The question I am asked more than any other is the age at which my son, Andy, first started playing tennis. It was two years old. But I hope that people do not think that he was pushed into the sport before he was even out of nappies. Far from it, Andy had a mini racket when he was two and loved to whack sponge balls and balloons around the house and garden with his brother Jamie, who is a year older.
I remember Andy's first racket very clearly. It was a 16-inch Slazenger bat with a gaudy metallic purple frame and multicoloured strings. He loved the racket because it was so colourful and he has kept it to this day.
When Andy was about five, he said that he wanted to "play a proper match in a proper competition". At that age he played double-handed shots on both sides, and could control the ball extremely well with both top-spin and slice, despite the fact that he could hardly see over the net and his racket was almost as big as him.
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