Is tennis good for you?
Absolutely - tennis is a gentle way of exercising for beginners, and for more advanced players is a very thorough workout. Physical activity increases energy and also helps you to stay healthy, fending off germs and infections. Playing one set of tennis would give you thirty minutes moderate physical activity, not to mention plenty of fresh air!
How old do I have to be to start?
Obviously you have to be able to hold a tennis racket, but there are plenty of opportunities for youngsters. Mini Tennis is an excellent game for starting off young players under eight. Played with a scaled down racket, foam balls and a small court the game is a fun introduction to the full game.
How much will it cost?
Prices for coaching vary from club to club, but we always recommend keeping your lessons to half an hour or an hour, and to have group coaching.How can I develop my game?
One way is to go for an intensive week of tennis, or a break where you can play tennis at your leisure, there are tennis holiday companies offering holidays both in the US and abroad. You can see a list of these in Clubs and Camps.
Once you have found a court to play on and you start to play tennis with your friends, family or other players, you will naturally start to get a feel for the game. A way to develop your hand-eye co-ordination is to practice throwing and catching the ball either against a wall or with a partner. Your tennis coach will have many other games and exercises to help develop the correct movement, co-ordination and dexterity for tennis.
If the full court seems too big at first, play a scaled-down version of the game in the four service boxes of the court. As you start to become more confident you will start to use tactics. Hitting a ball that comes near to you is easier than running to hit a ball - therefore you'll soon realise that one aim is to try to make your opponent move in order to hit the ball. You will be better placed to hit each ball if you maintain a good position on the court before and after each shot, and you'll begin to understand the importance of good positioning. Don't get caught out of position to one side of the court or stuck half way between the baseline and the net.
Once you have mastered these basic principles, try to play to the weakness of your opponent. This might be their forehand, backhand, volley, smash, or perhaps running to the ball. Exploiting your opponent's weaknesses will help you to start controlling the game. Also, remember to use your own strengths as much as possible. You may enjoy serving, have a strong cross-court backhand, love to volley and play from the net - try to do more of what you enjoy!
And keep at it! The world's best players spend many hours training and improving their game. Success may not come immediately, so don't get downhearted if you don't always play at your best.
'Tennis is a battle of minds, just as much as it is a battle of playing ability. Trying to expose your opponent's weaknesses is one of the most vital and fascinating facets of tennis'
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The "Sport City" Stores offers the better deal.Explanation:
The cost of tennis racket at Sport City =$180xx(100-15)%#
The same at Tennis World #=$200xx(100-20)%#
Comparing #(1) and (2)# , the "Sport City" Stores offers the better deal.
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The following post is written by Alex Yep. He was traveling on the ITF circuit and participating at college matches of his tennis players.
If your dream is to have your child play professional tennis, you need to look deep into your soul and of your child. You have to be really sure and most of all, you need to be really sure of your child’s well being and desire. You will be digging deep into your wallet and it will be a hard road ahead with no guarantees. Be sure your child really have the desire to play and train as young as the ages of 7-8. Belief me, which speaking from experience and have when down this road before. Also, as parents, you need to be just as dedicated as the tennis player because for one of the parents, it will become a full time job plus more.
Let’s start, if you are serious and your child is about 7-8 years old. For their age they cannot train a full schedule because of their age factor. It will be too much for them. Start with a 4 day training of about 4 hours a day split into two sessions. Schedule of 4 days should consist of: 3 two hours session with one on one coaching. 1 two hours session with a qualify hitter. Remainder of the time spend practicing with parents. Play at least 1 tournament a month. Coaching cost will run approximately $75-$150/HR depending on your coach. Hitting coach should be about $35/HR.
This schedule should maintain until the junior tennis player reach the age of 10. Then it should increase to 5 days practice of 5-6 hours per day and adding 1 additional hitting session. When the tennis player reach the age of 11-12, depending on how well they physically developed. This is the age where your real training starts and a team must be in place for the development. The training will increase to 6-8 hours 6 days a week. The team will consist of (remember this is a guideline):
This training will continue until age of 14. Then it is time to test the player on the junior ITF Circuit, possibly until age 16. This is where it starts getting expensive. Add one traveling coach to the agenda. This could be any of the 3 coaches you already have in place. You need to play at least 2-3 ITF tournaments per month. This will cost 5-10 thousands per week depending where you’re traveling to. Then you multiply that for approximately two years.
When the junior tennis player reach age of 16, if they are good enough to play on the futures tour; they will be traveling weekly with a coach. This will run approximately 5-7 thousands per week. Then at this point, it will be up to the player to see how long it will take them to succeed.
From the age of 8 until that player makes it on the big stage, you can approximately figure what it will cost you to get there. This is a general assumption and some really talented players may be able to get there sooner and able to keep the cost down by making money earlier on tour.
About the author: Alex Yep, the creator and the only instructor for Physio Technical Tennis. He can be reached at email@example.com
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The roadmap you described is maybe one way, but in my opinion not the optimal way and surely too expensive!!
A 7-8 year old should not train more then 5 hours/week on a tennis court
A 9-10 year old should not train more then 7 hours/week on a tennis court
A 10-12 year old should not train more then 10 hours/week on a tennis court
Until this age of 12 years the rest of the training should be very ABC’s! In total the training should not exceed 15hours/week.
A 12-14 year old should not exceed 18hours/week with no more then 13 hours on court!
If you’re child need lots more of on court training then listed above, he or she has not enough talent to make it!!
at the age of 14 she should be top 10 (this depends of the maturity of her body) in her age category and should be playing in the highest womens categorie in national tournaments.
at the age of 16 she should be top 10 national and competing in ITF pro circuit (lower tiers) and the training load should not exceed 20h/week. When she reaches 18 years she can decide to go on full-time program, when it is clear that she has still growing potential and is already top 3 in the nation!!
For Boys: ad 2 years to each age category from 12 years!
I have to disagree with you. I have been down this path and spoke with many parents while on the ITF circuit. Also had many opportunities speaking with pro-players and watched some of the top pro-players trained. If you have a player that can produce and train less then 20 hours a week, that player is a real special player and should be top 5 in the world. Let me give you just one insight. These players trying to go pro and the already pro players have daily hitting sessions at least 6 times a week and these sessions can range from 2-3 hours each. Just the hitting sessions along with run 12-18 hours a week. If you can turn out a top pro in less then 20 hours a week, please sign me up.
Thank goodness for some commonsense. Have we not learnt anything from a generation of injured and lost players. Indeed “5 days practice of 5-6 hours per day and adding 1 additional hitting session” plus school and homework totals a full time job for a 7yo.
In my guidelines a 7-8 year old should train 4 hours a day split in two sessions. Let me assure you. If parents or child makes a decision to train to become a top pro; it does become a full time job. It also becomes a full time job for one of the parents. If you want to make it in the pro circuit, you better be serious on the decisions you make. Otherwise, you will not make it.
Hello. First I would like to mention that the expenses is one of the biggest reason USTA and NCAA have to vanish with these amateur rule of juniors not been able to receive money and sponsor help from organizations or people. Tennis is not like any other sport where you can hit the world record on your High School track.
I did play ITF Junior Circuit and I think your $5-10 thousand a week is little too much, only if you are staying in 5 starts hotel and dining out at the best restaurants. And all the coaching and hours extras private coaches are only for real rich kids. I know lots of players from South America and Europe that practice hard for years (3-4 hrs) a day and with very little money and most of them go to play on the tour for few years. We don’t need to spend that kind of money to become a pro player especially with all the information online these days. And only a few specials one become top 20 in the world, there were lots of hard working players that spend the same amount of time and money and could not break top 200s.
Players do need to be on the court every single day for about 3-4 hrs with fitness on their routine, and playing at least 15-20 tournaments a year.
I’d understand you have played on the ITF circuit. So, did many men and women have tried. But how many of them really make it. Even if you made top 100, you are barely scratching the surface of the prize money. What I’ve propose is your best optimum chance of succeeding on the circuit with proper coaching and training. Keep in mind, tennis is an expensive sport in the US, unlike most countries if you are training with the state’s program; all your expenses are cover by their federation.
Also, in the US, training for professional tennis is like playing the stock market. The more you invest, the bigger the reward but no guarantees. The guideline I’ve set is to give the player the opportunity to at least make top 20. Just remember, you cannot skim on training for tennis, it will just hinder your progress.
This is just an additional comment on cost if you are traveling on the ITF circuit relating to Paulo’s comment about 5 thousand per week. Here is a scenario for you. If you are a junior ITF player, many tournaments are played in other parts of the world. If you are serious about going pro, usually there will be three people traveling in your group; the player, parent, and coach.
1. Airfare for 3, approx. – $1500,
2. Coaching fee/week – $1500,
3. Fees to the club which the coach works at $500,
4. Hotel/2 rooms – $1000-$1500,
5. Meals, laundry, transportation, misc. $250/day – $1500/week. Includes expenses of the coach,
6. Just these cost will run approx. $6000-$6500/week.
I have to disagree with you on several levels.
First, the training load of more then 20h/week is not necessary for players U18 years. I can prove that with at least 2 top players Kim Clijsters en Kirsten Flipkens. Kim is now retired, but Kirsten still train in our Academy.
Second, the cost is in our academy $1000,/month for the Pro-junior (12-18y) team players not included the cost for hospitality fees and touring on the ITF circuit!
Grosser/Schönborn has written a very good road map for developing top players: “Competitive Tennis for Young Players”. They also disagree with you.
You have to look at where you are training. In the US, we get no help from any federation or association for support. All cost comes from the player’s parents. If the academy you have there is producing top 10 players training less then 20 hours a week, I guess you should have hundreds of top 10 players on tour every year. I deal in facts and have gone down that road and have seen other juniors gone down the same road in the US. I’m not saying is impossible, but maybe you get one in hundreds of thousands of juniors that tries to go pro. I have seen Japanese juniors do a workout and played 2 ITF matches and workout again for another 3 hours after their matches. I have seen Russian players train 2-3 hours with their coach, then practice serves, hit the ball machine, and then go to fitness everyday. Even college players have to do 3 hours practice Monday – Friday, then they also have to do weights and fitness 3 times a week; plus additional hitting amongst themselves. So, from all these experience that I have and I don’t belief you can train a top tennis pro player in less then 20 hours, maybe your academy have some secrets you need to share with us coaches around the world. Best of luck to you.
I’ll try one more time to explain…
Training load UNDER 18 years do not have to exceed 20h/week
We do not produce world top 10 players every year neither do you or anybody else regardless the methods of development.
That is my point!! We have evenly odds to have the luck to work with a supertalent
Training cost UNDER 18 years is approx. 1000$/month not included other fees for hospitality and touring ITF circuit. These costs are the same for everybody supported by the federation or any other organisation/person.
Best of luck to you to
Just want to clarify that the guideline that I’ve put out is for juniors and their parents who are serious about trying to go pro. The guideline will give a higher chance for success if these juniors and parents decide to pursuit the pro-circuit. It is not just for an academy training or live-in and schooling academy. This is for the chance to make it to the top.
At those prices and time involved and with a one in a million chance, to be in the top 20 as a pro (which you need to be to make some serious money) the better bet would be to take all the money and invest into a college fund and have the kid take that training time and invest into math and science study to attend MIT or Ivy League college and be guaranteed a lifetime career. I love tennis but if you look at the money and training time who in their right mind other than a billionaire would spend that kind of money on a kid would might at 17 walk away or be injured. This is why American tennis isn’t having success, the kids with the best talent go to team sports such as football and basketball. They go on the college get a scholarship, then on to the pro game where they are given money up front to join the team and they get paid win of lose. Unlike tennis where you need a bank roll to play the circuit and only make money if you win. The best bet a tennis kid can make is play well and study hard enough to get a college scholarship and get paid to play tennis while earning a degree. That is a win win.
This is what I’ve been talking about and have been trying to change the training and funding structure of USTA. I have pretty much traveled all over the world with ITF juniors and have spoken to many junior players from around the world. Their federations picks up the tap for all their training expenses and travels. For these smaller countries and they are able to do that and the US cannot, this is beyond belief. That is one reason why we are losing some of our best talents for tennis and most would just opt to get a college scholarship. Also, like you said and I have made this statement before, that it is too difficult to earn money in professional tennis. Most kids will rather play a team sport and have a better chance of making big. The guideline for the training and expenses I’ve put in place is not an exaggeration. I have gone down that road with players before. The financial capital needs to be inplace because you just can’t run out of funds if you are traveling and playing on the circuit.
6500 a week for lets say 2 years at 20 weeks per year = $260,000.00 investment.
Fact: to break even in the circuit you need to be at least ranked #150.
The average time it takes to be ranked about 150 is 4 years. And that is to break even. So, you are in $500,000.00 with the hopes of making it back, it takes another 4 years to break top 100, you will be broke and without an education if you are not super fabulous. Spending more money does not increase your chances of success.
What increases your chances of success is having been properly guided early on.
Like you said, unless you are a fantastic player and able to break into the circuit early then you can cut down on the bank roll. If you can break into top 100 in 3-4 years times, there will be a chance that you can get some sponsorship from a athletic apparel company. But you will still have to play on the tour and get results. The best scenario is winning a few $50,000 challengers, then you will have the possibility to get notice and accumulate enough points to enter into the bigger tournaments.
Otherwise, you better have that huge bank roll available because it will take time to accumulate points. You will have to travel to different cities or countries weekly. That is very costly.
The author and all contributors are right in their thinking. The author is giving it all it takes to break into professional circuit with the right investment of resources and time while other contributors are sort of playing it safe with the player’s career. The player is best placed to make the right choice considering the amount of resources at his disposal.
Are you saying that (in the same country) one player that has the money to pay 1000$/week for development has a better chance to make it then a player with the same abilities that only can afford 200$/week?
It is definitely so. Especially in the US when you don’t get any resources from your own tennis federation, everything comes out of your own pocket. Just traveling expenses is already too much for an above average household. So tennis in the US can get costly if you are trying to break into the pro circuit. Like I’ve said $5000 a week is normal if you are playing on the tour. Also, it all depends on where you are traveling to for tournaments. Airline tickets for two can already run you $1000 to $2000. It is not just how much you pay the academy. There are so much added cost in becoming a professional tennis player.
I understand that on Tour it’s very costly…but I’m talking about development of player from 8 years to 18 years…then they don’t need to make those expenses on the Tour. When you have that age you can ‘predict’ if the player has a chance on the Tour, that’s a total different approach…
That is also what I’m referring to. If the junior don’t have the potential, I wouldn’t reccommend spending that kind of money.
You(nobody) don’t know if a junior at the age of 14 has the potential to make it in the adult Tour and you’re spending then already 5-7 thousand dollar a week for 2-3 ITF tournaments per month. Exceptions exists like super-talents at the age of 14-16 that can compete with the adults, then you don’t have to doubt and the costs of his or her career are well taking care of by sponsors!
By the time a junior is 14, as their coach you should know if the player has potential or not. It is true that there are no guarantees to make it on the adult tour. We are saying potential, meaning the junior has a chance of making it. I always tell parents there are no guarantees, but the guideline on cost is merely the best scenario to support the player for success. I’m only giving the suggestion and the decision to spend that money is not my call. It will be up to the parents or sponsors of the player. Also, if anyone decides to train for the pro circuit, their lifes will change. Either you go all the way or don’t try at all. There is no such thing as half pro.
We have 14 years old girls that are already competing with the highest women in Belgium and they are been scout for the Fed-Cup Team in the near future
They have potential to go a long way, but top 50 .
If you are not talking about a Rafa Nadal and Martina Hingis that where at the age of 14 and 16 already outstanding then you will have a hard time to find candidates to go all the way or nothing…but by al means try and let us know how many of them have reach the top 50 of 20. Good luck!
As any serious tennis player knows, investing in a high quality racquet can give your game a boost. Certainly, using the proper technique and your athletic ability play key roles in your results. But if you have a really good racquet, you’re going to be ahead of the game.
Unfortunately, even the best racquet starts to wear out after a period of heavy use, just like any piece of equipment. But you can give your tennis racquet new life by restringing it. Tennis racquet strings stretch and lose their tension as you play.
And they eventually need replacing. To receive the most benefit from your racquet, you’ll want to give your racquet a restringing on a regular basis. If you just wait to restring until the strings have become weak enough to break, it’s too late. Your game has been suffering from the worn out strings.
You can take your racquet to a tennis pro shop for restringing. This can become an expensive proposition after a while though, especially if you play often enough to require a restringing every month or sooner. That’s where a tennis stringing machine enters the picture.
By taking the time to string their own tennis racquets, frequent players may end up saving enough to cover the cost of the machine after several months. And you can help out your playing partners by offering to string their racquets too. (Maybe they’ll even give you a few of those tight line calls the next time you play as thanks!)
Our list of the best tennis stringing machine touches a variety of price points and feature sets, giving all ranges of tennis players the opportunity to find a machine that can meet their needs. Before diving into the list, make sure you understand a bit about how these machines work and what sets them apart. Finding just the right machine to fit your racquet stringing needs will save you time and money over the long haul.What to Look for in a Tennis Stringing Machine
Here’s a look at the best tennis stringing machines on the market for beginning tennis players and experienced veterans of the sport.
Gamma populates our best tennis stringing machines list quite a bit, and there’s a good reason, as the company offers a more than a dozen individual stringing machines. You’ll find units in a wide range of price points and feature sets, making Gamma a popular choice for these machines. Tennis players also are familiar with Gamma for its racquets, strings, grips, and vibration dampeners. Gamma even manufactures pickleball gear.
The X Series of Gamma stringing machines includes the X-2, X-ST, X-6, and X-6FC. All four designs are table top models, making them easily portable.
X-2: The X-2 makes use of a drop weight tensioning process, which means it requires a bit more time to set up and use than some other options. It can apply between nine and 90 pounds of tension to the strings. The budget-priced X-2 offers a two-point mounting system on the frame, meaning it could cause a bit of a twist in the racquet as you’re stringing it. And it uses floating clamps, which aren’t quite as good as fixed clamps in terms of maintaining the tension on the strings.
X-6: Gamma’s X-6 is the next step up from the X-2 in terms of price point. It’s also a drop weight machine that provides between nine and 90 pounds of tension. But it provides six points of contact when stringing the racquet, which allows for a more precise tensioning and basically eliminates the risk of twisting the frame during the process.
X-6FC: If you like the X-6 but are looking for a unit that can string other types of racquets, including badminton racquets, the X-6FC offers high-end clamps that provide the appropriate tension levels for other types of racquets, as well as tennis racquets. Otherwise, it’s a similar machine to the X-6.
X-ST: The X-ST resides at the top end of the X Series of tennis stringing machines from Gamma, highlighted by its manual stringing process, which sets it apart from the other X Series units. The manual system does require some physical strength to achieve the desired level of tension in the strings, but it offers more precision in tension weight than a drop weight system. Like the X-6 units, it provides six points of contact with the racquet frame.
All of the X Series units ship with a variety of tools you’ll need to string the racquets, and the tools fit in a drawer under the machine, which is a great feature. You’ll be able to easily track your tools and have them with you at all times. Tools can become misplaced with portable machines like these.
Those seeking to perform restringing as a side business or in a tennis pro shop may want more features than are available with the X Series of units from Gamma, although the X-ST’s manual stringing design could fit the bill for some people who need to generate precise tension on a large number of racquets.Best Budget Pick Klippermate Tennis Racquet Stringing Machine
Those seeking a reasonably priced option will appreciate the Klippermate Tennis Racquet Stringing Machine, which is extremely easy to use. Don’t expect to be able to work on a large number of racquets in a short amount of time with this basic unit, but it’ll do the job for the player who only needs to string a racquet occasionally . The Klippermate Tennis Racquet Stringing Machine is a best budget pick among these types of units.
This Klippermate machine offers a table top design, meaning you can use on a variety of flat surfaces. It’s also easy to move to a new location. It does only offer two points of contact for mounting, which could cause the racquet frame to twist a bit during the stringing process.
It’s a drop weight style of stringing machine, so the Klippermate machine isn’t quite as precise in setting the tension as an electronic machine. You’re able to set the string tension at between 20 and 90 pounds.
This versatile machine is able to string tennis, racquetball, and squash racquets, and you can add the ability to string badminton racquets with a little extra hardware (for an extra cost).
The Klippermate web site is a good area for finding answers to your questions about stringing tennis racquets, And the Klippermate Tennis Racquet Stringing Machine ships with a thorough set of instructions, simplifying the entire process for beginners.Gamma Progression ST II Stringing Machine
Gamma returns to our list with the impressive Progression ST II Stringing Machine. It carries a higher price than the X Series units discussed above.
The Progression ST II has a manual tension setting design, meaning you’ll use a hand crank to set the tension level. You can set the string tension at between nine and 90 pounds. Gamma provided six points of contact when working on a tennis racquet frame with the ST II. This will help the racquet to maintain its shape during the stringing process.
The table top model doesn’t weigh as much as you’d think when looking at it, making the ST II a great option for carrying with you to a friend’s house or to a tournament. The base contains two drawers for maintaining your collection of tools and keeping them nearby at all times. Gamma ships a variety of tools with the Progression ST II, including awls, a hex wrench set, and two pliers.Best Upgrade Pick Prince NEOS 1000 Stringing Machine
If you’re looking for an advanced tennis stringing machine, it’s tough to go wrong with the tried and true Prince NEOS 1000 Stringing Machine. This model has existed for more than two decades, yet it remains a popular design that many tennis pro shops rely on to perform the restringing process.
Prince introduced an upgrade to the NEOS 1000 several years ago with the NEOS 1500, but the company has promised to continue producing the NEOS 1000 and making replacement parts for it, so consumers can feel comfortable selecting the NEOS 1000.
The Prince NEOS 1000 uses a manual tension design, meaning it does require a bit of physical strength to apply the tension to the strings. But it’s able to achieve extremely accurate tension settings. The NEOS 1000 has two points of contact on the racquet frame.
The NEOS 1000 is the first standalone stringing machine on our list, meaning it’s not as portable as the options listed above. However, you will be able to work on this model at a height that’s comfortable for you, which is nice when you’re restringing a large number of racquets over a long period of time. If you currently own a basic stringing machine and are looking for an upgraded unit, the NEOS 1000 is a strong choice.Gamma X-ELS Stringing Machine
If you can fit the Gamma X-ELS Stringing Machine in your budget, this model is very easy to use. The X-ELS has a table top design, making it portable.
It makes use of an electronic tension system, which causes the X-ELS to be an expensive unit. But for those who don’t want to hand crank the string tension, the electronic design is a great option, as it both measures and applies the tension automatically.
All you have to do is enter the desired tension on the keypad and let the X-ELS do the rest. String tension is available between 11 and 90 pounds.
And Gamma gave the X-ELS a design with six points of contact on the frame, allowing it to maintain its shape during the restringing process.3 Tips for Stringing a Racquet
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