The Equipment for Playing Tennis

Tennis is one of many popular sports today, and is distinctive for its use of a fenced-off court, a wide low net, and each player’s tennis racquet and the green ball that is passed back and forth. Tennis may not have the same physical contact as rugby, basketball, or American football, but tennis is a great way to get good exercise, practice hand-eye coordination, and have fun time. Tennis can be played casually, played on one’s high school team, even professionally. Serena and Venus Williams, for example, are sisters and famed tennis players in the U.S.

But this sport needs equipment like almost any other, and tennis is known for needing specialized tennis courts, hopper carts to deliver balls, a place for storing tennis racquets, a racquet cart, and of course, tennis court nets. Storing tennis racquets can be done in a few different ways, depending on the player’s preference. Storing tennis racquets may be done on a shelf somewhere or even with specialized, wall-mounted racks. What is there to know about this sport and storing tennis racquets?

The Proper Equipment

Tennis requires several different pieces of equipment, and the proper premises, to be played. Soccer can be played in nearly any open area and a basketball hoop assembly can be set up nearly anywhere, but tennis requires a mores specialized play area. A tennis court may have a smooth and semi-hardened surface with distinctive colors and white lines to mark different areas, and such a court will often have a chain link fence around it to catch the balls and prevent those balls from escaping or striking someone. Many public parks contain a tennis court like this, where interested players may show up and start a game. In fact, some parks have many such courts pressed up against each other, separated with those chain link fences to keep everything neat. A tennis court isn’t as easily improvised as a soccer field, for example, so players may need to look up local courts. Such courts may be 78 feet long, and 27 feet wide for single (one on one) matches or 36 feet wide for doubles games.

What else will be found in that court? The net, which divides each player’s half of the court. This net should fit some precise dimensions for use, especially in sanctioned games where the outcome is very important. Such nets will stretch the entire width of the play area and then some, and such nets should be placed at least three feet (0.914 meters) outside of that court’s boundaries. These nets are held up with posts, one on each end, and those posts should be 3.5 feet tall, or 1.07 meters tall. And of course, each player will need their own racquets and a steady supply of balls to play, and each player may bring plenty of gear for a game.

During practice or gameplay, a player may bring a plastic tube that contains several balls inside, and such ball-tubes may be found at sports supply retailers nearly anywhere (along with the racquets themselves). And in some cases, someone practicing tennis with a lot of balls may have a machine set up that is fed a generous supply of balls. This machine will shoot out balls from a tube that the player may then strike, simulating a player who is hitting the balls toward them. Such machines may be set to spit out these balls rapidly but regularly for practice sessions.

What about the racquets themselves? A tennis racquet is a fairly expensive and important piece of hardware, and for any dedicated player, storing tennis racquets is something to take seriously. One fine option is to buy and install a wall-mounted rack that is shaped to hold several racquets at once. In such cases, a racquet can be placed right side up, and its wide head allows it to sit on the rack’s bars without falling through. Racquets may be easy to deposit and pick back up when they’re placed on a rack like this. Depending on the size and style, such a rack may hold a few or many racquets. Sports supply stores may use similar racks for their display stands, too.

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