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How to Choose the Best Junior Tennis Racket for 8 to 10 Year Old

Updated on November 24, 2016

Advice From an 8 Year Old Tennis Player

Need help choosing the best tennis racket (also spelled, racquet) for a youth in the age range of 6 to 10 years old?

On this page, I will try to give you a simple explanation about a few things to consider when choosing your child's tennis racket.

Also, straight from an experienced 8 (almost 9) year old tennis player, I have his recommendation for a junior tennis racket, and the reasons he made this choice. My grandson, Douglas, has been taking tennis lessons for 3 years. He will give you his suggestions on things to consider when buying a junior tennis racket, and the one that is his favorite.

Note: Douglas is now 10 years old and this tennis racket is still his choice.

Roger Federer Junior Tennis Racket by Wilson - 25 inch - recommended for 8 - 10 year old

Douglas uses and recommends the Wilson, Roger Federer inspired style, tennis racket. He uses this particular racket because of how it is laced, plus it is lightweight and easy to handle. He mentioned that it is laced especially to make it easy to make slices, which also makes it easier to swing.

Wilson 25-inch Roger Federer Junior Tennis Racquet
Wilson 25-inch Roger Federer Junior Tennis Racquet

This is a Wilson, Roger Federer, Junior Tennis Racquet. This racquet is made of Air-Lite alloy. It is 25 inches long and weighs 7.9 ounces, with a head size of 106 square inches. It comes with a half cover and shoulder strap. Amazon offers Free Shipping on this item.

Consider the Size and Weight when Choosing your Tennis Racket
Consider the Size and Weight when Choosing your Tennis Racket

What to Consider When Choosing a Racket: Size and Weight

If your child is just starting tennis lessons, make sure he/she is using a lightweight racket. After he is older and more experienced, gradually choose heavier rackets.The size you need for your youth will vary according to the size of the child. There is no hard and fast rule. Generally, choose the one that feels best to your child and that he can handle well.

When Douglas started his lessons, he used a much smaller racket than he uses today. Douglas is tall for his age, and last year when he was 7, he started using a size 25. A shorter or smaller size youth would need to have a smaller racket.

If your child has a racket that is too heavy, he may not be able to get the ball over the net. A good idea, is to let him try a few out in a sporting goods store, find the one that suits him best, and then order it from Amazon, usually for a cheaper price.

The Lacing is Important to How the Racket Performs
The Lacing is Important to How the Racket Performs

Consider How the Racket is Laced

If you look closely at this photo, you'll see how the two tennis rackets are laced differently. Look at the bottom of the racket head. You should choose a racket like the red Wilson Federer (on the left). The blue racket is laced for power shots and is heavier.Douglas told me that how a racket is laced is very important in how it performs for you. He showed me two styles, and told me that one is good for power shots, and the other is better for slicing. The "slicing" racket is light weight and easy to swing and handle. This is why it is a good choice for a youth. A heavy racket will be harder for a youth to handle. It is a good idea to start the beginner off with a lighter racket, so he won’t become discouraged.

Douglas Loves to Play Tennis!

Thank you, Douglas, for all of your advice and suggestions!
Thank you, Douglas, for all of your advice and suggestions!
Let's Play Tennis!
Let's Play Tennis!


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