Tennis Equipment List

It is natural to be excited at the prospect of playing tennis for the first time. You would have your eyes filled with dreams of winning whopping sums in those grand slam tournaments, and the applause in those center courts. But before you start playing, I have put together a tennis equipment list so you know exactly what you`ll need.

You might even think what you would say when you are interviewed. But your dreams overlook mundane details such as the tennis gear, and accessories needed. You know you need a tennis racquet, and a tennis ball apart from the net and some socks and shoes.

But beyond that, you may not have given much thought to what you actually need to start playing this game. Some of these things like your apparel and shoes can also be used for other games.

But there are quite a few tennis related things such as tennis racquet and tennis racquet bag that you cannot avoid investing in. Therefore, you need to know what you need to buy for playing tennis and what you can make do without, at least when you start playing the game.

Tennis Accessories and Tennis Gear

The things that can be used interchangeably for other games as well including but not in a particular order.

Headbands are something that holds your hair in place and does not disturb your view when you are in the midst of the game. They have nothing to do with the game per se. Therefore, you can use the headband you use for any other purpose or other games even in this game.

Many players use hats or caps. Actually, caps should be worn because they prevent the sun’s rays from blinding you and preventing you from seeing the ball in time.

There are headbands that include such visors. Ideally, such combination can be used instead of wearing any cap with visor.  Again these visors and caps can be used for other outdoor games or even for walking, jogging, and sprinting.

Dampeners reduce vibrations that can be more in tennis because of the tennis ball and the speed at which it comes to the players. These are used on tennis racquets. But they can also be used on squash racquets

There is no denying that tennis shoes are designed to withstand a lot of impacts and facilitate a lot of swift movements even while providing the required grip on different surfaces.But these shoes can be used for playing badminton, squash, or even exercising.Read my earlier post on choosing the right tennis shoe here.

Tennis apparel for men consists of shorts and a loose shirt. Same attire can go for badminton or squash. Similarly, women may wear a dress or blouse and skirt or shorts, which too can be used for badminton, table tennis, and squash games.

Tapes in Tennis are used for three different purposes. Some tapes are for muscular support. Others are for improving the grip, and yet others are for protecting the racquet’s head.These tapes are used for similar purposes in other sports such as badminton, table tennis, and squash.

There are many drill equipment that is used for tennis and other games such as recoil belt, and weight bags. These can be used for other sports as well.

Tennis games can be long and grueling. There is a possibility of players feeling tired and dehydrated. Using hydrating bags in heat can help to prevent such discomfort. But such bags are also used in other sports like hiking, climbing or running that require strenuous efforts on the parts of players.These bags are more used in training really.

 Tennis Equipment List For Essentials 

Tennis balls

Tennis balls are used exclusively for playing tennis, like a badminton shuttlecock.

 Tennis Racquets

A tennis racquet is unique and cannot be used for other games such as badminton, or squash though the racquets used for these games resemble tennis racquet.You can read my post on choosing the right Tennis racquet here if you missed it.

A tennis match without a tennis racquet is impossible so you should choose wisely to find what suits your game style and what you feel most comfortable with.

There are rackets for those just getting started to learn the game, these racquets are light and more forgiving than racquets used by professional tennis players on tour.Check my other post on choosing tennis racquets for beginners here.

Tennis racquet bags

Tennis Equipment list

This houses the racquet and can be used to carry other accessories associated with tennis. They are available in different shapes and sizes. Larger bags can be used to carry more than one tennis racquet.

It is always advisable to have a slightly larger bag, as possible of racquet stringing breaking or becoming loose during the game exists.Again there are also tennis tote bags,These are more for accessories than for storing tennisracquetss, but if you`re going for practice or if you play recreational tennis, you can bus smaller tennis racquet bags that are for carrying 1-2 racquets.

Tennis strings

These are usually different from those used for stringing badminton racquet or squash racquet. The reason is the weight of tennis ball is more than that of a squash ball or badminton shuttlecock.Tennis strings come in a roll ranging from about 50 meters.

Tennis Net And Posts

A tennis net is not as fragile as the net used for badminton, nor is it similar to nets used for games such as volleyball or throwball.  The posts are of a specific height but remain more or less of the same height nomatter where players are playing on sand or in grass courts.Junior players can start learning to play tennis using smaller nets or just half the tennis court.We`ll get to that later.

Tennis Ball Machines 

These machines throw tennis balls at a specific speed in the specific direction. The object is to help you as a player to manage to play those shots even if they come at you faster than you anticipate.

At the same time, it makes it possible to practice without a hitting partner.,Tennis ball machines are a must have if you want to practice your tennis shots ar your own convenience without the inconvenience of looking for a hitting partner.

Apart from Tennis racquets,tennis ball machines are almost a must have if you can afford it,it`s hard getting someone who will dedicate time to practice especially if you`re just getting started.

Read my earlier post where I explained Tennis ball machine and why you should get one if you can.

Tennis Racquet Stringing machinemust have tennis equipment list

 There are tennis specific stringing machines that help to string the racquets as and when needed instead of taking a trip to some sports shop for doing the job.

Most of these are game specific, i.e., tennis stringing machine can only be used for stringing tennis racquets.

There are different types in the market so shop around to find what fits your needs, they might be abit costly but worth the money in the long run.

Read my earlier post where I explained Tennis racket stringing machines in detail here.

From The Tennis Equipment List, Must A Beginner Buy All?

It is not necessary that you as a beginner have to buy all these listed items. You can join clubs and avoid buying tennis balls, tennis ball machines, stringing machines etc.Things like visors, wristbands, tapes, etc., need to be purchased as they are personal in nature.But if you can afford it, having your own is practical and convenient.


There is more to tennis gear than mere shoes, socks, and tennis racquets. You need to be aware of what is available for solving any of your tennis related problems such as the problem with the racquet grip, and how to overcome it with grips and tapes.

Likewise, you need to know that players use dampeners to reduce their injuries when their racquet vibrates. These purchases may seem insignificant but they are important for this game.

Hope you enjoyed reading and learning the items you need from my tennis equipment list, and can decide what you can do without in the beginning.All these articles can be bought at Amazon, they have a wide range of choices and do offer free shipping so in my opinion, one of the best places to buy.

But there are also online stores like or you can shop in your local offline sports goods store.

Would like to hear from you should you have any questions, just leave me a message below, I`ll sure get back to you.


  1. great article regarding ALL the equipment someone like me needs to consider when preparing to play tennis this summer at the local club. I plan to win or atleast try to be competitive this year. You are definitely a sight for knowledge from a novice. I like how in depth the reviews and articles are on this site. You are a great resource for someone with a game like mine.

    1. Hello Robert,

      I have been playing Tennis for the last 30 years so I believe the articles are very indepth but then again,that always depend on an individual.

      In the said 30 years, I`ve had do deal with everything and anything tennis,from stringing machines to tennis ball machines.The reviews positive or negative are to my best of knowledge because they are all items I have used or using right now.

      thanks for stopping by.

  2. Never realised so much gear went into a seemingly simple gave of tennis, especially the tape and drill gear – so much work! You’re right, there really IS way more to tennis in the modern age than just clean white socks, sneakers and a racket – it’s such a competitive sport, at any level

    1. Hello Kegan

      Beginner players must not have all the mentioned gear to play Tennis,things like Tennis racquet strining machines can be bought at a later stage if you cant afford it.When I got started playing, all I had was a tennis racquet and tennis balls but it did not reduce the fun.

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