GAME, SET, MATCH?: Lachy Vickery enjoys the competitive fun at Victoria Park. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin
GAME, SET, MATCH?: Lachy Vickery enjoys the competitive fun at Victoria Park. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin Chris Ison ROK240913ctennis1

Live longer, play tennis: study

LOOKING to take a swing at a new sport this year?

There's a lot of 'racquet' coming from Tennis Rockhampton and their highly energetic, friendly environment for players of all ages.

Acting manager Paul Donovan said the club currently had more than 700 members from as young as four years through to 80 years.

He said the club specialised in the development of tennis throughout the region.

"We offer group coaching and private lessons six days a week for juniors and adults,” Paul said.

"We have special deals for juniors and their parents to play tennis for minimal fees and often put on school holiday clinics.

Paul said the club was also responsible for hosting a number of major tournaments including State, Age, Town and Country bringing players from near and far.

"We also have equipment available for purchase and a restringing service with professional advice at the ProShop as well as drinks, snacks and coffee from the modern kiosk.”

Paul explained that tennis was a great way of making new, long-lasting friendships as well as a fun way of keeping fit and healthy.

"A recent scale study in the UK showed that players of racquet sports (including tennis) lived longer on average than anybody else,” Paul said.

"Tennis promotes aerobic fitness by burning fat and improving your cardiovascular fitness and maintaining higher energy levels. Since the sport requires alertness and tactical thinking, it can generate new connections between nerves in the brain and thus promote a lifetime of continuing development of the brain.”

Tennis Rockhampton is open weekdays from 9am to 6pm and 2pm to 6pm on weekends.

For more information or to register visit www.tennisrockhampton.com.au.



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