefits that playing tennis can provide. Here are a few tips to help you get started learning tennis.
First and foremost, you will need to gather all of the necessary equipment to start playing tennis. This equipment tends to be relatively inexpensive unless you work your way up to playing professional tennis. One of the major advantages of learning tennis is that it doesn’t require a substantial initial investment. To start playing tennis, you will first need to get a racquet. Overgrips can be used to help absorb sweat, provide a better grip on the racquet, and ensure a more comfortable playing process. You also need good workout shoes and tennis balls. Workout clothes are another essential component of playing tennis.
If you have all of the previously listed equipment, you will have everything you need to start playing tennis. However, there are additional items that can help to improve your experience. The purchase of a tennis bag can make it much easier to transport all of your equipment, as well as enables you to keep it all in one place. Tennis strings will make it easier to restring your racquet when it starts to lose tension. A thermal water bottle will help to keep your water cold for longer. It is also better for the environment than regularly purchasing plastic water bottles. Wristbands and towels can help to absorb sweat and ensure a safer practice. Finally, you may want to consider purchasing a dampener to reduce the vibration of the racquet when it hits the tennis ball. This is largely a matter of preference.
Choose a Court
Once you have obtained all of the necessary equipment for playing tennis, you will need to decide where you plan on playing tennis. A backyard court is by far the most convenient option for playing tennis. These courts may also allow you to play pickleball and basketball. We can help you to install the best possible backyard court to meet all of your needs. You may also choose to play at a tennis court in a nearby park or other location.
Learn About Tennis Court Lines
The next step in playing tennis is understanding the court. There are several lines that you will need to be familiar with to start playing tennis. The baseline indicates the lengthwise boundary of the court. This line serves multiple purposes. Players must stand behind the baseline when serving the tennis ball. Additionally, a shot that lands beyond the baseline will be considered out. There is both a doubles line and a singles line on a tennis court. These lines indicate the widthwise boundary of the court, depending on whether you are playing a doubles or singles match. The court is necessarily smaller for singles matches than doubles matches.
The center service line is the line that is aligned with the center mark and divides the court in half. This line is only applicable during a player’s serve because they will need to serve either to the right or the left of this line. The service line is the line that forms the area that makes up the service box. It indicates the limit where a player’s serve has to land. When the serve lands beyond this line, it is a miss. The center mark is used to help indicate where the serving player is supposed to stand before their serve.
Tennis Court Areas
Once you are familiar with the lines, you will see how the lines divide the tennis court into separate areas. The right and left service boxes form the area where players are required to hit there serves. They will alternate which area they are supposed to hit with each point. Doubles alleys are essentially an extension of the court that enlarges the size in a doubles match. The total court area outlines the location where each player’s shot, with the exception of serves, must land. It is also important to note that every shot has to clear the net in order to not be considered an error. Errors will result in a lost point.
These are a few basic things that you need to understand to start playing tennis. Next month, we will discuss different tennis serves to help you get started on your tennis journey. To learn more about the advantages of a backyard court and how to start playing tennis, contact us at Utah Court Surfacing today!