Existing Research

Although there have been many research studies that have concluded that physical activity is beneficial to a healthy lifestyle, specific studies linking tennis and their specific benefits have been limited.

The following selected research studies have specific relevance to tennis and have been used by the ITF to position tennis through the Tennis Play and Stay campaign and easy, fun and health.

Health Benefits of Tennis (Pluim et al, 2007)

Commissioned by the International Tennis Federation and featured in Vol 41 (11) of the British Journal of Sports Medicine in 2007.


The aim of the study was to explore the role of tennis in the promotion of health and
prevention of disease. The focus of this study was on risk factors and diseases related to a sedentary lifestyle, including low fitness levels, obesity, hyperlipidemia, hypertension, diabetes mellitus, cardiovascular disease, and osteoporosis.


It was concluded that people who choose to play tennis appear to have significant health benefits, including improved aerobic fitness, a lower body fat percentage, a more favourable lipid profile, a reduced risk for developing cardiovascular disease, and improved bone health.

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Tennis for the health of it! (Groppel, J; DiNubile, N, 2009)

Featured in Vol 2 (37) of the Physician and Sports Medicine in 2009.


Tennis is a sport with numerous health benefits for individuals of all ages. It is also a tremendously effective fitness activity. Regular participants experience a wide variety of health-related physical and mental benefits, from improved cardiovascular, metabolic, and bone health to improved agility, coordination, and even stress and anxiety management. Physicians and other health care professionals can play and important role in educating patients and the public about the health benefits of tennis as well as motivating them to take up this activity as part of an overall exercise prescription. Based on the scientific evidence available, it is difficult to find an activity that offers as wide a range of overall health benefits as tennis, and individuals who take up tennis reap tremendous rewards.

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The Sport of a Lifetime (Kovacs, M; Roetert, P, 2009)

Article taken from the US Open 2009 Official Programme (USTA, 2009).


Even though you may never play tennis at the same high level as Roger Federer or Serena Williams—you can certainly enjoy the sport for the fun, social and competitive benefits it provides, regardless of whether you are young or old, male or female, a beginner or an advanced player. Tennis is arguably the greatest sport there is to improve health, wellness and an overall healthy lifestyle.

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