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10 & Under
10 and Under Tennis helps kids get in the game and stay in the game!!!

Click here to find a 10 & Under tennis program near you.

Kids need a ball that is sized and paced to their playing abilities. A regulation tennis ball moves too fast, bounces too high and is too heavy for their smaller racquet.

For 8 and under, a red foam or low compression felt covered ball moves slower, bounces lower and travels less distance.

For 9-10, an orange low compression ball moves a little faster and travels farther than the ball used with the younger group, but still has a lower bounce than the standard yellow ball.
For an adult player to succeed at tennis, racquet control is essential. Same goes for kids. But since kids are smaller than adults, kids have trouble controlling full-sized racquets. They’re too long, too heavy, and the grips are too large. Kids need racquets that are proportionate in length and weight, and have a grip that fits their smaller hands.


For 8 and under, the racquet should be 19, 21 or 23 inches.

For 9-10, the racquet should be 23 or 25 inches.

Court Size/Net
10 and Under Tennis uses equipment that is scaled to the size and ability level of young children. Children 8 and under will play on a court that is 36 feet long and 18 feet wide.


The net is 18 feet long and 2 foot, 9 inches high. Portable nets and support systems are available from many manufacturers, and temporary nets can be constructed using tape or caution tape tied to existing nets, fences or even chairs.

A regulation net is used on the 60-foot court for youngsters 9-10. If you are not using an existing court and net, the net height for the 60-foot court is 3 feet.




For more vidoes on 10 and under click (here)

Green vs. Yellow Ball Research Study (more)