Athletes consider tennis pros, cons

Evelyn Tsai, Leopard Life Staff Writer

School tennis has just started in Lovejoy, and the tennis players are training to prepare for the season every weekday morning. 

“It’s kinda given me a challenge and something to look forward and do every morning,” said William Ashby, 8.

As well as giving the player a challenge, tennis increases endurance, aerobic capacity, bone density and strength. 

“It got me faster. It strengthened my forearm strength. It helped with my footwork,” said Maggie Koehn, 8.

Increasing agility and lowering heart rate aren’t the only benefits of tennis; it decreases the chances of heart disease and diabetes.

“It kinda makes me feel like I’m playing two games at once—with mental and physical games,” said David Fagner, 8.

Along with physical advantages, there are also multiple psychological/emotional advantages like decreasing depression and stress and increasing strategic thinking and alertness.

“Well, I went to the trainer. The trainer thought that I fractured my foot, so they told me to just go to orthopedics, so I went to orthopedics. They gave me a boot, and they told me I had to be out for x amount of weeks. I had to be out for four weeks. And then after that, I have to go to physical therapy,” said John Woody, 8.

Despite tennis improving your mood, it is common to get injured while playing tennis. There are approximately 48 injuries per 1000 matches, which is nearly 5 percent.

 “It requires strategy, and you have plays ahead of time,” said Alex Simpkins, 8. 

The advantages and disadvantages of tennis don’t stand out from most sports. Although tennis can come with many injuries, it can also increase athleticism, alertness, strategic thinking and, most importantly, happiness.