Lawn Tennis for a Healthy Work Life Balance

By: Omede Odekina

What comes to mind when you hear these names; Lionel Messi, C. Ronaldo, Didier Drogba, JJ Okocha, the EPL, Serie A, UEFA? Without a blink we are often quick to identify them with football. How about Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray, Roger Federer, Lindsay Davenport, Kim Clijsters, Jelena Janković, the William sisters Venus and Serena, Caroline Wozniacki, Petra Kvitová, and Victoria Azarenka… US Open, French Open, Wimbledon championship, Rome Masters and Australian Open? I sense a lot of people thinking. Well, these are great Lawn Tennis stars and competitions, players that have graced the courts and won several laurels in these championships.

Serena Williams, one of Lawn Tennis greats, with her strength and character has warmed her way into the hearts of many lawn tennis followers especially Africans, as she brings to the game energy, entertainment, fashion & style. She shows how the sport can be played gracefully.  

If you really want to serve and strike the ball like a Serena or a Nadal; we invite you to get energized to embrace the challenging yet rewarding sport of lawn tennis.

The warmth of the culture in tennis world is abundant, so locating tennis players to compete against, even as staff or neighbours, is virtually guaranteed. There are tennis courts almost walking distances around your neighbourhood; you can always locate one either at the stadium, schools, recreation centres, or neighbourhood parks.

The social and networking aspect of the game is awesome; you will find that most athletes that play tennis are goal oriented individuals who are driven to succeed. This motivates us, as staff, to develop healthy competition amongst our peers; ultimately galvanizing into industry competition that will sustain our bank as a market leader.

The initial goal is to advance to a level where you can comfortably manoeuvre around the tennis court with ease and maintain confidence in your game.

Just like a baby, you have to crawl before you walk, and walk before you run.

Learning how to play tennis is all about attitude and commitment; maintaining a positive attitude, staying focused and most importantly practicing consistently.

A tennis match is a competition played between two, three or four players. The three most common match competitions played in tennis are Singles, Doubles, and Mixed Doubles.

Kindly ensure you take the time to stretch out and warm up thoroughly before you start any game of tennis. This will prevent possible injuries and also give you time to scout out your competitor’s strengths and weaknesses.

A serve initiates game play. The moment the tennis ball is served, the battle to win the first point begins. Tennis players return the tennis ball back and forth until the point is played out.

The goal is to win the point by strategic game planning and game play.

Tennis games can last from a few minutes to several minutes depending on how competitive the players are and how many points are played. It takes a minimum of four points to play out a game. In order to win a game, you must win by at least two points.

The game of Tennis will challenge you both physically and mentally especially when you are in the initial stages of learning how to play tennis. Stay committed, concentrate on what you are doing and learn at your own speed.

For a simple start, you can develop an interest in watching the game of tennis; it’s not all about the premiership, or NBA. Get interested in World Tennis Association (WTA) competitions; the US Open, French Open, Wimbledon Championship, Rome Masters and the Australian Open. Tennis is an intelligent sport. If you desire to win on the job, at home, or in life; tennis is one sure way to achieve this. Your family, friends and colleagues can all participate either as players or spectators; you really have no time lost.

Rather than just bend it like a Beckham, try also serving like Serena and Nadal; you will be on a path to achieving a healthy work life balance.
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