A: New players should find a program that will help them in the early stages of learning to play. Teaching pros make learning to play fun and research shows that you are three times more likely to enjoy tennis if you are part of a new player program rather than just trying to learn to play tennis by yourself.

That's why we established Tennis Welcome Centers throughout America, to help you "learn to play tennis...fast!"

Just type in your Zip Code or your City and State at the top of this page and you can find tennis facilities in your community offering programs that will get you playing in no time. Courts, instruction, people to play with, drill tips - you'll find them all here. Like the name says, there's a place for everyone at the almost 3,000 Tennis Welcome Centers throughout the U.S., even if you've never touched a racquet in your life.

A: Teaching pros say they can have you hitting back and forth steadily in two hours. For most, a four-week group program taught by a pro should put you on the fast track to success.

A: Like that other popular world game, soccer, tennis is the most basic of sports-you need a racquet and a can of balls. And it doesn't have to cost much. Racquets can be purchased for under $40, and balls shouldn't run you more than $3 a can. Most Tennis Welcome Centers will have loaner racquets that you can use for your first few lessons.

A: Want flat abs, chiseled legs and a hard body? Tennis will help you get them. The abdominal muscles and legs are involved in every stroke in the game. Want to burn calories? For the average person, an hour of tennis will burn 493 of them. An hour on a stationary bike will burn 387. Which one sounds like more fun?

Check out our Tennis: Stronger Mind and Body section for more information from one of our great supporters, the Cleveland Clinic. You'll see why tennis is such a great sport.

A: Only if you want. The days of lily-white tennis fashion are gone, replaced by colorful athletic gear. Of course, you can also go out there in a T-shirt and cut-offs.

A: There's no more social game than tennis. It's one of the few sports where men and women play together. Singles, married couples, friends, fathers, daughters-there's a place for everyone on a tennis court. You will also see on our Web site in the Tennis: Stronger Mind and Body section where tennis is the best sport in building personality characteristics.

A: Yes, but, you will find the cost to be very reasonable. You will be part of a multi-session course, taught by a professional, where you will learn how to play tennis...and also meet some new friends.

A: Absolutely, tennis is one of the few spots where men and women can play together. Virtually all entry level tennis programs are co-ed.

A: Yes, most TWCs will offer programs for both kids and adults. When you click on a facility, they'll have this information.

A: Please click here to send us an email with your comments.

A: Please contact us at comments@tenniswelcomecenter.com. We will try to connect you with a facility in your area.

A: To get your facility enrolled as a Tennis Welcome center, Click here for more information.

A: While it is important to know the Rules of Tennis if you are going to be competing in tournaments, leagues, or team play, it is not necessary for you to know every rule in the book while you're getting started. To learn a few basics to help you begin, click here.

A: Having good sportsmanship is a large part of playing and having fun with tennis. Click here for a few basic tips on etiquette.