Tennis is an ideal sport for testing the physical fitness, mental toughness and technical skill of players – if, of course, you’re playing someone that’s of a similar ability.
Smashing someone 6-0 is only marginally more fun than being smashed 6-0, and tennis is not a sport where you can make great improvements by playing someone significantly better than you. There’s only so much you can learn while collecting balls that have whizzed past your racquet.
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Worse still than a mismatch is having no-one to play with at all, because playing tennis solo is more of a cry for help than an actual pastime.
Fortunately in this glorious age of interconnectivity, you need never play tennis alone or against someone far better than you again. From the company that brought you easyJet and easyGym comes easyTennis, which matches you with players of a similar ability in your area.
As the name suggests, signing up for easyTennis is a very simple process, but it isn't free. You can choose to either sign up to a pay-as-you-go plan where it costs you £2.99 for every match organised, or a £4.99 monthly membership where you can set up as many matches as you like. This rolling membership that can be cancelled any time, and there are even prizes to be won for frequent users of easyTennis.
You set your playing ability and availability, and then wait for the matches to start rolling in. It’s like Tinder, but with fewer dick pics. We can’t guarantee zero dick pics – no-one can, this is the internet – but we’re confident there will be fewer.
If you’re unsure of paying to use easyTennis without guarantees that you’ll find anyone to play with, enter your postcode on the site to see how many players and courts are near you. You can also set up a first match for free.
For more info and to sign up, head to easytennis.co.uk.
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Nick Harris-Fry is a journalist who has been covering health and fitness since 2015. Nick is an avid runner, covering 70-110km a week, which gives him ample opportunity to test a wide range of running shoes and running gear. He is also the chief tester for fitness trackers and running watches, treadmills and exercise bikes, and workout headphones.