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Preparing for a Tournament

The great thing about tennis is that it can be social or competitive or both, and either way, itís great exercise and a lot of fun. Some who play tennis will never enter a tournament, never want to, and never miss it. Other players live for tournament competition every weekend, practicing daily to ensure their best chances of advancing through the draw.

Most of us arenít ever going to play at Wimbledon, so tennis is mostly for fun, but fun can be either social or competitive, and generally not both. Some folks have the most tennis fun when they make a complete social event out of their regular weekly game. For other, more serious players, the fun is all about competition, and challenging yourself to do well in tournaments.

Tennis tournaments are a great way to improve your game, meet new players, and visit different clubs or parks that are hosting the events. Tournaments offer competition in just about every tennis level possible, from kids to adults, beginners to advanced, and competitions based on points. Thereís really something for everyone who wants to try.

The thing about tournament tennis is that itís serious business for many who play and is very official for those running the event. That meanís you will be penalized for showing up late, the referee will keep you to a 5 minute warmup, and those desperate to win might not play by the rules if they can get away with a free point.

You may want to consider the following before entering any tennis tournament.

Review the tips above a couple times before taking the court for your first tournament. You will enjoy the experience most if youíre physically and mentally prepared.

Good luck on the courts and in your next tournament.

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