In support of 10 and Under Tennis, both the International Tennis Federation and the USTA passed new rules governing play for the sport’s youngest competitors. As of Jan. 1, 2012, all ITF- and USTA-sanctioned events for 10 and Under competition are required to use a combination of slower-moving and lower-bouncing balls, shorter and lighter racquets, and smaller courts.
With more than 18 million children under the age of 10 in the U.S., getting more kids onto the court and into the game translates to big growth for tennis.
If you’re not offering 10 and Under Tennis, you may be missing out on a huge opportunity to grow both your business and the sport.
Tennis Sized Right for Age and Ability. Courts are smaller and easier to cover. Balls bounce lower and move slower through the air, making them easier to hit. Three levels of tennis balls: for kids 8 and under, 9 to 10 years old, and over 11. Racquets sized for small hands that are easier to grip and swing. New scoring rules that allow for more and shorter matches.
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