10 and Under Tennis
10 and Under Tennis, was known as Quickstart, is an exciting play format for kids 10 years of age and younger learning to play tennis. It is designed to bring them into tennis by slightly modifying the game for their age and size.
- The court is smaller and easier to cover.
- The net is smaller.
- Racquets are made for small hands so they are easier to grip and swing.
- The scoring rules allow for shorter matches.
- Special balls bounce lower and slower, making them easier to hit. Balls are colored based on age and skill level.
Diana Marti Belton, owner of DTennis, was among the first professional instructors to help launch the USTA 10 and under National Campaign in 2008 at Disney, and introduced the new way for kids to play tennis in the USA.
She has directed one of the top 10 and under Tennis Programs in Central Florida and has been an advocate for 10 and under at tennis seminars.
All of the kids shown in the photos below were selected by the USTA to participate in the campaign and trained by Diana. Most of them are now on their school tennis teams and have a great tennis foundation.