Jack Nicklaus, one of the best golfers of all time, is famous for the following quote about his other favorite sport:
More to the point, tennis seems to suffer the same stigma as golf. It’s always been seen as a sport of the elite, but I couldn’t disagree more. While you could easily spend thousands of dollars on top-of-the-line equipment, fancy clothes, private lessons, and a tennis club, you don’t have to. In fact, here are five ways that anyone can play tennis, without breaking the bank.
Buy Cheap Gear
If you’re new to tennis, you can find a new racquet for a low price. You won’t need a lightweight frame or fancy string. Just get a decent oversized racquet that you feel comfortable holding. Models from the previous year always go on sale. Or better yet, borrow one from a friend! Almost everyone has a tennis racquet sitting in their garage or basement.
Wear Your Gym Clothes
You don’t need to go out and buy any new clothes for tennis. Shorts and a t-shirt are just fine. The only word of caution I would give is with respect to your shoes. You’ll want to ensure that your tennis shoes are not slippery on the court and have non-marking soles, so you don’t ruin the court surface. If you are wondering how to lace your tennis shoes properly, be sure to read a guide or watch an online tutorial!
Find a Public Court
Most cities have public tennis courts available that are either free, or have a very small charge that you can split with your playing partner(s). The only downside could be long wait times (NYC is famous for this!), but you may just find a new tennis partner while you’re in line. Tennis is tennis, you don’t need to play at a country club to enjoy the game. Trust me on this one. There are also games that are like Tennis that allows you to play on public court too, such as something like Pickleball, and you don’t have to break the bank to get the pickleball paddles.
~ where I used to play tennis ~
~ where I play tennis now ~
Share a Coach
If you’re looking to improve your game with some personal coaching, share the cost. Get some friends together and hire a coach for an hour. Tennis clinics are also a great way to split the cost over a larger group of people, and you’ll be paired with players that are at the same level as you. There are even free tennis programs, if you know where to look. Check out this great website to find free tennis near you!
Sites like Groupon always have discounts for tennis memberships, court fees, and instructions. No scissors required!
Do you have any other tips? Feel free to share them in the comments below!