Tennis is one of the most popular sports in the world. Tennis is a ball sport for two (singles) or four (doubles) players. You use a racket to hit a small ball over the net to your opponent(s) standing on the other side of the court – and the ball has to land within the lines. The aim of the game is to score more points than your opponent by playing better shots. There are various kinds of techniques you can use to hit the ball, such as serves, forehands and backhands, smashes and volleys. Not only is tennis challenging for your stamina, but it also requires concentration, strength and tactics. For many players, tennis is one of the most enjoyable sports to play and the ideal sport for improving your fitness level.

Safety measures coronavirus:

  • Adhere to the RIVM guidelines and the guidelines of the TU Delft.
  • Keeping 1.5 metres distance is no longer a rule; however, it is still a sensible idea to allow each other plenty of room.
  • Any symptoms: stay at home and get tested.
  • Good hygiene remains important.
  • If you take part in activities that fall under your X subscription, make sure you have your Campus Card or X card with you.
  • Inside Cafe X and at some events, a COVID certificate is required.

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You can join a tennis course on one of the three levels:

  • Beginners
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Each lesson starts with a warming-up, where after you will work through various exercises that focus on improving your stroke technique, including your serve, smash and volley or your forehand and backhand. At the end of the lesson, you will often play a quick game against one of the other participants.  

Selection training
Selection training X also has a selection group comprising the best tennis players at TU Delft. They train together every week. They work on improving their technique and maintaining their level. 

Are you a top tennis talent? Send an email to hosts-x@tudelft.nl with your ranking/level. Then you may receive an invitation for the selection day.

Two types of courts
At X you can play on two types of courts: courts 1 to 4 are hard courts and courts 5 to 14 are smash courts. The courses take place on courts 1 to 4. In winter there is a balloon hall on courts 1 to 4, giving you the opportunity to play indoor tennis.

Schedule & enrolment

Teacher

Lito Egbreghts

Lito is a tennis teacher at several different clubs. He gained his KNLTB tennis instructor license A in 2011 and license B in 2016.

Rogier van Renesse van Duivenbode

Rogier is educated at CIOS and the Academy of Physical Education in The Hague. During his studies he was an intern at the KNLTB. Nowadays, he works at the Tennis Institute TIK Gerard van Hellemondt.

You can also play tennis without following a course during the ‘unsupervised practice’  hours. You can check the availability and book a tennis court online, choose 'Racketsport' to reserve a court. 

Each day, you can reserve a tennis court for unsupervised practice if you have a valid X subscription. The maximum length is thirty minutes per person. So, when you are playing with someone else, you can play for one hour in total. If you play double (four people), then you can reserve a court for a maximum of two hours.  

Two types of courts
At X you can play on two types of courts: courts 1 to 4 are hard courts and courts 5 to 14 are smash courts. In winter there is a balloon hall on courts 1 to 4, giving you the opportunity to play indoor tennis.

Rates

You need to have a valid X subscription to play tennis.

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Practical Information

All levels
Unsupervised practice

Wear comfortable sportswear. Make sure your tennis shoes are clean and there is no gravel underneath, so that the hard courts will not be damaged. Bring your own tennis racket and tennis balls.

Tennis associations DSTV Obvius, S.V.T.V. Tenniphil and DSLTC organizes tennis training sessions in collaboration with X. The only way to participate in these tennis training sessions is as a member of one of these associations.

Each association gives its own twist to the training sessions, but they are usually quite similar. After a warming-up, you will practice hitting a ball over the net with a partner. This prepares your muscles for the rest of the training session drills and exercises in a controlled way. Then you will focus on improving your technique by completing a number of drills; usually, someone will hit or throw the ball towards you so you can practice various shots, or you will practice techniques by rallying with a partner. Once you have got to grips with the various shots and techniques, you will learn how to use them in a game situation. The training sessions usually end with a practice game.

For beginners and intermediate players, the focus is on learning the basic techniques (e.g., creating topspin on the forehand and backhand), tactics (set-ups/positions and ball placement) and learning how to predict where the opponent is going to return the ball. In the competition period, advanced players will have the chance to brush up on their technique but the main focus is on applying those techniques in a game situation. They will also devote more time to improving their fitness level, and completing tactical (e.g., poaching/intercepting the ball at the net in a doubles game) and mental exercises. During a block of training sessions, you will cover all the different kinds of game situations (serving, returning the serve, baseline game, approaching the net and net game, and opposing the net player) and you will also play both single and doubles.

Rates

You need a valid X year subscription and association membership to participate.

X subscription

Practical Information

All levels
Closed training
You'll need a membership of the association

Wear comfortable sportswear. Make sure your tennis shoes are clean and there is no gravel underneath, so that the hard courts will not be damaged. Bring your own tennis racket.