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Kids' Racquets

If you're buying a tennis racquet for a child who's just getting into the game, consider a junior racquet. It's generally size, not age, that determines which racquet a child should use.

Junior frames come in graduated lengths:

  • 21 inches (for kids up to 3'11")
  • 23 inches (3'11" to 4'6")
  • 25 and 26 inches (4'6" to 5')

A child should move to an adult-sized, 27-inch racquet at the 5' mark. But these are just guidelines - experts agree that if children show that they can handle something bigger, you should bump them up.

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