ANZ Tennis Hot Shots is just for kids. Smaller courts, lighter racquets and low compression balls that don’t bounce too high make learning tennis fun and easy for primary school-aged children. This means that kids are able to start rallying and having fun right from their first lesson! There are three stages – Red, Orange and Green – that help to develop children’s skills and confidence. Children are taught by qualified Tennis Australia coaches and progress at their pace, moving on to the next stage when they are ready.

Red stage (ages 5 – 7 Years)

30-45 minute lesson (Maximum 8 students)
The Red stage is for beginners. The red ball is larger than a yellow ball and doesn’t bounce as high (just 25 per cent compression), making it a breeze for even the youngest players to hit it comfortably. The courts and nets used in the Red stage are much smaller and easier for kids to move around.
  • Court size: 3 m × 8.23 or 6 m × 10.97 m
  • Tennis ball: Red ball (25 per cent compression)
  • Recommended racquet size: 21–23 inches

Orange stage (ages 6 – 10 Years)

45 minute lesson (Maximum 8 students)
After mastering the Red stage, children move on to the Orange stage where the ball bounces a little higher (50 per cent compression) and the court is a bit bigger.
  • Court size: 6.4 m × 18.29 m
  • Tennis ball: Orange ball (50 per cent compression)
  • Recommended racquet size: 23–25 inches

Green stage (ages 9+)

60 minute lesson (Maximum 8 students)
The ball used in the Green stage has a higher compression (75 per cent of a yellow tennis ball) and children play on a full-size court.
  • Court size: 10.97 m × 23.78 m (full court)
  • Tennis ball: Green ball (75 per cent compression)
  • Recommended racquet size: 25–27 inches