is a really fun game for you and your child. It
hones your child's concentration skills and improves
his overall muscle tone and stamina. In short, it's
one of the best forms of exercise. You can start
your child with tennis as early as 3-5 years.
Tennis is a racquet sport, just like badminton.
The difference lies in the racquets which are bigger
in tennis and of course the ball. You generally
play tennis in a court with 2 or 4 people and hit
the ball across the court, over a net, onto the
other side. The play continues as the other player
hits the ball and this continues between the players
till one of them fails to hit the ball. These are
the basic tenets of tennis.
DO YOU NEED ?
You need to concentrate on 3 areas before playing
tennis. Equipment, Players and Location.
Tennis is an equipment intensive game compared to
most other sports. You'll need the following before
you lob the ball.
Racquet : Tennis racquets are of a special
nature and also are the
bare necessity for the game. They are usually made
of aluminium and wood while the strings are made
out of nylon. The strings can be made out of natural
fiber or synthetic too. As your child progresses
in the game you may even indulge in a graphite racquet.
These are very light and responsive to a seasoned
Ball : Tennis balls are light, round, bright
yellow and green in colour. They are 6.35-6.67 cms
in diameter and are sold in cans of 3.
Clothing : The game is played wearing light
coloured t-shirts and shorts. Girls can wear skirts
for comfort since the game demands a lot of running.
The clothing should be non-restrictive and cool
since it is also primarily an outdoor sport.
Tennis Shoes : What your child will basically
need are light shoes which will provide enough support
to your insole and ankle to allow you to run around
freely. As far as you're comfortable moving forwards,
backwards and sideways without any discomfort, the
shoes should be just right for tennis.
550 - 1000
50 - 75
The above prices are indicative prices and
may vary according to the quality / brand
Tennis is a one-on-one sport between 2 and maximum
4 people. When 2 play against each other the match
is known as singles and when 4 play against each
other we call it doubles.
An open court around 78 feet in length and 27 feet
in width is considered a traditional tennis court.
It is generally a grass court, but often tennis
players prefer clay or even carpeted courts. The
court is usually demarcated by chalk lines to mark
the boundary and safe / foul locations for the players.
There is also a vertical white line that runs through
the court. On the right of the vertical line is
known as the 'deuce' court while the one on the
left is called the 'advantage' court.
LET'S PLAY !
game commences after the toss where the players
spin a racquet on the ground. A decision is made
on the basis of which side of the racquet faces
up. The smooth or the rough. The winner of the decision
can decide whether to serve or to receive.
To serve in tennis the player needs to toss the
ball up in the air and hit it on it’s way
down. The player stands in the deuce court and must
make sure that the ball bounces first in the opponent's
court on the deuce side. The play then goes on till
the ball lands outside the boundary.
The point system in this game is the fun part. A
player must win 2 'sets' out of 3 for women. In
case of men it's 3 out of 5 and to win a set, the
player must win 6 games but must win them with a
lead of 2. Which basically means that he cannot
win 6-5! If he scores 7-5 he wins.
The counting system works in a fixed sequence of
numbers, which means that the first time a player
scores he gets the score 15-0, then 30-0. After
that we have 40-0 and if the player wins the next
point he wins the game. If he doesn't and the other
player also makes the same score we call it Deuce.
Then the players go into the next 2 points where
one player will win and he will have the 'advantage'.
And if he wins the next then and only then does
he win the game. Or else both players come back
There are a few basic tennis strokes to remember:
Serve : This is the first stroke where
the ball is thrown vertically into the air and is
hit by the player on it's way down.
Backhand : In this manoeuvre the player
faces the opponent's ball with the back of the racquet.
Which means the side of the racquet which faces
the outer side of his forearm.
Forehand : In this stroke the ball is hit
with the same side of the racquet as that of the
body. Which means the inner side of the forearm.
Groundstroke : This means that the player
has faced the ball after it has bounced once.
Volley : This denotes that the ball is
hit before it bounces whilst the play is on.