Essay by infernator3High School, 12th gradeA, November 2014

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David Tra

Mr. Rietz

American Lit: Block 3

6 October 5

Why Tennis is a Great Sport

Ever since I've started playing tennis in my freshmen year at Davenport West High school, I have come to realize that majority of my friends, classmates, and society does not give tennis the attention that it deserves as sport. Many of them claim that it is an easy sport and that anyone can do it. I always get into an argument with people because the only ones that make that accusation are obviously people who have never played real tennis before. Tennis is not something people can pick up right away. Even though tennis is not as mainstream as football and baseball, it should still be recognized as a great sport that requires a high caliber of skill. Things that make tennis one of the greatest sports is its diversity, competiveness, and the level of skill required to be a tennis player.

Tennis is one of the most diverse sports in the world. In the ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals) World Tour, every tennis pro comes from a different country. Just like soccer, everyone in the world plays tennis. There are no age limits to playing tennis. You can be a 5 year old or 50 year old, and it would not matter. Not only that, but no other top-tier sport has such a remarkable mix of high-level male and female athletes. In fact, you can play mixed doubles in local and state tournaments, making tennis a sport that both girls and boys can play together. Tennis is one of the most international and gender mixed sport you can find out there. There are many celebrities that also play tennis, one of them being Maroon 5's lead guitarist, James Valentine. Tennis is...