Tennis Racquets

Tennis has been around for centuries but the modern wooden racquet was invented in 1874. Once Jimmy Connors played and won with a steel racquet in the 1970’s, the era of metal materials arrived. Aluminum and other metals followed.  Arthur Ashe, John McEnroe and Steffi Graf ushered in the 1980’s using the next generation of racquets made from carbon fiber graphite. Some variation of this material still dominates racquet construction today.

Tennis Racquets

Tennis has been around for centuries but the modern wooden racquet was invented in 1874. Once Jimmy Connors played and won with a steel racquet in the 1970’s, the era of metal materials arrived. Aluminum and other metals followed.  Arthur Ashe, John McEnroe and Steffi Graf ushered in the 1980’s using the next generation of racquets made from carbon fiber graphite. Some variation of this material still dominates racquet construction today.

What are the four main parts of a racquet?

  1. Strings: there are many different types and tensions which make for a very personal choice. Experimenting with many combinations is very common until a player finds what is right for their game.

  2. Grip: with many choices available it is important to get the right size to prevent injury.  Our guide will help you figure out How to Measure Tennis Racquet Grip Size.

  3. Head: this is the end of the racquet that holds the strings. The weight and size are key considerations.

  4. Throat (or neck): connects the head to the grip. Technology is very important for the throat to dampen vibrations.


Be sure to check out our entire discussion of Tennis Racquet Terminology for a complete review.


Does the size of the racquet matter?

Absolutely. Kids should get the right size and our Kids Tennis Racquet Buying Guide is a great place to start shopping for them. Adults have many choices and reviewing all the options makes for an informed shopper.


What are the most popular brands of racquets?

Generally speaking the highest selling brands making tennis racquets today are BaboletHead and Wilson, with DunlopProKennexVolkl and Yonex being the next biggest manufacturers.


How do I choose a tennis racquet?

  • Start with our Tennis Racquet Buying Guide. Here you will find a step by step guide to lead you through the jungle of bewildering options. 

  • Have a realistic perspective on your own ability. Buying a racquet built for a professional is great - IF you are a professional. Don’t be too modest either. A beginner’s racquet will not work well for a solid intermediate.

  • Do your homework. There are many outstanding brands in the market today. TennisRacquets.com is a great place to review various brands.

  • Try some out. Demo racquets will help you get a feel for what works for you and what does not.


How can I save money buying a racquet?

  • Consider buying a pre-strung racquet. While not the best option over the long run, these can save you a few bucks up front.

  • Check out used racquets. Often gently used, and with the highly durable materials being used now, racquets last longer now than ever before.

  • Buy from a high volume seller like TennisRacquets.com who has sales on popular merchandise.


Why buy from TennisRacquets.com?

Five big reasons: 

  1. Selection. With over 125 different racquets available, you are sure to find the right one in the right size for you.

  2. Latest and greatest and the tried and true. Having the most up to date racquets means you get the best materials and designs available. At the same time, those racquets with great track records of helping players are available too.

  3. Price. As a high volume seller, you are sure to get a great value.

  4. Advice. Our team of professionals are here to guide you in making the best decisions.

  5. Related products. We have a full array of clothing, bags, shoes and other accessories you will need to be a fully equipped player. One stop shopping at its best.


With all of these resources at your fingertips, there is every reason in the world to begin your search for the ideal tennis racquet today. Let us be your ultimate source for all things tennis.