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An hour lesson of court tennis with Mity Hill

Mity Hill, a sophomore captain on the Cohasset boys tennis team, waits for the return from his father Brian Hill.
Mity Hill, a sophomore captain on the Cohasset boys tennis team, waits for the return from his father Brian Hill. Brian Mozey/Globe Staff

The first 15 minutes were simple with a basic hitting the ball back and forth over the net. Mity Hill wanted me to understand the size and weight of the racquet before going into the details.

After warming up, he showed me the basics of serving and receiving. For serving, the ball has to hit on top of a roof-like structure and needs to land in a large square on the other side to count as a legal serve. It’s much easier than I expected and easier than serving in regular tennis.

Unlike serving, the receiving end was hard because the ball bounces off multiple walls, and where the ball lands on the court is unpredictable. That’s what I found the hardest part of court tennis because you always need to expect the unexpected.

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Those two parts of the game were much of the lesson, but it was interesting to learn the rules of the game because it’s like regular tennis.

BRIAN MOZEY

Brian Mozey can be reached at brian.mozey@globe.com.