Tennis

Today is the first day of Wimbledon 2014, so we’re all looking forward to a sport packed week as we cheer on Andy Murray and the second week of the group stages of the World Cup.

As with all big sporting events, watching Wimbledon is always inspiring. Lots of us end up reaching for our racquets before the two week tournament is up. If you’re looking for a new sport to liven up your summer, tennis is brilliant exercise as it tones the whole body and gets your mind working too. It’s also a great way to have fun and exercise with friends – either in pairs or doubles – or meet new people if you decide to join a club.

This is a great time to take up tennis as the Great British Tennis Weekend is offering hundreds of free open days. The next one falls on 28th-29th June and there’s another on 19th-20th July. Click the link to search for your nearest open day.

Begin by focusing on your ball skills. Play on a smaller court to reduce the running around so you can focus. Also start with green or orange balls, which are slower and softer. Once you’re more confident, move onto a larger court and a harder ball. Tennis works the upper body and your core, but running around the court and leaping for almost-impossible ball gives your legs a great work out too.

If you’ve been bitten by the tennis bug and want to play more than the Great British Tennis weekends allow, you can start by picking up a racquet for around £20 and seeing if your local park has a court. If you want to play at a club, visit the LTA website, enter your postcode and search for your nearest court.

And that is all you need to get you started! If you really get the tennis bug, you can look into joining a club for around £120 per year, where you should be able to use floodlit or indoor courts through the dark winter months too.

If you’re looking for a massage after all that running around, or concerned you may have injured yourself, you can call us on 020 8332 6184, email us at info@theforgeclinic.com to make an appointment. Alternatively, you can book online.