LTA mini Red Ball matchplay competitions are aimed at young tennis players aged 5-8yrs old. Red Ball tournaments provide a transition from learning the game to playing the game in a competitive and fun environment. St Ann’s Tennis provide a tournament director and assistant, and we will be recruit parents to help with match scoring on court. So parents, please wear your tennis shoes 🙂
Scoring is numerical 1,2, 3 etc. rather than traditional scoring of 15-love, 30-love etc, The Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) scores first to 7 points wins.
The first serve of the game is always from the right-hand side. Serves can be over arm or underarm but the ball must not hit the floor before it is hit. When serving the ball should always be played into the diagonally opposite service box.
When serving the player will stand behind the baseline, and when they hit the ball the players feet must not make contact with the line or the court. After the first point has been played the other player serves for the next two points starting on the left hand side. Then swapping sides for each following serve. Service rotates between the players every two points. Players do not change ends.