Tennis Racquets

Tennis has been around for centuries but the modern wooden racquet was invented in 1874. Once Jimmy Connors played and won with steel 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 made from carbon fiber graphite. Some variation of this material still dominates construction today.

Tennis has been around for centuries but the modern wooden racquet was invented in 1874. Once Jimmy Connors played and won with steel 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 made from carbon fiber graphite. Some variation of this material still dominates construction today.

Four main parts

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 grip size to prevent injury.  Our guide helps you figure out How to Measure Tennis Racquet Grip Size.

3. Head: this is the end that holds the strings. The weight and shape 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.

The right size matters

Kids should get the right length and our Kids Tennis Racquet Buying Guide is a great place to start to shop for them. Adults have many choices and reviewing all the options makes for a knowlege based sports shopper.

Biggest brands

Generally speaking the top selling companies making tennis racquets featured today are Babolat, Head and Wilson, with Dunlop, ProKennex, Volkl and Yonex being the next biggest manufacturers. 

The best tennis equipment will vary from individual to individual. Some need control. Some need power.

How do I choose the best tennis racquet?

  • Start with our Tennis Racquet Buying Guide.  This step by step guide helps you as you search through the jungle of bewildering options. Finding a new one may be a fun experience, however.
  • Have a realistic perspective on your own ability. Buying one built for a professional is great - IF you are a professional. Don’t be too modest either. Beginners' rackets will not work well for a solid intermediate.
  • Do your homework. There are many outstanding manufacturers in the market today. TennisRacquets.com is a great place to search various brands.
  • Try some out. Demo rackets will help you acquire a feel for what works for you and what does not.

How can I save money?

  • Consider buying a pre-strung model. While not the perfect option over the long run, these can save you a few bucks up front. Stringing is not that expensive, however.
  • Check out used racquets. Often gently used, and with the highly durable materials being used now, tennis rackets last longer now than ever before.
  • Buy from a high volume seller like TennisRacquets.com who has sales on popular merchandise.

Why visit TennisRacquets.com?

Five Big Reasons: 

  1. Selection. With over 125 choices 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 items means the latest materials and designs in the market. At the same time, those models with great track records of helping players are available too.
  3. Price. As a high volume seller, tennisracquets.com offers a great price.
  4. Advice. Our team of professionals are here to guide you in making good 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!

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