If you’re stuck trying to find a gift for your tennis-loving friend, then have no fear, they’re actually pretty easy to buy for. Here are some great places to start.
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Why not begin with the basics? Tennis has come a long way since the age when rackets were made from wood. These days, having the right equipment can make all the difference to a player’s comfort and performance, so why not help your friend or loved-one to get ahead?
High-tech rackets made from pro-grade, ultra-light nanocarbons with motion sensors in the handle are no longer the preserve of the tennis elite. Brands like Babolat, Wilson, Völkl and Yonex have been working hard to make high-tech options affordable.
Something Like the Babolat Pure Drive Play is light and responsive enough for a pro to feel at home with it, and comes complete with sensors in the handle to help you track your performance. A gift like that should be enough to make most amateur players shout with excitement.
A lot of people think that trainers are trainers, and that a shoe that’s good for the gym will be just as good for the Tennis, but that really isn’t the case. Tennis is a very specific sport that requires shoes tailored for sprinting and high impact movement (to absorb the shocks from all that jumping). Excellent grip and a well-cushioned heel are the features to look out for.
Buy your loved one some high-quality tennis shoes, like the Addidas Barricade Club Shoe, and their feet will love you forever.
Lessons may not be “gear” precisely, but they’re the purchase most likely to help improve your loved-one’s game. Once you’ve mastered the basics, real improvement in tennis tends to come from minor corrections in technique to one particular shot or another. That’s why almost any amateur player is going to be delighted by the opportunity to learn from an expert.
To make it even easier, many tennis clubs these days will offer gift vouchers for tennis lessons, so that your giftee can book them for a convenient date and time.
But what to do if you know a tennis player with all the latest equipment he could ever need? Well he may not know about some of the fun tennis gadgets being made today. You can buy everything from a Tennis Ball Dryer (because no one wants to play with damp tennis balls), to a portable tennis ball machine, helping players to practice their serve by firing out 150 tennis balls at them.
Here’s the idea: you take a little green sensor and clip it to the laces on your tennis shoes, synchronise it with the MiCoach app on your phone, and there you go. MiCoach will track your rallies, your speed, the distance you run, the directions you run. All you need to do is check your phone afterwards for a full roster of performance stats. What tennis player wouldn’t be tempted by that?
If you’ve ever watched a tennis match and wondered what the players are doing when they constantly look down at their rackets and pluck at the strings, I’ll tell you. The players are straightening out the strings, after the impact of the tennis ball onto the racket has knocked them out of alignment. Naturally enough, there’s also a gadget that can straighten those strings for you!
Charge the Zepp Tennis Swing Analyzer, sync it to a phone via Bluetooth, attach it to a racket and then get swinging. That’s all a tennis player needs to do, and then when they check the App afterwards they’ll be greeted by an amazing breakdown of stats. Shot power, spin, the length of rallies – they’ll be amazed what the Zepp Tennis Swing Analyzer can tell them. Even better, the app analyses the player’s swing and offers personalised tips, coaching and drills.
There are more than a billion tennis fans around the world, and if you can guarantee anything when something becomes that popular, it’s that people will start selling novelty gifts that cater to them. Even if your tennis-playing friend has gadgets up to the eyeballs, they probably won’t have one of these…
The Official Wimbledon Towel is a bit of a classic. In iconic purple and green, the towel is immediately identifiable with the century-old history of the world’s longest standing Grand Slam tournament. Every Wimbledon towel sold is identical to those used by the players on court, so why not help your friend or loved-one feel like a Grand Slam pro?
Every amateur tennis player will have an idol, whether from the long, nostalgic history of the sport, or a modern pro battling it out on the tour today. Tennis fans have idolised players for decades, with celebrities like Bjorn Borg, Pete Sampras and Martina Navratilova all reaching pin-up status in their time. However, the innovation for the modern age is that now your idols can be sent to you in the post – in life size cutout form!
So why not give the perfect gift, and let your tennis player spend some time with their idol?
Perhaps it just looks like a mug to you, but tennis fans will really love this. The mug’s design is a convincing facsimile of Wimbledon’s iconic Centre Court scoreboard, with space left for the names of the two players to be personalised. Commemorate your loved-one’s imaginary victory over Rafael Nadal, or create a lasting record of that friendly office match, and with this tongue-in-cheek gift.
With so many tennis-lovers in the world, it’s not surprising that there’s a wealth of tennis-related equipment, gadgetry and novelty for all your gift-giving needs.