Advanced Beginner Tennis - 1st year

Designed to help the student gain further knowledge and mastery of the fundamentals of tennis beyond the beginning level, and to increase the student’s appreciation for the game’s value as an outstanding lifelong, recreational, leisure-time activity.


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

1. Demonstrate improved fundamental skills at the advance-beginner level;

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

3. Demonstrate an increase in coordination, flexibility, balance, and endurance for incorporating the basic techniques of stretching and conditioning as they apply to tennis;

4. Formulate opportunities for good competition through class tournaments.


Course topics will include the following:

1. Review of game history

2. Review of rules and etiquette

a. Scoring
b. Terminology

3. Review game skills

a. Forehand
b. Backhand
c. Serve
d. Net Volley
e. Lob
f. Overhead

4. Review beginning game strategy

a. Offensive and defensive court coverage
b. Singles
c. Doubles

5. Tournaments

a. Ladder
b. Round Robin
c. Elimination

Method of Instruction:

1. Films

2. Lectures

3. Discussions

4. Demonstrations

5. Drills

6. Practice

7. Play

8. Demonstration and Analysis of Instructor

Types of Assignments:

1. Written exam on rules and strategies of tennis

2. Demonstration of tennis techniques at the advanced beginner level of execution

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

4. Written self evaluation of practice matches played each week

Sample Text:

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

2. Tennis Magazine - published monthly

3. Tennis for the Future (Vic Braden, Little, Brown, and Co., 1977)