Tennis10s is played on smaller courts with slower Red, Orange and Green balls. It is a fun way to start tennis and makes it easy for children to play the game, develop good technique and tactics and a love for the sport.
10 & Under Tennis
Tennis10s is tennis for players aged 10-and-under, played on smaller courts with slower Red, Orange and Green balls. It is a fun way to start tennis and makes it easy for children to play the game, develop good technique and tactics and a love for the sport.
Using the slower balls helps players to develop the most efficient technique and to be able to implement advanced tactics that in most cases could not be performed using the Yellow ball on the full court.
Tennis10s is part of the ITF’s Tennis Play and Stay campaign. There are three stages of Tennis10s that allow players to start at the suitable level for their ability - Red (Stage 3), Orange (Stage 2) and Green (Stage 1).
There are three stages of Tennis10s that allow players to start at the suitable level for their ability - Red, Orange & Green.
Along with the use of the three slower Red, Orange and Green balls, and the recommended shorter rackets for the desired age group, the three stages of Tennis10s are played on three specifc court sizes: These are detailed below:
RED (Stage 1—3)
Court 36-42ft x 14-20
ORANGE (Stage 4—5)
Court 58-60ft x 20-27ft
GREEN (Stage 6)
Full Size Court 23.77 x 8.23m
The parents' role is more important in Tennis10s than at any other stage of tennis because children are very influenced by the behaviour of their parents at this age. This is a guide for parents to help them better understand Tennis10s and how they can help ensure that their children have a positive experience playing tennis.
Engaging, retaining and developing players is essential to the success of any sport and healthy competition is a key driver in making this happen. Creating a player-friendly platform for children to be introduced to competition at a level suitable for their age and understanding is vital. Parents can assist in creating a positive playing environment for their child by providing the right support and encouragement.
So what should parents expect from Tennis10s?
In training parents should expect to see…
- The use of slower Red, Orange or Green balls, smaller courts and smaller rackets.
- Activities which help the child to serve rally and score, as well as learn good technique.
- The child rallying and playing points with other children or with the coach, so that they learn tactics and how to play the game better.
- The child actively involved and never waiting in lines to play.
- An animated coach who effectively organises the children to play and creates a fun and friendly environment.
At competitions parents should expect to see…
- A festival type approach using multi match formats with all children getting to play lots of games. Team formats will often be used especially for the younger ages.
- Suitable short scoring method being used.
- Organisers who adapt the rules for players of different abilities to ensure success.
- Scorers or court supervisors present to help the children with scoring, when necessary.
Progressing From Red, To Orange, To Green…
It is important that players only progress to the next stage when they are able to control the ball and implement tactics effectively at their current Tennis10s stage. If the player moves up too soon then they may develop poor technique and lose confidence and interest.
Parents should understand that learning to play the game of tennis / compete is a gradual process and as children progress through the three stages of Tennis10s, parents should encourage their child to become more independent. Parents should also try to focus on how their child is developing, on their performance and most importantly on their enjoyment, rather than on their results in matches.