Fun Tennis Drills for Kids to Try at Home
Is your child keen to practice their tennis skills at home? The good news is they can, even without a tennis court. We recommend trying the following activities:
Hit against a wall
Find an outdoor wall area where there is plenty of room to swing a racquet and encourage your child to practice both their volleys (by standing close to the wall and not letting the ball bounce) and ground strokes (by standing further back to allow the ball to bounce). Novak Djokovic used to do this for hours when he was a junior – now he is one of the best players in the world. “The best sparring partner you can have is a wall,” Djokovic says. “Trust me, it never misses.”
Use string as a net
You don’t always need a net to play. Two trees and a piece of string can do the job if there are at least two people keen to hit. Each player should try to hit the ball over the string each time, just like aiming to hit over a net. This is a good way to practice rally skills and consistency.
Buy a mini-net
If you have space in your backyard, it is possible to set up a mini-court for your child to play on. All you need is a mini-net, which can be purchased in the ANZ Tennis Hot Shots shop. Registered participants can also win an equipment pack by entering the ANZ Tennis Hot Shot of the Year competition.
Bounce a ball on a racquet
All this drill requires is a racquet and a ball – and a lot of concentration. The challenge is to bounce a tennis ball up and down on a racquet as many times in a row as possible. This is a great way to improve hand-eye coordination.