More you play tennis, the more things you need to bring to a tennis court. Times, when you just took a racquet and one pack of balls, are gone forever. These days you need to take at least two racquets, shoes, reserve pair of socks, reserve t-shirt, a pack of balls, one bottle of water, one bottle of isotonic drink and few other tiny things you definitely need for your best tennis. Tennis Bags are a necessary and important thing you need when playing tennis regularly. And believe me, it is not easy to choose the best tennis bag for you.
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Tennis Bag Size
First of all, you should count all the things you need to bring to your normal tennis session. When you know the number, then you should make the basic decision about the size of your bag. Generally, you will choose between a single racket backpack or regular tennis bag with two or three compartments for three to six tennis rackets. When watching the ATP tournaments you usually see players bearing two bags. One big three compartments bag, and one smaller bag with other necessary accessories professional need. A do not forget, that towels waiting on the bench are provided by an organization, so they do not need to put them in the bag. Recreational players usually use just one bag, depending on a number of racquets either two compartments or three compartment bag. Kids prefer to backpack one racquet bag. I personally tend to choose bigger tennis bag over smaller tennis bag. More I play, more things I get used to carry with me to the court.
Backpack or Shoulder?
The decision about the way you will carry your bag is really important. I saw a lot of players with shoulder problems arising just at the moment they enter the court. Carrying heavy big tennis bag on your shoulder could be too dangerous for your shoulders. Fortunately, days when choosing backpack bag meant to bring just one racquet are definitely over. Better models of tennis bags have straps which can be adjusted and you can carry your bag either on your shoulder or on your back. I prefer bags with more variability, therefore I choose tennis bags with adjustable straps.
Babolat Pure Drive (6-Pack) Tennis Bag
Wilson Federer Team Collection Tennis Bag
HEAD Core Backpack
Babolat Pure Aero Stars & Stripes Backpack
*Two main compartments (each for up to 3 rackets)
*Up to 6 rackets
*Fits 1 to 2 racquets
*Racquet compartment with handle cover can hold up to 2 racquets
Other features you can find useful
Two or three big compartments are usually used for rackets, shoes, t-shirts. However, you always bring to the court also smaller pieces of equipment you need for your play. To put them in the bigger compartments is not always comfortable. Try to look for keys or vibration dampener in the big space you have reserved for your racket. Therefore, it is always useful when your tennis bag has also a side accessory pocket with organizational features.
Grab handles should be usually padded and two are enough to carry your bag in hand.
Straps of your bag should be padded to ease the pressure on your shoulder or back. Adjustable length of the strap is must for every tennis bag and these days you hardly find tennis bag without it.
The top end models have a protective thermal lining for racquet compartment to keep your strings in optimal temperature to avoid loss of tension.
Ventilated compartments for shoes and dirty gear is also a big plus for your tennis bag.
Just Fashion or a must on tennis courts?
It is not a must but usually if you play with a Babolat racket you probably use also Babolat tennis bag. Some people raise their eyebrows when they see a player pulling his Yonex racket out of tennis bag with big Wilson on the side. For me, it is a pure fashion thing. If you play with Yonex, but you still have your Head bag, you are used to, just go ahead and enjoy your game.
But if you feel good just when everything clicks, then find a good combo of racquet and bag of the same brand for a good price.
Babolat Pure Aero Decima French Open Set
Babolat Pure Strike Wimbledon Green/White Set
Garbine Muguruza Babolat Bundle Pack
+Babolat Pure Aero La Decima French Open Themed Tennis Racket
+Babolat Pure Pure Strike Wimbledon Themed Tennis Racket
+Babolat Pure Drive tennis racquet