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Bag check. Racquet Bag Must-Haves for the Serious Tennis Player.

Tennis Racquet Bags 001What's in YOUR racquet bag? With no pro entourage to cover the details, the serious player needs a well-stocked tennis bag, ready to handle just about any situation that could arise at a match or tournament.

Mario Llano, director and owner of  Rhode Island Tennis Academy, suggests every tournament player use a 12 pack bag (like the bag pictured right) with three compartments, one for racquets and the other two for the essentials listed below. In a tournament setting, you might play two, sometimes three matches in one day. The list looks long but all too often the devil is in not having the details. Llano recommends:

  • Between 2 and 5 ready-to-play racquets depending your level (intermediate USTA level, 2 racquets; pro player 4 or more)
  • Extra Overgrips
  • Tennis Sneakers
  • Flip-Flops or comfortable shoes to wear between matches
  • Running sneakers
  • 2 extra t-shirts or tops
  • 1 extra pair of shorts
  • 2 extra pairs of good tennis socks (Thorlo, drymax, etc.) 
  • Underwear (nothing better in a third set than to come out dry all over)
  • Jump rope
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat/visor/head band/hair elastics and clips
  • Snacks — energy bars, banana etc.
  • Water/sports drink/ sport drink packages (bring a cooler for this)
  • Extra packages of string
  • 3 good tennis balls
  • String savers
  • Vibration dampeners
  • Towel
  • Wrist bands
  • Thera bands or Rip cords (exercise bands that help you warm up shoulders especially)
  • First aid kit with: flexible fabric band-aids (they are really good with sweat or on humid days),tape, scissors, ace bandage, antibiotic cream, acetaminophen and ibuprofen.
  • Ankle brace
  • Nail clipper
  • Chap stick.
  • Sunscreen (lotion for before and stick so you can reapply during a match without getting your hands greasy)
  • Score cards (in the juniors, some kids carry a set of score cards in case the court doesn't have them)
  • Extra contact lenses (if you wear them), contact solution and wetting drops for contacts that dry out in heat
  • Small pad of paper and pen in case you feel like writing something you don't want to forget about an opponent during the match
  • Tissues

Make like a scout and be prepared.

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