How does a beginner learn to play tennis?

Learning the rules of tennis

Learning to play tennis is not easy. The reason is that the sport is the most difficult both technically and physically. Unlike ball games such as volleyball and basketball, in tennis you have to control the ball with the racket, not with your hands. This complicates the effect of feeling the ball and also requires good physical fitness. Tennis is also known for its special rules, which have nothing in common with other sports. In more detail, we looked at the basic rules of the game in the previous article, which tells the basic points necessary for scoring in the game. It is necessary to take into account the fact that the rules of the game have changed and continue to change over time, so it is necessary to follow the main news and changes. Our unique methods and highly skilled professionals, whose trainees are the future stars of the world tennis elite, will help you quickly learn the game of tennis.

Medical examination

To start playing tennis you should be confident in your state of health, it is necessary to pay special attention to your heart and lungs, as well as various muscles and joints. Any sport brings not only incredible benefits to your health, but also the risk of injury, which will manifest in discomfort in everyday life. Therefore, if you suspect any health problems, you should have a medical check-up and then you will know whether you can go in for sports or not. If you or your child have any contraindications, it is definitely worth informing one of our coaches to make an individual training plan and load distribution in order to prevent various injuries.

Indications and contraindications for the game

The indications for playing tennis seem obvious. It is a lack of physical strength, vigor, well-being and positive mood. Any sport that you have a passion for can improve your physical and spiritual performance. Tennis is useful for increasing muscle mass, growth and spine, strengthening the cardiovascular system, cleansing and increasing lung volume, as it combines different loads that are distributed to almost all parts of the body. There are no obvious contraindications. If you are forbidden to engage in active sports, then tennis will not be an exception. In any other case we will be glad to offer you an individual program of physical activities, even if you have some restrictions or certain contraindications that do not prevent physical activity.

Benefits from playing tennis

And here we should especially focus your attention. Tennis allows you to develop physically exponentially. Overweight? Not a problem. We have a large number of students who have managed to lose extra pounds without harming their health and changing various habits, as well as grueling diets. With active training you are able to lose up to 10 kilos per month through training if you do it 3-4 times a week. With very active individual exercise you will lose up to 2-3 kilos per session. It is important not to stop doing active physical exercises to maintain the effect.

Many people are so exhausted by the gym that they have no desire to do any sport. However, tennis carries not only loads, but also a crazy interest and passion for competition. So if you are lifting weights, running on the track and doing other weird exercises under the supervision of a personal trainer, but you just can’t have any fun, come to us! Not only will you feel better and stronger, but you will feel the strongest urge to compete, progress and advance in all areas of life. A beautiful body, lightning-fast reactions, fresh and unconventional ideas, self-confidence and a constant desire to move forward – isn’t this what you want? If this is all about you, then do not waste your precious time, just contact us and we will turn your desires into reality!

What equipment is needed?

Tennis equipment has its own characteristics and differences. Men wear tennis polo and shorts, and girls wear beautiful sports dresses and polo combined with a special skirt. Tennis clothing stands out because of its sophistication, style and comfort. Not without reason, Roger Federer was recognized as the most stylish man in the world in 2018 among all media and sports stars. A tennis player who loves this beautiful sport looks good not only on the court, but also in everyday life.

If we do not talk about style and comfort, the main distinguishing feature is the tennis sneakers, which are significantly different from the running version. Their sole resembles a herringbone, some resemblance exists with basketball sneakers that have similar lines. This type of sole is needed for rapid movement on the court, which includes both constant movement with a change of direction, and very sharp braking. That’s why it’s worth taking special care when choosing shoes. There are many manufacturers of truly high-quality and reliable sneakers, including Nike, Adidas, New Balance, Lacoste, Under Armor, as well as Wilson, Babolat, Yonex, Asics and many others. The average cost of good tennis sneakers starts at 3500 thousand rubles. Our coaches will tell you the best places to buy the equipment. It is also worth highlighting various accessories such as wristbands, headbands, tennis bags, wraps, strings and vibration absorbers.

Wristbands are necessary to absorb sweat and maintain hand position, but are not a required accessory. A headband is necessary to prevent hair from getting into your eyes. Tennis bags are a must-have means of carrying all tennis equipment, they hold several racquets as well as all the necessary equipment. The stringing affects the comfort of the game, because it covers the handle of the racket, which you hold on to when you perform various strokes. There is a huge selection of strings designed for different skill levels and styles of play. Here you will be helped by an experienced stringer, who is responsible not only for the right choice of strings, but also the specifics of their tension. A vibration damper is a small object that is attached to the strings to eliminate the effects of vibration. More advanced players often neglect its use.

What strokes do beginners need to learn?

If you want to learn to play tennis on your own, you must accept the fact that it is impossible to learn the basics of tennis without a coach. There is a large number of players who decided to take up the matter without any help. Unfortunately, they all have one thing in common: the lack of proper technique, which leads to a large physical expenditure with the least effective stroke. Another important fact: a tennis player without a proper technique looks absurd and sometimes silly, because he does not play even the most basic strokes correctly.

Quickly learn to play tennis is quite possible, but it requires dedication during the lesson, persistence, hard work and time. Through a combination of all the components in conjunction with the explanations of the coach and practicing each type of stroke you will be able to possess the correct and modern tennis technique.

There are several basic strokes for the beginner: flat, twisting and slashing. The flat blow is a very effective and powerful blow which can knock your opponent off the court thanks to its low bounce and high speed. A curve kick makes the ball uncomfortable for the opponent because of the unexpectedly high and sharp bounce. The slashing serves to slow down the tempo of the game, the possibility of knocking down the rhythm and extremely low and uncomfortable reception. The ability to combine all kinds of punches at the right moment shows a complete understanding of the game and real skill, which currently has a small number of even the top players. In addition to these variations, it is important to learn basic pitching, shortstroke and candlestick.

How do you move around the court?

Moving on the tennis court is very different from simply running. Even a professional athlete will lose speed to a tennis player on the court because tennis running involves not only running back and forth, but also striding and cross-stepping. In tennis, it is important to get into the right position after each stroke by running back and forth so you can run to your opponent’s return stroke. Our methodology includes instruction in proper court movement, which will give you a distinct advantage when playing with any opponent.

What are the best courts to learn to play on?

There are three main types of tennis court surfaces: clay, grass and hard. Turf is the slowest surface, where long exchange of strokes usually takes place. The most effective techniques on this surface are twisting and short strokes. Grass is the fastest surface in tennis. This surface likes powerful flat strokes, as well as low slashes combined with a powerful serve. Hard surface is the most versatile surface. It is quite fast, but both the combination of different strokes and excellent court movement are important here.