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Tennis Racquets for Juniors

by Tennisnerd

Buying a tennis racquet for your kid(s) can be a confusing experience. What brand of racquet to buy? Which size should it be? Can he/she handle the weight?

Tennis racquets come in various shapes and sizes. Also adults can try playing with extended racquets up to 28 inches for extra reach for example and there are quite a lot of professional players enjoying the 27,5 extended racquet length.

But for your aspiring junior tennis player this is a decent size chart to keep in mind (thanks to Tennis Companion:

AgeHeightRacquet Length
4 years or younger40 inches or shorter19 inches
4-5 years40-44 inches21 inches
6-8 years45-49 inches23 inches
9-10 years50-55 inches25 inches
10 or older55 inches or taller26 inches


An important tip: Make sure they are comfortable with the racquet they use. Any aches and pains are clear warning signals that the grip might be too big/too small or that the racquet is too heavy.

Some good examples of kids’ tennis racquets:

Wilson US Open Junior tennis racquet (you can choose size up to 25 inches)
Babolat Nadal Jr Tennis Racquet (26 inches, but there are various sizes of the Babolat Nadal Jr line of racquets)
Prince Tour Junior Tennis Racquet (comes in various sizes)
Head Speed Junior Tennis Racquet (various sizes)

Remember that you would need to get different tennis balls depending on the age/size of your child. Hitting a standard tennis ball can be quite overwhelming if you’re 7 hears old and wielding a 23 inch tennis racquet.

Gamma has a nice selection of transition tennis balls for all ages and levels. You can also get a specific kids tennis net from Wilson called EZ tennis net.

Good luck in finding the right tennis racquet for your child. Remember that having proper gear is important when it comes to getting a good start in the sport. And junior tennis racquets and balls are not as expensive as adult tennis racquets.

If you’re looking to buy a tennis racquet for yourself, check out the following articles:

Tennis Racquet Buying Guide
What Racquet to Buy
Curing Tennis Racquet Buying Addiction
Top Racquets to Buy

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