January Letter from the President



Happy New Year Kentucky tennis players! As we move into 2017, it is traditional to set resolutions and goals. We are encouraged to do so by all media outlets and are bombarded to improve all aspects of our lives.  There truly is no other sport like tennis for accomplishing this goal. This statement is backed by decades of studies performed not just by tennis groups, but also by respected organizations such as the National Institute of Health. It improves not only your physicality, but also your mental health.


In an excellent article written by Jack L. Groppel, Ph.D., the facts backed up by scientists and studies regarding the benefits of tennis are spelled out. The main premises are as follows:


  1. People who participate in tennis 3 hours per week (at moderately vigorous intensity) cut their risk of death from any cause in half, according to physician Ralph Paffenbarger who studied over 10,000 people over a period of twenty years.
  2. Tennis players scored higher in vigor, optimism, and self-esteem while scoring lower in depression, anger, confusion, anxiety and tension than other athletes and non-athletes according to Dr. Joan Finn and colleagues at Southern Connecticut State University.
  3. Since tennis requires alertness and tactical thinking, it may generate new connections between nerves in the brain and thus promote a lifetime of continuing development of the brain, reported scientists at the University of Illinois.
  4. Tennis outperforms golf, inline skating and most other sports in developing positive personality characteristics according to Dr. Jim Gavin, author of the exercise habit.
  5. Competitive tennis burns more calories than aerobics, inline skating or cycling according to studies on caloric expenditures.


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As the New Year takes off, we feel a renewed sense of purpose in improving our lives and the lives of others. Tennis is the answer. As USTA Kentucky programming gears up from Juniors to Adults, get involved and invite others to do so as well. It is such a fun way to become physically and mentally healthier. Here’s wishing you a healthy and happy 2017 filled with success and laughter both on and off the court!


Take Care,





USTA Kentucky

“Tennis…It All Matters!”