Q. WHAT AGE SHOULD A CHILD START TO PLAY TENNIS?
A. Depending on your child’s ability to concentrate and follow instructions, the recommended age to start tennis lessons is between 4 and 7 years old.
Q. DO YOU OFFER GROUP LESSONS FOR JUNIORS?
A. Yes, our experienced instructors offer small group lessons for juniors & we have partnerships with the best junior group lesson programs / academies in the Metro area, Katy, and in Humble. Contact us for detailed info about our favorite programs in your area.
Q. CAN YOU GIVE ME EQUIPMENT ADVICE FOR MY JUNIOR?
A. Buying a quality junior racquet that is sized correctly will make your child’s experience on the court much more enjoyable and successful. Choose a junior racquet by talking with a pro or visiting a tennis specialty store. Tennis Express on Westheimer has a great staff and large selection.
Q. ARE THERE LEAGUES FOR CHILDREN?
A. USTA Jr. Team Tennis brings kids together in teams to play singles, doubles and mixed doubles against other teams in the Houston area. Youths from ages 6-18 are eligible and the playing levels are beginner, intermediate and advanced. Play generally begins in February for the spring season, in May for the summer season and in August for the fall season. This program is great for all levels of children, but especially for those new to the game. Junior Team Tennis focuses on spirit, cooperation, unity, and individual growth. Kids learn that succeeding is really more about how they play than whether they win or lose.
Q. WHAT ABOUT TENNIS TOURNAMENTS?
A. Junior tournaments are held by the USTA throughout the year. These tournaments give your child tournament experience and ranking points. It’s is important to understand two basic points regarding the tournament process. 1. Every Junior Tournament has an appointed level– Zat, Championship, and Super Champ. 2. Beginning players are considered ZAT players and can only play in ZAT tournaments. Tournament wins will proceed your child to Champ followed by Super Champ. Visit usta.com for more information on Junior tennis.