Everything you need to start playing tennis

Don’t stress about equipment

One of the most exciting things about taking up a new sport or hobby is hitting the shops to stock up on all the bits and pieces you might need to commit long-term.

But, with so many options available and without a clear idea of what equipment is best suited to you and your style, you could end up shelling out a lot of money for something that never gets used.

If you have access to a tennis club, Joseph advises booking in for a couple of lessons or a social game and borrowing one of the racquets and balls they’ll have on hand to get a feel for what you need.

The same principle applies if you’re going it alone: borrow what you can from friends and family and try different shapes, weights, and styles before you fork out for something brand new.

Master the basics

By the same token, it can be tempting to spend your first moments on the tennis court practicing gimmicks and trick shots, but your confidence is more likely to improve quickly if you master the basics first.

And the best way to do that is to book a couple of group or one-on-one lessons with a coach at your local club.

Beginners should book lessons with a local coach.

Beginners should book lessons with a local coach.Credit:Getty Images

“The most effective lessons focus on repetition and keeping the instructions simple and basic, and then working on just one or two things per lesson,” Joseph says. “We don’t want it to be overwhelming or overly technical. Simplicity is key.”

If in-person coaching isn’t an option, Joseph says there are lots of great resources online. The only difference is you won’t get that real-time feedback until you’re mid-rally.

Just start

“You may just want a workout. You might just want to work on a forehand. You might just want to get to stage so you can play your boss at work,” Joseph says.

Whatever your motivation, the best way to get started in tennis is to just start.

If you’ve got a driveway, back yard, or courtyard you’ve got a tennis court (provided you can hit the ball safely and away from traffic).

Even better if you live near a tennis club and can pop in to meet other members and muck around on the court. You don’t need to be a member at a tennis club to start playing either; in fact you can hire a court in minutes.

When you’re starting out, however you play is the right way. “You don’t have to be elite. You don’t have to be experienced. You’ve just got to be willing and able to play the game,” Joseph says.

If you’re interested in improving your health, fitness and wellbeing with tennis, head to play.tennis.com.au and hire a tennis court near you today.

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