View Full Version : New to tennis

08-29-2006, 02:57 PM
First, let me say that I have no previous tennis experience what-so-ever. Unless you count ping pong. I've always been very athletic, playing baseball since i was 6 and just recently quit because I'm burned out on it. As I quit baseball I turned to golf, however, anyone how knows golf knows you HAVE to have a golf swing and not a baseball swing. Tennis looks a little more forgiving in that department. I know you have to have a proper technique as in anything but I think baseball would've helped me more with tennis than it did with golf.

Ok now to the point. Since I'm very new to this sport, I was wondering if there are some good websites that could explain the rules and all of the basics of tennis. I watched some of the U.S. Open last night and caught the gist of some of the rules and the score, but there are still some things I do not know. So, if anyone could help me, I'd sure appreciate it.

Zach Weaver

08-29-2006, 03:16 PM
Go to the USTA website, and welcome to the greatest sport in the world.

Good Luck with your game.

08-29-2006, 04:32 PM
Watching a Pro match for half an hour will get you enough rules to get by, but as in everything that is great: "you can learn the rules in an hour and spend the rest of your life perfecting your game".

08-29-2006, 06:11 PM
Well, you can find the rules of tennis here (http://www.itftennis.com/shared/medialibrary/pdf/original/IO_18485_original.PDF) but I also recommend catching as much of the open as possible to learn about technique, strategy, and procedure. Try to find a local tennis club nearby and get some group lessons regularly supplemented by around 2 private lessons a month. Once you get good enough you can stick with only the private lessons (2 or so a month) and begin playing tournaments. Other websites to check out include:

USTA (http://www.usta.com/)-United States Tennis Association
USRSA (http://www.racquettech.com/)-US Racquet Stingers Association
ATP (http://www.atptennis.com/)-Association of Tennis Professionals
TM (http://www.tennis.com/)-Tennis Magazine
Google (http://google.com)- Your best bet when it comes to just about anything.

Good luck with the sport! :-D

08-30-2006, 02:59 AM
Thanks for the help everyone.

08-30-2006, 03:29 AM
a buddy of mine plays baseball and he friggin rocks at tennis. You picked the right sport to turn to.

08-30-2006, 05:48 AM
yep. Watching the ball is one of the most important things in tennis and baseball so you get a head start right there.

08-30-2006, 11:00 AM
You can get an explanation of the rules and the game at Wikipedia:


The official rules will make more sense after reading that.

And here is a blog you should check out:


And, as always, there's Tennis at About.com:


Kathy K
www.operationdoubles.com (http://www.operationdoubles.com)

Kaptain Karl
08-30-2006, 11:17 AM
We have a 60 year old former Semi-Pro baseball player on our Ladder. His hand-eye coordination is so superior, it makes up for his less-than-perfect form on his strokes. You're gonna love tennis!

Welcome to the sport.

- KK

08-30-2006, 11:38 AM
One year of tennis in high school helped my baseball timing. Now 16 years later I am playing baseball again and all the tennis in between helped me in hitting .392 (20/51) this year.

In baseball you do need to keep the hands in more and more relaxed and can swing harder than in tennis but there are some similarities and the main thing is to work on the perfect timing and hitting on the center of strings at the point of contact and you will do well. Try to swing relaxed and don't try to overpower the ball and just have fun with it. You get a 1000 swings in a night of tennis vs 4 at bats in a game of baseball. The strike zone is much larger though and you have to hit on both sides. Bunting (dropshots) are allowed, but homeruns (hitting it over the fence on the fly) are not!

When you are serving, you can think like a pitcher and locate your pitches as well as mix them up (slice-slider, topspin-curveball, flat-fastball, and changeup). It only takes one pitch and even a foul ball is as good as a strikeout in tennis!

08-30-2006, 01:24 PM
When I first started, about 6 months ago now, I just went to Google whenever I had questions. I also downloaded the USTA rulebook (yes, I get REALLY into things sometimes) and thats pretty handy.