What Age Should My Kid Start Playing Tennis?

Thinking about getting your kid(s) into tennis? We asked some of our best PlayYourCourt staff members nationwide what they think the best age is to get kids started with tennis.

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Bethany B

What’s the best age to get kids into tennis? 

I say the minute they are interested. Tennis is accessible to all ages, thanks to the new technology of kid appropriate balls and rackets. I wish these things were around when I was little!

When did you start playing?

My whole family played tennis, so I grew up around the sport and learned to love it. I didn’t start competing until age 12.

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Trumpton M

What’s the best age to get kids into tennis?

As early as possible; around 4 or older with the right, smaller equipment

When did you start playing?

Around 10

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Julie H

What’s the best age to get kids into tennis?
I think kids can do group lesson starting at age 4.  They need to
have fun with their friends and playing games before they
take private lessons. By age 7 or 8 they are ready to learn technique in a one-on-one situation. As a mom of 3 athletes, I encourage kids to try lots of sports until about age 12 when they have matured enough to see what they like and what they are willing to work at to be successful at 1 sport.  They will also be mature enough to be able to assess what they are good at and where their talents lie.

When did you start playing?

I started playing tennis at age 12.  My father was a top United States swimmer so I started swimming at a very young age, but found that my athletic ability was in tennis.

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Mike R

What’s the best age to get kids into tennis?

The speed of the ball and how fast a kid reacts to it is a major observation for the parent or pro when deciding the best time to introduce tennis to a kid. You want the kid to have fun first. If you don’t put too much pressure on the kid it’s OK to put a 4 or 5 year old out there. You have to have the right equipment; the smaller net, smaller racket, slower balls and a smaller court.

When did you start playing?

I started at 14. When I played college tennis and while teaching at summer camps I realized I had started 4 or 5 years later than my peers. They were all scholarship tennis players. I also took note that I was in the top half so I didn’t feel too bad I had played other sports, mainly football and baseball. I’m of the opinion that playing other sports especially when you’re young is beneficial. I’m even talking about talented kids that are going to take the game seriously and become excellent players.

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Jeff G

What’s the best age to get kids into tennis? 

I think the best age to get interested in tennis is at any age. Tennis has been called a sport for life so it may be best to start young to enjoy it for the duration. With the added emphasis on community-based organizations in cities, rural areas and in the suburbs, it is very easy to start playing the game as early as three or four.

When did you start playing?

I started playing around six or seven. We did not have the Quickstart format back then but the game was modernizing and getting away from wood racquets in the late 1970s and early 1980s. 

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Cate J

What’s the best age to get kids into tennis? 

4-5 Years Old is the best age for kids to start.

When did you start playing?

I started tennis when I was 10 years old.

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Roger S

What’s the best age to get kids into tennis? 

5 years old is the best age for kids to start.

When did you start playing?

I started tennis when I was 5.

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The general consensus is 4-5 years of age is the best time to get kids started with tennis? Read the Top 10 Developmental Benefits of Children Playing Tennis.

 

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