USTA's Top 10 Reasons to Play Tennis

The sport for a lifetime.


For the next two weeks, we'll be updating this page and posting new reasons on our Facebook and Instagram accounts. For each reason, a local Raleigh Tennis Community player shares with us how tennis has impacted their lives. Follow us on social media to stay updated!


Reason #1: Get Fit

Reason #2: Live Longer

Reason #3: Strengthen Heart, Muscles, and Bones

Reason #4: Develop Hand-Eye Coordination

Reason #5: Enjoy Friends & Family (Part I)

Reason #5: Enjoy Friends & Family (Part II)

Reason #6: Develop Teamwork & Sportsmanship

Reason #7: Improve Social Skills

Reason #8: Reduce Stress

Reason #9: Increase Brain Power

Reason #10: Learn to Solve Problems


Reason #1: Get Fit

Lose weight, burn calories. An hour of singles play can burn 580-870 calories.


In the below video, Terry Perrone, RTA Board Member, tells us how tennis has impacted her life and helped her get fit.


Reason #2: Live Longer

Lose weight, burn calories. An hour of singles play can burn 580-870 calories.


In the below video, John & Joyce Rodham, Seven Oaks Swim & Racquet Club members, tell us how tennis has impacted their lives and helped them live longer.



Reason #3: Strengthen Heart, Muscles, and Bones

Compared to other sports, tennis players have the lowest incidence of cardiovascular disease.


Paula Hale, Raleigh Racquet Club member, shares reason #3 with us and that tennis is more fun than going to the gym!


Reason #4: Develop Hand-Eye Coordination

Playing tennis involves several skills that all contribute to good hand-eye coordination. You can improve your agility, balance, coordination, reaction time, and more.


Joseph Dougherty, Raleigh Racquet Club member, shares reason #4 with us and how tennis has impacted his life.


Reason #5: Enjoy Family and Friends

Did you know that tennis is great for the whole family no matter what your age? With minimal equipment needed and plenty of courts nearby, it's easy to bring a friend or find one on the courts.


Part I: City Girls teammates, Jennifer Wolborsky and Tiffany Brooks, share why tennis is important to them, their friendship, and their families.


Part II: Paul Goode, Raleigh Racquet Club Director of Tennis, and his family show us why tennis is a great sport for the whole family to enjoy!


Reason #6: Develop Teamwork & Sportsmanship

From doubles play to team and league play, tennis develops your ability to communicate and work together.


Brian Rosenthal, owner of RDUTennis and past Raleigh Tennis Association president, shares his experiences playing team tennis and how you can get on a team, too!



Reason #7: Improve Social Skills

Tennis outperforms all other sports in developing positive personality characteristics.


Ashley McRae, local Raleigh tennis player and former NC Central women's tennis team member, shares with us how tennis made an impact on her life.


Reason #8: Reduce Stress

Tennis helps you deal with physical, mental, social, and emotional challenges which increases your capacity to deal with stress.


Heather Roberts, local Raleigh tennis player, knows a thing or two about stress as a labor and delivery nurse. In this video, Heather shares with us how tennis has impacted her life and helped to reduce stress.


Reason #9: Increase Brain Power

From alertness to tactical thinking, tennis enhances the neural connections in your brain. Kids who play tennis regularly get better grades.


Eli Morocos, a local Raleigh junior tennis player, shares how tennis has made an impact on him and helped increase his brain power and get better grades in school.


Reason #10: Learn to Solve Problems

Tennis is a sport that is based on evaluating angles, geometry, and physics to get the best results, which translates to better problem-solving off the court.


Houston Hooker, local Raleigh junior tennis player, shares with us how tennis has helped him be a better problem-solver off the court and in school.


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