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Tennis for Tykes

Your kids can make a racket (in a good way!) with tennis lessons through instructional programs. They’ll be in great shape after racing up and down the court, and they’ll hone their balance and hand-eye coordination. And who knows — your little girl could end up becoming the next Venus Williams!

The city of Dallas’ L.B. Houston Tennis Center offers junior lessons for ages 5 and older. Kids will learn basic strokes, how to dribble a ball with a racket and how to hit the ball over the net. The cost is $10 for each one-hour class, and classes continue through the fall. Lighted courts for free play are also available with reservations; the cost is $2.50 per person plus tax for an hour and a half. 214/670-6367; www.lbhoustontennis.com.

Tennis Beginnings in Dallas offers lessons for children ages 4 and older, starting with fun games and low-compression balls for beginners and moving to full-court matches for older players. The instructional programs, which are broken up into age groups, cost $160 per semester. 972/904-0668; www.tennisbeginnings.com.

Beginner players ages 5-7 can learn the ropes through Plano Parks and Recreation’s Pee Wee Tennis classes at High Point Park Tennis Center. Children will be introduced to the game in a fun way aimed at encouraging them to continue with more difficult lessons. A four-week Pee Wee class session (45 minutes per week) costs $27. 972/941-7170; www.highpointtennis.com.

Lakes Tennis Academy in Frisco offers four-week Junior Academy sessions throughout the fall that start with beginner lessons for children ages 4-5 focusing on motor skills, listening skills and having fun. Older kids who are more advanced will learn basic strokes, the rules of tennis and strategies. The sessions start at $65 for members and $74.75 for non-members for a once-weekly class. 972/668-5253; www.lakestennis.com.