Posted on September 14 2021
The world was introduced to a new tennis superstar on Saturday; Emma Raducanu. The 18-year-old from Bromley astounded and impressed the New York crowd (and the entire planet) as she steamrolled her way to the title without dropping a set. Here at All Things Tennis, we recognise how important role models are in sport and we’re sure that lots of kids across the UK will have been inspired by what Emma has achieved. If your child is showing a new or renewed interest in tennis, we can help you choose the appropriate racket for their age/height. We’ve selected a few of our favourite junior rackets to help you on your way.
These 19 inch rackets are perfect for kids aged 2-4 who’re just starting to give tennis a go. They’re incredibly light and will help develop your child’s technique safely from a young age. This racket is available in two colour schemes, the Maria comes in a blue flower design and the Novak comes in a red comic design. Tennis at this age should be about having fun and these funky rackets certainly don’t take themselves too seriously!
Ideal for kids aged 4-6 years old, the Gravity 21 Inch is a step up from the aluminium Maria and Novak rackets. The graphite composite material is lightweight and easy on the arm as your child begins to hit a little harder. The playful mix of colours in the design is inspired by the Gravity range used by the likes of Ash Barty. If your child is going to look up to anyone, Ash Barty is a pretty wonderful candidate!
This fantastically bold frame is ideal for young players aged between 8 and 9 and between 52-56 inches in height. This racket provides good feel and control for the keen junior player. You’ll always know where your child is on court as they swing away with this bright red racket.
This is a quality junior racket perfect for kids who measure between 1.25m and 1.40m in height who are progressing nicely with their tennis. Unlike the other junior rackets on this list, the Pure Drive 25 is loaded with modern technologies that make it just as good as most adult rackets, modified appropriately for juniors. This racket will allow juniors to hit with ease and precision without compromising on comfort or manoeuvrability. The Pure Drive range is used by the likes of 2017 Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza.
Like the Pure Drive 25, the Pure Aero Jr 26 is equipped with many modern technologies. Emma Raducanu used to use the adult Pure Aero before she switched to the Wilson Blade a few years ago. A 26-inch racket is the last stage in junior racket progression so it’s ideal for players who are close to transitioning to a full adult sized racket (27 inches). Junior players will find it easy to generate large amounts of spin with this racket due to its aerodynamic frame and FSI spin technology. Other great 26-inch rackets include the Head Graphene 360+ Radical Jr 2021 and the Head Graphene 360+ Gravity JR 26 Inch 2021.
We hope this brief breakdown of our favourite junior rackets is useful as you shop around for the best racket for your child. Emma Raducanu’s success will mean great things for British tennis and we hope to see the sport we love grow even more popular in the coming years.
And, who knows; with the right tools for the job and players like Andy Murray and Emma Raducanu to look up to, you may just have a future Grand Slam champion on your hands.
Written by Aron Dochard