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Finding the best tennis gift for a friend or family member can be tricky, especially if you don’t play tennis.

Today, all that’s going to change. As diehard tennis fans, we’ve thought through all the angles to bring you the definitive gift-giving guide for tennis lovers. Here you’ll find more than a hundred ideas carefully organized to help you easily find a gift that the tennis player in your life will love and at the same time will make you shine.

Looking to buy a new tennis racquet or strings as a gift? Check out these resources to point yourself in the right direction:

Our 10 Best Tennis Gift Ideas

For our list of the 10 best tennis gifts, we’ve looked across a broad spectrum of ideas to come up with a thoughtful selection of unique options at different price points.

To make things easy to browse, we’ve presented our top 10 ideas below and then dive into more complete descriptions of each and why they made our list below.

Some of our ideas contain two related items that together make a great gift but can also be gifted separately. Enjoy!

Tennis Gift Idea Recommendation
Sports towel & dry bag Youphoria towel + Earth Pak dry bag
Vacuum insulated water bottle 32oz Hydro Flask Water Bottle
Muscle massage stick & foot roller The Stick + Foot Log
Case of tennis balls and ball hopper Penn tennis balls + Wilson ball hopper
Tennis racquet bag Babolat Pure 12 Tennis Bag
Headphones Beats by Dre Solo 3 Wireless Headphones
Radar Gun Ball Coach Pocket Radar
Fitness tracker Apple Watch Series 3 or Fitbit Ionic
Tennis stringing machine Gamma X-ST Stringer
Ball machine Lobster Elite 2

Sports Towel & Dry Bag

Tennis Gift #1 - Youphoria Travel Towel and Earth Pak Dry Bag

Whether it’s tennis or any other sport, sweating is just part of the game. Having a proper towel on hand to wipe down during a match or practice to feel refreshed is just a no-brainer, but it’s surprising that most recreational players don’t have one in their bag.

If you can splurge, we recommend buying two so half-way through a match your player can break out a fresh one.

Our favorite is the Youphoria Sports Microfiber towel. Here’s why:

  • Super affordable
  • Comes in 3 sizes (we like the 24×40 or 28×56)
  • Has 10 different colors
  • Incredibly soft
  • Super absorbent
  • Quick dry microfiber
  • Easy to wash

By themselves, these towels make a great gift idea. However, we’ve also recommended a dry bag because at the end of a hot day you don’t want to stick your used towels in your bag along with all your other gear and stink everything up.

A dry bag is a simple solution, and your recipient can comfortably fit a few towels and their dirty clothes if they wanted to change after a match. In high school and college, this is particularly useful for away matches because players can change before they hop back on the bus or van traveling home.

Bundle these together for an affordable tennis gift that is a sure-fire winner.

Vaccum Insulated Water Bottle

Tennis Gift #2 - Hydro Flask Water Bottle and Lid

Poper hydration is an absolute necessity in tennis. Unfortunately, many players overlook hydration, and it can have a substantial negative impact on their performance, especially when matches go the distance.

Of course, when you’re out in the heat of the summer a bottle of hot water isn’t exactly the most appealing. That’s where the Hydroflask double wall vacuum insulated stainless steel sports water bottle comes into play.

Not only will it store your players favorite liquid but it will keep their liquid cold for a full 24 hours. That means even on the hottest of days they’ll have a cold refreshment waiting for them during a changeover. Trust us; it works incredibly well!

In fact, we’ll typically pack ours with half water and half ice in the morning, toss it in our bag, and by the afternoon the ice still won’t have melted. As if that wasn’t sweet enough, it also keeps liquids hot for 12 hours for when the moment strikes, i.e., think a few cups of coffee on a long drive.

Our favorite is the 32 once because it works great for everyday use without being too small or large, but they have plenty of bigger and smaller sizes available as well.

The 32 ounce comes with a single top that has a durable handle which works great, but we also love the wide-mouth travel mug flip lid. For daily use, it can be a bit easier to drink out of, and we’ll switch the tops back and forth depending on the day’s activities.

Helpful tip: at 32 ounces you can encourage your player to drink at least two of these a day, and that will help them get their minimum daily intake of 8 cups of water a day to stay hydrated.

For tennis and daily use, the Hydroflask water bottle is a great gift idea that your recipient will love.

Muscle Massage Stick & Foot Roller

Tennis Gift #3 - The Stick Muscle Massager and Foot Log

After a few hours on the court, stretching is critical to aid in recovery and avoid sore muscles and stiffness the next morning. However, if you’re like us, you find stretching helps but it doesn’t relieve soreness that’s so common after a long day of tennis.

Thankfully for us, we stumbled upon The Stick a few years back. To be completely honest, we were a bit skeptical at first, but after our first few uses, we became big-time believers, and it’s one of those items that never leave our bag.

The Stick is a plastic stick that you hold at each end by the handles and roll across your leg muscles and lower back after practice or a match. It has rings that allow it to roll across your muscles with ease and you simply apply pressure that feels good to give yourself a massage.

Our favorite is the 19-inch with grey handles, but the smallest 14-inch stick with green handles is perfect for travel.

This unassuming device works incredibly well. After we’re done playing tennis, we usually start with a quick 5 to 10-minute stretch. Then we bust out The Stick from our bag and work each muscle on our legs and lower back over the course of another 5 to 10 minutes.

When we go through these motions the difference the next day is enormous, and we notice our muscles aren’t near as sore. As a result, we recover faster and feel ready to play the very next day.

Here are a few helpful tips to share with your recipient:

  • At first, it might feel tender to use a massage stick on your legs, but that changes after a few weeks of use. Just be patient and stay with it because it will become more comfortable over time and pay huge dividends aiding in faster recovery.
  • When we first started using ours, we were a little overzealous one day and massaged too hard causing extra soreness the next morning. When your recipient uses it, they’ll know how much pressure to apply. Just tell them to keep in mind that if they press too hard, it may have the reverse effect.
  • For the guys in your life, you can assure them it won’t pull their leg hair as we thought it would at first. The rings have a unique design that somehow prevents this from happening so they’ll be good to go!

After using the stick for a while, we happened upon another device that’s just as good and a fantastic pairing gift with The Stick.

It’s called the Foot Log, and it’s a similar device to the stick, but it works for your feet. All you do is place the Foot Log on the floor and then roll your foot (shoes off) back and forth for a massage, and it feels incredible while also providing tremendous relief. You can do both feet while sitting but we’ve found one foot at a time standing to be a bit more effective.

Like The Stick, there’s no need to apply too much pressure, just what feels right. We recommend using it with socks on because we’ve found it to be more comfortable that way.

Both The Stick and The Log fit conveniently in a tennis bag, and they’re one of those gifts any player will start to recommend to their friends and family after having used it for a while themselves.

Case of Tennis Balls & Ball Hopper

Tennis Gift #4 - Tennis Ball Case & Ball Hoper

While a can of tennis balls might not be a groundbreaking gift idea for tennis players, opening a case of tennis balls will put a smile on any players face.

Here are two great reasons why we love giving cases of tennis balls:

  • Balls aren’t cheap: as tennis players, we’re always buying tennis balls, and over time the expense just adds up. Not having to pay for them for a while is a welcome surprise.
  • Convenience: when we’re ready to play we don’t want the additional hassle of chasing down a can of balls from the store or local pro shop. Instead, just grabbing one or two and heading out to the courts is ideal.

A case of Wilson or Penn extra duty tennis balls that comes with 24 cans in the pack is what we’d recommend.

Just by itself, a case of tennis balls is a great gift for any tennis player. However, when paired with a ball hopper, you can take your gift giving up a notch.

That’s because we can crack open a few cans of tennis balls, dump them in the ball hopper and head out to the court with a friend and take turns feeding balls to each other to practice our game. It’s also a great option if we’re looking to practice our serve on our own time without having to chase down balls constantly.

If you’re not a tennis player, it’s worth noting that a ball hopper serves three great purposes:

  • First, it holds the tennis balls and is great for transportation
  • Second, a good ball hopper has handles that fold down under itself to serve as legs so we can easily grab tennis balls and feed them to another player or grab them for ourselves.
  • Third, when the ball hopper is pressed down on top of a ball the balls go straight through, and it makes picking up balls much quicker without having to bend down.

We recommend Wilson’s Ball Hopper for a few reasons:

  • It’s made of durable metal and will last for years
  • It has a 75 ball capacity which is more than enough
  • It has handles that swing down below the basket to serve as legs
  • There are small inserts at the bottom of the basket where the handles can lock into place, so the basket is sturdy when standing

Helpful tip: when a player gets a case of tennis balls and a ball hopper it can be tempting for them to open up all the tennis balls and fill the basket to the brim for practice. There’s certainly nothing wrong with opening all the balls, but once you open a can of tennis balls, they have a pretty short lifespan.

So, to get the most out of the case of balls, we recommend opening roughly six cans at a time. That’s 18 tennis balls that can be used to practice and your recipient will extend the life of their gift that way.

At the same time, even pressurized cans don’t last forever. You’ll want to encourage your player to use all of the balls within the year for the best result. We find this usually isn’t a problem for most players :)

Tennis Racquet Bag

Tennis Gift #5 - Babolat Pure 12 Tennis Bag

While a tennis racquet bag isn’t a necessity for playing tennis, any serious player will attest to the fact that their bag is key because it carries everything you need to play and compete in a tennis match.

First and foremost, a tennis bag serves to protect our tennis racquets. However, beyond that our bag stores a slew of essentials that we may need during a match.

After all, once you start your match, it’s not like you can go running down to the store if you need something.

Here’s a list of what we keep in our bag:

  • 3 strung tennis racquets
  • A can of tennis balls
  • Pack of replacement grips
  • Water bottle
  • 2 sports towels
  • 2 pairs of socks
  • 2 shirts
  • 1 pair of comfy running shoes
  • Dry bag for dirty clothes/towels
  • Headphones and cell phone
  • The Stick leg massager
  • The Log foot massager
  • Yoga strap for stretching
  • Energy bars
  • Electrolyte water tablets
  • Tiger Balm
  • Advil
  • Neutrogena facial wipes
  • Tape for blisters
  • Sunscreen, small bottle of zinc, chapstick with SPF

For every player, what they like to stock in their bag is different, and even if we had half of what we listed here, we’d still want something to hold it all. That’s why we think it’s essential.

Our pick for a bag that we think makes a great gift is the Babolat Pure 12 racquet bag. We opt for the 12 racquet bag even though we have nowhere near the need to hold 12 racquets because we like the extra space to hold all of the items we listed above.

A few reasons we like the Babolat Pure 12 racquet bag:

  • Affordable for such a large bag
  • Multiple colors for different tastes
  • Spacious for storing all of our gear
  • Backpack straps for comfortably carrying around
  • Thermal insulation for protecting our strung racquets from the heat and cold which can change the tension of our racquets
  • A separate breathable compartment for our shoes
  • A smaller removable shoe sack that’s a decent alternative to a dry bag for keeping dirty clothes/towels (we prefer the dry bag because it’s waterproof and it does a better job at keeping the stink of what we put in it under wrap)

If you’re looking for another fantastic option from a different brand, we’d recommend the Wilson Federer DNA 12 racquet bag.

Helpful tip: one thing to keep in mind when giving a bag as a gift is that some players are going to be picky about matching the brand of their bag with the brand of their racquet. We prefer to use the bag that best serves its purpose, but it’s worth keeping in mind.

Headphones

Tennis Gift #6 - Beats by Dre Solo 3 Wireless Headphones

Headphones make a great gift for any tennis player. However, they’re a particularly awesome for the competitor or student-athlete.

For the competitor, headphones serve as an excellent means to clear your head, stay focused, and drown out any noise and distraction before a match. As any player can attest, tennis is a sport of mental strength which can make or break a players success and headphones can help put a player in the zone with the right music.

For the student-athlete, the same applies to competition. However, we found that headphones served us in a few extra ways over the years. First off, if you’re on a tennis team in high school or college, you’re going to be traveling with your team. It may be by bus, van, car or plane but you’re typically going to be traveling with a group.

Throughout the season, players end up logging quite a few hours traveling, and we always liked our headphones for two reasons:

  • Studying: without headphones, studying while traveling would have been nearly impossible. There’s just too much distraction. However, a good pair of headphones allowed us to drown out the noise and focus on getting work done. When you’re spending a few hours traveling a couple of times a week during the season, this can end up being huge for a student-athlete.
  • Zone out or sleep: as much as we love our teammates, sometimes after a stressful day, a tough loss, or just pure exhaustion it can be nice just to zone out and if the mood strikes shut our eyes and get a little sleep. Again, without a quality pair of headphones, this would be nearly impossible surrounded by a group of teammates.

Our pick for our favorite headphones for tennis players is Beats by Dre over the ear noise canceling headphones. Here are a few reasons we love our Beats headphones:

  • Sound: Beats makes great headphones with awesome sound, and they’ve only become better after Apple purchased them.
  • Comfort: we think over the hear headphones are some of the most comfortable and we can wear them for long periods of time without our ears hurting or getting a headache.
  • Noise cancellation: with music on or no music at all this feature is what sets these headphones apart from others.
  • Colors: they come in a variety of different colors that you can pick and choose to match your gift recipient’s style.

We also think Bose over the ear noise canceling headphones is equally as great an option with high-quality sound. Of course, if you can’t swing the expense of noise canceling headphones another pair from either of these companies will still do the trick. We just love that particular feature for the reasons we talked about earlier.

Beyond their uses specifically for tennis players, everyone can use a great pair of headphones whether traveling or around town, so we think it’s a fantastic gift that’s hard to go wrong.

Pocket Radar

Tennis Gift #7 - Pocket Radar

Growing up and watching the pros on TV or at the occasional tournament, we loved keeping an eye on the speed of serves. It’s a unique element of watching professional tennis that we always enjoyed, so naturally, we wanted to know how fast we could serve.

One time when we were younger, we recall the tennis club we were members at having a radar detector on hand where we all got to measure the speed of our serves – it was an absolute blast seeing how we stacked up against our expectations and peers.

Unfortunately, the price of a radar detector for the value made it a completely unrealistic purchase. Until of course, we found the Ball Coach Pocket Radar.

Here are a few reasons we fell in love with this gadget:

  • Cost: it’s a fraction of the cost of high-end radar guns.
  • Accuracy: less expensive doesn’t mean less accurate. The Pocket Radar has been tested along side considerably more expensive radar guns and shown to be just as accurate.
  • Size: we can easily store the pocket radar in our tennis bag, and it lives up to its name as you can slide it into your pocket or hold it comfortably in the palm of your hand.

As for our favorite feature, you can set it up to continually record up to 25 serves which is useful so you can place the Pocket Radar on the other side of the court or behind you near the fence to record the speed of your serves.

We have to admit, the Pocket Radar is a bit of a splurge, but that’s part of what makes it such a fun gift. It’s great for the tennis instructor or coach in your life because they’ll get a ton of use out of it on a regular basis. However, high school and college players will also have a ton of fun measuring the speed of their serves with their teammates.

While serving might be the primary use for many players, it does just as good of a job at measuring the speed of groundstrokes and other tennis shots too.

Helpful tip: pair the Ball Coach Pocket Radar with a simple, inexpensive tripod like the Daisen Camera Tripod. That way it can be set up on the opposite side of the net or attached to the fence for monitoring the speed of shots, and both can easily store in a players bag.

Apple Watch or Fitbit

Tennis Gift #8 - Apple Watch Series 3 & Fitbit Ionic

As an athlete, tracking and measuring our fitness is incredibly insightful and rewarding.

When it comes to tennis, the quality of our fitness is just as important as our technique or ability to hit the ball well. In fact, lack of conditioning or being out of shape can quickly degrade the quality of our tennis and can also hold us back when competing at higher levels.

On the other hand, a player who is in shape can maintain the quality of their technique throughout an intense three-set match. All things being equal with talent, proper conditioning can serve as a huge edge over players who aren’t willing to put in the hard work.

Fitness trackers help because they bring context to the quality of our training and when monitored and used as a goal-setting tool can help us improve and ultimately become stronger players.

First off, a fitness tracker gives players context for how well or hard we’re training. For example, if we’re looking to improve our endurance, we may want to set goals for a certain number of steps we take during a workout. Similarly, we may want to shoot for a specific heart rate that helps us better understand the intensity of our training which we’d expect to improve over time.

We also like to track our tennis matches as workouts. This way we can use this data to reflect back on our results and then set specific goals around where we see opportunities for improvement.

For example, if our heart rate during a tennis match is exceeding what we typically reach during practice, then it gives us a sense for what we need to strive for in our training to be comfortable at a certain level of intensity during a tennis match.

Our two favorite picks for fitness trackers are:

  • Apple Watch
  • Fitbit tracker

Both are terrific options for comprehensive fitness tracking that provide companion smartphone apps for monitoring a players fitness.

Regardless of which brand you choose, we highly recommend getting a waterproof version because we’ve personally killed our watch when we forgot to remove it before jumping into a pool. In our opinion, for a device you’re supposed to wear all day long it just has to be waterproof.

We also like a watch with a full screen so that we can monitor our results throughout the day. Plus, the full screen allows us to take advantage of the other cool features like music and apps.

For Apple, that means getting the Series 3, and for Fitbit, that means getting the Ionic – both are waterproof and have full screens.

For tennis players, a smartwatch or fitness tracker is the perfect gift. It’s useful for improving our fitness, and it also has a wealth of other uses beyond tennis that make it a sure-fire winner.

Tennis Stringer

Tennis Gift #9 - Gamma X-ST Tennis Stringer

Over the years, we’ve found most players don’t even consider the fact that they can purchase a tennis stringer. We believe that’s because the general assumption is that tennis stringers are way too expensive to bother.

The truth is, there are terrific stringers that are surprisingly affordable. Of course, as with anything, there are versions with extra features that can quickly become more expensive too.

However, the unique thing about a stringer is that over time they pay for themselves if you string frequently. Consider the fact that on average the cost of stringing a racquet (minus the cost of the string) is $15, i.e., just for the labor.

Next, let’s assume you play competitively all year long and string your racquet every two weeks on average. That’s $390 every year!

Over a four-year high school career that’s $1,560. Add in an additional four years at college, and we’re up to $3,120. That’s assuming for a family that buys a stringer that only one player is taking advantage of using it.

For us, we’d even use our stringer to string our teammate’s tennis racquets, and we’d charge $10 for the restring. Since most players on our team didn’t own a stringer, we made a few hundred dollars each season and helped our teammates out too.

As a parent who tends to foot the bill for the cost of restringing, it’s a no-brainer purchase if you can afford it, assuming your son or daughter would be open to learning how to string.

Of course, it’s a gift, so we don’t need to expect by default that it will pay for itself but it’s a nice side benefit when considering whether to buy one.

However, there is a slew of reasons why we think a stringer makes a great gift idea beyond the cost savings or even the ability to make a little extra cash on the side stringing for friends and family. Here are some of the top reasons:

Strings are Key
When it comes to tennis equipment, tennis strings and the tension we string our racquets at is highly underrated. As players, we often put so much time and energy into finding the perfect tennis racquet, but we tend to overlook the strings.

In our opinion, we often neglect our strings because it’s expensive to test and learn what string setup and tension enhances our game. When you own a stringer, you can drastically reduce the cost of each string job and experiment with both the tension and type of tennis strings to get the most out of your racquet.

Convenience
If you’ve ever broken a string the day before a match, then you know how frustrating it can be to try to get your racquet restrung in a hurry. Even when you’re not competing, getting your racquet restrung often means an extra trip to drop your racquet off and pick it up before you play next. All in all, it’s just a hassle.

When you have a stringer at home, you can always spend some time in the evening restringing a racquet. Whether you broke a string or you’re looking for a fresh string job before you compete, it’s easy to make it happen when you’re the stringer.

Consistency
Hopefully, you have access to someone who takes great care and is meticulous in their stringing process, so you get a consistent result each time you restring. Unfortunately, for some of us, that’s just not the case, and we don’t always get our money’s worth.

However, when you’re the stringer, you have complete control over the process and can ensure that you get a consistent result each time. To be fair, it will take some time to become proficient as a seasoned stringer, but the payoff, in the long run, is enormous.

It’s Fun
While this may not be true for all players, we love stringing our racquets. We get a lot of satisfaction out of owning the process, and there’s nothing better than flipping on TV, watching some tennis, and stringing our racquet to get excited to play the next day.

If you’re thinking the idea of buying a stringer for your favorite tennis player makes sense for you, then you should check out the Gamma line for quality and affordability. Here are a few options to check out – generally speaking, the more you spend, the more features you get for making stringing quicker, easier, and more accurate.

Gamma X-2
The Gamma X-2 is going to be one of your most affordable options for a stringer which makes it a fantastic gift. Here are some key features:

  • Drop weight tensioning
  • 2-point mounting
  • Floating clamps
  • Includes basic tools

Gamma X-ST: RECOMMENDED
An excellent step-up from the X-2 is the X-ST. We like this machine because the spring tension winder that you crank to tension your strings is easier and faster to use, the 6-point mounting system holds the racquet more secure, and the quick action swivel clamp base makes clamping after tensioning each string a breeze.

  • Spring tension winder
  • 6-point mounting
  • Quick action swivel clamp base
  • Includes basic tools

Gamma Progression II Els
Last but certainly not least is the Progression II Els. The primary upgrade from the X-ST is that the Els provides an electronic controlled constant pull tensioner instead of the spring tension winder. Stringers may find it’s a bit faster to string with the X-ST, but the main advantage is accuracy and consistency when stringing.

  • Electronic controlled constant pull tensioner
  • 6-point mounting
  • Quick action swivel clamp base
  • Includes basic tools

Whichever stringing machine you chose as a gift you’re going to put a massive smile on the recipients face. It’s indeed the gift that keeps on giving for many years to come.

Helpful tip: in the long run, one of the additional ways a stringing machine can help save money is by purchasing reels of string instead of individual packages. Buying in bulk means you save per string job so once your player settles on a string set they can’t live without, buying a reel is ideal to maximize your savings.

Ball Machine

Tenis Gift #10 - Lobster Elite 2 Tennis Ball Machine

For the tennis player that has pretty much everything or is looking to take their game to the next level, a ball machine might just be the perfect gift idea.

Here are a few reasons why we love the idea of a ball machine as a gift for tennis players:

  • Repetition: as with learning pretty much anything, practice or repetition combined with proper instruction is essential for taking your game to the next level. For tennis, a ball machine fulfills that need by providing players with a tool that allows them to hit the same shots over and over to help perfect their technique while developing good solid feel.
  • Consistency: developing consistency is critical to any player’s success on the court. Of course, building up the ability to keep the ball in play over and over takes time and practice. Once again, a ball machine is an excellent tool for helping players develop consistency.
  • No partner needed: sometimes players are going to find themselves in a situation where they want to hit, but no one is available to play. With a ball machine, they can still get out on the court any time when it’s convenient for them.
  • Save money: while the upfront cost of a ball machine may be a bit pricey, there are opportunities for some players to save money by reducing their cost of lessons. For example, say a player takes tennis lessons once a week at $50 per lesson. Instead, if they moved to every other week and they substituted each private lesson with practice on a ball machine, they could save $100 per month. While there’s no substitution for quality instruction, it’s a worthwhile consideration. Especially because a player will likely get much more hitting time in on a ball machine, then they would during a group lesson.
  • Great workout: it might not be the first thing that comes to mind, but a ball machine can give a player a fantastic workout. Many ball machines can load up over a hundred balls, and the good ones have programed drills that can keep you moving around the court for a solid workout to help players improve their conditioning as well.
  • Fun: last but not least, ball machines are just plain fun to use which make them a terrific gift.

There are quite a few ball machines out there, but we’d recommend Lobster ball machines as the perfect gift idea with a few different models to choose from at varying price points.

Our favorite for a terrific mix of features and price point is the Lobster Elite 2. In fact, we wrote an entire article on this ball machine, so if you’re considering this as a gift, we’d highly recommend you check it out.

There you have it – our list of the top 10 gift ideas.

Of course, that’s just the beginning. Keep reading for 90 more fresh gift ideas that tennis players will love.

Clothing & Apparel

Help ensure the tennis player in your life is playing in style with a gift of clothing that will help them look good whether they win or lose.

Tennis fashion is relatively unique in that we get new styles released each season and unique outfits that typically coincide with the four majors, so there are always new threads coming out all year long to give as gifts.

Here are some ideas for different types of apparel to get you started.

  • T-shirt
  • Long sleeve shirt
  • Sweatshirt
  • Jacket
  • Shorts
  • Pants/tights
  • Skirt
  • Dress
  • Shoes
  • Socks
  • Hat
  • Visor
  • Headband
  • Wristband

Grips & Accessories

As a tennis player, regripping a racquet can be borderline therapeutic, and for many players, it’s part of their pre-match routine.

Tennis racquets come standard with overgrips, which are thick, durable, and the primary covering over the handles hard surface. They take a bit more effort to install and are usually replaced less frequently, perhaps once a season or even less for more casual players.

Replacement grips, on the other hand, are thin disposable grips that a player can wrap quickly and easily on top of their overgrip, use a few times, and then replace with a new one. If a player always uses replacement grips on top of their overgrip, they’ll likely never need to replace their overgrip.

We’re big fans of replacement grips and find that it’s the preference for most players. One of the reasons is because a fresh replacement grip often has a bit of tackiness to help keep their racquet held firmly in their hand. On hot sweatier days, many players will even replace their grip during a match to keep it fresh.

As a result, a replacement grip or pack of overgrips can make a great gift because we’re always going to need more!

We’ve also included a few additional accessories as gift ideas below that you’ll want to check out.

  • Replacement grips
  • Overgrips
  • Vibration dampener: small rubber/plastic device placed between the strings for a muted sound and feel when hitting
  • Tennis stencil and ink: typically, players will use the stencil that matches the brand of their racquet.
  • Gexco Tennis Ball Saver: a simple device for extending the life of up to 3 tennis balls at a time.
  • String Thing tennis string straightener: a simple device used to quickly and easily straighten a racquets strings which often move out of alignment during play.
  • Portable over the net tennis scorekeeper: a small portable scorekeeper that sits on top of the net and can be changed each time players switch ends to keep track of the score.

Training Equipment Tennis Gifts

The following gift ideas are perfect to help any tennis player train effectively. Much of a tennis players fitness revolves around developing great footwork, and the items below can be used for virtually endless drills and exercise routines to help a player develop this skill-set.

  • Agility disc cones
  • Agility ladders
  • Agility hurdles
  • Bosu balance trainer
  • Jump rope
  • Resistance bands

Tennis Gifts for Health & Recovery

After a long practice or tennis match, it’s crucial that players take steps to protect and rejuvenate their body. Gift ideas like foam rollers and massage balls can help work out knots and relax muscles, while a yoga strap can help a player stretch their legs effectively without putting a strain on their back.

Of course, a good old fashion ice pack can always come in handy for problem areas like a sore wrist, elbow, back, knee, etc… We recommend the flexible ice packs that a player can mold to their body.

When it comes time to get back out on the court, gifts like therapy and blister tape can go a long way to helping a player feel comfortable during play.

  • Foam roller: one of our favorite post-match and workout routines is rolling our legs and back to work out knots, release tight muscles, and reduce muscle soreness.
  • Massage ball: perfect for applying more pressure when massaging out tough knots and tight muscles.
  • Yoga strap: great for stretching legs while reducing strain on a player’s back
  • Yoga mat: perfect for striking a few yoga poses before and after a match, and for stretching on the ground.
  • Kinesiology therapy tape: when used appropriately can provide players a wide range of benefits such as reducing pain, promoting circulation and healing, preventing injury, and more
  • Blister tape: great for preventing blisters in sensitive areas or for taping over blisters to reduce pain and prevent them from getting worse.
  • Cold therapy ice packs: handy for nursing injuries or reducing swelling and muscle soreness after working out, practice or match play.

Gifts for a Players Bag

A bunch of the items we’ve already covered will find their way into a tennis player’s bag but here are a few additional items that we like to keep in ours that can make for a great gift.

You might even consider packaging a bunch of them together to create a gift basket.

  • Tiger Balm: reduce pain and aches before and after playing tennis
  • Advil: pain reliever
  • Energy bars: great to have on hand before, during and after matches for fueling up
  • Nuun electrolyte water tablets: toss in a water bottle for extra hydration
  • Neutrogena facial wipes: perfect for wiping yourself down after a long match
  • Supergoop sunscreen: protects a player from the sun and won’t run into their eyes or down their arms to make their grip slippery
  • Zinka zinc sunscreen: protect burn-prone areas especially on your face such as your nose
  • Chapstick with SPF: prevent chapped lips from spending too much time in the sun

Tennis Books as Gifts

There is a vast selection of tennis books out there that make terrific gifts for players of all ages and levels. In fact, we’ve put our list of the top 110 books you can check out for inspiration.

From biographies and autobiographies about famous tennis players to books on strategy, conditioning, and mental toughness there’s a book for everyone. Here are our top 10 picks.

  • Open by Andre Agassi
  • Rafa by Rafael Nadal, John Carlin
  • The Inner Game of Tennis by W. Timothy Gallwey
  • The Outsider by Jimmy Connors
  • Winning Ugly: Mental Warfare in Tennis by Brad Gilbert, Steve Jamison
  • The Art of Doubles: Winning Tennis Strategies and Drills by Pat Blaskower
  • A Terrible Splendor by Marshall Jon Fisher
  • Tennis Strategy: How to Beat Any Style Player by Grant Grinnell
  • Tennis For Dummies by Patrick McEnroe, Peter Bodo
  • Tennis Fitness for the Love of It by Suzanna McGee

Technology Tennis Gifts

In recent years, a slew of new gadgets has come to market to help players track and improve their game which naturally make great gift items for tennis players.

The following are a selection of some of the most popular tech gifts worth checking out with brief descriptions of what each gift will do for a tennis player.

Smart Sensors & Trackers

Smart sensors track a player’s on-court performance to provide data that can be used to analyze their game. Stats such as swing speed, ball speed, sweet spot analysis, stroke type, topspin, and backspin are among the kind of information that these sensors can track.

Each comes with a companion smartphone app for viewing the data collected and provide slightly different data that you can track. They also each give players access to a community of other users that have purchased a sensor themselves.

Here are our top picks for sensors:

  • Sony Smart Sensor
  • Zepp Swing Analyzer
  • QLIPP Sensor
  • Babolat Pop Wristband

Here are a few additional wearable tech gift ideas for tennis players:

  • Scoreband: a simple watch that tells the time and allows players to keep score of a match.
  • Pulseplay Tennis Watch: another simple watch for keeping score of your tennis matches along with a companion Apple and Android smartphone app.
  • Smash Wristband: a lightweight band that you wear on your wrist that uses sensors combined with an app to provide technical analysis and personalized recommendations for improving a players game.

Tickets to a Tennis Tournament

For any player, attending a tennis tournament is an excellent gift that comes with memories that last a lifetime. Not only does it give a player something to look forward to but it gives players the opportunity to watch some of their favorite players in person which is an amazing experience.

Listed below are a few of the top tournaments that attract the games best players for inspiration. We recommend attending during the earlier rounds when there’s a lot of energy and excitement, the tickets are cheaper, and you’ll be able to see the most players before the draw gets smaller.

We’ve also organized them by month of the year that they occur so you can determine which might be a good fit as a gift.

Of course, there are many other ATP and WTA tournaments that are smaller but can be just as fun so check out the full lists if you can’t make it to any of the events below.

  • Australian Open – Melbourne, Austrailia (Mid January)
  • BNP Paribas Open – Indian Wells, CA (Early March)
  • Miami Open – Miami, FL (Late March)
  • Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters – Monte Carlo, Monaco (Mid April)
  • Mutua Madrid Open – Madrid, Spain (Early May)
  • Internazionali BNL d’Italia – Rome, Italy (Mid May)
  • Roland Garros French Open – Paris France (late May-June)
  • Wimbledon – Wimbledon, UK (early July)
  • Rogers Cup – Toronto, Canada (Early August)
  • Western & Southern Open – Cincinnati, OH (Mid August)
  • US Open – Flushing Meadows, NY (late August-September)
  • Rolex Shanghai Masters – Shanghai, China (Early October)
  • Rolex Paris Masters – Paris, France (Late October-Nov)

Subscriptions as Gifts

A subscription is a great gift idea because it keeps on giving as long as it’s active. The following are three of our favorite subscriptions to give as gifts to tennis players.

  • Tennis Magazine: 6 copies published yearly
  • Tennis TV: stream and watch up to 2,000 ATP matches
  • Tennis Trunk: a box of tennis gear and equipment delivered straight to your doorstep every month

Memberships as Gifts

There’s nothing better than supporting or being part of a group that’s passionate about tennis, which makes the gift of a membership to some of these great organizations such a pleasure.

Not only does a gift of membership provide players with a sense of belonging (and in some cases a few perks) you’ll also be helping them thrive because they rely in part on membership to continue operation.

  • United States Tennis Association (USTA): adult, junior and family memberships available that allow you to compete in sanctioned events, receive a subscription to Tennis Magazine, and discounts on tournaments and travel.
  • International Tennis Hall of Fame: membership gives you access to the International Tennis Hall of Fame, discounts at the yearly Hall of Fame grass court tournament, and more!
  • United States Racquet Stringers Association (USRSA): a membership to the USRSA gets you a copy of Stringer’s Digest, discounts and free samples, and the ability to get certified as a professional stringer.
  • Local club: what’s better than the gift of a membership to your local club or courts so that the tennis player in your life can easily schedule time on the court and get to know other local tennis players.

Wall Art Tennis Gifts

Tennis wall art is perhaps one of the more unique gifts to give a tennis player because it’s often so unexpected. There’s also a wide variety of styles of art available for different players with varying taste.

Here are a few of our favorites to give you a sneak peak of what’s out there.

Monte Carlo

Tennis Art Gift - Monte Carlo

Racquet Patent

Tennis Art Gift - Racquet Patent

Roger Federer

Tennis Art Gift - Roger Federer
Be a Good Loser

Tennis Art Gift - Be a Good Loser

Net Patent

Tennis Art Gift - Net Patent

Rafael Nadal

Tennis Art Gift - Rafael Nadal

Kitchen, Dining & Jewelry Gifts

The gift of a tennis-themed kitchen or dining item is a great way to provide a player with a constant reminder of their favorite sport. Similarly, for the player who loves jewelry, a piece that’s tennis-themed can make a fantastic gift idea.

Here are a few ideas to get your creative juices flowing.

  • Cups
  • Glasses
  • Mugs
  • Cutting board
  • Wine topper
  • Spreading knives
  • Timer
  • Bracelet
  • Necklace
  • Earrings
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Tennis Ball http://www.tenniscompanion.org/ball/ http://www.tenniscompanion.org/ball/#respond Sat, 18 Nov 2017 17:04:28 +0000 http://www.tenniscompanion.org/?p=5294 Ball (noun) [bawl]

Definition of a Ball in Tennis

A small hollow object made of rubber, covered in fluorescent yellow felt and pressurized so that it bounces.

Examples of Ball in a Sentence

Ok, it’s time to pick up the tennis balls.

The tennis ball just barely caught the line.

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Context for Tennis Balls

Tennis balls are a unique piece of equipment developed exclusively for the sport and are necessary to play tennis.

Most cans come with three tennis balls. This number permits the server to carry at least two for their first and second serve. A total of three allows players to rotate them throughout the match.

Having extra balls during a match also helps keep play moving because you don’t have to chase them down as much but the more balls you use, the more expensive it gets.

Unfortunately, once opened, tennis balls begin to lose their pressure. As a result, unless you play multiple times per week, where you’d get good use out of more than three tennis balls, you may want to consider only opening one can at a time to save yourself money.

Common Questions & Answers About Tennis Balls

What color is a tennis ball?
Tennis balls come in a variety of colors. However, the most common type of tennis ball is yellow or more specifically fluorescent yellow.

Why are tennis balls yellow?
Originally, tennis balls were typically white or black depending on the color of the court to help increase visibility. However, in 1972 the ITF introduced yellow tennis balls because they were significantly more easy to see on TV. In fact, Wimbledon didn’t adopt yellow balls all the way up until 1986.

How big is a tennis ball? Or more specifically, what size is the diameter or dimension of a tennis ball?
The most common types of tennis balls used in recreational and professional play will have a diameter that ranges from 6.54-6.86 cm (2.57-2.70 in).

At the tour level, there are four types of balls permitted for play which include:

  • Type 1 (fast) 6.54-6.86 cm (2.57-2.70 in)
  • Type 2 (medium) 6.54-6.86 cm (2.57-2.70 in)
  • Type 3 (slow) 7.00-7.30 cm (2.76-2.87 in)
  • Type 4 (high altitude) 6.54-6.86 cm (2.57-2.70 in)

Type 3 and type 4 tennis balls are only allowed for use on tennis courts 1,219 m (4,000 feet) above sea level.

For 10 and under tennis, there is a range of tennis balls suited for different levels of play. They include:

  • Stage 1 8.00-9.00 cm (3.15-3.54 inches) Any
  • Stage 2 7.00-8.00 cm (2.76-3.15 inches) Yellow and red
  • Stage 3 6.00-6.86 cm (2.36-2.70 inches) Yellow and orange
  • Stage 4 6.30-6.86 cm (2.48-2.70 inches) Yellow and green

How much does a tennis ball weigh?
The standard weight of all professional and recreational tennis balls is 56.0-59.4 grams (0.123-0.131 lbs) or 1.975-2.095 ounces.

For 10 and under tennis, the weight requirements for each type of ball varies as follows:

  • Stage 1 25.0-43.0 grams (0.882-1.517 oz)
  • Stage 2 36.0-49.0 grams (1.270-1.728 oz)
  • Stage 3 36.0-46.9 grams (1.270-1.654 oz)
  • Stage 4 47.0-51.5 grams (1.658-1.817 oz)

What are tennis balls made of?
Tennis balls consist of a two-piece rubber shell that is molded together to form a hollow core, injected with pressurized gas to give the ball its bounce, and wrapped with a synthetic felt that glues to the surface for durability.

How are tennis balls made?
Tennis balls are made through a 10 step production process that includes:

  1. Crushing of rubber material that’s formed into sheets
  2. Cutting of rubber sheets into chunks of rubber called slugs
  3. Molding of slugs into half pieces of the core
  4. Gluing of two half pieces to form the core
  5. Pressurizing the core to give the ball its bounce
  6. Cutting felt into dog bone shaped pieces
  7. Gluing of the felt onto the core of the ball
  8. Curing of felt to ensure strong adhesion
  9. Labeling of each ball with the manufacturer’s logo
  10. Packing of the balls into pressurized cans

Why are tennis balls fuzzy?
The fuzz on a tennis ball exists for a few different reasons including:

  • Durability: the fuzzy felt material that wraps the outer rubber core of a tennis ball helps increase the lifetime of a tennis ball.
  • Control: the fuzz also helps players control the tennis ball improving the spin potential through the Magnus Force where the fuzz catches air as it rotates and causes the ball to drop with topspin or float upward with backspin.
  • Speed: at the same time, the fuzz on a tennis ball increases the drag on the ball as it moves through the air which reduces the speed at which the ball travels.
  • Bounce: last but not least, the fuzzy felt material gives the ball a unique bounce that’s not too high or too low.

What’s inside tennis ball?
Underneath the outer layer of felt, the inside of a tennis ball contains a hollow rubber core. The core is pressurized with air or nitrogen which helps gives the ball its bounce.

What is the tennis ball smell?
The smell of a freshly opened can of tennis balls is the result of a mixture of the materials used to create a tennis ball, which primarily consists of a rubber core, glue, and felt outer covering.

How or why does tennis ball bounce?
A tennis ball bounces due to its spherical shape, hollow rubber inner core, and most importantly the fact that they are pressurized.

Why do tennis balls come in cans?
The most common type of tennis ball is pressurized to help give the ball its bounce. As such, cans are pressurized during the packaging of tennis balls to ensure the balls maintain their pressure up until the point a consumer receives and plays with them.

Why do tennis balls have numbers on them?
The numbers on tennis balls help players keep track of their tennis balls while playing next to other courts. Tennis balls typically come in cans of three balls all with the same number for this purpose.

Will a tennis ball sink or float?
A tennis ball will float because buoyant rubber material forms the core of the ball. Additionally, tennis balls are hollow and filled with air.

Will a tennis ball explode in a fire?
A tennis ball will not explode in a fire. Nitrogen, which is used often used to pressurize some tennis balls, is not flammable.

Will a tennis ball dent a car?
Absolutely. If hit hard and directly at a car, a tennis ball can easily dent a vehicle. However, any ball hit out of a court that strikes a car in a parking lot is very unlikely to make a dent.

What kind of gas is a tennis ball filled with?
Pressurized air or a mixture of air and nitrogen is the gas used to pressurize a tennis ball.

What kind of tennis balls do the four majors (Wimbledon, the US Open, the French Open, and the Austrailian Open) use?

  • Wimbledon: Slazenger has been the official tennis ball of Wimbledon since 1902.
  • US Open: Wilson provides the official tennis ball for the US Open.
  • French Open: up until 2011 the French Open was using Dunlop tennis balls. However, Babolat introduced their first tennis ball in 2001 and the French Open switch to their brand in 2011.
  • Australian Open: Wilson provides the official tennis ball for the US Open.

How many tennis balls does each of the four majors (Wimbledon, the US Open, the French Open, and the Austrailian Open) use per year?

  • Wimbledon: ~54,000 balls
  • US Open: ~70,000 tennis balls
  • French Open: ~65,000 balls
  • Austrailian Open: ~40,000 tennis balls

Who makes tennis balls?
The five most popular tennis ball manufacturers include:

  • Penn
  • Wilson
  • Dunlop
  • Gamma
  • Slazenger
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Bye In Tennis http://www.tenniscompanion.org/bye/ http://www.tenniscompanion.org/bye/#respond Sat, 18 Nov 2017 16:55:04 +0000 http://www.tenniscompanion.org/?p=5293 Bye (noun) [bahy]

Definition of a Bye in Tennis

The automatic advancement of a seeded singles player or doubles team from one round to the next without having to compete against an opponent.

Examples of Bye in a Sentence

Roger Federer received a buy because he’s a top-seeded player.

I’ve been playing tournaments for years and never received a bye.

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Context for Bye in Tennis

A bye in tennis is typically the result of specific draw sizes where the number of players does not allow for every player to participate in a first-round match. Here’s a look at how many players receive a bye per draw size in singles:

  • Draw of 28: the top 4 seeds awarded a bye
  • Draw of 48: the top 16 seeds awarded a bye
  • Draw of 56: the top 8 seeds awarded a bye
  • Draw of 96: the top 32 seeds awarded a bye

For doubles, a draw of 24 would result in a bye for the top 8 seeds.

As you can see, tournaments award byes to seeded players who have the highest rankings. The exception to this rule are cases where a bye is a result of insufficient direct acceptances.

Common Questions & Answers Byes in Tennis

What does a bye mean in a tennis draw?
A bye refers to the automatic advancement of a seeded singles player or doubles team from one round to the next without having to compete against an opponent.

How do you get a bye in tennis?
Players receive a bye when they are a top seed in a tournament where the draw size does not permit every player to be matched up in a first-round match. Seeded players are those with the highest rankings before the start of the competition.

What does bye stand for in tennis?
The term bye is not an acronym. Therefore, the letters of the word to not stand for anything. Instead, a bye refers merely to the automatic advancement of a seeded singles player or doubles team from one round to the next without having to compete against an opponent.

What’s the difference between a bye and a walkover?
Tournaments award byes to top-seeded players in the first round. Any subsequent rounds where a player automatically advances to the next round is considered a walkover. Injured or sick players frequently are the cause of such a situation.

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Tennis Backswing http://www.tenniscompanion.org/backswing/ http://www.tenniscompanion.org/backswing/#respond Wed, 15 Nov 2017 14:02:03 +0000 http://www.tenniscompanion.org/?p=5295 Backswing (noun) [bak-swing]

Definition of a Backswing in Tennis

The backward motion of a swing that moves the tennis racquet into position in preparation to swing forward and strike the ball.

Examples of Backswing in a Sentence

Sara shortened her backswing when returning her opponents serve.

A backswing is essential when hitting a forehand.

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Context for the Backswing in Tennis

The backswing is a fundamental part of a complete stroke used when hitting a variety of shots in tennis.

The backswing serves a few different purposes including:

  • Preparation: the backswing helps a player prepare for an upcoming shot and ensures strong positioning before striking the ball.
  • Power: when a player brings their racquet back before executing a shot in tennis, it allows them to subsequently bring their racquet forward to generate power when striking the ball.
  • Timing: the backswing also plays a role in helping players accurately time their shots which is crucial for hitting effectively.

Common Questions & Answers About The Backswing

How to shorten a backswing in tennis?
If a backswing is the motion of a swing that moves the tennis racquet into position before striking the ball, then a short backswing encourages a player to limit the amount of movement when pulling the racquet back into place.

As a result, the shortest backswing would be the least amount of motion required to get your racquet into position before bringing your racquet forward to strike the ball.

Some players have short backswings, and some have long. While there is no single correct way to execute a backswing, many coaches will encourage students to shorten their backswing or limit the movement required to get their racquet into position because it tends to simplify the stroke and reduce a players margin for error. In other words, there tends to be less that can go wrong with a short backswing.

Is a long or shot backswing better in tennis?
Unfortunately, there’s not a clear-cut answer to this question. As long as your backswing helps you accurately position your racquet before moving your racquet forward when striking the ball, then your backswing can be long or short.

A longer backswing may help some players generate additional power while a short backswing can help players reduce their margin for error when hitting a shot. As a result, it’s common for instructors to encourage beginners to learn most strokes with a short backswing because there tends to be less that can go wrong.

However, as a player matures, it’s natural to develop a more involved backswing which feels comfortable and helps them generate extra power. Typically, most coaches will be okay with a variety of backswings as long as the backswing isn’t negatively impacting a players stroke or timing. For example, if a player is consistently late to the ball they may suggest a player shorten their backswing.

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Bagel In Tennis http://www.tenniscompanion.org/bagel/ http://www.tenniscompanion.org/bagel/#respond Wed, 15 Nov 2017 13:55:57 +0000 http://www.tenniscompanion.org/?p=5275 Bagel (noun) [bey-guh l]

Definition of a Bagel

A set where the ending score is 6-0.

Examples of Bagel in a Sentence

I’m going to serve my opponent a bagel today.

I’ve only received one bagel from an opponent, and I hope it never happens again.

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Context for Bagels

The term bagel in tennis is slang that refers to the score of 6-0. The word bagel is used to represent the score of zero which is shaped like a bagel.

Bagel Statistics

How many times has a triple bagel occurred?
Since 1968 or during the Open Era, a triple bagel has only occurred five times at Grand Slam Tournament.

  • 1968 Nikola Špear – Daniel Contet 6–0, 6–0, 6–0 (French)
  • 1987 Karel Nováček – Eduardo Bengoechea 6–0, 6–0, 6–0 (French)
  • 1987 Stefan Edberg – Stefan Eriksson 6–0, 6–0, 6–0 (Wimbledon)
  • 1987 Ivan Lendl – Barry Moir 6–0, 6–0, 6–0 (US Open)
  • 1993 Sergi Bruguera – Thierry Champion 6–0, 6–0, 6–0 (Fench)

Who has served the most bagels in the career?
Jimmy Connors served up the most bagels in his career with 180. Ivan Lendl sits in second place at 148.

Common Questions & Answers About Bagels

What is a bagel in tennis?
A bagel describes a set where the score is 6-0.

Why is it called a bagel in tennis?
It’s called a bagel in tennis because the zero in the score of 6-0 resembles the shape of a bagel.

What is a double bagel in tennis?
A double bagel describes the outcome of a match where the score is 6-0, 6-0.

What is a triple bagel in tennis?
A triple bagel occurs when the score of a match is 6-0, 6-0, 6-0.

Is it a doughnut or bagel in tennis?
The term bagel describes a set where the score is 6-0, not doughnut.

What is a bagel girl in tennis?
The term bagel girl is a demeaning term used to describe a female player who frequently loses a set 6-0.

What is the golden bagel award?
The golden bagel award honors the player who served up the most bagels on the ATP tour in a single season. Roger Federer was the first recipient in 2004 with 12 bagels, and he also holds the record for the most bagels even in a single season at 18.

Here’s a list of the award recipients:

  • 2004 Roger Federer 12
  • 2005 Rafael Nadal 11
  • 2006 Roger Federer 18
  • 2007 David Ferre 7
  • 2008 Rafael Nadal 10
  • 2009 Rafael Nadal 8
  • 2010 Robin Söderling 7
  • 2011 Novak Djokovic 13
  • 2012 Novak Djokovic 9
  • 2013 Novak Djokovic 12
  • 2015 Novak Djokovic 12
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Approach Shot in Tennis http://www.tenniscompanion.org/approach-shot/ http://www.tenniscompanion.org/approach-shot/#respond Wed, 15 Nov 2017 13:53:06 +0000 http://www.tenniscompanion.org/?p=5270 Approach Shot (noun) [uhprohch shot]

Definition of the Approach Shot

An offensive shot that allows a tennis player to transition from the baseline to the net hitting either a forehand or a backhand. Also, referred to as an approach.

Examples of Approach Shot in a Sentence

She didn’t do enough with that approach shot, so her opponent easily passed her for a winner down the line.

If you don’t keep the ball deep in the court, your opponent is going to move forward and hit an approach shot putting you on the defense.

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Context for the Approach Shot

The approach shot is an offensive tennis shot that players will hit so that they can transition up to the net to try and close out the point.

Typically, a player will hit this shot when they receive a short ball that lands closer to the service line than the baseline. Ideally, this short ball sits up high enough allowing them to swing confidently to place the ball deep in the court and force their player to hit a defensive shot which can then be put away with a volley or two.

A player can hit an approach shot as a winner, but it’s frequently used a setup shot in that the player isn’t looking to win the point on this shot. Instead, they’re attempting to force a defensive ball from their opponent which subsequently can be put away with a volley to win the point.

A few common problems that occur with approach shots:

Approaching Too Soon
Many players will frequently attempt to hit an approach off a ball that was hit too well by their opponent. Approaching too soon often occurs because a player is overly eager.

For example, consider a point where your opponent hits a clean groundstroke that lands relatively deep in the court. If you try to move forward and hit an approach shot, then you may not be able to transition to the net quickly enough. The result can open up a variety of angles for your opponent to easily pass you.

Closing Too Far
Overly eager players may execute a great approach shot but subsequently close the net too far which makes them an easy target for their opponent to lob them. It’s a delicate balance. You don’t want to move forward too far because of the lob, but if you don’t close enough, you’re going to open yourself up to a passing shot.

Not Doing Enough with the Approach
When you move in for an approach shot, it’s important to strike the ball with confidence and ideally, keep the ball deep in the court. That’s partially the reason why you don’t want to approach too soon. Instead, you want to wait for an ideal ball that allows you to move forward with an aggressive shot which forces your opponent to play defense and sets up your volley.

Common Questions & Answers About the Approach Shot

Where should an approach shot be hit in tennis?
An approach shot should be hit deep in the court to prevent opening up angles for your opponent to pass you. Beyond that, your placement of an approach shot will depend on each point with the goal of keeping or putting your opponent on defense.

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15 (Fifteen) in Tennis http://www.tenniscompanion.org/15/ http://www.tenniscompanion.org/15/#respond Wed, 15 Nov 2017 13:50:45 +0000 http://www.tenniscompanion.org/?p=5176 Fifteen (noun) [fifteen]

Definition of 15

The score of 15 denotes a single point in tennis.

Examples of 15 in a Sentence

Hey, Mike. The score is 15-30, right?

Sarah won the first point of the game. The score is 15-love.

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Context for 15

15 is one of the point values used in the tennis scoring system. Other point values include 30, 40, deuce, ad in, ad out, and love.

Common Questions & Answers About 15

What is the first point in a tennis score?
The first point in tennis scoring is 15 or fifteen.

What does 15 mean in tennis?
The score of 15 in tennis refers to a single point.

What comes after 15 in tennis?
The score of 30 comes after 15 in tennis. Followed by 40, Deuce, ad in, and ad out.

What’s the difference between 5 and 15 in tennis?
Over the years, some players have shortened the score 15 to 5 simply for brevity.

Why 15 points in tennis?
In tennis, 15 does not represent 15 points. Instead, 15 denotes the score of a single point. The origins of this score value remain relatively obscure with references dating back to the 1400s.

Why do they count 15 in tennis?
Unfortunately, there is not a clear answer for why the score of 15 exists in tennis. However, it is clear that 15 represents a single point.

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Ad Court in Tennis http://www.tenniscompanion.org/ad-court/ http://www.tenniscompanion.org/ad-court/#respond Wed, 15 Nov 2017 13:48:43 +0000 http://www.tenniscompanion.org/?p=5263 Ad Court (noun) [ad kohrt]

Definition of Ad Court

The ad court is the left side of the tennis court as divided by the center service line and center mark at the baseline.

Examples of Ad Court in a Sentence

The score is 30-15, you should be serving from the ad court.

I love serving out wide in the ad court.

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Context for Ad Court

Players use the term ad court to refer to the left side of the court.

When you face the net, your ad court is to the left side of the court. Similarly, when your opponent faces the net, their ad court is to their left. That means if you serve or hit the ball to your opponents ad court you’re hitting across the net to the right side of the court.

The center service line and center mark separate the ad court from the deuce court, which is the right side of the court.

A player serving from the ad court would position themselves to the left of the center mark, and their opponent would stand diagonally across the court in their ad court.

Common Questions & Answers About the Ad Court

What is the left side of the tennis court called?
The left side of the tennis court is called the ad court.

What is the ad side of a tennis court?
The ad side of a tennis court is the left side of the tennis court.

Why is it called the ad court?
The ad court refers to the side that a player serves from when the score is advantage in (ad in) or advantage out (ad out).

Where do you stand in the ad court?
If you’re serving from the ad court, you should stand to the left of the center mark behind the baseline. If you’re returning from the ad court, you should stand on the left side of the court roughly where the singles sideline intersects with the baseline.

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Ace In Tennis http://www.tenniscompanion.org/ace/ http://www.tenniscompanion.org/ace/#respond Wed, 15 Nov 2017 13:46:11 +0000 http://www.tenniscompanion.org/?p=5253 Ace (noun) [eys]

Definition of Ace

An ace is a serve that successfully lands in the service box and does not touch the receiving player’s racquet.

Examples of Ace in a Sentence

I’m going for a huge ace up the middle.

Roger Federer has hit more than 10,000 aces in his career.

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Context for Ace

Typically, a player will hit an ace on their first serve where the speed of the ball tends to be greater than a second serve. An ace often occurs when a player serves up the middle or out wide because it’s harder for the receiving player to get their racquet on the ball.

Tall players tend to hit more aces than short players because they have more clearance over the net which helps increase their margin of error when hitting big flat serves.

Common Questions & Answers About Aces

Is an ace a winner in tennis?
Yes, an ace is a winner because the opposing player does not touch the ball with their racquet.

How many points is an ace in tennis?
An ace wins the serving player a single point.

How do you get an ace in tennis?
As the serving player in a game, you get an ace when you successfully hit a serve in the service box, and your opponent does not touch the ball with their racquet.

Tennis Ace Statistics

Who are the all-time ace leaders in tennis on the ATP tour?
The ATP began tracking this statistic in 1991. Since then, the following are the top 10 players with the most aces on the ATP tour.

  • Ivo Karlovic 12,278
  • Roger Federer 10,216
  • Goran Ivanisevic 10,131
  • John Isner 9,602
  • Andy Roddick 9,068
  • Pete Sampras 8,713
  • Feliciano Lopez 8,688
  • Ivan Ljubicic 8,121
  • Richard Krajicek 7,648
  • Greg Rusedski 7,589

Who holds the record for the most aces in a match?
John Iser holds the record for most aces in a tennis match with 113 aces when he defeated Nicolas Mahut from France.

Who holds the record for the most aces in their career?
As of October 23, 2017, Ivo Karlovic holds the record for the most aces in his career with 12,278.

Who holds the record for the most aces in a row?
Sam Querrey holds the record for ten aces in a row while playing James Blake at the Indianapolis Tennis Championships in 2007.

Who holds the record for the most aces in a season?
In 1996, Goran Ivanišević recorded the most aces in a season with 1,477.

What are the most aces hit in an Australian Open match?
Ivo Karlovic holds the record for the most aces in an Australian Open match with 75 against Horacio Zeballos in 2017.

What are the most aces hit in a French Open match?
Ivo Karlovic recorded the most aces in a single French Open match during 2009 while playing Lleyton Hewitt in the first round.

What are the most aces hit in a Wimbledon match?
John Isner served the most aces in a Wimbledon match with 113 while playing Nicolas Mahut in 2010.

What are the most aces hit in a US Open match?
The most aces hit during a US Open match are 61 by Ivo Karlovic during his 2016 match against Yen-Hsun Lu.

What is the fastest ace in tennis?
Sam Groth holds the record for the fastest ace in history at 263 km/h (163.4 mph) during a 2012 challenger match. However, this serve is not officially recognized by the ATP. As a result, John Isner holds the official record for the fastest ace at 253 km/h (157.2 mph) during a 2016 Davis Cup match.

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Love In Tennis: Learn What It Means and How to Use It http://www.tenniscompanion.org/love-in-tennis/ http://www.tenniscompanion.org/love-in-tennis/#respond Tue, 26 Sep 2017 02:48:57 +0000 http://www.tenniscompanion.org/?p=4989 Curious what the term love means in tennis? We’ve got you covered. Read on to learn everything you need to know.

While you’re here, you may also want to check out our article on the score of deuce in tennis or our complete article on tennis scoring.

What does love mean in tennis scoring?

Love in the tennis scoring system translates to a score of zero within a single game. For example, if you’re serving and you win the first point of a game then the score would be 15-love.

With that in mind, let’s do a quick review of how the score of love fits into a single game by outlining the point system quickly.

  • Love: a score of zero
  • 15: a single point
  • 30: two points
  • 40: three points
  • Deuce: tied at 3 points
  • Ad in: when the person serving wins a point at deuce; the score is ad in or advantage in
  • Ad out: when the person serving loses a point a deuce; the score is ad out or advantage out

The term “all” is used to express when the score is even at one or two points, i.e., 15-all or 30-all.

While the definition of love is quite simple, it can still trip players up. Let’s take a closer look at some examples with the score of love.

When to Use Love Scoring

There are only a few scenarios where we use the score of love in tennis so let’s take a look at those. Here are the possible scores with love if you were serving as you’d be calling your score out first.

  • 15-love
  • 30-love
  • 40-love

Here are the possible scores with love if your opponent is serving where they’d be calling the score out first.

  • love-15
  • love-30
  • love-40

It’s important to note that the term love is typically only used to express a score of zero within a game.

If you’re playing a set and you win the first three games, then it’s perfectly acceptable to call out a score of three to zero. On the other hand, calling out the score of three love is acceptable too.

Example Tennis Scores With Love

To bring more context to the score of love let’s walk through a few examples so you can see how it works.

Let’s imagine you’re going to play two games with a friend and you’ll start the first game serving. Remember, as the server you’ll always call out your points first.

  • You win the first point: 15-love
  • You win the second point: 30-love
  • You win the third point: 40-love
  • Your win the fourth point: you win the game

Your friend is now serving for the second game so they’ll call their serve out first this time around.

  • You win the first point: love-15
  • You win the second point: love-30
  • Your friend wins the third point: 15-30
  • Your friend wins the fourth point: 30-all
  • You win the fifth point: 30-40
  • Your friend wins the sixth point: deuce
  • You win the seventh point: ad out
  • Your friend wins the eighth point: deuce
  • You win the ninth point: ad out
  • You win the next point: game

Love All

When starting a new game, the score is technically love-all or zero to zero. However, players do not report the score of the current game when a new game starts. Instead, the player serving will say the score in games for the current set.

As a result, players never use the score of love-all. The only relevant time to even consider using that score would be prior the first point of a match starts which again is unnecessary.

Origin of the Term Love in Tennis

While the exact origin of the term “love” in tennis remains a bit of a mystery, there are two commonly shared ideas.

The first, and less likely, would be that the term love is an adaptation of the French word l’oeuf which translates to egg or the shape of a 0. Unfortunately, this reference doesn’t hold much water and is considered an unlikely origin.

Instead, there is a stronger belief that the score of love originates from the phrase “to play for love” (of the game). In other words, to not play for nothing.

Hopefully, you found this article helpful. Have any thoughts or questions you’d like to share? Please feel free to leave a comment in the section below.

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