My First Tennis Lesson: An Interview With a Novice

  • Karla 

Have you ever considered taking tennis lessons, but the thought of hitting the ball with a racket seems overwhelming? That’s totally normal.

Tennis is a great sport, and playing it has many benefits for our mental and physical health, but let’s be honest, tennis is not an easy activity to do. If you want to learn how to play tennis and be an expert after 3-6 months, you need practice, discipline, and consistency.

We had a chat with one of our clients at Aceify, Angela, and she talked about her experience taking tennis lessons, what made her want to learn this sport, her motivation to practice every week, and some other tips for those who want to start playing tennis.

Here is the interview with Angela:

What made you want to take tennis lessons?

Since I was a child, I have watched tennis matches; this game has always attracted me. After years of gym and weight lift, I need to try something different and a passion that I could share with my husband.

How did you find your first lesson?

Hard! My husband had some sessions in the past, so I thought that he could briefly explain to me the base of the game, but I was completely wrong; when I was watching people playing tennis, I had the idea that it was an easy sport, but in reality, it was difficult also to understand how to grip the tennis racket! You need hand-eye coordination, flexibility, agility, strength, and speed, so a lot of work!

After the first session with my husband, we decided to hire a coach; most of the coaches were busy, and we didn’t know what exactly we needed; browsing online, I found Aceify, which helped us to find the perfect coach for our needs, they book for us all the sessions, the coach, is fantastic! I feel more confident after every session!

Can you briefly explain what playing tennis consists of?

Play tennis consists of six basic strokes: the serve, forehand groundstroke, backhand groundstroke, backhand volley, and the overhead smash. And I had no idea about all of that!

 What is the main goal you want to achieve by taking tennis lessons?

With my coach’s help, I expect to develop good habits, improve my abilities, and succeed in this game; day by day, my skills have been enhanced. I am not just improving my game, but I also feel more energetic. My muscle tone, strength, and flexibility are improving, and I am also starting to lose some weight!

What motivates you to take tennis lessons every week?

Our coach, we like his attitude, and he is a great motivator! Seeing my improvement also keeps me motivated!

What is your tennis lesson routine?

At the moment, we are working on my forehand and backhand, body position for the service, from both sides of the service line, how to angle my body,  feet, and hands, swinging the racquet down, back, and up, and how hard to hit the serve, and getting ready for the return shot.

What equipment is needed to play tennis?

Play tennis consists of six basic strokes: the serve, forehand groundstroke, backhand groundstroke, backhand volley, forehand volley and the overhead smash. And I had no idea about all of that!

What physical and mental changes do you think you will have three months from now practising tennis (playing every week and constantly)?

I believe that staying active is crucial for maintaining good health; tennis helps me keep moving and fit, improve my balance and flexibility, AND improve my cognitive skills. On top of all of that, it improves my mood! After my session, I feel full of energy and positive to start my day!

What benefits do you think people can get from playing tennis?

Tennis is a full-body workout. Swinging the racket works the muscles in your arms, shoulders, back, and core. Bounding and jumping will tone your muscles. You can lose weight and improve agility.

Do you have any tips for tennis beginners?

Choose the right coach! It will make the difference! The right coach will help accelerate your learning and teach you what you need to do to succeed and get you on the right mental path.



Tennis is a great sport to practice if you want to start a new hobby; however, when it comes to learning something new, we tend to give up as soon as we see that we haven’t improved from lesson #1 to lesson #2.

Before you start practising this activity, you need to understand that it will take time, practice, discipline, and disappointments before you get good at it and start seeing its benefits showing up.

Therefore, I would recommend writing down your whys, goals, and motivation before you decide to start tennis as your new hobby.

This will make a big difference when taking your first tennis lesson. And last but not least, we want to thank Angela for taking her time for this interview and giving us some tips and motivation to start playing tennis!


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