What is Mini Tennis?

Mini Tennis is a great introduction to the sport for young children between 4 and 11 years old. It’s just like the real thing, but with smaller courts, nets and rackets and lower-bouncing balls.

There are three levels of Mini Tennis; Red, Orange and Green, each with there own court size and type of ball. this tailored approach, based on age and physical maturity enables players to develop vital skills and techniques at an early age.

The low compression balls used in Mini Tennis are now being used by clubs and coaches across the Uk to introduce adult beginners to the sport. The slower and lower bouncing balls make it far easier to learn the game.

Once a player starts playing in tournaments their results go towards increasing their Mini Tennis Rating which is used to determine a players level and assists with entry into high levels of competition as a player improves.

See Junior Section for details of all mini tennis coaching sessions.

Red – 8 Years and Under

Red ball is a great way for players to start out in tennis and is for players aged 8 and under. It is played on smaller courts with shorter rackets and softer balls. It’s just like the real game and gives players opportunities to have long rallies and play different types of shots.

What age is red ball mini tennis aimed at?
Red ball mini tennis is for players aged 8 and under.

What ball is used?
A red sponge ball is used indoors and a red felt ball is used outdoors.

What size court is red ball played on?
A court with dimensions of 11m x 5.5m. It’s fine to use badminton court lines.

Mini Tennis - Red Court

What height is the net?
The net is lower than yellow ball tennis at a height of 80cm (31″).

What racket is best to use?
A shorter racket of 43cm-58cm (17″-23″) is recommended.

Orange – Ages 8 & 9

Orange ball is a great way for players to continue their progress from red ball and is for players aged 8 and 9. It is played on slightly larger courts than red ball, with bigger rackets and balls that are not as soft as red balls. It’s the next stage to go through before you start playing on a full sized court and it will help players develop all the different shots, providing fun competition.

What age is orange ball mini tennis aimed at?
Orange ball mini tennis is for players aged 8 and 9.

What ball is used?
An orange ball is used. It has a low compression that makes it bounce lower, giving the player better control at an important stage of their development.

What size court is orange ball played on?
Orange ball is played on a singles court of 18m x 6.5m and a doubles court of 18, x 8.23m (so the full width of a singles court)

Mini Tennis - Orange Court

What height is the net?
80cm (31″) at the middle of the net

What racket is best to use?
A racket of 58cm- 63cm (23″-25″) is recommended

 Green – 10 Years Old

Green ball is a great way for players to continue their progress from orange ball mini tennis. It is played on a full tennis court, with bigger rackets and balls that are a little softer than yellow balls. It’s the next stage to go through before you start playing with a full compression yellow ball on a full sized court and it will help players work on and improve all aspects of their game.

What age is green ball mini tennis aimed at?
Green ball mini tennis is for players aged 9 & 10.

What ball is used?
A green ball is used, which is ideal for players moving from orange ball to actual tennis balls.

What size court is green ball played on?
Green ball is played on a full tennis court for singles and doubles.

Mini Tennis - Green Court

What height is the net?
The net is at full height – 91cm (36″).

What racket is best to use?
A bigger racket of 63cm-66cm (25″-26″) is recommended.

 Yellow – 11 Years +

Yellow ball competition is for players aged 11 and overs. It is played on a full tennis court, with full size rackets and full compression yellow balls. It’s the last stage of your tennis development and the technique and skills that you have developed through the stages of mini tennis can now be put into practice.

What age is yellow ball tennis aimed at?
Yellow ball competition is for players aged 11 and over.

What ball is used?
A normal yellow tennis ball is used.

What size court is yellow ball played on?
Yellow ball is played on a full sized tennis court for singles and doubles.

Mini Tennis - Yellow Court

What height is the net?
The net is at full height – 91cm (36″)

What racket is best to use?
A full size racket of 69cm – 74cm (27″ – 29″) is recommended, when a player is physically ready.