With so many activities, why choose tennis?

Sports stars such as Ernie Els(golf), Naas Botha(rugby) and Kepler Wessels(cricket) all come from a tennis background. Mini Tennis is the base of tennis in South Africa. It has been established worldwide as the best way to successfully introduce younger children to the game of tennis. All technical strokes are identical to tennis, but the slower ball, smaller racquet, and court allow younger children to succeed at the sport. Famous players such as Bjorn Borg and Stefan Edberg came through this program in their formative years. As a balls skills program, it is unequaled for equipping youngsters for all associated ball games. Give your children the skills to play one of the most social games that can be played for the rest of their livesAnd if you are a tad older than a child, tennis is one of the most amazing forms of fun, fitness, and relaxation. And you are never too old to learn or play.

Who do we cater for?

Our emphasis is on participation, success, growth and full our tennis coaching lessons are based on structured lesson plans, which have been developed in the USA. All of our activities are progressive ensuring that a 3-year-old who starts with the ITA today will progress at his or her pace, and take the game to the level that they choose. Some of our coaches have successfully taken students to national level, although we never pressurize the children.

Age 3-6:Play & Stay Tennis Coaching (we bring the court to you).or we play at one of our venues

Age 6-9: Level 1 and Level 2.

Age 9-16: Squad, school team tennis coaching and non-team tennis.

Age 5-Adult: Private, Semi Private and group tennis lessons.

Venues

We currently run tennis coaching programs all around Gauteng and have more than 300 people in our programs. Private schools, Government schools, Pre-primary schools, Nursery schools, Tennis Clubs, Daycare centers, Charity programs, Private Houses.

Craighall Tennis Club

Crawford Fourways – Pre-preparatory

Crawford Lonehill – Pre-preparatory

Crawford Lonehill – Preparatory

Crawford College

Private Houses

St Johns

The Bridge

The German School (Deutsches School Johannesburg)

Tennis Play and Stay Introduction

In February 2007 the ITF officially launched a global campaign aimed at increasing tennis participation worldwide. The Tennis Play and Stay campaign aims to promote tennis as easy, fun and healthy, and to ensure all starter players are able to serve, rally and score from their first lesson.  Fundamental to the campaign is the use of slower balls by coaches working with starter players, ensuring that their first experience of tennis is a positive one, where players are able to play the game.

The Campaign

It has been traditionally said that tennis is good at attracting new players to the game but less effective at retaining them. Reasons for players leaving the game include:

  • a feeling that tennis is a difficult game to play for starter players, because courts are too big and balls are too fast and bounce too high

  • traditional tennis coaching methodology which is perceived by many starter players as boring, overly technical and not relevant to their needs and abilities

  • competition from many new and exciting sports and leisure activities. Many of these activities are easy to master and have short or no learning curves

  • a feeling that tennis and tennis competition in particular, is not convenient. Formats do not suit starter players who are usually eliminated in early rounds, and formats last too long

  • the lack of promotion of tennis as a healthy, lifelong game which can be enjoyed by players of all ages and abilities

  • a lack of adaptation of the game to suit the needs and modern lifestyles of players

Key Messages

The aim of the Tennis Play and Stay campaign is to address these issues, promoting the game as easy, fun and healthy, through 5 key messages:

Tennis is easy…

when coaches use the slower Red, Orange and Green balls

Tennis is fun…

when starter players serve, rally and score from the first lesson

Tennis competition is fun…

formats & scoring systems exist to suit all lifestyles

Tennis is healthy…

when players serve, rally and score; research supports this

Tennis is a sport for all…

everyone who can serve, rally and score should have a rating

The campaign has proven very successful with 160+ nations introducing programmes using slower balls and smaller courts or adopting Tennis Play and Stay as their national participation programme. During the intervening period since 2007, the campaign has also seen the launch of Tennis10s in 2009 and a significant change within the ITF Rules of Tennis. The Rule Change in which the standard Yellow ball was eliminated for 10-and-under competition, was unanimously approved by the ITF AGM in 2010 and came into full effect in January 2012.

Try Tennis

It’s never been easier to get your kids active and having fun with tennis. With equipment sized right for age and ability, and programs just for kids throughout the country, tennis is ready—and waiting—for your child!

Tennis sized right for age and ability lets kids play on shorter courts, with smaller racquets, and slower, lower-bouncing balls. Kids play tennis made just for them so that they have a great time with the game and want to keep playing and improving.

We’ll guide you through the many ways kids can get started in the game, play and compete, so that they can have a great time with their friends.

Private Tennis Coaching

Every time you step on the court, there should be a purpose, whether it be with a coach, a ball machine or an opponent. One purpose has to be better stroked, and for this, you need a coach. No one deliberately hits incorrect shots, so there’s no point in the player trying to make the correction on his own. It is easier to learn anything — a new stroke, or a new language when you are young. Waiting until you are in college or on the tour is foolhardy since, without good strokes, you won’t get your college scholarship.

How much time you spend with a coach depends on your financial situation plus academics. There are risks of physical injury and mental burnout. What the actual mix should be is a matter for the player, the coach, and the parent to work out. For someone aspiring to be a good high school player, a lesson every week or two should be fine. To achieve more, you have to put in more.

School Tennis Coaching

With hundreds of drills and the latest coaching techniques we ensure your school team is able to compete at the highest level.

The drill categories are:

  • Groundstrokes

  • Volleys

  • Serve/Return

  • Specialty Shots

  • Doubles

  • Games