Photo: Lawn Tennis AssociationTennis Xpress Advert
The ITF today published the official Tennis Xpress course and supporting materials via itftennisxpress.com.
Tennis Xpress is an easy, active and fun coaching programme for starter adults and recommended by the ITF as the best way to learn the game. The aim is to help starter adults to serve, rally and score (play the game) from the first session and to ensure that by the end of the course, 1. all adults will know the basic techniques, tactics and the Rules of Tennis; and 2. all adults will be able to play competitive points using the Green ball on a full court.
Designed as a nine-hour course over six weeks for tennis facilities and clubs, Tennis Xpress is centred on the use of slower Green balls (25% slower) and Orange balls (50% slower) to ensure that players quickly learn the rules of tennis, and the basic techniques and tactics of tennis, in an active way. Tennis Xpress is a supporting programme of the ITF Tennis Play and Stay campaign.
Following the global launch of the Tennis Xpress programme during the 3rd Tennis Play and Stay seminar, held at the LTA’s National Tennis Centre in London in November 2012, many member federations of the ITF have expressed their wish to launch the new programme. The supporting materials produced will make it easy for national federations and their coaches, to introduce the course into their development programmes under the Tennis Xpress name.
The promotional video, that can be viewed on the right hand side of the Tennis Xpress page, is one of a series of videos to be produced by the ITF that can be used by federations and their coaches as a valuable coaching resource to successfully implement the Tennis Xpress course to starter adults around the world.
ITF Executive Director of Development, Dave Miley stated, “Research has shown that health and exercise benefits, and learning and improving at something new, are of particular importance to adults when choosing their leisure activities. The Tennis Xpress course ensures that adults learn to play tennis quickly while having a great workout and a sociable and fun experience. We believe that this programme will have a big impact globally in both attracting and retaining new players in our sport.”
Tennis Play and Stay is the ITF’s global initiative launched in 2007 aimed at increasing tennis participation worldwide. Tennis Play and Stay centres around the slogan of ‘Serve, Rally and Score’ and seeks to promote tennis as an easy, fun and healthy sport. 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 by serving, rallying and scoring from the first lesson.