Playing tennis in the Holiday Region Dachstein Salzkammergut
Tennis courts in the Dachstein Salzkammergut
In Gosau at Dachstein there are two clay courts at the sports ground, and at the Vitalhotel Gosau there are indoor tennis facilities with two courts. To use the tennis courts in summer simply contact Tourist Information in Gosau (+43 5 95095 20) between 8:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.. The indoor facilities are available all year round between 9 a.m. and 9:30 p.m.. Please contact reception at the Vitalhotel (+43 6136 8811).
In Bad Goisern at Lake Hallstatt there are four clay courts adjacent to the main road. To make a reservation, please contact the Tennisclub Bad Goisern (+43 6135 7741).
In Obertraun there are tennis facilities with two artificial grass courts with silica sand. You can use the facilities in summer daily between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. To reserve your slot please contact Tourist Information in Obertraun (+43 5 95095 40).
In Hallstatt you can play tennis ontwo courts next to the HTBLA Hallstatt school boarding house. If you wish to make a reservation, please contact Sportgeschäft Janu (Janu’s Sports Shop) in the centre of Hallstatt (+43 6134 8298).
Which rules must I play by?
Tennis can be played in three different ways - either singles, doubles or mixed. When playing singles tennis, one player plays on each side of the net, in doubles (same sex) and mixed tennis (different sexes), there are two players on each side.
A game of tennis (match) consists of at least two sets.Each set consists of six games. Four points are needed to win a game. A player wins a point when his/her opponent makes a mistake (eg a fault when serving the ball or the ball bounces outside of the play area ...). In tennis, points are added as follows:
15 – 30 – 45 – 60 = Game-Win (there needs to be a difference of 30 points)
The first player to win to setsalso wins the game. It is only in the four Grand Slam tournaments (Wimbledon, the US Open, the Australian Open and the French Open that three sets are needed for a win. To win a set you need to win six games and have an advantage of at least two games (eg score 7:5, 6:4). In the event that both players win six games (score 6:6), a tie-break is needed. A tie-break is played on a points basis. This means that play is continued until one of the players has a two point advantage over the other.
Unique to tennis is also the “break” (where you win a game in which your opponent is serving). The player serving alternates each game.
Tennis can be an emotional experience
Playing tennis can be exciting, and each game can last several hours. And there are other emotions too which can be experienced on the tennis court, especially during singles games. On the one hand there is sheer rage, often directed at oneself or the outcome of the game, when you don’t manage to hit the ball over the net. Racquets are thrown on to the ground and destroyed as a result. Other times you find incredible strength within yourself to win lots of points and break down in tears of joy when you win the match. Spectators, too, can sense the tension.
What you will notice, especially during big games, is that mental fortitude is the key to success. One of the strongest players when it comes to willpower is undoubtedly Roger Federer. He always keeps his cool, and his combination of ability and mental strength have turned him into a tennis legend.
Why tennis is great for both body and soul
Tennis is one of those sports that not only keeps your body fit, but maintains mental fitness too. When you play tennis, you maintain responsiveness, develop stamina and a sense of equilibrium. You learn how to deal with negative feelings, become more self aware and learn how to be more decisive. Tennis is a WIN-WIN for the body and the mind.
If you would like to try your hand at tennis for the first time, you don’t want to neglect your training routine whilst on holiday or simply wish to play tennis regularly, there are plenty of opportunities here in the Holiday Region Dachstein Salzkammergut. Have fun!