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Matchplay

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LTA Youth Matchplay is often a child’s first experience of individual competitive tennis.

 

What is LTA Youth Matchplay? 

Matchplay is often a child’s first experience of individual competitive tennis. In two- or three-hour sessions they compete in both singles and doubles matches against players of a similar ability. 

  • Quick competitions for kids aged 10 and under, split into different age groups. 
  • Games last two hours for 8U and 9U and three hours for 10U and yellow ball age groups. 
  • The 10U and yellow ball age groups will be using one FAST4 set (see below) whilst 8U and 9U will use one match tie-break to 10 points. 

What happens in LTA Youth Matchplay? 

  • The organiser will give a friendly welcome, take the kids through an energetic warm up and explain the rules. 
  • There’ll be lots of quick matches against players of a similar ability. 
  • While they aren’t playing in matches will keep score and be ball kids. No hanging around here! 
  • Players will always compete in singles and doubles matches – this develops both their tennis and social skills. 

Find an LTA Youth Matchplay Competition

Use our LTA Youth Matchplay calendar to find an LTA Youth Matchplay competition taking place this Winter from 4 September - 31 December 2023. 

 LTA Youth Matchplay Calendar

Enter a LTA Youth Matchplay Competition  

Team Challenge

Team Challenge is a great way to introduce kids to competition at their local clubs.

Local Tour

Local Tour offers a range of tournaments throughout the year for children aged 18 and under.

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