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The best tennis games on Xbox

Tennis is one of the most popular sports out there, and also one of the easiest for people to get into. Unlike other sports such as football, you don’t need two teams to play a game of tennis; you just need yourself and a competitor. Find or create yourself a court, grab a ball and a couple of rackets and away you go. The only other thing you could wish for is good weather unless you’re playing indoors. But what if you don’t want to leave the couch? That’s where the best tennis games on Xbox come in.

There’s a limited range of tennis games available across Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S consoles, and they’re not all created equally. Some offer a serious game of competitive tennis, while others offer a more arcade-like experience. Whatever you’re after, we’ve weeded out the best there is.

So, whether you’re looking for a proper game of tennis, or something a little more fun, hopefully we can help. Below you’ll find a short list of the best tennis games available on Xbox. Whatever Xbox console you own, and whatever budget you have, chances are you’ll find something to keep yourself occupied with.

1. TopSpin 2K25

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After a lengthy hiatus, the mighty TopSpin series is back. Available on both Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S consoles, TopSpin 2K25 is undoubtedly the best tennis game available right now, offering an authentic take on the sport that also happens to be fun and rewarding to play. What more could you want?

For those wanting a deep single-player experience there’s MyCareer mode, in which players can create their own tennis star and then hopefully lead them to the number one spot. Along the way, they can take part in training sessions, develop their stats, and even buy new gear to change their look. It’s those willing to take the action online that will get the most out of TopSpin 2K25, however, with not one but two meaty online modes waiting for them alongside typical matchmaking.

It’s simple, really. If you’re a tennis fan looking for the best tennis games on Xbox, TopSpin 2K25 is a must-have. There’s room for improvement in future instalments, but even right now it’s head and shoulders above the competition.

Read our review of TopSpin 2K25

2. Matchpoint: Tennis Championships

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Until TopSpin 2K25 arrived, Matchpoint: Tennis Championships was the best choice if you were looking for realistic tennis games on Xbox One or Xbox Series X/S. For some it’s still worth a look, too, offering a deep career mode, plenty of real-world tennis stars to battle against, and various courts to play on.

In Matchpoint, you’ll create your own character and take them through the ranks to – hopefully – become the ultimate tennis champion. What really matters here is that the on-court action is solid. It’s not perfect, but it stands up against its competition with easy to pick up but hard to master mechanics. Perfecting your craft really does take some work, but the thrill of winning absolutely makes it worthwhile.

Read our review of Matchpoint: Tennis Championships

3. AO Tennis 2

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Released in 2018, AO International Tennis wasn’t particularly well-received. In fact, at launch, it was pretty much deemed unfinished. While developer Big Ant Studios eventually fixed most of its glaring issues through patches, it never quite recovered from its initial reception.

Thankfully, Big Ant followed up with AO Tennis 2 back in January 2020. Straight out of the gate, it was already a much better game than its predecessor. So much so that it’s undoubtedly one of the best tennis games you can play on Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S consoles.

With a fully-fledged career mode, an extensive character creator and a plethora of game modes and training to take part in, it’s one of the most comprehensive tennis games you’ll find. There’s also a wealth of professional tennis players in the game, with their likenesses faithfully recreated thanks to motion capture and 3D scanning.

Read our review of AO Tennis 2

4. Super Tennis Blast

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Don’t let Super Tennis Blast’s cutesy cartoon art style put you off: this is a serious tennis game in disguise. Featuring the traditional tennis scoring system, the game’s CPU opponents mean business. Even when you set the game on one of the easiest difficulties.

It’s great fun and easy to pick up, though. There are plenty of customisation options for those wanting a harder challenge. And those wanting just a bit of fun can choose their avatar from dozens of pre-set models. Best of all, you can play in local multiplayer with a friend – or three, if you fancy a game of doubles. There’s a full range of moves available, with different face buttons doing volleys, backspins, lobs and other kinds of fancy moves so you can feel like a true tennis pro.

If you’re after the best tennis games on Xbox, Super Tennis Blast deserves your consideration. We couldn’t believe it either, but it really is rather good.

5. Tennis in the Face

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Okay, so Tennis in the Face isn’t really a tennis game per se, but it does involve you hitting balls with a racket as a tennis player.

In Tennis in the Face, Pete Pagassi is out to save his city from Explodz, an evil energy drink corporation. With a limited number of balls available in each level, he’ll have to aim carefully to take down his targets in style, and ultimately destroy Explodz factory.

It’s simple, but we really like Tennis in Face. Featuring over 100 levels, it’s definitely worth picking up whether you like tennis or not. But if you do like tennis, you’ll probably get a bit more of a kick out of it. It’s dirt-cheap, too.

6. Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 – The Official Video Game

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Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 – The Official Video Game isn’t just about tennis, of course. It packs in 18 Olympic sports in total – but tennis is one of them. And, despite tennis not being the sole focus of the game, it does offer a fun excursion onto the courts. If you’re a tennis fan, you’ll appreciate the quality of game on offer here.

With decent mechanics that are easy to grasp and pleasant graphics, Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 easily rivals the best tennis games on Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S without even really trying. It helps that the game comes in such a pleasant package; you can fully customise your character, and dress them up in ridiculous outfits if you wish. Or you can take it a bit more seriously. Your call.

So, yes, Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 – The Official Video Game might not solely focus on tennis, but it offers up a good enough game that it’s worthy of a spot on our list. Give it a go. You might even enjoy some of the other sports in there, too.

Read our review of Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 – The Official Video Game

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