Ask anyone who knows me: I love tennis. Now, that doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy playing and spectating other sports, because I do. It’s just that I don’t LOVE them like I do tennis.
Ask me WHY I play tennis, and it gets a little complicated, as one simple sentence doesn’t even begin to cover it. I’ve got at least 10 reasons, and I’ve listed them here. Maybe some of these will resonate with you, too :)
10. The smell of a freshly opened can of tennis balls.
What can I say… It’s intoxicating. It’s the smell of competition, of perseverance, and winning (hopefully.)
9. The tan lines
A crazy pattern of strap marks in various shades of tan across my shoulders and back. A pale white torso with matching upper thighs and feet. These were created from countless hours spent kicking butt on the courts, and are a symbol of solidarity for all tennis players. They are the marks of a true court warrior, and I wear them proudly, though some occasions do require a cover-up spray tan.
8. The stress relief
There’s something about being on a tennis court, working up a sweat as I’m chasing down and smacking tennis balls that just makes me feel better. My endorphin levels (the “happy” hormones) increase, my anxiety levels lower, I relax and forget about the day’s stresses. I even sleep better!
7. The gym workout
More often that I’d like to admit, I’ll skip a much-needed workout at the gym, or even a relaxing run at beautiful Memorial Park, simply because I can. But no matter what, I will NEVER turn down tennis. And get this – it’s actually exercise! I know, crazy right!? It’s cardio and a full body workout including arms, abs, legs, and butt – and it’s freakin’ fun! I can’t say that about the gym…can you?
6. The fashion
The competition between the top brands to bring us trendy togs is almost as aggressive as the competition that occurs on the courts, resulting in beautiful and functional dresses and two-piece ensembles, complete with matching warm-ups, shoes, hats, and accessories. In no other sport does a chick have so many fashion options to dress as girlie as possible (or not), and still be fierce.
5. The competition
For me, being a tennis player goes hand in hand with being competitive. I don’t want to play, I want to fight it out…pitting my A-game against yours. For me, it’s that drive that makes this sport so fun!
4. The life lessons
Tennis teaches us tenacity, humbleness, diligence, self-control and graciousness in both victory and in loss, making it one of the most rewarding and exasperating activities that we can do.
3. The culture
Tennis isn’t just a sport I play; it’s a constant in my life, my community. It brings people together and creates lifelong friends. It’s grass, clay, and hard-courts…something for everyone. It’s American, British, Australian and French; it’s a global phenomenon that can be enjoyed whether one is playing or simply watching. Tennis is a lifestyle I wholeheartedly embrace.
2. The feeling
It’s difficult to describe the feeling of hitting a perfectly timed shot. The seemingly effortless power of a perfect down-the-line backhand. A smokin’ ace. A ripped forehand winner. It’s pure gratification.
1. The love
The No. 1 reason why I’m a tennis chick? To put it simply, tennis is my true love, my happy place, where matches are won and lost on my terms. I consider myself beyond fortunate to have discovered something about which I’m so incredibly passionate. It’s something that I’m looking forward to enjoying for the rest of my life.
So why do you play tennis? Inquiring minds want to know! Please share with us in the comments section below :-)