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How to choose a tennis racquet for a kid

Children's tennis racquets are also called "junior" tennis racquets.

The ranges of tennis racquets for children are very complete and allow you to make a precise choice according to the age, morphology and level of the child.

This page explains how to choose the right racquet for a child, so that he can develop good technique without risking injury.

You can search for a kid's tennis racket based on their size and age on this page (french) : kid's tennis racquet search form.

Choose a children's tennis racquet according to its size

For children's tennis racquets, the essential criterion is the size of the child, which will determine the length of the racquet to be chosen.

The weight of the racquet and other characteristics are proportionate to the child and there are fewer questions to ask than in the case of adult racquets.

You have two options for determining the length of the racquet to choose for a kid.

The child can take some racquets in his hand

If the child can take some racquets in hand, for example in a store, a frequently used technique is to find a racquet whose length corresponds to the distance between the child's fingertips and the ground.

If when the child, with the arm placed well alongside the body, holds the racquet with the tips of the fingers and it does not touch the ground, this indicates that it is too small (it's ok if it almost touches the ground, no need to be extremely precise).

If, on the contrary, it greatly exceeds the distance between the fingertips and the ground, this indicates that it is too long.

The children can not try to take some racquets in his hand

In the case of a purchase on the Internet or to make a gift, it is impossible to take the test indicated above.

In this case, you can refer to the following table, which matches the size of the children and the length of the racquet to choose.

If your child is not the size indicated for the corresponding age, which is possible if he is smaller or taller than average, choose the racquet whose length corresponds to his height, even if the age is different.

Summary table for the choice of children's tennis racquets

AgeSize of the childLength of the tennis racquet
4 years old around 100 cm 43 cm (17 inches)
5 years old around 107 cm 48 cm (19 inches)
6 years old around 113 cm 53 cm (21 inches)
7 years old around 118 cm between 53 and 58 cm (21 or 23 inches)
8 years old around 125 cm between 53 and 58 cm (21 or 23 inches)
9 years old around 130 cm between  63 and 65 cm (25 inches)
10 years old around 136 cm between 63 et 65 cm (25 inches)
11 years old around 140 cm 66 cm (26 inches)
12 years old and above around 146 cm and more 68.5 cm (light adult racquet)

Importance of a tennis racquet adapted to the child

As with adults, choosing the wrong racquet for a child can result in injury, poor technique learning, or limited progress.

Thus, a racquet that is too long, too heavy or too head heavy, with a grip that is too large, will be difficult to handle for a child whose morphology is not proportionate.

In general, children under the age of 10 should not play with racquets of adult racquet length (68.5 cm).

From 11-12 years old, depending on their level and their morphology, children can start playing with racquets of classic length (about 68.5 cm), but choosing the light models (230-270 grams).

The following link will take you to a page presenting a selection of children's tennis racquets : tennis racquets for juniors.

When to change the tennis racquet of a child ?

Racquet too small

As shown in the summary table on this page, the length of a child's tennis racquet should be proportional to its size.

A racquet should not be too long or too heavy, but conversely, it should not be too short or too light, otherwise the child's progress will be limited.

Racquet too long or too heavy

A child playing with a racquet that is too long or too heavy will tend to hold the racket rather at the top of the handle, this is a sign that the racket is not suitable.

A good size should allow the child to hold the racquet with one hand at the bottom of the handle without being overly heavy.

A child who has a racquet that is too heavy will also tend to let it hang at the end of his arm between shots, with the broken wrist and the racquet head pointing the ground.

Normally, in the waiting position, the racquet must be held in front of you, the racquet head slightly pointed upwards, without feeling any difficulty related to the weight of the racquet.