Inexpensive tennis rackets can be found at sporting goods stores, Target, Costco, Wal-Mart, etc etc
Don't pay more than $50 bucks for a racket that's already strung, unless money is no problem. You might decide you don't like tennis; if that happens, then you don't want to be out $150-200.
[Yes, I did answer your question, and better than most people who come on here, lol. "Strung" means that there are strings inside the frame that you actually hit the ball with. The more expensive rackets are almost always UNstrung, because players get fussy about what they want to use for string and how tight [lbs] the strings are put in with the stringing machine.]
Also, please don't quit until you've been playing for at least six months. It takes a while to really get into it. OTOH, if you're athletic already, you'll pick things up quickly.
Since you're a complete beginner, you should go to a tennis club near home, start lessons [hopefully a private per week and group as well if you can do it]. The teaching pro there can help you select a racket. The Cross-Crawford book below also has a nice section at the beginning on choosing a racket.
Grip size is an important issue with rackets. Ask your teaching pro what grip size you should have. If the grip is too large, that will increase the odds of you getting a racket-arm injury like tennis elbow, shoulder problems, etc. You also want a nice *light* frame that you can easily hit a backhand with one hand if you choose to.
Here are three tennis-teaching organizations:
Here are three online tennis retailers I know of:
Get yourself a copy of the "Rules of Tennis," or the more complete "Friend at Court" if you want go first-class: http://www.ustashop.com/USTA_Books_s/400…
"Friend at Court" is only a couple dollars more.
You probably ought to join USTA if you want to be any kind of serious player:
Junior memberships are very reasonable.
Sportsmanship might not be #1, but it's way ahead of whatever is in 2nd place :-)
Do not expect it to be a piece of cake. Be prepared to struggle at least a little bit, because learning takes work. The payoff is a satisfying feeling when you find yourself doing cool things with the ball, moving it all over the court, putting spin on it, etc.
Best wishes, hope you have some fun along the way, learn lots of new things, stay out of trouble, "move up the ladder" of tennis many skill levels, and eventually win a tournament or two of your own :-)
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Thanks, kid. Good luck. Check out the Australian Open on Tennis Channel, ESPN2 or ESPN3.com.