If you’re new to the game, there are loads of reasons to start playing tennis. Have a read of the below to find out a little more about the sport…you’ll be on court before you know it!
You can play whatever your age
Maybe you’re wanting some more quality time with the kids. Or you’ve just retired and are looking for a way to stay active. Tennis is one of the few sports you can play at any age. There’s LTA Mini Tennis sponsored by Highland Spring for 3 -10 year olds as well as specific programmes like Cardio Tennis for adults and teenagers.
Let’s start with the little ones:
LTA Mini Tennis sponsored by Highland Spring is played with smaller courts, nets and rackets and lower bouncing balls. It offers the perfect introduction to the sport with all the fun and energy of the real thing. There are four stages of LTA Mini Tennis: Tots, Red, Orange and Green, each with their own court size and type of ball. This tailored approach enables players to develop vital skills and techniques at an early age. It really is the mini game with the big attitude. You can find out more and watch videos of LTA Mini Tennis in action here.
And now the older ones:
Your first step is to sign up so that you can find people to play with in your area. To get started, you build a short tennis profile that includes your tennis ability, where you’d like to play and a smiling photo of yourself. You’ll then be able to contact people for a game and build up your network of tennis friends..
Cardio Tennis might sound scary but it’s really not. It’s great fun, an excellent way to get in to tennis and it doesn’t matter if you’ve never picked up a racket…it’s more of an exercise class that has tennis in its name. Ok, so there are balls and rackets involved as well but often the aim is run across court, hit the ball as hard as you can or bunny hop over your racket. Explaining an exercise class with words is pretty difficult so we suggest you watch the video on this page that is a fly on the wall view of cardio tennis.
Although these sessions are fairly new in this country, there are already loads of places that offer them. Use the allplay tennis Finder at the top of the page to find places near you where you can try it out. Once you’ve entered your postcode, you can refine your search by using the tick boxes on the right hand side.