When To Start Sports For Kids


Barrier tape can be used to set-up ANZ Tennis Hot Shots mini-courts anywhere

Are you considering signing your child up for sports lessons? Many interested parents often question whether their child might be ‘too young or not ready’ – but the good news is age does not matter. It is never too early, or late, for them to learn a sport they can play forever.

The world’s best tennis players demonstrate this. Rafael Nadal, a 10-time French Open champion, started playing when he was four and Serena Williams, the winner of the most Grand Slam singles titles in the Open era, was five.

Australian favourite and ANZ Tennis Hot Shots Match Play ambassador Thanasi Kokkinakis was seven when he first picked up a racquet and Roger Federer, who has won more Grand Slams singles titles and spent more weeks at No.1 than any other man in history, was eight. American CoCo Vandeweghe started even later, learning to play when she was 11.

These players have all reached great heights in their professional tennis careers – even though they started at different ages. This highlights that when it comes to a child’s tennis journey, there is no ‘right’ age to start playing.

Tennis coach teaching a girl how to swing a tennis racquet

The ANZ Tennis Hot Shots program welcomes all children aged between three and 12. We understand each child develops at a different rate, so we designed the program to include four different levels. This ensures every child, regardless of age and ability, can learn to play at the most appropriate level for them.

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These are the program’s different stages and approximate age groups:

> Find out more about the different stages

So, when should your kids start playing sports? The answer is simple. Do not let age be a barrier for your child to pick up a tennis racquet and learn to play. Just remember, sport should be fun and you should never force your child to play. ANZ Tennis Hot Shots is a great way for your child to build their physical skills – plus they get to have a lot of fun and make new friends while they learn!

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Find out more about the ANZ Tennis Hot Shots program or find your closest venue. It is the perfect way to let your kids’ love of tennis grow!