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It is important that children do some type of exercise from a young age, and tennis is one of the most complete sports for them. It helps them develop their locomotor system and musculature while having fun and developing their discipline and ability to concentrate. The first time our little ones pick up a racket, they obviously won't handle it very fluently.
In addition to the racket, the child will find the dimensions of the court and the speed of the tennis balls unsettling. This almost likely frustrating first encounter with tennis can cause your little one to feel dissatisfied and discouraged, even bored.
Thinking about the possibility that children may be discouraged from playing this sport after a chaotic first day, tennis instructors created what is known as short tennis or mini tennis. They reduced the size of the tennis court, put a lower net and play with a smaller racket and a soft, fluffy ball. So they adapted tennis to the smallest of the house.
The most important thing during children's tennis lessons is to ensure fun. If children are comfortable and feel that they control the plays, they will enjoy the game much more and learn quickly and easily. The rules of the game also change for children's tennis: - Matches are played to the best of three sets.
- The set is played up to eleven points.
- The serve changes hands every two points and the serving player may make two attempts to place the ball on the court.
- The service from the right side of the court must be crossed.
- The rest follows the normal rules of tennis. The transition from mini-tennis to tennis is determined by the child's progression and his technical evolution will be analyzed by the teacher. Among other things, the instructor takes into account the child's ability to hit over the net, his stability in the movement of the racket, his way of throwing or his position on the court.
The word 'tennis' comes from the English word 'tennis'; and 'tennis', according to scholars, could come from the French word 'tenez'. 'Tenez' translates as there it goes !, an expression that can refer to the scream that the tennis player gives when throwing the ball to his opponent. Its origin is not entirely clear either. Although said to date back to ancient civilizations, tennis as we know it today was born in Europe in the 19th century.
It began as a sport for the well-to-do classes that became professionalized in 1926 and has been an Olympic sport since the Olympic Games held in Seoul in 1988. Since the twentieth century it has gradually become a sport for everyone, although it is still not so crowded like soccer or basketball.
Since its inception it had a single regulation for all countries, which facilitated the appearance of various international tournaments that today have great prestige: the Davis Cup, Roland Garros or the United States Open are some of them.
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