USTA Approves Game Changer for 10 and Under Tennis

Other youth sports such as baseball and soccer don't make kids play like adults. So why does tennis?

In a decision that will fundamentally change the future landscape of tennis in the United States, the USTA passed an amendment to mandate that all 10 and Under Tennis tournaments be played according to the QuickStart format.

10 and Under Tennis using the QuickStart Tennis play format is like Little League Baseball and other youth sports such as soccer and basketball.

These youth sports employ smaller equipment and fields so that kids can achieve success the first time out -- and sustain that success every time they play.

The QuickStart format includes:

  • Smaller courts with lower nets
  • Lighter and lower bouncing balls
  • Smaller and lighter rackets adjusted to a child's size

The change will take effect on January 1, 2012, and apply to all USTA-sanctioned events for children 10 and under.

This confidence-building play format designed for kids 10 and under makes it easier for kids to pick up a racket and have fun right away -- even if they've never played tennis before.

By using equipment sized right for them, kids learn quickly, develop better technique and love the game for life.

For more information about this groundbreaking rule change and about 10 and Under Tennis, please visit

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