Does your child really need a tennis lesson?

This week, I’m doing what I usually do the first week of term – lots’s of talking to parents, getting tennis lessons organised for their children. I’ve noticed something which I notice a lot, so I thought I’d write a quick post about it.

There are quite a few parents who play tennis themselves, some even have tennis courts at home. They are booking their children into a tennis lesson once per week, but not managing to play with their kids themselves.

It’s a well known statistic in tennis that most of the top players started out hitting with their parents. And we see this played out at the tennis club. The majority of our best juniors are out there hitting with parents pretty often.

Why is this? It’s the hours spent on court of course. This is a HUGE factor in how much a player improves. It’s a more important factor than taking lessons. 

Now, I’m not suggesting that people shouldn’t take lessons – they should. We don’t want to practice the wrong things for hours on end. But if your child isn’t getting the hours on court, don’t immediately think they need lessons. It isn’t the answer. This particularly applies to younger children (4-5). Get out on court with them and get them hitting loads of balls, and THEN get them some lessons as well and see the improvement.


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