Beginner Tennis Tips to Look Like a Pro (Top Speed Tennis)
How do I get into tennis?
Has Murray mania inspired you to pick up a racquet? This month’s Wimbledon has catapulted British tennis into a golden era, crowning winners in the Men’s Singles, Mixed Doubles, Men’s Wheelchair Singles and Men’s Wheelchair Doubles.
Bask in the glory. We've been waiting for this moment for a long time. Fred Perry was the last British player to win the Men’s Wimbledon Championship, some 80 years ago.
(Related: How to build a body like Andy Murray)
If there was ever a time to dip your toe into 'The Sport of Kings', it’s now.
So, where do you start?
Anyone for tennis?
There are thousands of local clubs up and down the country that cater for all abilities, hosting taster days, training sessions and same standard tournaments. However, if that's not your thing and you're more interested in a casual knockabout with your mates, then there are over 20,000 tennis courts to choose from. Find your nearest court – here.
While tennis has traditionally been viewed as an elitist sport, schemes like ‘Tennis for Free’ have made it much more affordable. The Lawn Tennis Association have also developed a number of different programmes such as ‘Advantage’ and ‘Local Tennis Leagues’ to get more people whacking a ball over a net.
WATCH: How to serve like a pro with top tips from Martin Weston, National coach at the Lawn Tennis Association:
What:New 90-minute tennis training sessions run by professional coaches just for men.
When:Weekly sessions run in park sites in over 100 locations nationwide.
Why:Gain the advantage on your mates this summer by learning tactics to sharpen your game and skills to improve your technique, all in a sociable environment.
How much:Sessions start from just £6.
Sign up –here
Local Tennis League
What:Compete against those of a similar standard by joining a local tennis league.
When:Arrange matches against others in the league at a time and location that suits you both. Each league fits 8 people and you have 8 weeks to complete all 7 matches.
Why:An easy, affordable way to play competitive yet sociable tennis against others. Enter with friends or as a work-group and enjoy some on-court rivalry.
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