Frequently Asked Questions

Q: My child really wants to play tennis but the cost is too much for our family? (this is not actually frequently asked, but important)

A: We receive some funding from Wanaka Tennis Inc for a small number children who are enthusiastic about playing tennis so please contact us in confidence if this is the case.

Q: Do we need to be members of the Tennis Club?

A: No, but junior non-members will need to pay casual court fees of $2/session. Eg-If you are booking for a 9 week term as a junior, it would cost $18 court fees. Alternatively, you can join the tennis club and then you can play anytime and join in Saturday Club Tennis. Under 8's are free, 8-12 is $50 and 12-18 is $65. Under 8's are still required to fill out the form and join. Go to www.wanaka-tennis.net.nz for membership info.
​For adults- casual court fees are $6/session.

Q: What happens if it rains?

A: We put a notice on our facebook page if we have rain cancellations which you can link to through our website home or contact us pages. We leave one week aside at the end of term to make up for rain for term time classes. If there is more than one week rained out then we will issue a refund or credit. For holiday camps there is no make up or refund unless more than one day is cancelled as the price is the same for or  4 days or full week bookings.  

Q: Do we need rackets?

A: No we can provide them for coaching times and we also sell them in our pro-shop.

Q: What class should my child be in?

A: Generally go by the ages in the class. Normally the coach will have pointed it out to you if we think your child should move up an age group or level. It is also better to start lower and move up rather than be told you need to move down. It is important to our program for the good of all of the kids that players are in the right group for their level as we do a lot of co-operative excercises.

Q: My Child was in the Red/Orange/Green last term/year should they move up to the next class so they are not repeating the same lessons?

A: We will split the groups within our classes depending on level and experience. So for example if there are 12 kids in a class and 8 have done tennis before and 4 are new then we will start the 4 new ones in a separate group. You may repeat some of the lessons, but Roger Federer still practices his serve even though he has done it before so re-inforcement is a good thing.  

Q: How many kids are in the classes?

A: We can have up to 16 kids in a class, but no matter how many kids we have we always aim to maintain a 4:1 ratio of student to coach/assistant coach. With larger classes normally there would be a lead coach and an assistant coach with each group of 8 kids. Our assistant coaches are well trained in our teaching methods even though they are not qualified coaches we think they are really good and normally the kids like them better cause they are fun!

A: How can my child improve their tennis the most?

Q: 1 group lesson per week will only get you so far in tennis. This is a highly skill based sport. If you really want to see big improvements you need to practice with friends/family/wall at least one more time in the week. There is also club tennis for juniors on a Saturday for extra tennis. Private lessons also make a huge difference, but are prohibitive cost wise and also we have limited time slots for these, but please let us know if you interested. Holiday camps are also very helpful because they play for 5 straight days. For older kids tournaments and competitions are the ultimate for improvement.  

Q: What is the best age to start coaching?

A: Definately 5 for group lessons and maybe 3-4 for privates if you are really keen, but any age is great. One of our students was in the NZ team for his age at 12 and he did not start till he was 9.

Q: My 5-8 year old kids want to play with hard balls on a full-court. Why do you make kids use small courts and soft balls?

A: The whole tennis coaching world has adapted to using modified equipment so that kids actually learn game sense through longer rallies. Using hard balls and big courts for really young players hinders their technical and strategic development, but there are a lot of kids who think they should play big tennis because they see older kids doing it or they have done it with family members already.