How to Choose the Best Junior Tennis Racquet

Tennis racquets are the most important piece of equipment for tennis players! Unlike adult racquets, kid’s racquets don’t require much research because kids do not have the same power and control needs as adult players do.  However, it is important to know how to choose the right tennis racquet and correct size for your child.

Every child is unique and grows at a different pace, so it’s important to take the time to find the best racquet for them to use on the court for their first of many tennis classes. Here are a few factors to consider to help you determine which racquet will be the best fit.

Measurements and Guidelines

The most critical measurements for selecting a junior tennis racquet is the height of your child and the length of the racquet.  

Tennis Racquet Measurements and Guidelines

Test the Racquet Length - This step by step guide is sure to guarantee the correct racquet size!

  1. Have your child stand up straight and tall.  

  2. Place the tennis racquet beside them with the head of the racquet resting on the ground with the bottom of the racquet handle pointing up towards the sky.  

  3. Have your child place the palm of their hand on the very bottom of the handle, like a cane.

If your child’s arm is able to comfortably extend and rest on the bottom of the handle, then this is the correct tennis racquet length for them. If your child has to bend their arm to rest their hand on the bottom of the handle, or if their hand does not reach it, then you will want to move up or down a size. If you find that your child is somewhere in the middle, we suggest choosing the smaller size.  This way the racquet will be easier for your child to handle.

Where to Buy the Best Racquet

As your child gets older and develops more tennis skills, a larger racquet may be needed that is tailored to his or her style of play.  However, in general, age-appropriate racquets are easy to find and are very affordable, with many options available starting around $25.  

Kids tennis racquets can easily be found online, at big box stores, and your local tennis shops.  Amazon, Target, Walmart, and Dicks Sporting Goods are all places where you can typically find a good selection.  When choosing a racquet, it’s always helpful to have some in-person advice, and you’re most likely to find the best assistance at a local tennis shop.

We suggest letting your child try out some different racquets before making a purchase.  Capital Stringing & Tennis is a great local company that offers some of the best tennis gear.  In addition to that, they have an awesome Demo Program available! You can contact them for more details about how to try out a racquet before purchasing.  

Below, we have included a selection of top-rated kids tennis racquets for juniors.  Each of these racquets are made with sturdy aluminum and come pre-strung, ready for your child to start playing right away!  

Wilson US Open Junior Tennis Racquet

The Wilson US Open tennis racquet is one of the most popular racquets for children just learning to play tennis.  This tennis racquet comes in four different sizes and colors, so that as your child grows you can move them up to the next size without having to change the type of racquet they are using.  

Babolat Nadal 23 Junior Tennis Racquet

If your junior player can’t get enough of Rafael Nadal, then this is the perfect choice for them!  This racquet is painted to look just like his professional model, comes in four different sizes, all with a black and yellow color scheme.  

Wilson Junior Burn Pink Tennis Racquet

This racquet’s bold pink paint job is inspired by the popular tour level Wilson Burn tennis racquet.  It features fun, bright blue strings with a white Wilson logo.

Wilson Burn Series Junior Tennis Racket

This is a lightweight and maneuverable racquet with sleek finishes and textures. As an alternative to the pink version of the Wilson Junior Burn kids tennis racquet, this version features a black and orange paint job and includes a black Wilson logo.

We hope that this helps when deciding on which tennis racquet will be the best fit for your child.  Matching your child up with a great racquet will help prevent injury and allow your child to play more!  


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