Anyone for tennis?
If your main form of exercise during lockdown has been ripping open packets of biscuits, now’s the time to consider taking up a racquet sport.
Previously, tennis was one of the first sports allowed to start up after restrictions, so we’re hoping that courts will be available again now the temperatures are getting closer to double figures. Nets are an inbuilt form of social distancing!
There are plenty of options once things start to open up again. David Lloyd Club has five indoor and two outdoor courts and there are excellent indoor facilities at Westburn Park. The Lawn Tennis Association has lists of coaches, courts and LTA affiliated clubs on their website. There are LTA affiliated clubs in Insch, Oldmeldrum, Westhill, Portlethen and Inverurie. City-based clubs include Rubislaw, Cults, Albury, Torry, Kings College and Westburn. Most of the region’s larger villages and towns will have courts.
Tennis is great for the whole family and you don’t need to be skilled to enjoy it. Check with your local club or courts to see if they have coaching sessions for beginners or people who haven’t played in years. The LTA normally runs a scheme for children aged four to eleven which includes six coaching sessions, a racquet and balls and a t-shirt for £35, which is great value. They even have lots of exercises and tennis-related activities on their website for kids, so you can build up some skills before hitting the courts.
Unlike golf, tennis doesn’t have to be expensive to start with. It’s important to get the right balance and grip size when choosing a racquet, so it’s best if you can visit a sports retailer with expertise. Thistle Sports on Rose Street carries a good range of racquets and can fit grips or restring an existing racquet for you. Unless you’re playing at Wimbledon, tennis kit comes in every shade and a great variety of shapes and high-tech fabrics.
If you’re looking to try a racquet sport, tennis isn’t the only option. David LloydAberdeen, the Aberdeen Sports Village and RGU: Sport all offer badminton courts, with the Sports Village also offering courts for squash and racquetball. Badminton’s more about delicate control than running about, while squash and racquet ball need short bursts of power, speed and strength, combined with a desire to see your opponent run head first into a side wall.
The Aberdeen Squash and Racquetball Club at Mannofield offers a couple of courts, a good social scene, coaching and leagues for all levels of participant. The city has badminton courts available at many of the sports and leisure centres, as well as two bookable squash courts at Kincorth.
Who knows, you could be the next Andy Murray.