Play Tennis

The ITF's Tennis… Play and Stay is a global campaign that seeks to grow participation worldwide by promoting tennis as easy, fun and healthy. Central to the campaign is getting players to serve, rally and score (play the game) from the first lesson, by using slower red, orange and green balls on smaller courts.

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The ITF Play Tennis Course is one component of the Tennis…Play and Stay campaign and aims to provide coaches with ideas on how to work effectively with starter players of all ages using a game-based approach. It covers areas including:

-  Introduction of starter players to tennis in a stimulating and simple way.
-  Use of the slower balls and smaller courts to allow players to serve, rally and score from the first lesson.
-  Effective communication and organisation.
-  Short, suitable competition formats.

The ITF Play Tennis Course is a 3-day course directed at tennis coaches, school teachers, sport leaders, officials, etc, who are interested in delivering tennis to starter players. Participants need only a minimum level of play and no previous qualification is required to attend the course.

National Associations interested in hosting a course should refer to the PDF document below entitled ‘ITF Play Tennis Course – Guidelines for Hosting a Course’.

Please also find below all the course documents which can be downloaded as PDFs.


All ITF Courses are run through the national tennis association in each country, and the qualification gained at the end of the course represents a qualification recognised by the national association, not an ITF qualification. The ITF do not certify coaches. Through the ITF Coach Education programme, the ITF assists national tennis associations which do not already have a certification system in place to run their own coaches courses.

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