We designed this baby tennis racket to help other parents play tennis together with their baby.
Let me emphasise that this is a soft toy for babies which is fun and stimulating. I started designing this baby tennis racket when my own daughter, Nina, was born. She was my first child and was definitely the inspiration for Little Sport Star. If Nina was my inspiration, my second child, Lucas, soon the chief tester. Fortunately, he loved it.
The baby tennis racket has gone on to become one of our best-selling toys. I am always amazed how many parents tell me that the baby tennis racket is their child's favourite toy.
We gave the racket a lot of thought. it is about 25cm long, longer when you stretch out the ball. It look like a tennis racket but it has been adapted for babies. The handle is brightly coloured, red, black and white; colours young babies love for their contrast.
The ball contains a rattle so when your baby swings it, they can actually hear the sound. The sound encourages them to play more as babies are learning the basics of cause and effect.
The strings aren't real. They are printed on but they do crinkle when you press down on them. I am not sure Andy Murray would settle for such soft strings, but his baby probably preferred them.
The ball is attached by an elasticated strap to the racket, so there is no chance that you baby will lose the ball. It is just possible to hit the ball on the racket, but that takes a bit of practice - something your child prodigy will have to get used to if they want to win Wimbledon.
The tennis racket comes with a clip. You can clip it to your buggy, to the car seat and we have seen some people fasten it to their high chair. Whatever you fancy.
We started making the tennis racket in 2012 and we have sold over 10,000 world-wide. Our biggest market is currently the USA. The LTA have bought tennis rackets for their staff when pregnant. With Andy Murray retiring, we are looking for a future tennis star in the UK and we would like to think they will start off their career with a Little Sport Star tennis racket.
This racket is most popular during major tennis tournaments, so our advice is to order it now to avoid disappointment later.