A surprising medical study shows that tennis players live longer than those playing other sports.
The Danish study, conducted over 25 years, involved nearly 8600 participants.
Toowoomba Tennis Association President Allen Smythe has been promoting the health benefits of the sport for the past 28 years.
“I think tennis is a good, healthy sport that you can play from age five to 105,” Mr Smythe says.
The heart study, conducted in the city of Copenhagen, showed that tennis players could live an average of 9.7 years longer than people who didn’t exercise – and were also fitter than people who played other sports, including soccer, cycling and swimming.
Mr Smythe says that his association had more than 300 members, including veterans, children, and seniors up to the age of 90.
“This study found that gym memberships didn’t increase your life at all – tennis was the sport that topped all others”.
“I believe it is because it is a social sport and also provides mental exercise as you have to strategise on court.
To support the benefits of playing tennis, the Toowoomba Tennis Association will install new LED lighting on three courts with money from the Gambling Fund
Toowoomba South MP David Janetzki says the grant is a tribute to the efforts of Association President Allen Smythe.