This page, and more in the submenu, exist to share the numerous interesting articles and info I come across in my reading and learning about this wonderful game of tennis.
Why Play Tennis ?
Tennis is one of the best, if not the best, foundation sport there is, full stop. It is an excellent developer of physical as well as psychological abilities in our kids which will all come in handy later in life. Tennis players are regarded by many as the greatest sport athletes. A good example was the nearly 6 hour battle between Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal in the final of the 2012 Australian Open. You will be hard pressed to find a better example and display of the capabilities of tennis players as super athletes !
Some of our own SA sports hero’s have a successful tennis background. Ernie Els who had a tennis court in his backyard in his early junior years even won a major junior regional tennis tournament before he his father dug it up and replaced it with a putting green so he could focus on golf. Kepler Wessels and AB De Villiers is just 2 famous SA cricket players who played very good tennis before focussing on cricket. Kepler Wessels, who represented both SA and Australia in cricket, was so good as junior tennis player that he became the No 1 u/16 player in SA before he began to focus solely on cricket. Naas Botha, our legendary Springbok rugby player also played tennis very successfully as a junior.
Hereunder I briefly list some of the most important reasons why tennis is such a great sport.