Get Inspired: How to get into tennis

How to get into tennis

How do I start?

  • Whether you're starting out, have been competing for years, or simply looking to try something new - there's a type of tennis to suit everyone.
  • There are over 20,000 tennis courts across the United Kingdom. Thousands of clubs and park courts provide racquets and balls if you don't have your own.
  • Try tennis for free this summer at a Big Tennis Weekend. Thousands of free events will take place at clubs across the country, with sessions designed to suit all abilities and the whole family.
  • Alternatively find a Local Tennis League near you. There are more than 150 leagues and over 15,000 players of all levels and abilities across the UK.
  • Tennis for Kids is a fun starter course for kids aged 4-11, giving parents the chance to join in too. The course includes six sessions with an accredited coach, a racquet, ball and personalised t-shirt.

What is it?

  • The aim of the game is pretty simple; hit a tennis ball over the net, making sure to keep it inside the designated lines.
  • If your opponent fails to return the ball back over the net to you, you win the point. You can play with two people (one-on-one), or with four (two-on-two) on different surfaces, including grass, hard court, carpet and clay.

Is it for me?

  • The simple pleasures of whacking a yellow ball over a net are not to be underestimated. It's an addictive and fun way to get fit, with many different variations to suit people of all ages and abilities.
  • As well as being extremely social, tennis is a non-impact sport which improves bone-density and flexibility of muscles and joints.

What to expect when I start?

  • Tennis will give you an all-round workout and help you stay fit, building your leg muscles as you run around the court.
  • You will improve your hand-eye co-ordination, build upper body muscles and increase stamina as you run around the court.
  • The British weather isn't the most reliable, but there are many options to play indoors throughout the year.
  • Tennis can be adapted for any level of ability, as well as for players with different disabilities. Wheelchair tennis can be played on any regular tennis court, with no modifications to racquets or balls, and there are many different options for those with other disabilities to play.
  • The Tennis Foundation caters for and champions wheelchair tennis, and also offers subsidised camps featuring learning-disability, deaf and visually-impaired tennis.
  • Cardio tennis is a fun, sociable group-fitness class on a tennis court where you get to hit lots of balls whilst listening to music.

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