One of the most prevalent concerns from family members is that they don’t spend enough quality time together. Between working around everyone’s schedule and finding something to do that everyone is interested in, spending this quality time together can be difficult.

But difficult doesn’t always mean impossible. One of the solutions to this dilemma is sports, and more specifically, tennis. Tennis has always been known as a lifetime sport. When tennis aficionados exclaim that tennis is for anyone “between four and 94”, they’re not exaggerating. It’s a game that can be played at any age and ability, which is why it’s also a great way to spend time with family. 

“Family time is a valued commodity,” says Danielle Gooding, Director of Community Tennis at USTA Florida. “This current time in our world has allowed for more family time, and playing tennis is a great way to spend that time together. USTA Florida has made it a priority to promote, support, and encourage those moments of together time.”

Before COVID-19, USTA Florida sponsored and hosted a number of Family Play days and events across the state. While these events remain on hold for the foreseeable future, USTA Florida will continue to encourage play between family members.  

“Tennis is that rare sport that can deliver at whatever age you start playing and gives different generations the opportunity to play together,” says Gooding. “The goal is to get everyone on the court – mom, dad, children, grandparents – and to have fun playing.”

Getting the whole family involved, whether that is casually hitting the ball down at the local park or joining together to take down the competition at the neighborhood club, creates the opportunity for quality time. It also serves as a learning experience for children as it teaches teamwork, discipline, mental focus, and physical fitness.

“Parents playing with their kids is great for relationships and it also promotes the game,” says Gooding. “Most importantly, a great thing happens to families who play together: family memories are built, inside jokes are shared, and a family bond is strengthened.”

Looking for more ways to enjoy tennis as a family? Visit www.ustaflorida.com/familyplay to learn more about the opportunities offered.

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