Obviously since winning Wimbledon half way through the year, it was fantastic, and that was just a dream come true.

~ Lleyton Hewitt ~

Who is your favourite Australian tennis player?

If you're from Adelaide, it may be Lleyton Hewitt who was born in the capital city of South Australia but now lives on the Gold Coast.

As a kid, Lleyton played AFL until he was 13, then moved on to tennis, turning professional in 1996. In 2001, he became the youngest-ever male World Number 1 and continued on to win 30 singles titles, including the US Open in 2001 and Wimbledon in 2002. Now retired from the professional circuit, Lleyton works as a tennis commentator and coach, and is the captain of the Australia Davis Cup team.

Everyone, even a player with as many skills as Lleyton Hewitt, has to start somewhere. Why shouldn't it be you?

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In amongst the beautiful gardens and parks in Adelaide, there are also some great tennis courts and clubs | Source: Pixabay - tllonmedia

Dreams aside, maybe you've been playing tennis for a while and want to improve your skills to progress to the next level? Perhaps you haven't picked up a racquet since you and your siblings were kids but you remember how much fun it was and want to get back into it? Then again, it could be that you (or your kids) have never played before and you want to try adding racquet skills to your list of sports?

Whatever the reason, there is tennis coaching in Adelaide suitable for every level and all ages. You can take private or group tennis lessons, improve your fitness with cardio tennis, play social tennis or test your skills in competitions and tournaments.

This article is all about what's available and some of the many great tennis clubs and centres you can join in Adelaide. First off though, let's look at the benefits to your fitness and mental wellbeing when you learn and play this great game.

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Benefits of Learning to Play Tennis

As with all sports, there are a number of benefits to be gained from playing tennis — both physical and mental.

Social

You play against an opponent so tennis is a social game. Being around other players who share the same interests as you is great for your mindset. Tennis is also the perfect way for kids to develop their social skills.

Weight loss and general fitness

Tennis is a great cardio workout. Running, pivoting and moving every part of your body burns calories and increases overall fitness.

Improve agility

Playing tennis keeps you mobile. And mobile bodies retain (and increase) their agility, flexibility and balance.

Stress relief

Sports, in general, are great for stress relief but, with tennis, you don't have the time for your mind to tick over all the other things in your life. You can switch off from the rest of your life and focus on the task at hand.

Brain power

An active brain is a healthy brain. Tennis helps improve your critical and tactical thinking and your mental alertness, which then clicks over into other parts of your life.

Lifetime sport

Unlike other sports, you can play tennis at all ages — from tiny toddler to retiree — and even all fitness levels.

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Getting on the court is one of the best ways to improve your physical and mental fitness | Source: Pixabay - andremcenroe

Additional benefits for kids

Kids gain the same benefits from tennis as adult players but they also develop key life skills through the game. Through taking tennis classes, kids will form skills and strategies that will serve them well in life off the court. They learn to deal with adversity as well as success, accept responsibility and work in a team.

Check out the ANZ Hot Shots programs that run across Australia through clubs and school participation.

Tennis Classes for Everyone in Adelaide

As with all other states of Australia, from Perth to Brisbane, there is no shortage of choice when it comes to choosing a club or centre for your tennis coaching in Adelaide. Ask friends, check your school newsletter or Google tennis coaching Adelaide or tennis classes near me and you're sure to find something near you. Here are a few we've found to get you started.

TK Tennis Coaching

Run by Theadora Kotsiou, this coaching service focuses mainly on kids through running the ANZ Hot Shots program as well as birthday parties and holiday clinics. TK Tennis Coaching also offers Cardio Tennis programs for all ages (kids and adult players) and private tennis lessons for all ages and every level — beginners, intermediate and advanced. Semi-private lessons are also available for kids whose parents would like to share the cost of coaching with another player; this style of lesson also allows kids to learn how to play against others their age.

Helen Rice Tennis School

Operating out of three locations, this tennis school caters for all ages, kids to adult, and every level. Programs are varied and include:

  • 'Grand Slam' school holiday programs — ages 3 to 16 years
  • ANZ Hot Shots junior tennis lessons — ages 3 to 12 years
  • private tennis lessons — all ages and every level
  • adult group lessons — social players to competition level; beginners, intermediate and advanced
  • cardio tennis — non-stop workout for all ages
  • development and training squads — competitive players, junior to adult

Helen Rice also offers opportunities for match play competitions — ANZ Hot Shots Showdown, Junior Weekend Competition and social tennis for adult players.

Millswood Tennis Centre

Part of the Tennis World group (also operating in Canberra, Sydney and Melbourne), the Millswood Tennis Centre offers a mixed social league, junior tournaments for advanced level players from ages 12 to 18, various competitions and cardio tennis programs.

The coaching offered by the centre includes ANZ Hot Shots, junior coaching (for ages 12 to 18), adult group coaching and private lessons for beginners, intermediate and advanced players of all ages.

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Starting your tennis training early has multiple benefits, plus it's fun | Source: Pixabay - paologhedini

Adelaide Tennis Academy

While the Adelaide Tennis Academy does offer the ANZ Hot Shots program, their primary focus is on developing elite players through their high-end programs and squads. These programs require a commitment from players to attend regular sessions with their coach and engage in playing opportunities, including evening game sessions, tournaments and competitions.

Online Tennis Coaching? Really?

How can you work with a coach in an online environment? Surely this is a joke.

It's not. With ongoing lockdowns and restrictions due to the pandemic, everyone has been forced into looking for alternative modes of delivery — including coaches and fitness centres.

Of course, nothing beats being face-to-face with your coach and other players for that practical experience but, when faced with no other options, online lessons have to be your go to. The thing is, people are now starting to realise how good they are and are opting for these, even when face-to-face is available or in addition to in-person sessions or social tennis.

Superprof has been offering online sports coaching and fitness sessions for years, well before the world had heard of COVID-19. At the time of writing, there were over 200 tennis coaches listed on the Superprof platform throughout Australia, including a few in and around Adelaide, almost all of whom offered both in-person and webcam coaching.

At an average price of $39 an hour, these lessons are certainly amongst the most affordable when it comes to private coaching, but the benefits of engaging a Superprof tennis coach don't end at price.

  • Classes are flexible, making scheduling easier and more likely to fit your timetable.
  • Options when it comes to mode of delivery — online, at your local court or a mix of the two.
  • You choose your coach.
  • First lesson is usually free — 'try before you buy'.
  • Platform is easy to navigate and bookings are easy to make.
  • You communicate directly with your potential coach, not through a booking agent or club secretary.

Every Superprof tutor has their own page and profile, containing all the information you need to know — qualifications, experience, pricing, mode of delivery, specialisations and sometimes personal background. Browse through the profiles, make a shortlist then contact each potential coach and arrange a free trial lesson.

My motto is: I’m alive, so that means I can do anything.

~ Venus Williams ~

Whether you have never picked up a tennis racquet in your life or you've played regularly since you were a child, tennis coaching is a great way to build your skills and your confidence. The game can be played by anybody and clubs all over Adelaide offer multiple options when it comes to your goals. Maybe you just want to have a hit with friends — club members can hire a court. Perhaps you want to maintain your fitness — join a social league. You want your kids to develop social skills and sportsmanship — enrol them in lessons or a holiday program.

Everybody is catered for in tennis so there's really nothing to stop you from donning some comfortable runners, grabbing your racquet and a few balls, slapping on a hat and some sunscreen and getting out there.

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Kellie

Kellie is an editor, a children's writer, blogger and a teacher. Any remaining time she has is spent on a dragon boat.