PHED 1038

Credit Hours


Course Title






Catalog Description

This course is designed for the beginning tennis player. The goal is to help the beginner develop the basic skills of serving, receiving, forehand, backhand, and volley.  Additionally, the course will cover playing strategy, rules, and scoring.


Game, Set, Match, A Tennis Guide by James E. Bryan, Morton Publishing Company (newest edition)

Expected Educational Results

As a result of successfully completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a basic overhead serve
  2. Demonstrate the forehand drive
  3. Demonstrate the backhand drive
  4. Demonstrate skills for the aerial game
  5. State the basic rules of tennis
  6. Describe the steps of scoring in a game, set, and match
  7. Improve their cardiorespiratory fitness level

General Education Outcomes

   I. This course addresses General Education Outcome number nine “to apply the basic concepts of health

      and wellness and utilize activities to promote health and fitness”.

Course Content

1. Introduction to Tennis Safety & conditioning Racket & shoe selection

2. The Forehand Drive

    The grip & ready position
The back swing
The forward swing
Ball and racket contact
Follow through

3. The Backhand Drive
The grip and ready position
The back swing
The forward swing
Ball and racket contact
Follow through

4. The Overhead Serve
The grip and serving position
The downswing and ball toss
The loop and contact
Follow through

5. Tennis Rules
Serving the ball
Receiving the serve
When the ball is in play
In recreational play
Discuss etiquette

6. Scoring
The point
The game
The set
The match
The tie-breaker

7. Net Play
Aerial play

8. Strategy

9. History of Tennis

10. Cardiorespiratory Activities

11. Pre and post testing for cardiorespiratory endurance