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Mental Health Awareness Week – How tennis can improve your mental wellbeing


Recent research published by the Mental Health Foundation highlights the rising number of people affected by mental ill-health in the UK, with the latest study suggesting nearly two-thirds of people have experienced a mental health problem in their lifetimes.

To mark Mental Health Awareness Week, we chatted to the LTA’s Senior Performance Lifestyle Advisor Rachel Newnham to find out how tennis can play its part in helping people maintain a healthy state of mind.

The Mental Health Foundation points to physical exercise as one of the most effective ways to enhance mental wellbeing, listing studies that show the positive effects it has on our moods, stress levels and self-esteem.


Rachel incorporates this into her work with the UK’s performance players.

“One of the most important tips I could give to anyone would be to take time out each day to do something physical that gives you lots of enjoyment,” Rachel says.

“Whether you’re picking up a racket for the first time in years or playing at the highest level, tennis is an amazing way to keep active and release endorphins.

“It’s a really social sport which allows you to connect with people and gives you a different kind of focus away from your daily routine. If you’re having a good or bad day, it presents the opportunity to let off some steam while having fun on court.”

So as the summer heats up, there couldn’t be a better time to get on court and play tennis – whether it’s a gentle hit with family and friends, coaching sessions, cardio tennis classes or joining a local tennis league, there’s something out there to boost anyone’s mood!

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