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After a long year of seclusion and a renewed focus on healthy living, many people are searching for ways to stay active. Tennis is one sport experiencing a new wave of activity, and robust Club programs are adding to the upward swing. According to an annual study by the Physical Activity Council, U.S. tennis participation in 2020 surged 22% from the year prior. This added close to 21.64 million players, up from 4 million in 2019. But why are so many people choosing tennis as their new sport of choice?

Tennis and Club Sports See Increased Activity

The Physical Activity Council studies also showed team sports and indoor gym-based activities lost participants over the past few years. Instead, people gravitated towards outdoor and individual activities like camping and hiking, where they could remain socially distant from others. With over 6.78 million new players, tennis also stands out with the highest rate of growth among traditional sports. Compared to other top sports, tennis can not only be played outdoors, but also has significant spaces between each player. This allows players to be socially distant from one another while also getting their exercise in.

Desirable Health Benefits

Compared to the normal gym workout, tennis is a beneficial and enjoyable way to stay active for people of all ages. Young children learn teamwork, sportsmanship, strategic thinking and problem-solving. Adults and seniors achieve cardiovascular fitness and stronger, healthier bones. It can also help players of all ages achieve a stronger sense of balance, coordination, reaction time, and agility.

A New Way to Socialize

“Our Members have really enjoyed getting together on the courts,” says Fabio Vasconcellos, Director of Tennis at Harbour Ridge. “Getting in a good workout is great for a healthy lifestyle, but friendly competition and social interaction are delivering valuable mental benefits to our players.”

Industry experts agree tennis has great benefits for mental, social, and emotional health. Laughter and fun combined with smashing tennis balls across the court can help manage stress levels and clear the mind.

harbour ridge member playing tennis with grandson

Harbour Ridge Tennis

With a well-appointed tennis complex including eight Har-Tru courts and one stadium court, it is no wonder that the tennis program at Harbour Ridge was recently awarded Tennis Facility of the Year by the USTA. The Peter Burwash International-managed tennis program is very active, with weekly socials, round-robin tournaments, and men’s and women’s tennis team competitions. Social events revolving around tennis are common, and the tennis center is a hub of activity at the Club.

The Lakeside Club tennis facilities are just one of the robust list of resort-style amenities that make the private residential country club lifestyle at Harbour Ridge second-to-none.

Harbour Ridge offers the very best of boating and golf course living. The heart and social epicenter of Harbour Ridge is our 45,000 square foot Clubhouse that is perfectly designed to take full advantage of the panoramic vistas of the St. Lucie River. The state-of-the-art Lakeside Lifestyle Center features signature spa services, a full-service salon, and barbershop, a fitness pool with lap swimming and a spacious fitness center.

Harbour Ridge Private Golf Club Community

The two USGA-recognized championship golf courses, designed by Pete & P.B. Dye and Joe Lee, were redesigned by Bobby Weed in 2018. They wind along the river and throughout the community, offering breathtaking views. An active calendar of events keeps resident Members busy with a never-ending schedule of activities and celebrations. From fishing and golf tournaments, waterfront dinners, and multiple shared interest clubs for those who enjoy birding, cycling, tennis, and more, there is never a shortage of events at Harbour Ridge.

Harbour Ridge Yacht & Country Club is the premier private waterfront and golf community on Southeast Florida’s Treasure Coast. The “Private by Nature” waterfront location on the St. Lucie River makes it the perfect place to live. To learn more about the unique private club lifestyle offered at Harbour Ridge and the wide variety of residential real estate offerings available, call our real estate office at 772-336-1800 or visit us at To receive a digital brochure that highlights the amenities and lifestyle of our waterfront community, click here.