Tennis is a sport that is both physically and mentally challenging – but learning how to play and getting started is pretty easy. If you have never played before, you may be wondering what kind of equipment you need.
Aaron Umen is a tennis enthusiast and a dedicated volunteer. He currently plays on the Men’s Tennis team as Case Western and volunteers for the Food Recovery Network and world Bird Sanctuary. Today he shares what gear you need to start playing tennis.
The good news is that you really don’t need a lot to get started. You just need:
- A tennis racket with a comfortable grip. If you play frequently, you may consider buying a backup racquet.
- Several tennis balls. You never know when you may lose one, so it’s always good to have some spare.
- Extra tennis strings. If you play frequently, you will need to re-string your racquet a few times per year.
- If you are just starting, you can wear whatever excessive outfit you have. If you decide to join a club, you will need some approved attire such as a cotton t-shirt and tennis shorts or skirts.
- Tennis trainers that are comfortable on the feet and have good arch support.
- A visor and sunscreen for sun protection if you are playing outside.
- You may want to consider buying a tennis bag to keep all of your equipment in so you can carry it around easily.
- Most importantly, a tennis opponent!