Tennis is a simple sport. Public courts generally allow participants to play for free, and tennis players don’t really need a ton of equipment to play this wonderful, fast-paced game. However, that doesn’t mean getting someone a tennis-oriented gift is out of the question. If you want to find a practical, useful tennis gift for someone close to you, here are three ideas to get your started.

It’s not hard to figure out why 18 million Americans play tennis. It’s a fun game, let’s you spend quality time with family and friends, and it provides good exercise to keep players health and happy. It’s also a sport that players can take up at a young age and improve their game through the rest of their lives. So if you’re shopping for a gift for someone who loves to play tennis, you can’t go wrong with these three ideas.

Tennis Shorts

These 100-percent polyester tennis shorts have deep pockets for holding tennis balls, phones and other items. adidas

A good pair of tennis shorts makes playing the game more comfortable, thus more enjoyable. Since tennis is a game with a lot of movement, comfort is an important factor. Also look for shorts that are made of synthetic materials. These will not only breather better, but also will wick moisture away from the skin, adding even more comfort. Other features to consider include anti-microbial materials and materials that block UV rays to protect someone from damage caused by the sun. Shorts with ample pockets are a plus. And remember, black and white are the most popular colors for tennis shorts.


Interlocked wool fiber ensures that these tennis balls will play like new for as long as possible. Penn

You’ll likely never hear a tennis player say, “I just have too many tennis balls.” You’re more likely to hear, “I can’t find my tennis balls.” Or even, “Can you buy me some more tennis balls?!” When choosing tennis balls, it’s not bad to do a little sneaking around and see what kind of balls someone prefers. Also, finding out what balls are used most often in local tournaments can give you good information on what brand to consider. Note that many tennis balls are available in bulk, and the more you buy, the better the price.

Wrist Bands

These wrist and sweat bands come in a 12-pack of assorted colors. Bememo

In tennis, sweaty hands can lead to a poor grip on the racquet. And, a poor grip on the racquet can lead to a racket that slips out of someone’s hands and gets destroyed. If there’s one sure thing in tennis, it’s that buying wrist sweat bands is far cheaper than replacing a tennis racquet. While seen by some as fashion accessories, good wrist bands will keep hands dry, which helps maintain a good grip and more success. Heck, they aren’t expensive, so go ahead and order several colors. Then someone can mix and match with whatever shorts and shirt they are wearing on a particular day.