Okay, so I hadn't picked up a tennis racket in about ten years, let alone ventured out onto a tennis court. Watching the Australian Open every year from the safety of my very comfortable couch, whilst enjoyable, hasn't improved my game, although I have become quite the couch "expert." Isn't it funny how that happens during televised sporting competitions? However, last weekend, thanks to LifeTime Tennis, I had a blast playing the game despite being absolutely terrible. Thankfully, my tennis partner was gracious enough not to say anything. Although that could have been because he was only marginally better than I was. (Sorry Richard!) Anyway, I'm not entirely sure who won as we didn't exactly stick to the rules, but it did give us a chance to practice our very rusty backhands.
If you're looking for a way to partake in this widely popular pastime, LifeTime Tennis is a tennis organisation that offers people a chance to get fit, have fun and improve their game no matter what their skill level. Whether you are a beginner, an expert or are coming back to the sport after years of neglect; there are all kinds of programs to suit your skill set and your lifestyle.
You can go with the flow like we did and have a hit just for fun and some light exercise. I do say 'light' even though we were huffing and puffing after about 20 minutes. It must have been those competitive streaks. I still say that last shot was in. Alternatively, if simply tossing a ball around for an hour or so doesn't appeal to you, you can always opt for something a little more organised and structured. Court hire is $18 an hour during the day and $24 an hour at night. Standard court hours are 8:30 am to 9 pm from Monday to Friday and 8:30 am to 6 pm on Saturdays and Sundays.
LifeTime Tennis caters to people of all ages so whether you are two or 82 you can still get out there and give it your best shot. There are kids, juniors and adults tennis programs as well as competitions. There are a wide range of courses available for every age group; from introductory "Play-n-Learn" programs all the way through to more advanced and comprehensive programs. This is a wonderful opportunity for those of us who never got a chance to get into the game at an early age.
The best advice I can give you is to check out the different packages online as the prices and timeframes vary substantially. There are lots of courses and activities to choose from because LifeTime Tennis understands that everyone is looking for something different. Whether you want to get serious and hone your technique or simply use this as a social opportunity to have some fun; you're covered either way.
Perhaps you want to develop your skills in a safe and structured environment; then private coaching is always an option. You can do this by yourself or share the experience with a friend or family member. Regardless of what you want to do and the kind of training or experience you are considering for yourself or your family; LifeTime Tennis aims to make playing tennis fun and interactive – just the way it should be. In no time at all you will be a star player without even realising it.
The best part is with numerous options available, this tennis organisation makes tennis accessible to everyone. Please don't let lack of experience or funds stop you from getting out there and having fun. Kids and juniors also have the chance to get involved in fun camps over the school holidays. This really is an opportunity for the whole family.
If you don't have a neighbour or good friend who just happens to have a tennis court in their backyard; you might be wondering where the best place is to get your game on. LifeTime Tennis has courts at different locations around Brisbane including Nudgee College at Boondall; the Ambiwerra Tennis Centre at Corinda; and the Gregory Terrace Tennis Centre at Spring Hill for those closer to the CBD.
I find that location and convenience are huge factors when deciding to do something, therefore having these options is definitely an asset. If you have the opportunity, I recommend visiting the Corinda courts. These courts have recently been resurfaced and are set in a large open field. It's a great way to spend a morning or afternoon. They also have a café for light refreshments, just in case you need to replenish your energy levels before, during or after your session.