Frequently Asked Questions

Tennis – Everything you need to know about Tennis, its benefits & coaching

When should my child start playing Tennis

You have to consider that pretty much every one of the top pros started between 3 and 7 years of age


Why tennis is great for Children

No sport other than tennis has ever been acclaimed from all disciplines as one that develops great benefits physically, mentally, and emotionally. Tennis helps you:

  • Develop a work ethic because improvement through lessons or practice reinforces the value of hard work.
  • Develop discipline since you learn to work on your skills in practice and control the pace of play in competition.
  • Manage mistakes by learning to play within your abilities and realizing that managing and minimizing mistakes in tennis or life is critical.
  • Learn to compete one-on-one because the ability to compete and fight trains you in the ups and down of a competitive world.
  • Accept responsibility because only you can prepare to compete by practicing skills, checking your equipment, and during match play by making line calls.
  • Manage adversity by learning to adjust to the elements (eg: wind, sun) and still be able to compete tenaciously.
  • Accommodate stress effectively because the physical, mental, and emotional stress of tennis will force you to increase your capacity for dealing with stress.
  • Learn how to recover by adapting to the stress of a point and the recovery period between points which is similar to the stress and recovery cycles in life.
  • Plan and implement strategies since you naturally learn how to anticipate an opponent’s moves and plan your counter moves.
  • Learn to solve problems since tennis is a sport based on angles, geometry and physics.
  • Develop performance rituals before serving or returning to control your rhythm of play and deal with pressure These skills can transfer to taking exams, conducting a meeting or making an important sales presentation.
  • Learn sportsmanship since tennis teaches you to compete fairly with opponents.
  • Learn to win graciously and lose with honor. Gloating after a win or making excuses after a loss doesn’t work in tennis or in life.
  • Learn teamwork since successful doubles play depends on you and your partner’s ability to communicate and play as a cohesive unit.
  • Develop social skills through interaction and communication before a match, while changing sides of the court and after play.
How does Playing Tennis help in Physical development?
  • Hand-Eye coordination because you constantly judge the timing between the on-coming ball and the proper contact point.
  • Flexibility due to the constant stretching and maneuvering to return the ball toward your opponent.
  • Dynamic balance and agility through hundreds of starts, stops, and changing of direction.
  • Fine motor skills by the use of touch shots like angled volleys, drop shots, and lobs.
  • Gross motor skills through court movement and ball-striking skills which require control of your large muscle groups.
How do I Choose the Right Academy/Coach for my Child/what to look for in an academy Here are a few things to look for?

No sport other than tennis has ever been acclaimed from all disciplines as one that develops great benefits physically, mentally, and emotionally. Tennis helps you:

  • A clear path to progress and develop
  • A creative program that engages and motivates the player based on their age and ability
  • Insurance
  • A low coach to Player ratio
    What to look for in a coach – Tennis is a very technical kind of sport and a coach plays a huge role in the preparation of a tennis player:

    • Accreditation/International Certification
    • Personality / communication skills/ demeanor – engages and motivates to perform
    • Technical Proficiency
    • Peak Physical Condition
    • Good feedback from experienced tennis parents, whose kids used to practice or still practice with the coach
    • You accept his work methods and his requirements from players
    • You/your child feels comfortable and confident during practice with the coach
What does it take to become a Tournament Player?

It is generally accepted in the tennis world that it takes 10 years and hitting about 10,000 balls to make a player ready for the circuit. Conservatively, even the most ambitious tennis coaches would say that it takes about 6-7 years to create a tournament level player. This is the amount of time that would typically be required to create the muscle memory and skills needed to compete successfully in regional or sectional amateur tournaments, and achieve a high ranking in the open category.

Why Rackets Academy?
  • Carefully selected coaches
  • Programs designed for Progressive Development of Players
  • Players will be continuously monitored and progress tracked & reported
  • Playing on newest courts in Dubai built to international standards
  • Implemented Code of Conduct
  • Insured
TOP TEN REASONS for Cardio Tennis Kids:
  1. Tennis is a game all about moving. Even Larry Stefanki, coach to many Top ATP Players, called tennis “A Leg Sport.”
  2. Players need to develop fundamental athletic skills before the age of 10, at which the brain unconsciously specializes based upon the child’s experiences prior to that age.
  3. Developing balance, coordination and agility will greatly enhance a player’s technical skills.
  4. The use of music helps motivate and stimulate players to move, while also enhancing coordination and rhythm, both essential to great tennis.
  5. Players see CTK as a fun way to train and practice encouraging them to participate in more tennis and accelerate their development.
  6. Because CTK is a play-based program, players engage in implicit learning throughout, perfectly supplementing other coaching and competitive sessions.
  7. The world is facing a child obesity crisis. Engaging children through CTK will encourage children to stay fit and healthy.
  8. erobic exercise has been shown to improve academic performance.
  9. It’s great fun!