• Karen Adams

Top Tips For How To Learn Tennis In Your Garden

Now they've cancelled Wimbledon, make sure you get some racket action this summer! With some sunny weather on the way and plenty of spare time, this is the ideal time to learn a new skill or improve on an existing one. Learning the basics of tennis is not hard, and it's a game that you can start to learn to play whatever your age. If you are lucky enough to have some outside space to use - you don't need a tennis court - we've put together some simple exercises to teach you how to learn tennis for beginners or to keep your skills up to match condition while you're at home if you already know the basics. Great for both kids and adults to join in.

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What you'll need If you have tennis rackets and balls, brilliant. If not, maybe you have a badminton set or a beach tennis set you could utilise. A foam ball will be perfect, especially if your outside space is limited. You don't need a tennis court to make your first steps into the world of Andy Murray! Starting out without a racket This is for two people. We are not going to even use the racket! This is the ideal way to start off beginners, so that they can learn how hitting the ball can affect the way it moves.

Easy: Use a garden bench to roll the ball between you, using the flat of the hand. You can try different techniques to see how the ball moves. Try using a a short push, try with a firm wrist, try with a floppy hand. This helps the children learn how the ball acts when it is hit differently.

Medium: Next try to push down on the ball as you push it, getting some spin on it.

Harder: Try the same drill using rackets - but don't hit too hard! Good for: Understanding how different tennis strokes will affect how the ball moves. Watch this video from Feeltennis.net to see this in action.

Balance the ball This is a great game of balance - and a chance to have some fun being competitive before you learn to play tennis! It's a bit like the egg and spoon race, but using balls and racket in place of eggs and spoons.

Easy: Hold the racket out in front of you and balance a ball on top. Then try walking up and down the garden or 'court'.

Medium: Pick up the pace and see if you can run without dropping the ball!

Harder: See what other exercises you can do without dropping the ball. Try some squats, try touching your toes - see what else the children can come up with. We've even tried this on the trampoline - give it a go!

Good for: Balance, co-ordination, wrist strength, hand-eye coordination.


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