For those who took up tennis through the pandemic, you are in good firm. The game boomed throughout shelter in place. At a time when gyms shuttered and lots of sports activities got here to a halt, 3 million people began enjoying tennis — that is a 44 p.c enhance over the earlier 12 months.
“It makes me excited that individuals have gravitated towards tennis,” seven-time grand slam and four-time Olympic Gold champion Venus Williams instructed CelebrityPie. “So many individuals have found tennis this final 12 months. It was one of many solely sports activities that was secure and that you might play outside,” she mentioned throughout an interview selling the WELL Health-Safety Rating, a designation that signifies a constructing or house has taken steps to safeguard the well being and security of their employees and guests. Williams joined a number of different celebs, together with Woman Gaga and Jennifer Lopez in an ad campaign for the security seal.
The socially-distant sport may additionally owe a few of its reputation to being an ideal antidote to the consequences of pandemic stress and sedentary habits: “It is so bodily. It will get you in nice form. It is also so psychological. There’s a lot to present and it offers you a lot,” she mentioned concerning the perks of enjoying.
To all these newcomers, Williams presents this knowledge: “Do not be afraid to fail,” she mentioned. “I feel that is what holds the leisure participant again … however on the highway to greatness there’s not numerous greatness typically.” Which is sweet recommendation off the court docket, too.
Williams additionally inspired newbies to spend time honing their method. “You need to be technically sound as a result of tennis strikes quick,” she mentioned. “You do not have time to assume, you have to have your methods there,” she mentioned. And, in fact, having coach is vital. “When your coach or somebody really exhibits you the best way to do it the precise means, do not slip again to that outdated means, simply sustain with it, you will be pleasantly shocked at how shortly you get higher.”
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