Expand Content

Tennis: Stronger Mind & Body

Tennis: Stronger Mind & Body

Bjorn Borg, the stoic tennis-playing Swede who won five straight Wimbledon and six French Open singles titles, was famous for his calm, cool demeanor on the court. For a time, he was dubbed "Ice Borg." His conditioning was legendary, and so was his resting heart rate, a reported 45 beats per minute.

Whether true or not, the story about Borg's tranquil cardiac tissue underscores an important point about tennis: playing it on a regular basis is good for your heart. It's also good for the body and mind. In fact, playing tennis on a regular basis produces physical, physiologic and psychologic benefits.

These benefits include increased burning of calories, reduction in blood pressure and reduced stress. All of these benefits play a role in reducing a person’s risk of developing heart disease, the number-one killing disease among men and women.

To help you appreciate the health and heart benefits of tennis, to encourage you to get out there and play and to help you play the sport safely, Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute at Cleveland Clinic and the United States Tennis Association have collaborated to bring you this “Get your game on” guide.

To make an appointment with an exercise specialist or to join a cardiac rehabilitation program, contact the Cleveland Clinic Preventive Cardiology - 216.444.9353 or 800.223.2273 ext. 9353.


*a new browser window will open with the links to outside sites. The inclusion of links to other web sites does not imply any endorsement of the material on the web sites or any association with their operators

Talk to a Nurse: Mon. - Fri., 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. (ET)

Call a Heart & Vascular Nurse locally 216.445.9288 or toll-free 866.289.6911.

Schedule an Appointment

Toll-free 800.659.7822

This information is provided by Cleveland Clinic and is not intended to replace the medical advice of your doctor or health care provider. Please consult your health care provider for advice about a specific medical condition.

© Copyright 2015 Cleveland Clinic. All rights reserved.

HealthHub from Cleveland Clinic

Read the Latest from Our Experts About » cctopics » Heart & Vascular Health
Dark, Milk or White – Which Chocolate Is Best for Your Heart? (Infographic)
3/31/15 7:00 a.m.
Chocolate is good for blood flow, which means it’s good for your heart. But not all chocolate is created equal. Find out about the healthy antioxidants and what else ...
by Heart & Vascular Team
Predict Your Risk of Heart Attack or Stroke
3/30/15 8:30 a.m.
How likely are you to have a heart attack or stroke? A simple blood test can help predict your risk. The PLAC® ...
Cleveland Clinic Receives Heart Failure GOLD Recognition
3/30/15 6:00 a.m.
Since 2011, Cleveland Clinic has received the GOLD Certification from the American Heart Association’s Ge...
Obese Children Have Greater Risk for Adult Heart Disease
3/27/15 7:00 a.m.
For many people, obesity starts developing in early childhood, when good dietary and exercise habits are neglec...
Is Heart Disease In Your Genes?
3/26/15 8:07 a.m.
Do you wonder why some smokers develop heart disease, but others don’t? Or how someone who thrives on burgers a...