The USPTA Invites Everyone to Play Tennis – for the health Of It!

April 22, 2008

HOUSTON -– The United States Professional Tennis Association is very proud to announce its newest initiative, Tennis — for the health of it! This year the association is combining the initiative with National Fitness Month in May as the USPTA tries to bring tennis to everyone and encourage people to get fit through tennis.

The main goals of this initiative are to make the general public aware of the tremendous health, fitness and psychological benefits of tennis and encourage people to get out and play the sport as a part of their regular fitness regimen. An activity such as tennis that is also social and fun, can serve as a welcome change to mundane gym workouts or as an additional activity in a fitness regimen. In addition, the USPTA and its members are the delivery force through which the public can receive these benefits through lessons and other tennis activities.

“We are thrilled to introduce the initiative Tennis — for the health of it!,” said USPTA CEO Tim Heckler. “We strongly feel this can serve as an umbrella initiative that can be used throughout the tennis industry to really catapult the growth of tennis and take interest in the sport to a whole new level.”

There are many other reasons to play tennis. Please see the list of 34 reasons from Jack Groppel, Ph.D., and USPTA Master Professional, below on why you should play tennis today.

Look for tennis programs in your area presented by the USPTA as a vehicle to play Tennis — for the health of it!, including Tennis Across AmericaTM clinics, Little Tennis®, Junior CircuitTM and Adult Tennis LeagueSM, and programs we deliver for other industry partners, such as Cardio Tennis, Quickstart Tennis Play Format and Tennis Welcome Centers. You can also play Tennis — for the health of it! by taking a lesson from a USPTA-certified professional in your area, who can offer the proper technique and guidance for new, current and former players. Visit or call 800-USPTA-4U to find out more.