Paul has been an enthusiastic amateur tennis player for over 35 years. In 2013, he competed in the USTA tennis nationals in Arizona.
I've been playing tennis now for over thirty years, and much of my leisure, fitness, and social time revolves around the game. Since I have lots of tennis friends, I know how challenging it can be to buy a tennis-related gift for a player or fan of the game, whether it's for a birthday, Christmas, or some other occasion.
I thought it would be useful and informative to offer some of my own recommendations, learned from both my own experiences and from talking to other players.
6 Best Gift Ideas for Tennis Players
- Bionic Tennis Gloves
- Novelty Vibration Dampeners
- Tennis Ball Bean Bag Chair
- String Thing Tennis String Straightener
- Tennis Ball Saver
- Lobster Portable Ball Machine
I will give more information and explain my reasons for selecting each gift below.
1. Bionic Gloves
Designed by hand specialists at Bionic, these innovative gloves help players to get a better grip on their rackets, especially if they become sweaty during a match.
I know a number of people who swear by them and they are certainly interesting. They have special pads inside the glove that even out the pressure when holding a racket. That means the wearer doesn't suffer from blisters, as well getting a firmer grip.
2. Novelty Vibration Dampeners
These awesome vibration dampeners will cheer up any tennis player. They will provide a talking point on the courts, make a great gift for adults or kids, as well as provide something fun to keep for yourself.
Dampeners reduce racket vibration when a tennis ball is hit. These vibrations travel up through the hand and arm and can contribute towards tennis elbow, a painful condition caused by damaged tendons. Dampeners lessen the chances of this condition.
The pack has six dampeners in it, with a range of sizes, shapes and designs. This enables a player to find the most suitable and comfortable through trying out different vibration dampeners. They can also be swapped around to express moods, or just to bring about a smile.
The dampeners make great prizes at children's tennis events, and can be used on other strung rackets, not just those used for tennis.
3. Tennis Bean Bag Chair
I bought a tennis bean bag chair for my daughter last Christmas and she loves it. I figured it would be fun and brighten up her bedroom. She loves it and uses it every day. It turned out to be a big hit with her friends too.
I did try it out myself and it was very comfy, although getting in and out of a bean bag chair can be awkward for an oldie like me!
4. String Thing Tennis String Straightener
A handy little gadget that you can buy from online stores like Amazon for under twenty dollars. The String Thing tennis string straightener does exactly what it says, putting your racquet strings back in line quickly and effectively.
I use one to reset my strings in between games, giving me more even strokes and better spin. A simple, affordable and useful gadget.
6. The Lobster Sports Elite 2 Portable Tennis Ball Machine
Yes, the Lobster Sports Elite 2 portable tennis ball machine is way more expensive than anything else in my gifts list, but it really is a nice product.
I am lucky enough to have access to a friend's machine and I love it. The Lobster fires out balls at multiple speeds and directions and makes for great practice.
You may need to do some saving before you can afford it, however.
5. Tennis Ball Saver
Pressurized tennis ball savers are a must-have item for any player to have, in my opinion. That's because being able to keep tennis balls fresh and bouncy for later use is useful. These used balls can be handy for practicing serves, informal matches, or just hitting.
Once new tennis balls are out of their original containers, they lose their bounce very quickly. That's because the containers are pressurized and exposure to air interferes with the integrity of the balls. Each ball saver holds up to three balls and preserves them at the correct pressure, enabling you to reuse them later.
Do they actually work? Well, I will admit to being skeptical when I received one of these as a gift, but I ended up liking it so much, I went online and bought a second one!
© 2015 Paul Goodman