Over the past several months I’ve had the opportunity to meet a number of folks who are recently relocating to our piece of paradise to call it home.

Although the majority seems to be those who are taking a well-deserved retirement from successful careers, there is a good percentage of younger families moving here, too.

Of course, the thing that ties all these people together with me is their interest in learning to play tennis, allowing them to enjoy being outdoors and active at the same time.

If you’re one of the fortunate folks to have moved to our Lowcountry paradise and are considering participating in one of the many outdoor activities offered here, tennis is a great sport, especially for seniors.

Not only are there an abundance of tennis courts available in the greater Bluffton and Hilton Head Island area, it’s fairly easy to find tennis players at various skill levels. Whether you’re a beginner or advanced player, you will be able to find a good match.

While many seniors might not want to play singles, you’d be surprised at how many still do. On the other hand, playing doubles is extremely popular with the majority of senior players, because half a court is more manageable than a full court.

Another reason tennis is popular is it’s a relatively low-cost activity, many times free. Most plantations and communities have tennis courts for their residents. There are also tennis clubs with varied programs and reasonable costs. It’s a great way to learn the game and meet new players with similar skill levels.

Additionally, the United States Tennis Association (USTA) Southern Division sponsors numerous tennis events and leagues for seniors including men’s, women’s and mixed doubles (55, 65, 70) all over the area. The leagues are fun to play in and provide a great way to socialize, too.

Though you might not be able to run a 4-minute mile, finish a 20-mile marathon, or hit a tennis ball at 100 mph, sports can still be a part of your life. And tennis is a safe and healthy sport activity for seniors to enjoy all year long.

Lou Marino is a USPTA Cardio and Youth Tennis Coach who lives and teaches in the greater Bluffton-Hilton Head Island area.