Tin Court Tennis involves cooperative (or competitive) tennis in pairs. You can even play a match on the tennis court you’ve marked out with food tins!
You’ll need 2 people, rackets, a ball and a makeshift net. You can use any ball that you have, although we recommend low-pressure balls, such as a sponge, red or orange ball when you have a small space. These balls have less bounce and so are easier to control on mini courts.
- Develop rally skills and racket and ball control
- Build accuracy
- Learn to receive and hit the ball in different ways
Get set up for Tin Court Tennis
Set up for Tin Court Tennis with whatever you can find at home. We’ve used 2 garden chairs to support our broom-stick net. The wider apart that you can place the chairs, the wider your net and bigger you can make your court – within the confines of the space you have, of course!
Tin Court Tennis Variations
- Let the ball bounce and hit forehand to forehand, backhand to backhand – or alternate backhand and forehand.
- Do the same exercise but volleying.
Make it competitive!
- Version 1: players must keep 10 balls “in play” (that means playing cooperatively) before they can play the point out. Given this is a small court, players are not allowed to smash the ball.
- Version 2: play points in a tie-break (first to 7 wins) but the receiving player must start facing away from the net. The receiver counts down – 3, 2, 1 – and the server can serve the ball on 1.
- Version3: play a match using regular tennis scoring.