Oftentimes, tennis is considered a rich sport because there are many private tennis clubs. Same goes for golf. Whereas there aren’t really any private baseball, football, basketball, or soccer clubs.
When you think of a private club, you think about exclusivity. You imagine nice grounds, restaurants, bars, pools, saunas, jacuzzis, and ballrooms.
Myth: Tennis Is A Rich Sport
But the reality is, tennis isn’t an expensive sport. Once you have a tennis racket ($10 – $200) and a can of balls ($2–$4), you’re good to go!
In addition, tennis courts are readily available to play on for free at lots of public parks. You can also learn how to play for free by watching people live, on TV, or YouTube as well. Never doubt yourself – anything is possible if you believe.
I strongly recommend everyone learn how to play a “forever sport” like tennis. It's a sport that you can play from childhood to well into your senior years. When you're a student, it's a great way to participate in a team sport, build camaraderie, and an excellent highlight to put on your resume.
In addition, tennis is a great way to meet friends during your working years. It's also a fun way to stay active when you're in retirement. And since you know now that tennis isn't a rich sport, you can eagerly participate without worrying about needing a lot of money too.
Expand Your Network Through Tennis, Sometimes A Rich Sport
Tennis has truly helped open more doors in business and in life than anything else.
Thanks to tennis, I've met some of the most powerful people in San Francisco. In turn, they've helped introduce me to their network of friends in government, tech, venture capital, entrepreneurship, and finance.
Through my network, I've been able to stay for free in some of the most amazing hotels and properties in the world. And with a strong network, I should be able to help my son get into a great school, maybe even an Ivy League, and find a job.
Tennis Is For Everyone
If you've long thought tennis is a rich sport, it's really not. Sure there will always be private clubs for playing tennis. But, some of the best tennis I've played has been on public courts along with thousands of others across the world.
I've been playing tennis since I was a kid and plan to continue playing for as long as my body holds up. Tennis is so much a part of my life I can't imagine not playing.
The pandemic took tennis away from me temporarily during the height of lockdowns. I couldn't get back on the courts soon enough. Thankfully I was able to get playing again soon after at a buddy's house while practicing social distancing and at some local courts off the beaten path.
If you've been thinking about learning how to play tennis or want to get back into it, you should. Tennis is not only a fantastic way to exercise, it's also a great way to connect with people, clear your head, and get some sunshine.
Further Reading On Tennis Topics
Here are some additional articles I've written about over the years related to tennis.
- Best Tennis Groundstroke Game: The Mountain Of Pressure
- Build Better Relationships By Keeping Things Close
- Taking Care Of A Family On A Tennis Coaching Salary In San Francisco
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