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The best tennis equipment every player needs

A player about to serve the ball with a Wilson Tennis racket in hand. Photo credit: Creative Commons


For new players just picking up the game, the Head TI S6 is the best on the market for under $100. It has a light titanium structure and large frame, making it easy for new players to practice with. The 16×19 string pattern will help players generate topspin on the ball as they become more skilled, making it the perfect transitional racket.

As for more skilled and intermediate players, the Babolat Pure Drive is unmistakably the best on the market. A hybrid material frame along with an open string pattern gives the Pure Drive a fast feel. A perfect combination of power and control, this racket is used by many professional players.


For men, the New Balance Men’s MC806 Stability tops the market. The rubber sole maximizes traction while side panels and cushioning on the interior of the shoe give protection and comfort.

As for women, the Asics Gel Resolution 6 will elevate your game. These comfortable and sturdy shoes are designed with key features such as a toe protection, gel cushioning, and a padded tongue and collar. The rubber sole provides for outstanding traction for players to move quickly while still maintaining stability.


Undoubtedly, Nike tops the market for athletic gear. With a wide selection for both men and women, Nike has it all. With Dri-FIT technology, Nike’s lightweight and stretchy fabrics will keep you at the top of your game.

Another standout among women is Lululemon. Specializing in tennis skirts, the brand will keep you at ease on the court with four-way stretch and sweat-wicking fabrics. With additional hidden pockets, all your essentials can be stored.


Although they do not seem as crucial, tennis strings can make or break your game. Babolat VS Touch tennis strings are among the most popular, with a protective coating to increase durability and improve resistance to weather. With these strings, you’ll have the best feel for your racket.


Finally, grips are crucial to performing at your best. At just $6, the Wilson Pro Overgrip will improve grip and comfort on the racket, as well as preserving the original grip handle. Grips also maximize sweat absorption and will keep your racket from slipping.

From beginner to intermediate to advanced, these suggestions will benefit all skill levels. Now head over to the Dedman Center outdoor courts and put your new gear to the test.

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