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Your GET FIT guide

Continuing our series of grassroots guides, this month we serve up the benefits of hitting the tennis court and giving it your best shot

PART FOUR TENNIS

INSPIRED BY THE ACES, volleys, grunts and groans from centre court, the nation is enjoying its annual bout of tennis fever, so why not head to your local court and join in? It’s a great game to get hooked on (and not just for summer), because it’s one of the surest routes to physical and mental fitness. You can play at any level for fun – or up your game.

1 WHAT IS TENNIS GOOD FOR?

‘As a whole-body sport, tennis is fantastic cardio exercise, giving your heart and lungs a workout,’ says Mark Petchey, ex-professional tennis player ranked 80th in the world and former coach to Andy Murray. ‘It’s an endurance sport but it’s dynamic, too, with short, intense bursts of effort (as you sprint for the ball) that increase your power. It’s a multidimensional activity, which is great for functional fitness. All that lunging, twisting, jumping and reaching for shots will work wonders for your balance, co-ordination and flexibility,’ he adds.

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