Hot Shots

Tennis Hot Shots is fun, social and active. And it’s the easiest way for kids aged 10 and under to learn how to play tennis. The courts and racquets are smaller, the balls don’t bounce as high so they’re easier to hit and kids love it.

Children progress through three stages – Red, Orange and Green – as their ability improves. This approach to teaching kids tennis is also recommended by the International Tennis Federation.

Red Ball (approx. ages 5–8)

The Red stage is for beginners. The red ball is larger than a yellow ball and doesn’t bounce as high, making it a breeze for even the youngest players to hit it comfortably. While the courts and nets used in the red stage are much smaller and easier for kids to move around.

Orange Ball (approx. ages 8–10)

After mastering the Red stage, children move on to the Orange stage where the ball bounces a little higher and faster and the court is a bit bigger.

Green Ball (approx. ages 9 - 12)

The ball used in the Green stage bounces higher and faster than the orange ball and children play on a full-size court.

Finally, when they are ready, kids graduate to the yellow ball and play on a full-size court.


For more information

Official ANZ Tennis Hot Shots website

Orange Ball Match Rules

Orange Ball Competencies


Court Setup

Court Setup from adjusting a full court.