How to Stay Fit Playing Tennis and Racquetball

Tennis is an old age game that you can trace to thousands of years back.  At it’s introduction, instead of using rackets, players used their hands to hit the ball. Over time, the game grew to the use of nets, lines, racquets and a (somewhat confusing) set of rules.

Tennis was the beginning, and the popularity is responsible for the birth of most of the other racquet sports you see today. Even the great racquetball originated from tennis.  Racquetball started during the Korean War that took place between 1950 and 1953.

Despite the fact that both sports are fun for the entire family, one may be more right for you.  Here is the breakdown of the differences between tennis and racquetball.


Differences between racquetball and tennis


The racquets

It is clear that both sports make use of rackets. But in tennis, the racquets are  larger by 6 inches.
According to international standards, a tennis racquet should be 28 inches while a racquetball racquet should only be 22 inches. Are you looking for a good raquetball racket, and don’t know where to turn? Racquets World breaks down the details about the best racquetball racquet in their recent publication.


A tennis court can either be indoors or outdoors, and played on clay, grass, hard courts or on carpet.  Dimensions of the court are 78 feet by 39 feet. The net, which extends across the court, is 3 feet high.

A  racquetball court has four high walls of 20 feet each that aid in the gameplay.  Racquetball always played indoors measures 40 feet by 20 feet.

The balls

The balls used in both the games also differ. For tennis, the ball is covered using a ball of fuzzy wool.  In racquetball, there is no wool nor nylon covering and the ball is a bit smaller.


When it comes down to how one can score, racquetball is simpler than tennis. In racquetball, the player scores on the serve and if he or she succeeds, it is considered a point.  The first player to reach 15 points wins the game.

In tennis, Points start at Love (0).  Then when a player wins a point, it goes to 15, 30, 40, and finally the next point wins the game.  The first player to 6 games wins the set.  To win the game of tennis, for the recreational player, you must win 2 out of 3 sets. Settle in, it could be a very long and hot afternoon!





The two games sure have their benefits to the body bearing in mind that they are both relatively involving sports.

They require lots of energy and agility where they help the body lead a healthier life. The following are the benefits:


    • Lowers the body fat.
    • Increases reaction times.
    • Improves muscle flexibility and strength.
    • Increases bone density.
    • Improves metabolism.
    • Lowers blood pressure.
    • Increases the aerobic capacity of the body.
    • Helps to socialize.
    • It’s ideal for all ages and skill levels.
    • Useful in reducing stress.
    • Not reliant on youth. (I got beat badly by an 85-year old!)


  • Burns excess calories and fat in the body.
  • Helps to boost bone and muscle health.
  • Good for heart health.
  • Helps to boost flexibility, balance, and coordination.
  • It boosts mental agility.
  • It has both aerobic and anaerobic advantages.
  • Total body conditioning.
  • It is a fun-filled activity.
  • Helps to reduce stress.

I find racquetball to be quick paced and difficult if you are slow like me!  Do you like to play tennis or racquetball?

About George Skyler, the Author of Racquet World

“George Skyler is the founder of Racquets World. An experienced sports blogger who stops at nothing until a good job is done. He has all the knowledge related to racquet sports and always up to deliver the quality information to his sports audience.

About Lisa

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  1. I used to love tennis as a girl. I agree with all of the pros you have outlined above. It’s really fun too x #MMBH

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