Is tennis an aerobic exercise or anaerobic exercise?

I’ve been doing some research and it turns out that sources state differently.

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  1. Kenneth, 17 April, 2010

    Tennis is can be anaerobic and aerobic exercise and it also depend how intense your tennis exercise is.We use our leg and hand to play tennis, hence this muscle cells contain high density of mitochondria oraganelle.This mitochondria able to generate enery in the form of ATP through a series of biochemical pathway during cellular respiration(breathing)However, when playing vigorous tennis, the muscles are forced to do work without enough oxygen supply. Hence this cells use ATP in a high rate. In such situation the muscle cells undergo anaerobic respiration in which the muscle cells continue to genarate energy in the form of ATP with the absence or lack of oxygen. If we play excessive, strenous or prolongned tennis, the muscle will eventually respire aerobically. However, the muscles soon use up all the available oxygen.In spite of the increased of breathing rate and heartbeat rate, the blood cannot supply oxygen fast and rapid enough to meet the requirements.So, we said to be oxygen debt.During this anaerobic respiration, glucose will break down to lactic acid.Hence, this accumulation of lactic acid can reach a high level of concentration to cause muscle cramps and fatique. This kind of phenomenon resemble men tennis in a grand slam especially whey thet play untill the 5th set, they are so exhausted..or the play more than 2 hours especially women tennis due to a lower metabolism rate than male. So, this contributes to the exhaustion a tennis player feels aft a period of intence battle in the court. Hence that player must breath in deeply and rapidly in order to inhale more oxygen to get rid or
    oxidized the accumulated lactic acid to water and carbon dioxide.

  2. Anglo 409, 17 April, 2010

    I can understand why your sources would disagree. That is because there are elements of both. When you’re in a long rally, continuously making quick stops and starts and running full out at times, it is obviously anaerobic.

    On the other hand, between points, you can go as slowly as you want, retrieving balls, getting into position, taking a long time to serve.

    As one who played tennis for years, my opinion is that, unfortunately, it is aerobic. Too easy to catch your breath.

  3. ♥Muffin♥, 17 April, 2010


  4. The Djoker, 17 April, 2010

    Eh.. I would say aerobic, because anaerobic is to do with water.

  5. Chimney, 17 April, 2010

    Tennis uses all of your energy systems because if its durations. Starts off with your ATP/PC than as duration increases it moves into anaerobic than the longer the game than it moves into your aerobic. It is using all your Energy systems but the more dominant one would be your anaerobic because tennis is not like a marathon, you have time to take a breather, slow down your heart rate and have a rest, where as in a marathon you are pushing your body to its absolute limit in the aerobic. So i would say, both, due to the intensity of some rallys and game lengths it would definitely be in your aerobic source, but it would generally sit border lining mid to high anaerobic system.

    For example a tennis match with Nadal and Federer you would definately find them border linning Anaerobic and Aerobic alot of the time, in a match like the AO womans final than Serena would of only used her Anaerobic, she was barely doing anything out there to even raise the anaerobic system to get anywhere near aerobic!

  6. Carlie S, 17 April, 2010

    Aerobic. This is because you are working at 60-80% of your maximum heart rate.

    Tennis exercises you and improves your fitness. However it is something that can be played over a long period of time, unlike sprinting (anearobic).

    Anaerobic is at 70-90% of your maximum heart rate. It involves short bursts of energy and afterwards an oxygen debt has to be repayed.

    Tennis, like most other sports, is aerobic.

  7. si_gendut, 17 April, 2010

    i think tennis is pretty much aerobic. i wonder why people think anaerobic sports relates to water. swimming is aerobic as well.
    hope this helps 🙂

  8. Eric, 17 April, 2010


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