Month: December 2017

Tennis’ Cousin

Tennis is a wonderful game which has been around for nearly two hundred years. It began in England, where it is still wildly popular. The only sports which are arguably as popular in England are soccer, cricket, and rugby. Tennis has crossed the pond. And by that I mean Tennis has crossed the Atlantic ocean. It’s a popular sport in America as well. I think it’s more popular in the United States than it is in Latin America. I’m not sure why that is. Maybe it’s because soccer is really the big sport down there. Latin American countries always do so well in the World Cup! But, back to tennis, the sport has seemed to have given birth to another sport. Or, I like to say that it’s tennis’ cousin. That sport is racquetball.

Racquetball is a sport which is played indoors. You can find a racquetball court in gyms all across America. The reason racquetball is only played indoors is very specific. You need four walls to play the game! Or, you need at least three, I suppose.

Like tennis, racquetball uses, well, a racquet and a ball. Doesn’t this sound similar? If it does, it’s because tennis uses the same thing! However, the racquet and ball in racquetball are both a little bit different. The ball is rubber and the racquet is shaped differently. Whereas the tennis racket is more circular, the racquet in racquetball is still circular, but less so. It’s almost as if the circle comes in a little bit in the middle and at the base of the racquet.

I absolutely love racquetball. It’s a great sport for the winter when it’s too cold outside to play tennis. As a matter of fact, sometimes I like racquetball more at all times! But we can never forget that it all started with tennis.

An Old Memory

The last time I played tennis an actual tennis game was about 15 years ago. Since then, I’ve played other sports. Basketball, martial arts, and baseball have been very fun for me. It seems like playing tennis is an old memory to me. However, I would like that to change.

I remember playing tennis in elementary school. I believe I played in high school as well. When I played, it was usually in the school gym. The school gym was normally a basketball court. It was an empty room. However, the room could be converted to a tennis court!

They first brought the tennis net and laid it on the floor. That’s how you see how long it is, and if there is room for the net. Some gyms are large enough to have multiple tennis nets. My gym, being part of a larger school, was also larger.

A school gym can get wild. The games played during this class are regulated. But they aren’t official matches. Therefore, players can get rather rowdy. This could be, in part, if the crowd is rowdy as well. If the crowd wants a wild match they will cheer and shout things at the players. Tennis is not a contact sport, but it can get very aggressive!

While I haven’t played in a long time, I would like to play again soon. Tennis was a great part of my childhood and I have great memories of playing this sport. I also played racquetball, which is like a close cousin of tennis. One can find a racquetball court in many gyms. One can find a tennis court in just about every city, mostly found outside. A simple online search will be able to point the player in the right direction. I should hope to play soon!

Indoors Vs. Outdoors

Most cities have a tennis court. Most of the time the tennis court is located outdoors. Sometimes, the court can be found indoors.

There are pluses and minuses to each. Let’s talk about the outdoor courts. This is more of the “natural habitat” that people think of when they think about a tennis court. Tennis games happen outside. Therefore, practicing outside is better for those practicing to win. At times, there might be gusts of wind. For the person used to this, they will be better off during a real tennis match.

Now imagine the person who trains outdoors goes up against someone who trains inside. The person who trains inside would likely be at a disadvantage. Another disadvantage for the inside trainer would be that the flooring is different outside than it is inside.

The person who trains inside, however, will have the advantage if a game takes place indoors. Why might a game be played indoors? The number one reason is inclement weather outside. If it’s raining outside, the game might be moved indoors. Also, if there is snow outside, there surely won’t be a tennis game outside. The game will have to take place on an indoor tennis court.

When I play tennis I don’t have a preference as to if the court is inside or outside. What matters most to me is that I’m able to play the game. That being said, if it’s too hot or cold outside, I might prefer to play indoors. However, if it’s a beautiful day, I will probably prefer to play outside. I’m sure other people think the same way because this is fairly straightforward.

To find a local tennis court, a player should simply go online and search for the closest one. Keep in mind the weather outside! Knowing where both types of courts are will maximize the ability to play either way.