One of the only complaints we have about tennis is that, as an outdoor sport, it is often at the mercy of elements. Here in Hong Kong, it can sometimes be simply too hot or too rainy to hit the court.
Here are some fun activities that Hong Kong tennis players can turn to on these rare days when we can’t play tennis and need to stay indoors.
This one is for the kids (of all ages).
As much as parents may hate to admit it, there are some great benefits to gaming when it’s enjoyed in moderation. Video games can help improve reaction time and hand eye coordination and, like tennis, games often rely on quick thinking and recognition skills.
It’s also worth pointing out that tennis is well represented in video games. One of the earliest – Pong – has a rally style modeled after tennis. More recent games have included the Top Spin and Virtua Tennis series. The Mario franchise even has a few tennis games (although they are not particularly accurate depictions of the sport).
INDOOR RACQUET SPORTS
We all know that tennis is a completely different (and vastly superior) game to badminton, squash and racquetball, but that doesn’t mean that these “not quite tennis” sports can’t be a nice change of pace and a lot of fun.
Table tennis, or ping pong, is great as a more accessible option.
PRACTICE IN THE MIRROR
It may seem silly, and a bit vain, to watch ourselves play tennis in the mirror, but analyzing our form can actually be quite helpful for amateur players.
It can also be useful to videotape and analyze a match for the same purpose.
SHOP (FOR TENNIS EQUIPMENT)
People on Hong Kong love to shop. Next time you find yourself strolling through the mall, instead of looking at clothes or electronics, consider checking out racquets or tennis shoes. Even if you are not planning on buying anything, it is interesting to see all the latest products, and often, the sales people at speciality stores have some great tips.
The number one-off court activity? Watching tennis. It really is one of the best ways to learn when court time is not available. Whether checking out our favourite players at a pro tournament like the US Open or Shenhzen Open or watching fellow amateurs, there is a lot to be gained from observing.
With that said, as fun as playing video games or watching tennis can be, none of these activities can compete with the real thing.
If you or your kids are ready to practice tennis with pro coaches, we have a number of great Hong Kong tennis programs and events for players of all ages and skill levels. Sign-up now for Junior Tennis Programme Term 1, limited slots available. Visit this link to register, http://www.atatennisaces.com/event/junior-tennis-programme-term-1-2018/.
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