Kids enjoy Hot Shots Red Ball mini tennis competitions at Marconi Tennis

Hot shots: Dena Klanac and Ethan Flynn with coach Nikola Javanovic using the low compression larger red balls at the Marconi Tennis Academy. Picture: Simon Bennett
Hot shots: Dena Klanac and Ethan Flynn with coach Nikola Javanovic using the low compression larger red balls at the Marconi Tennis Academy. Picture: Simon Bennett

At times it looked like Roger Federer was using different balls to everyone else as he cruised to his eighth Wimbledon title last week.

Well, the kids at Marconi Tennis & Squash are using different balls with equal success.

The Hot Shots Red Ball mini tennis competitions are proving popular at the Bossley Park venue for kids aged 6 to 11 years.

Gone are the big courts and high nets and in their place is a smaller size-appropriate space to learn the game. The biggest change is the use of larger red balls which have 25 per cent compression meaning they don’t bounce as high as normal yellow balls and travel through the air slower.

Marconi Tennis Academy head coach Stewart Whicker said the new format was a “huge success” when they trialed it last term.

“Scoring is done by counting one, two, three and using pegs which are at the nets. The kids move them down the net each time they win a point,” he said.

Scoring is done by counting one, two, three.

Stewart Whicker

The centre recently had a good turn-out at their July holiday sports camps with children experiencing a variety of different sports.

  • marconitennis.com.