Tennis is usually portrayed as a solitary, hyper-competitive sport – however the reality is that tennis is a enjoyable and fulfilling sport to additionally play leisurely. Social play for adults of all ages and ranges is on the rise within the Sunshine State and USTA Florida strives to spotlight all of the methods gamers can benefit from what tennis has to supply.
Social play supplies an incredible different for gamers who would somewhat benefit from the leisure of the sport than the dedication of a league. These informal tennis play experiences provide an effective way to remain wholesome, meet new folks and to have some pleasant competitors with family and friends. Whether or not it’s at your native membership or your neighborhood park, it’s simple to choose up a racquet and play tennis no matter your age and degree of skill.
“Research present tennis is a good exercise to assist folks keep match, stay longer, and be social all on the identical time; to not point out the truth that it’s enjoyable for all ages,” says Christine Ducey, USTA Florida Director of Grownup Tennis. “Our world is more and more linked on-line however being linked to others in your local people by sports activities, like tennis, will be useful too. Assembly and interacting with folks whose solely similarity could also be an curiosity in tennis, is a good alternative to make new buddies.”
Greater than 1,300 gamers had been impacted by USTA Florida’s efforts in 2019 to develop social play alternatives in each area of the state. In 2020, the group set its sights on rising that quantity to 1,750 – till the COVID-19 pandemic shut tennis play down throughout the state. As play alternatives proceed to renew in 2021, social play is one space the place extra development is inspired.
“Informal tennis is a good social sport you possibly can get pleasure from for all times; it’s extensively accessible, simple on the joints and retains gamers social with out requiring giant group rosters,” says Jennifer Wysocki, USTA Florida Grownup Program Coordinator. “These occasions are an effective way to construct and strengthen friendships and networks.”
Whether or not it’s a social league, multi-club spherical robin, or themed mixer occasions like Tacos & Tennis and Espresso & Croissants – there are a selection of social alternatives out there for all gamers.
Previously, social mixers have been an enormous draw at USTA Florida’s managed amenities in Cocoa Seaside and Gainesville.
“These social occasions are at all times such a great time,” says John Sanders, the Head Professional and the Racquet Membership of Cocoa Seaside. “It’s good to get everybody out to play in an off-the-cuff atmosphere the place the principle aim is to have some enjoyable.”
Black lights, dance music, and tennis took over Play Tennis Gainesville’s Joyce Oransky Tennis Heart in January of 2020, the place 60 gamers had been handled to a glow-in-the-dark spectacular with XGLOsive Tennis. The social occasion blended the enjoyable, vigorous ambiance of a nightclub with the fast-paced exercise of cardio tennis and featured video games for all ages and ranges of play. XGLOsive Tennis hosts occasions all year long for everybody, from junior and grownup to wheelchair and adaptive gamers.
“We’re dedicated to delivering tennis in a approach that’s enjoyable and serves everybody,” shares Play Tennis Gainesville Head Professional Christopher Champion. “Tennis is a flexible sport, and it was such a rewarding expertise to have the ability to expose gamers to a complete new type of tennis.”
For those who’re considering a extra laid-back type of competitors, an off-the-cuff social league might be the correct match. In early 2020, the Grownup 18-39 Staff Tennis League lit up the courts on the Titan Tennis Heart at Japanese Florida State School in Melbourne. The league is an off-the-cuff non-advancing league that provides nice competitors and a great deal of enjoyable for its gamers.
“We had a profitable season with 31 sign-ups and 4 groups,” says Gina Palombi, Grownup League Coordinator for USTA Florida. “The group would put of their time on the court docket after which head out for a social gathering afterward, creating an general very satisfying and social expertise.”
Above all else, should you get pleasure from tennis however don’t need the pressures or dedication of significant competitors, social and informal play occasions are provided at golf equipment, amenities, and parks across the state.
“I believe greater than something tennis presents a approach for folks to be a part of their group,” says Ducey. “It’s necessary to get on the market and get linked with others. Even when your solely connection is thru the game that you just love, that’s a extremely nice option to construct not solely the tennis group, however communities general.”
Fascinated about social play alternatives? Go to www.USTAFlorida.com/adult-tennis/casual-play to seek out alternatives in your space.