Tennis Equipment

The Best Kids Tennis Raquets for 2019

A guide for parents on choosing a tennis racquet for their child.

Looking for a kids tennis racquet but unsure on what size or type of racquet to get them? This guide is for you ✅

It is vital that a young player uses a tennis racquet of the right size relative to his or her
height.

This is to ensure the correct development of their technique. The right size racquet helps kids develop smooth strokes with good weight transfer.

A racquet that's too small can lead to excessive wrist and elbow action, which can harm both the technique and, in the long run, the arm. Conversely, using a racquet that's too big or too heavy makes the game too difficult for a junior player. The more difficult the game is, the less young players want to participate.

If you've ever seen a young kid pick up a full-size tennis racquet down at your local courts, swing it around in an unwieldy fashion for 5 minutes before ditching it to go play with something else then you'll know exactly what I'm talking about.

In this guide, I'll cover a few tips so you can provide your child with the right size tennis racquet to set them up for success. I'll also give a few recommendations for the best kid’s tennis racquets that you can buy right now.

When Should a Child Start Playing Tennis?

child serving

Most kids these days that go on to play the professional game start tennis around of 4 or 5 years old. But if your child is older, that doesn't mean they shouldn't pick a racquet or get involved. The goal is fun not to turn it into a career.

In fact, Roger Federer didn’t start playing tennis until he was 8 years old and he's had a reasonable career so anywhere from 4/5 and upwards is the right age.

What is a Junior Tennis Racquet?

junior racquets

A junior tennis racquet is one that is built and sized specifically for kids. This basically means that the length of the racquet is much shorter along with the head size being shorter. 

Typical adult tennis racquets are 27 inches in length, they can be longer with even some professionals using longer sticks like Andy Roddick, whereas junior racquets are between 1 and  8 inches shorter.

A kids racquet will range from 19 inches (the smallest) through to 26 inches which is the last stop before progressing to a full-sized adult frame.

The other difference is what the frames are made out of. The cheaper kids racquets tend to be made from aluminium. Mid-range are a mixture of aluminium and graphite and the higher-end ones will have the same carbon graphite construction like the pro racquets have such as the Pro Staff 97 or Pure Aero.

How to Choose the Right Size Junior Tennis Racquet

how to choose

From smallest to largest junior racquets are 19, 21, 23, 25, and 26 inches in length. That's from the butt cap to the top of the hoop of the frame.

As you have probably guessed, the length of the racquet required will approximately correlate to the age of your child. For example, 5-year-olds are going to use a 19” junior racquet. Ages 5-8 are going to need a 21” or 23” racquet depending on how tall they are for their age. And 9-10-year-olds are going to want a 25” racquet. If your child is 10+ then a 26” racquet is required.

Junior Tennis Racquet Sizing Chart

babolat junior
AgeHeightRacquet
10 to 124ft 8″ to 5ft 2 ” (142cm – 157cm)26″ Racquet
8 to 104ft 4″ to 4ft 8″ (132cm – 142cm)25″ Racquet
6 to 83ft 11″ to 4ft 4″ (119cm – 132cm)23″ Racquet
5 to 6Under 3ft 11″ (119cm)21″ Racquet
2 to 419″ Racquet

Some More Tips for Choosing the Right Size Racquet

kids tennis racquet

The above table is essentially a guide and there are no fixed rules for the size of racquet required. You might find that your own child is between sizes so one quick test you can do is to get the child to hold the racquet in a normal grip and let it hang down by their side with a straight arm.

If the racquet is hovering above the floor below the ankle, then it is perfect. If the racquet is dragging, then the racquet is a bit too big and will probably get scraped on the court or caught up in the child's feet. If the racquet is off the ground by a good few inches, it is probably too small.

What About the Weight of the Racquet?

weight

When it comes to weight and kids tennis racquets this isn't usually an area of concern. The racquets are designed for children so they're all in a similar ballpark.

The one time it might come into play is when your child is torn between two different racquet sizes. Here's a quick test that might help you decide if a frame is too heavy. Have the child hold the racquet behind their back so the top of the racquet touches his or her lower back and the elbow is the highest part of the arm.

Then ask your child to extend their arm and raise the racquet above their head, just like a service motion, but with a much slower swing. If the racquet is going to be too heavy and your child struggles to lift it that is where you will notice it.

Junior Tennis Racquet Size Guide from the USTA

Is it Better to Buy a Bigger Racquet Size so My Child Grows into it?

grow into racquet

This might seem like a money-saving plan considering that children do grow quickly. However, it is better for children to use a racquet that is most appropriate for their current height. This aids their stroke development and boosts their enjoyment of the sport.

The good news is that children’s racquets are fairly inexpensive, especially when compared to adult versions, so upsizing racquets at regular intervals doesn't mean you will rack up huge expense. Typically, most children’s racquets are priced between $25 (£20) and $60 (£50). Some run even as cheap as $10.

The only time I'd recommend getting a slightly bigger racquet is when you have used the size test mentioned above and the child is between sizes.

The ideal sized racquet will hang below your child's ankle just above the floor when held down the side of their leg. However, if the racquet is touching the floor slighlty then it isn't going to be too long before that racquet is the right size and it's not oversized enough to be detrimental to their game.

What are Kids Tennis Racquets Made From?

tennis racquet mould

Children’s tennis racquets are typically aluminium-based, this makes them very light and easy for the child to handle.

The slightly more expensive racquets for kids are made from graphite, just like their adult counterparts and provide a lot of the same performance benefits. So which should you get? That's answered below.

How Much Should You Spend a Kids Tennis Racquet?

how much spend

The cheaper end racquets are made from aluminium and are ideal as starter racquets or those on a budget so I'd recommend spending around $20.

If your child has shown an interest in the game and will be playing regularly, I'd recommend avoiding the real cheap frames as they tend to be rather flimsy in construction. The crude test here is to just bang on the string bed with your palm and see if the racquet feels solid.

The next step up is junior composite racquets, these are the mid-range racquets constructed from a mixture of graphite and aluminium. If your child plays a lot, has coaching and is really keen, it's well worth going for a composite racquet and these are usually around $60.

Some of the larger sized junior racquets can also be full graphite frames and run for around $100. More expensive but for the more serious junior who is on the verge of playing with a full-size racquet then it might be worth considering.

Strings for a Kids Tennis Racquet

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Do you need to worry about strings on a kids tennis racquet? The answer is no. Most of the higher-priced junior frames come pre-strung with a soft multifilament which is an ideal string to start out with.

However in general strings shouldn't be a huge consideration, sure you can restring a racquet if you want to but a child isn't going to have the feel or level of game to really feel the difference between the different types of string and their characteristics. 

Grip Sizes for Juniors

grip sizes

The grip size is the circumference of the racquet's handle and is usually given in inches. Just like strings, there's not a huge lot to think about as most manufacturers produce a 4″ grip size on all junior tennis frames.

The longer racquets that are closing in on adult sizes sometimes have two choices available in either 4″ or 4 1/8″.

The standard 4″ is usually fine for most kids but in some cases, it can either be too large or too small for your child. 

Making the grip larger is easy, add an overgrip, which will increase the grip size by about 1/16 of an inch. However, making one smaller is much harder. You would either need to attempt a DIY job and rasp off some of the grip material or take your racquet to a local specialist that has worked with customisation before. They will be equipped to make changes while maintaining a comfortable feel.

The Best Kids Tennis Racquets for 2019

nadal junior

Just like there's no best tennis racquet for an adult as everyone's game is different, it's the same story with kids racquets. Except with junior racquets, it's because they are all much of a muchness and there's very little to separate the main brands. All you need to look for in a kids racquet is the following:

  • Appropriately sized
  • Durable
  • Lightweight
  • Pre-strung
  • Affordable

If you combine these attributes then you are well on the way to finding a good junior tennis racquet. To make things easy, I've selected a few frames that fit the bill below from the smallest size for younger kids, up to 26″ frames for players on the verge of using a full-size racquet.

Best Racquet for Juniors Ages 3-5

Babolat Nadal Junior 19″ 

Babolat Nadal Junior 19 inch

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Ideal for kids up to the age of 5. This Babolat Nadal junior features aluminium construction and a paint job that looks just like Rafa's racquet of choice, the 2019 Pure Aero. It comes with a headcover.

  • Head Size: 82 sq” (529 sq cm)
  • Weight: 6.1 oz (173g)
  • Length: 19″ (48.2cm)
  • Composition: Aluminum

Best Racquets for Juniors Ages 6-8

Head Speed Junior Racquet 21″

Head Speed 21 Junior Racquet

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Made of an aluminium o-beam construction, the Head Speed 21 is great for kids just getting into the game who are 4 and older and 40-44 inches in height.

  • Head Size: 91 sq” (587 sq cm)
  • Weight 6.3oz (179g)
  • Length 21″ (53.3cm)
  • Composition: Aluminium

Tecnifibre Bullit 23 RS Junior Racquet

Tecnifibre Bullit 23 RS Junior Racquet

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Technifibre isn't one of the most well-known brands out there but they're used by Daniil Medvedev and produce some high-quality frames. The Tecnifibre Bullit RS 23 is a great racquet to learn tennis with. The 7-ounce weight is light enough for juniors to swing, and the 23-inch length is ideal for ages 6-8. It's made from aluminium so is stable and manoeuvrable.

  • Head size: 95 sq” (613 sq cm)
  • Weight: 7.0 oz (200g)
  • Length: 23 in (58.6 cm)
  • Composition: Aluminium

Best Racquets for Juniors Ages 9-10

Babolat Pure Strike Junior 25″

Babolat Pure Strike Junior

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The junior version of Dominic Thiem's racquet. This Pure Strike is perfect for competitive juniors ages 8-10. Made from graphite, the 25″ length frame has the same composition and technologies that are in the adult version. This racquet is suitable for aggressive junior players that like to hit big from the baseline and take control of the point. The racquet features a 100 square inch head size, an unstrung weight of 8.5 ounces and a 16×19 string pattern.

  • Head size: 100 sq” (645 sq cm)
  • Weight: 8.5 oz (240g)
  • Length: 25 in (63.5 cm)
  • Composition: Graphite

Wilson Clash 25″ Junior

Wilson Clash 25 Junior

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Based on the new Wilson Clash, this junior version comes with an open 16×19 string pattern to help generate topspin and power. The Wilson Clash 25″ is lightweight making it manoeuvrable and easy to use making this ideal for age groups 9-10.

  • Head size: 100 sq” (645.2 sq cm)
  • Weight: 8.5 oz (240g)
  • Length: 25 in (63.5 cm)
  • Composition: Graphite

Best Racquets for Juniors Ages 11+

Head Gravity Junior 26″ Racquet

Head Graphene Junior Racquet

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The Head Gravity 26″ Racquet is ideal for the competitive 10 to 12 year old. It includes DampPlus inserts which isolate the impact vibrations from the grip for exceptional comfort. The open 16 x 19 string pattern allows juniors to access top spin readily and the lightweight graphite composite gives the racquet the perfect weight for those not quite ready for a full-size racquet.

  • Head size: 100 sq” (645.2 sq cm)
  • Weight: 8.8 oz (250g)
  • Length: 26 in (66 cm)
  • Composition: Graphite

Dunlop CX 200 Junior 26″ Racquet

Dunlop CX 200 Junior 26 Racquet

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The is Dunlop CX 200 Junior 26″ Racquet a great choice for juniors age 9-12 who aren't quite ready to transition to a standard length tennis racquet but want a frame that will help them rise to the next level. It has a full graphite construction and open 16 x 19 string pattern.

  • Head size: 100 sq” (645.2 sq cm)
  • Weight: 9.2 oz (261g)
  • Length: 26 in (66 cm)
  • Composition: Graphite

Looking for more choice? Browse a more comprehensive range of junior racquets here.

Quick Recap

The above tips give you an idea of where to start when choosing a tennis racquet for your child. One thing to finally consider is the skill level of your child. If the child has been taking lessons, has a good technique and is starting to play matches they may be able to handle a racquet that is slightly longer than what the guidelines recommend. Your local tennis coach should be able to make this assessment.

Got a question about choosing a junior tennis racquet? Have any tips of your own you've picked up from coaching or supplying your own kids with tennis gear? Let me know in the comments.

Jonathan

Huge fan of Roger Federer. I watch all his matches from Grand Slam level right down to ATP 250. When I'm not watching or tweeting about tennis I play regularly myself and use this blog to share my thoughts on Federer and tennis in general.

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      1. Shame we can’t fast-forward them at all! I mean, really! 2, 5, 24 and 0 is ridiculous. Anyone’d think we were back in the days of Wimbledon when grass was actually grass …

      2. Haha, yes, indeed he does! I had never noticed that.
        Parents always look for resemblances among the relatives.

  1. @Jon
    What to do, if my only daughter is 40+ (but he learned tennis being 10) and no grandchildren in sight, and I’m late starter (started to learn at 50, so junior racket was too small 🙁
    Maybe I should start once more, using junior racket? They say, the youth comes with the age 😉
    Which racket would you recommend for me?

      1. @Rui
        No, just the opposite, old people with child’s body. Could not find images and I’m not (yet) so far 😉

  2. I’ll call these types of articles “post pain”. I think the most important part is having an appropriate size available when your child picks up a racket to give it a try. How can one become the next Roger if the kid gives up in frustration.
    Jonathan, I really think you should consider writing these types of articles for pro tennis sites. You do such a great job!

    1. Is this not the peRFect place for such articles?
      Would be interesting if Jon could recommend rackets, young Federers use. And maybe illustrate the post with RF4kids just hitting?

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      (Current mammal count at home: 6 humans + 1 dog + 3 cats. There was also a rabbit but we gave it)

      1. Nice home 🙂 You need 2 other non-human mammals to get a balance 😉
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        Experts say in relatively short time the whole humanity will need to turn veg for different “objective” reasons. Climate changes, economy a.s.o. But that’s another fairy tale. So far we are on Titanic going down, but the show is going on 🙁
        I have noticed your visit – normally I have rarely visitors from Portugal.

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  3. This shows how much money racquet manufacturers make with each single unit sold. No one can convince me that a racquet for adults costs 100 € to make, and I am already factoring a 50-100 € margin. My company produces composite materials and there is no way it would cost 300 €/kg. And when you consider that racquets are made using cheap labour…

    1. Yeah you are paying for the marketing gimmicks. It’s best to wait until a racquet is last seasons model and in the sale. I actually prefer the smaller brands Pro Kennex, Technifibre. The quality control is better. Yonex is still my favourite though.

  4. Is she? I can’t say I’ve been watching. Can’t help having the feeling that both challengers may be made mincemeat of in the finals.

    1. Much has been said about the W sisters’ contribution to turn women’s tennis into a slower version of men’s baseline ball-bashing tennis.
      The fact is that it works for them and I have nothing against it. The problem is that rest of the world followed.
      Maybe if the game was taught to women differently as it is nowadays the current rankings would be something very different. I would like to think so…

      1. Yes again, who wins? More important than the game eventually gets boring to watch. The thrill of who wins seems the one and only parameter for a big part of paying spectators, or? Dar-win?

      2. @muser
        The thrill of who wins is omnipresent and affects Federer (and his fans) the same way as everyone. Dar-win? Yes, of course. As always, two reasons – glory and money.
        Can you name a sport in which it looks differently?
        Take football. Many decades ago Brazil was a master in beautiful playing. Then they hit the wall and could not win anymore, still playing with beauty.
        Even if the beauty is still there (Darwin again – genetics) , if you don’t win a group in the Mundial, you cannot show your beauty anymore.
        Exactly the same with Federer – after lost to someone early, he cannot show his brilliance anymore.
        BTW _ I don’t think, Williams’ tennis to be annoying. It’s still a lot of grace there. In Nadal’s game too. Williams’ are Big3 of women’s tennis and nothing can change it. You find not less muscular ladies in the field, but Williams still winning.

      3. Still they don’t win my taste, and Jon’s cheeky remark delights me, sorry sw. I quite like VW though, but I would never subscribe to watch her

  5. Serena is playing like a bull. The semis was an annihilation. Also, watched the other semis with Bencic and Andreescu. A close match with many twists and turns. Bencic made the fatal error of engaging with obnoxious fans. That never turns out well for the players. Anyway, here we have a 19 yr old, first year on the tour with half the year injured, in the final. Andreescu has an all-round game. Slight chance to lift the trophy.
    Go Bianca!!!

      1. The best on match point? 😉
        Last time I could watch ladies tennis was with Radwanska playing. I could also watch Niculescu.
        I’m not really watching liking anyone. Andreescu? It’s another bull and you cheer for her only to see Serena failing, right? Go Serena! 😉

  6. The chair umps are all saying…no, please, let me ump anything else. Please, no, not that. I don’t care how much you pay me! But then they are all told they will be fired. So, they all choose straws and short one wins…or should I say loses. Immediately, the poor soul requires medical attention. The doctor prescribes a large dose of anti-anxiety medication. The ump, line judges and ball kids are all given the option of diapers. One never knows when their lives will be threatened. The females on the court know their biggest weapon is to cry out….but I am a mother!
    Serena is the queen of NY. Billboards, commercials everywhere. You don’t dare rout against her. Even Bianca’s dog has to boo when Andreescu hits a winner.

    1. Serena is a Queen for a reason. If you like it or not. The same Federer. Nadal. Djokovic.
      What’s specific for Serena is maybe guilty conscience of white Americans resulting in a paradox, allowing her too much.
      But this is only about behaviors. She still plays tennis most of the time on court 😉
      But Serena is not unbeatable. Who plays good enough, can bit her, even in New York.

      1. I know what I think are the reasons for this unprecedented dominance of older athletes in their 30’s. You might ask yourself the question, what has enabled this.

      1. Or Trump. When he smiles, you never know, what happens – you get point, you lose point or the match is stopped so long he tweets the outcome (still smiling) 😉

      2. If you go back to the distant past of 2005 you will see that those then on the tour had won few slams: Roger had 7, Agassi (near retirement) had 6, Hewitt had 2, Roddick 1, Ferrero 1, and Nadal 1. Djokovic hadn’t come into existence. Williams was then regularly losing to a tiny Belgian called Justine Henin.

        Today we see that 3 male players well into their 30’s and one woman player, also aged 38, have amassed 80-odd slams between them. 80! And all middle-aged athletes. No one asks how this is possible. For sheer dubiousness Bulgarian weightlifting has nothing on tennis (although Williams wouldn’t look out of place in that sport – and likewise Nadal).

      3. @Armstrong7
        For sheer logic you must assume, those 4 have something, other have not. (before, now or later). The most obvious difference between one and another half of those 4 (s the muscle mass. Conclusion would be – the muscle mass is not a decisive factor. So what is? Conspiracy theories aside (doping, Spanish doctors a.s.o.) it must be an extraordinary talent. first and then the second the rule of best go naturally even better (like rich are getting richer and poor – poorer). And in professional sport who is the best, gets rich, after getting rich he/she can first make use new possibilities (bigger teams), newest technologies and newest methods of recovery, flying private jets, then being entitled to skip any tournament, so best get better (in terms of results) and richer at the same time. The gap is still harder to close. Talent is no more enough to break in. New sports medicine helps the best+richest to reach longevity, while new talents are coming and going.
        Another idea?

      4. PRF Nowadays top 10 guys like Zverev, Thiem and others have plenty of money to hire multiple coaches and access the newest technology. That’s clearly not what is holding them

      5. All players today are talented athletes; the margins between them will be small. They have access to the same technology and training expertise. It may be the case that we would see one stand-out player in a generation, but four seems hard to believe. They are utterly dominant over their peers. What makes it even more difficult to explain is that they have long passed the peak age of an athlete, which the experts tell us is about 27. They are between 33-38, and are even stronger and faster than they were 10 years ago. The commenters at the USO have repeatedly made this observation about Nadal in particular – and we are seeing much the same with Williams. We have never seen this previously in the sport.

      6. We are seeing that in every single sport, athletes last more. On the other hand if you don’t see any differences in the way the big 3 was 10 years ago compared to now you are blind.

      7. Pablo, you miss the point. Yes, many sports are showing older athletes are still able to compete at the top, but that begs the question of how they have only been able to do that relatively recently. The reasons will be much the same in all sports. That the big 3 (4, including Williams) in tennis have been able to add to and improve their respective games over the last decade begs the same question – why has this only occurred in this generation of players? The answer is that the natural aging processes meant that athletes in past eras could not sustain the kind of physical performance levels we are seeing amongst older athletes in sports today, because they were starting to naturally decline physically from their late 20’s. There is only one way that this decline can be deferred or slowed – and it isn’t training, nutrition or technique, because the process is biological. We are all subject to it and in much the same way.

      8. @Armstrong7
        Well, you are still at the same point. We have 4 titans in tennis and we know only, what could not be the reason of their longevity. Mystery? No answer? Or do you have some idea for the explanation but don’t want to reveal it?

      9. PRF, I know what I think are the reasons for this unprecedented dominance of older athletes in their 30’s. You might ask yourself the question, what has enabled this.

      10. @Armstrong
        OK, I was asking myself that question since long time and the answer was obvious for me and still is. Just pure coincidence of 3 exceptionally talented guys coming up about the same time (or you may say, Federer is not the same generation, so he was single and then came up additional two). We don’t know yet, how long these two will still play on top level, but this is for accountants, not game lovers.

        You may not want to disclose your answer for whatever reason, but each time someone repeats “I know the answer but I don”t tell you” I feel either in kindergarten or you actually have no answer.

        Repeating the same all the time is boring, so I’m gping to close my activity in this thread.

  7. Did anyone watch SF #1?
    Bah. Dimitri Grigorov’s notes for the match were:
    1) When in doubt try a stunt shot.
    2) If the ball comes to your left, don’t drive the backhand. Slice it. Again. Why? Go figure.
    3) Do all approach shots right into the middle of the court.
    4) Challenges are there to be wasted.
    5) Expect Daniil to miss.
    6) If he doesn’t, do your own misses, preferably with the forehand on important points.

    [James Bond: “I never miss”]

      1. Even better lots of dropshots. Like Thiem did in Madrid, second set, winning 6:0 (but this was clay).
        Medvedev has shots, he runs and defends efficiently, has a big serve, the only weak point is at the net. Dropshot+lob the best against him. To win points and make him lose rhythm. I guess that’s what Rafa will (try to) do in the final or he loses.

        What may be surprising, Mefvedev stays on return very close to the place reserved for Rafa 😉

  8. Could of, should of, would of been a Fedal final. Maybe never at the USO. Go Medvedev! Be way, way better that that performance in Canada.

    1. Well… life is packed with stuff that should have been.
      But the facts have this annoying property: they are stubborn beyond our will and (where it applies) frustration.
      So, the best is to take the healthy way: let go.

      1. Ah yes. Betting services. And they offer free account but I need to give them data of my credit card. 😉 No, I’m looking for some paid service like TennisTV or Eurosportplayer, so I can pay and have peace of mind, I don’t get tons of viruses and my credit card is in hands of who-knows-who 😉
        Do you use this service, gave them data of your credit card and nothing wrong happened?

      2. I removed the link, it is full of pop-ups to potential malware, etc. Not everyone is savvy enough to avoid that sort of stuff so I don’t want to reference it even though it works.

        Laver Cup is on Amazon Prime in Europe, Poland should be able to access that – https://amzn.to/2PU9KPI

      3. @PRF it’s not a gambling site, it’s an aggregator that shows you options for streaming, some of the ones it links to are betting sites like bet365 etc.

      4. @Jon
        I will rather try with Amazon Prime 🙂 Thanks for hints and explanations 🙂 Yes, Amazon Prime is available in Poland, but I can’t find there right now any live streaming. Maybe live streaming not available for Poland? I will try with VPN.

      5. Rui, could you send the link, Jon deleted for security reasons, to my private e-mail [email protected]? I didn’t try it out before it was deleted.
        Maybe with some hints what are you doing to avoid potential threats?
        I have used occasionally DrakulaStream or StreamHunter soe years ago, but by then there were no threats, redirecting, registering a.s.o.. Either the stream worked good or not. It’s apparently more complicated right now.
        I cannot really find any paid service for RLC, which would be available in Poland 🙁
        Thank you 🙂

      1. @Jon
        Just had a chat with Amazon. They say, they will stream RLC only in US and never stream anything via VPN. Funny. What do you think?

      2. I thought Tennis Channel had rights in the USA. I will be watching on Amazon Prime in Europe so I think they are wrong.

        I wouldn’t ask about VPN’s though.

      3. @Jon
        Well. I will try again when the time comes 🙂 Not sure, if they recognize my location by my Amazon account or by connection server.

        Meanwhile I have tested it. First connected to UK via NordVPN, then opened the Prime site, got an offer of free 30 days trial, which I accepted. While trying to watch anything I got a message, I they don’t stream over VPN and I should disable it. After I disable I get a message “not available in your location”. Well, I will try to contact some Swiss service.
        2017 it was streamed on Laver Cup FB page, if I recall well. Maybe this year too?

        I don’t understand the approach. I want to pay and they don’t want my money. They want only celebrities. If so, I must ignore the exhibition and forget it forever 🙁

    1. Yes, it might be tricky at first but if you are careful about what you click on and have a pop up blocker it’s quite easy to watch. I never had any issues with it. I use it on the PC and the iPhony. The experience is similar.

      1. Never needed to register an account and give credit card data?
        What do you mean with pop-up blocker? Some specific software or add-on/extension for the browser? Which one?

      2. Of course but there are many people out there who don’t know what a pop-up blocker is or what not to click on. Hence why people get their bank accounts emptied by an Indian on a daily basis.

        PRF managed to end up on a gambling site from it for example.

  9. Well done Bianca ! (and Simona at Wimbledon)
    I hope that Medvedev will have the same courage as her …
    Nevetheless, deep dowm I am afraid that tomorrow the bottom line will be 20-19 🙁

  10. …and Bianca wins it. It wasn’t the best final I have watched, but then again I don’t recall watching a high quality WTA final match recently, not in a major at least.
    1.5 sets: SW spreading errors all over the place whilst playing the distressed dame.
    0.4 set: BA feeling the weight of standing at the bottom of a cooking pot packed with screaming goons.
    0.1 set: BA gets her act together as SW tightens up again.
    All in all: I’m not as convinced as I was last year. BA’s game is not dissimilar to the current norm. But it’s nice that she won.

      1. You don’t get it in Spain even if you play Nadal.
        Simply different mentalities. Spain and France are big tennis nations. US is Hollywood nation. All others are non-tennis nations and have always a lot of tickets to sell to FedFans 😉

  11. Unreal, eh! Bianca used her mental toughness to battle Serena and more so the crowds. She put Serena on her back foot.
    And I heard JMac say Felix’s camp turned down LC for some Mickey Mouse tournament. What???

    1. Yes, a fabulous win for Bianca. Congrats, Canada! At least one great thing happened in this year’s USO. Me, too hope for a new, young champion in Men’s as well.

      1. No way. Nadal will not spread errors + stay and weit until the ball comes to the racket. Of yourse, as most Fedfans, you want “Nadal tio not win next slam” and not “Medvedev to win “. Once Medvedev starts to be a danger for Federer, you change the rhetoric completely.

      2. Yesyes PRF, we all know that. That’s how fans are disposed, on our passionate surface, wishing all possible well – directly and indirectly for the one and only. Of course. Numbers admittedly mean a bit (but not all), on the shining surface.

      3. @muser
        Unfortunately wishing well “indirectly” means wishing bad directly to another one.
        It’s not an obvious part of being fan.
        Wishing my hero the win is not the same as wishing the rival the loss..
        But OK, I know, so called “genuine FedFans” pretend to be just exceptional among fans like Federer is exceptional among players.
        This makes “fedfaning” for me a bit nasty, so I’m rarely getting involved in “religious debates”.

      4. I don’t think Nadal will lose it. In fact he rarely (if ever) “loses” a match in the sense that he never gives up, gets lazy or sloppy. It’s his opponent who must deserve the win. That’s what made AO2017 Fed win the more memorable (among other things).
        In that regard Fed could very well be sitting now on a taller pile of majors.

      5. @Rui
        TBH I don’t like Medvedev’s tennis. All the blabla about unorthodox artist will fall to pieces very soon. With his one-sided game he needs a lot of luck (like some time ago Zverev did). For Zverev it’s over and he even does not know to try to give his game more variety. And he actually had a lot of luck over 2 years. The same with Medvedev IMO. Kafelnikov tells, Medvedev needs to shorten points and approach the net a lot to defeat Nadal. But this is just the opposite of his game. Nadal not only “never gives up”. Nadal has a big variety and feeling and is a very good tactician. He will find the way to make points long enough, he can ask Medvedev a lot of questions.
        That’s what Nadal did with Thiem last year at USO, but Thiem’s skills (tactic excluded) are a lot closer to Nadal than Medvedev’s.

      6. Medvedev is making huge steps. He is really consistent and has a strong mentality but Nadal is a bad match up for him.

        I expect Nadal to win in 3 but he will have to deal with pressure of the history. Let’s how he deals with it (Serena is having a bad time with it).

      7. @Pablo
        Pressure of a history? I don’t think, this could have affect his game. Once stepped onto the court, he forgets everything but next point to play. That’s a big part of his greatness. He may lose a game or set, but he tanks energy after every point won and plays every point like it was the first in the match.
        I think, Nadal creates his own pressure, lasting rather on the opponent, not on him.
        Federer is more vulnerable to the history pressure.
        I guess, with Med we will the see the repeat of Zverev story. Next season every coach know everything about his “unorthodox” game and it works no more.
        Med is not Kyrgios or Monfils. Unorthodox is a wrong word – if someone serves underarm, is this unorthodox? Yes, if he serves it all the time.
        If he has something “unorthodox”, are missing skills, replaced by an instinctive hitting motion. But why the most are playing orthodox? Because it’s optimal for the effect of the shot and for avoiding injuries. If he tries to hit this way balls coming from Nadal, he will collect injuries for half a year of recovery.

        He is now called to be one of best movers among 1,98. Maybe. Year ago they were saying the same about Zverev. Before for a while about Pole Janowicz. This always ends in injuries.

        Med is told to have problems with quadriceps. If quadriceps fails, you have problem with knees. And this the start of the end for a tall player. Then he goes to be big server. With good technique not a danger for the shoulder, but most of big servers (just hitting hard from the height, not serving big because of perfect hand skills) tend to have shoulder issues. Maybe Karlovic not –he does not hit so hard.

    1. Ah, no. You should be much stronger than a 10 year old child and waving a 27” racquet should be easy. Smaller racquets are also lighter which does not help.

  12. Johnathan, Great article about kids tennis racquets. Can you write a blog about tennis players diets and regim I would like to specifically want to know what does Federer diet looks like as he is healthy and fit at the age of 38.

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