Essential Equipment Needed for Tennis

Lawn tennis is usually played in a huge field whether indoors or outdoors. It needs a squarish court divided into two sections, separated by a net. Here is a list of the essential equipment needed for tennis.


A person on a court with a racket

Rackets can be made of many alloys or wood. There are no restrictions on the size or materials used in making a racket. It has an oval head and a gradually widening throat that connects the narrow handle with the head of the racket.

The head of the racket is tightly woven with strings which are made of various materials like nylon, gut or synthetic gut. The handles are covered with leather or nylon for a better grip.


A basket that has a racket in his hand

As per ITF rules, Tennis balls are yellow colored spherical balls, with a diameter between 2.5 and 2.625 inches. They weigh between 2 and 21/16 oz. Pressurized rubber is used to make semi spherical half shells. They are then joined with compressed air between them.

The spherical balls are covered with bright yellow colored felt. Kids aged ten and under play with different colored balls. They move slower, bounce lower. They are also softer and larger and are easy for kids to hit them.


A rectangular net is used to separate the two sides of a Tennis court. The net should cover the space between the two net posts. The net is woven in such a way that it does not allow the Tennis ball to pass through. It is usually tied in about 3 feet above the ground at the centre.

Wrist bands

Wrist bands are worn around wrists to prevent sweat from wetting the players’ palm or the racket. A wet grip might not be strong.

Head band

Headbands are used to absorb sweat. They also tie player’s hair away from their face. Any tight cap made of absorbent material can also be used instead of a head band.

Tennis shoes

Just running shoes don’t provide enough lateral support to players. Tennis shoes are designed to give players better stability and prevent them from sliding while moving sideways. Shoes shouldn’t damage the court when players move briskly across the court.


Men wear T-Shirts or shirts made of materials like polyester that does not absorb sweat and keeps the player cool. They wear shorts that do not cover their knees.

Tennis Strings

There are so many different types of tennis strings, it is impossible to keep track of the developments! At the pro level strings can play a big role and Luxilon strings have certainly had an influence on how the professional game is played these days! It is important to remember though that for most recreational players the type of string does not matter nearly as much as most people believe!

Tennis Grips

The grip on a tennis racket also comes in different forms. You can either use a leather grip, like the ones that are usually on the racket when you buy it or you can put a grip on top, which is called an overgrip. The leather ones are more expensive to replace but they also last a lot longer. If you use a leather grip or an overgrip is simply a matter of feel and preference. Is is important though to have the right size of grip on your tennis racket. 

These are some essential equipment needed for tennis.

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