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10 Do’s and Don’ts for Junior Tournament Players

by Grace Leake
PTR Certified Tennis Professional and Former Junior Tournament Player

  • Don’t show up right at the time of your match. Come at least 30 minutes early and check in at the tournament desk!
  • Do introduce yourself to another player and ask them to warm up with you before your match!
  • Don’t rely on your parents to pack your racket and water bottles for you.
  • Do get what you need set out the night before the match (clothes, rackets, snacks, etc.).
  • Don’t be nervous! You’ve been on a tennis court before and you know how to hit a forehand and backhand. Today is no different.
  • Do bring a notebook onto the court with you with 2 or 3 things that you want to work on during your match (you can review them when you change sides).
  • Don’t pay too much attention to who your opponent is. All you need to think about is getting the ball in the court one more time than they do.
  • Do thank your parents for driving you and rooting for you!
  • Don’t bring just one racket with you. You’ll want two in case you break the strings.
  • Do pick a song to sing to yourself in between points. It will help you relax!