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Anyone have any suggestions for what kind of tennis play I should be doing with my son who is 6 1/2? I want to keep it fun so that he gets hooked on tennis.
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Dear Mr. Mayor,

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Hello Mark/Mr. Mayor,

There are many facets you'd need to look at, but first of all, If your son is just getting started, I think the best thing to do to keep him in it is to play some mini-court points and do not beat him too often! If he feels he can rally with you and win points, tennis will get to him. Feeding balls and let him hit may be fun at the beginning, but in a while, he'll be bored - that is common among many kids of that age. So mix it up.

I made a mistake with my son when he was little. He could play mini-court point with me and that was how he got in it. But I asked a little too much, and too soon, from him, by feeding balls to him and kept telling him how he should do fh and bh, and then tennis became boring to him. So now, whenever I ask him, he'll find every possible excuse not to play, and when he runs out of excuses, he'll just say, let's just do it for fun, meaning, just play the points (and let him win).

So, this experience might be something you want to consider.

Good luck!

Ben.

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