Determining the popularity of a sport is difficult. Most of those who are on different lists of the most popular sports are based more on subjective experience, than on numbers and facts. It is not an easy task, since there is no clear benchmark. Different types are popular in different parts of the world. That is why it is necessary to determine the criteria on the basis of which we can, at least approximately, make an objective ranking of the most popular sports in the world. The criteria should definitely include the following: Global base and audience, Television ratings, Number of professional leagues in the world, Sponsorships, Average salary of a professional athlete, Geographic distribution, Media presence, Accessibility to the wider world public, and Gender equality.
After reading all of the above, one has to have one particular sport in mind. It’s tennis. With over a billion followers, it is the most popular individual sport in the world. It is also one of the rare sports that is equally represented among men and women, both in terms of the number of players and the amount of prize money. The four biggest tennis tournaments (the so-called Grand Slam tournaments) are the most watched tennis events and the biggest money prize is also on offer. It is very widespread and is played professionally in almost every country.
About its origins…
The modern version as we know it today originated in England at the end of the 19th century. However, its roots go back even further to medieval France. The game at that time was initially played only with the bare hand, and later a glove was used. The racket was finally introduced in the 16th century. This original version is still played in the United Kingdom, Australia, the United States, and France, but has been completely eclipsed by modern tennis, which at the time was known as lawn tennis.
Given the fact that it’s so popular worldwide, Florida is no exception. The country is known to have a lot of sunny days throughout the year, making it a perfect destination for such sports. It is said that it has more than 7000 venues where one can indulge in these sports… some are of course better than others, and new ones are constantly being constructed. For that reason, we have decided to create a list containing all the top places and clubs where one can play tennis.
1. Nick Bollettieri sports academy
This academy is a pioneer in the concept of boarding schools for these famous sports. The name in its title belongs to one of the best tennis coaches in the country. So, if you find yourself in need of some lessons, you know where to go. Some of the biggest names in sports have got their education and skills here.
2. Crandon Tennis Center, Miami
If you want to play on the same court as Feddered, for example, this is the venue to go for. It is also known to be some of the most beautiful ones in the city. Due to the fact so many popular players have been playing here, it can get crowded, especially during weekends, but patience and waiting will pay off. It has 2 grass and 6 clay courts. It is also a venue where Sonny Ericson Open is being held. It offers a possibility to play at night, but only if you make an announcement at least two days in advance. Grass courts come a bit cheaper than the hard ones.
3. Jimmy Evert Tennis Center, Fort Lauderdale
This venue offers as many as 18 clays, and 3 hard courts, and is a legacy of the famous tennis name mentioned in its title. Since Jimmy has been trained by his father, it’s important to mention that he is still there, offering professional caching to the young generations willing to learn the art of the game. Although people say he can be picky about who he trains, it’s still worth a try.
4. Linger lodge, Bradenton
Although not officially a tennis venue, this location is perfect for those who want to experience the old Florida, and have the chance to indulge in a good game of tennis. It’s on our list because it’s just a short drive from four excellent venues, like Park Tennis Courts. To browse other locations in this community, click here.
5. Fiddler’s Creek- Naples
Here’s a community that is a proud place of immense courts and professional staff. Aside from indulging in a game of tennis, there are also amenities like a spa, fitness centers, swimming pools, etc. A whole family will surely have a great time here.
6. Ave Maria
Aside from playing tennis, this small town offers all kinds of sports activity possibilities.
There are many other venues in Florida that promise a top-notch experience when it comes to playing tennis. For those who haven’t tried it yet, here are some of the reasons you should start playing:
1. It’s a great calorie-burning sport
If you want fun, and to ensure you’ve burnt enough calories, then this is a great way to do it.
2. The heart is stronger
This sport requires you to do a lot of smaller sprints. Because of this, your heart beats harder and, over time, your body’s anaerobic capabilities become stronger. In this way, you reduce the risk of heart disease or heart attack.
3. The brain is more powerful
Every action in this sport requires a decision – do you shoot left, right, weak, strong, short, long… Scientists from the University of Illinois concluded that in this way new connections can be created between nerves in the brain.
4. It makes you an optimist
Scientists have concluded that tennis players are more optimistic, have more self-confidence, and are less prone to anxiety, depression, and anger. In addition, the physical, mental, and emotional stress of playing will strengthen your ability to cope with stress.
Now that you know all about the best venues, and the benefits of this sport, it is time to grab a racket and a pair of sneakers.