Beginning Tennis - 1st year

Designed to teach the basic fundamentals of tennis to the student to increase the student’s appreciation of the game’s value as a lifelong, leisure-time activity. Mastery of these skills will enable the student to progress to another level of tennis.


By the end of the course, the students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate appreciation of tennis as a valuable and lifelong activity that can be used for physical fitness;

2. Demonstrate good fundamental skills at the beginning level;

3. Discuss and demonstrate the rules of tennis, including basic offensive and defensive strategy, and game etiquette;

4. Demonstrate an increase in coordination, flexibility, balance, and endurance for incorporating the basic techniques of stretching and conditioning;

5. Formulate opportunities for good competition through class tournaments.


Course topics will include the following:

1. Game History

2. Rules and etiquette

a. Scoring
b. Terminology

3. Game Skills

a. Forehand
b. Backhand
c. Serve
d. Volley

4. Game Strategy

a. Offensive and defensive court coverage

5. Tournaments

a. Ladder
b. Round Robin
c. Elimination

Method of Instruction:

1. Films

2. Lectures

3. Discussions

4. Drills

5. Practice

6. Play

7. Demonstration and Analysis of Instructor

Types of Assignments:

1. Written exam on tennis rules and techniques

2. Demonstration of skills learned in class

3. Write a critique of a college or professional tennis match

4. Written self-evaluation of practice each week

Sample Text:

1. Tennis Anyone (Dick Gould, National Press, 1971)

2. Tennis Magazine – published monthly