Here are the tennis-specific notes
and definitions to help you better understand the chart.
- We all know that the service and overhead motion in tennis
is identical to baseball and football. It shouldnít
be surprising to note that when baseball players or quarterbacks
take up tennis, they serve like Pete Sampras.
- It has long been understood that the softhand skills required
for volleying, as well as dropshots, lobs, and other touch
shots in tennis are terrific catching skill-builders for
Anyone who has played tennis knows how much easier tennis
makes learning all otherracquet sports. In fact, studies
have proven significant carryovers from one racquet sport
to others, as well as to other striking activities like
baseball and hockey.
Running & Striking
- This very specific skill is one of the most challenging
features of tennis, and one of the most valuable skill-builders
and developing athlete can master. In this area, most other
sports donít compare to all.
- Sports educators are now broadly beginning to emphasize
the importance of rhythm in ports, although dance teachers
have long expounded itís benefits. Because tennis
is a continuous rhythm activity, it offers many timing and
rhythm benefits not available from many other sports. It
may be interesting to compare football and tennis in this
regard. In tennis, players are constantly involved with
the ball; however in soccer, a center halfback, for example
will only be in contact with the ball about two minutes
in a full court 90-minute soccer game.
3-Step Movement Patterns - At a recent
multiple sports conference, a featured speaker spoke about
the 3-step movement principal for sports like kicking in
football. In tennis as well, leading coaches are pointing
out that almost all baseline movement can be covered in
- Although tennis is accepted as more anaerobic than aerobic,
the aerobic benefits of playing tennis are very high as
compared to other sports such as baseball or golf.
- There was a recent comparison of calories burned by different
activities over a 3-hour period. Competitive and moderate
tennis scored near the top of the list. Why? The on-going
high level of anaerobic activity in tennis compares quite
favourably to all other sports. This makes tennis a wonderful
first sport to build both stamina and strength in children.
- Most junior tennis classes are organized in a
group learning environment, encouraging a team atmosphere
within an individual sport. And what is perhaps the most
exciting tennis event of the year? Davis Cup play - a total
The final point of interest on our comparison chart is to
consider which of the sports listed can be played for a
lifetime. After all, it makes sense to invest the most time
and resources in an activity which pays the highest dividends.
And tennis does just that.