Most spectators think there isn’t much gear that is needed to play tennis. You just need a tennis racquet right…? That is right up until they see Serena Williams walking off with a massive sports bag. Spare racquets, shoes, towels, tennis clothes, hats, sweatbands, spare racquet grips and sports medications all need to fit.
|Wilson Sporting Goods Marseille Tennis Super Sling Bag||$||3.0|
|Head Maria Sharapova Sling Pack Tennis Racquet Backpack||$||3.6|
|Glove It Women's Wrought Iron Tennis Backpack||$$||4.0|
|BABOLAT Club Line Backpack||$$||4.3|
|HEAD Core Tennis Bag||$||4.3|
|adidas Barricade IV Tennis Backpack||$||4.6|
|Wilson Federer Team III Red Backpack||$$||4.4|
You might not be on the world tour or heading to play on the world’s highest tennis court (located in Dubai) but you still need a lot of gear too. A large tennis sports bag can be overkill and uncomfortable to carry. Instead, have a look at using a tennis backpack. We have prepared a list and chart of what we think are some of the top women’s tennis backpacks on the market today. Please use to chart to find the best backpack for you, your tennis gear and your game.
Tennis backpacks for women are designed differently: Here’s why…
Tennis backpacks are a great way to carry all of the items that I’ll need for my match. The backpack distributes the weight more evenly and, thereby, lessens the likelihood of me hurting my back and shoulders. It is generally more comfortable overall. In addition, tennis backpacks have a spacious main compartment, perfect for carrying anything else I might need like my umbrella or sunglasses. Most of them also come equipped with a water bottle pouch for rehydrating during the match.
A backpack is a great way of ensuring that your racquets aren’t damaged. Carrying them in a backpack lessens the chance of dropping or losing them. We spend a lot of money and time choosing our racquets; it’s worth keeping them safe. You’ll rest easy knowing that your racquets are protected from the elements and are always safely stored away in your favorite backpack. And, the many pockets are a convenient way to carry other things that you might find you can’t do without like I did.
My personal experience
Back in school, there was this time when I had a big match scheduled against one of my biggest rivals and I wanted nothing more than to win against her on the tennis court. We really didn’t get along at all – she was just… urgh! Everything about her irritated me; you know those kinds of people who are just plain mean on and off the court?
More importantly, if I won, it meant that our school would advance to the state finals. I had been preparing for the match all week and I felt like I was at the top of my game. No one could have defeated me. Not even Susie.
Her name was Susie and even though we didn’t get along, I had to admit that she was a pretty good tennis player. But, my dislike for her didn’t have anything to do with her game or the school she played for, it went deeper than that. I suppose the rivalry really started because of a boy that we both had eyes on. When Susie and I both worked at the same shop that was between our two schools. The boy used to visit the shop regularly since it was a pretty popular gathering spot for students from both schools. At first, it was clear that Jason was attracted to me, but because of a shift change, I ended up working when Jason wasn’t around. Needless to say, Susie was able to wiggle her way into to Jason’s heart in my absence. They broke up later, but I’d missed my chance.
Anyway, the day of the big match, I was all prepared to exact my revenge when, lo and behold, I discovered that the pouch on my backpack had a hole in it and the case containing my contact lenses had fallen out who knows where. Needless to say, I was mortified. I ended up losing the match and we were out of the finals.
Oh well, I suppose the lesson to be learnt from this is that if you’re ever in the position to take down a heated rival don’t let your anger and upset blind you against taking care of the little things first.
What to look for in womens tennis bags
One of the first things I look for in a good backpack is the material. I prefer nylon myself for its ability to resist water. Oftentimes, the contents I’m carrying (Books, my iPad, and extra pair of socks) are not water resistant and I don’t want them to get wet. So, I always go with the nylon.
When picking up their backpack, almost everyone does so by the grab-strap located on the top of the backpack. So, I check to see if the grab-strap is strong and sturdy. Early on, I had trouble with backpacks of substandard construction having the grab-strap be the first thing to go. And you know if the grab-strap goes the only thing left to lift it by are the shoulder straps. And if the shoulder straps go, the backpack is useless.
I also look for a backpack with padded shoulder straps. With the number of books that I have to carry, padded shoulder straps are essential lessening the discomfort that might otherwise occur. In addition, I prefer ones with a breast strap. Some shoulder straps have a tendency to slip off the shoulders. The breast strap prevents this from happening.
Lastly, I like a backpack with plenty of pockets. If you’re like me, you can never have too much storage space. Pockets provides space for things like my glasses, water bottles, umbrellas, maps, and any number of other things that I might need to take with me, depending on the occasion.
Finding the best bag for you
The first step in finding a good backpack, however, is by shopping around. Backpacks are a very popular item and as such can be found everywhere. However, that does not mean that I can just pick up the first one you come to, and end up with a quality product, especially when it comes to finding one that suits the demands that a tennis player puts on their backpack. No, a little more research is required than that.
Nor will I go to a store that specializes in kids back-to-school supplies to find a backpack. They may be sufficient for carrying a tike’s No. 2 pencils and tablets but I don’t think a backpack made for kids will stand up under the load that I’m capable of inflicting upon them with my tennis rackets and other equipment.
Also, be prepared to shell out a few extra bucks if you really want a quality backpack. Remember, you get what you pay for. So, whenever I’m in the market for a new backpack, I don’t mind paying a little extra. I usually get a little attached to my backpacks and hate parting with one midway through the season.
However, if you insist on being frugal, be on the lookout for sales and specials. I admit that even I have been able to save a few bucks by catching a sale every now and then.
Finally, using brand names as a barometer for buying a backpack is another way to determine the quality of the product. Some manufacturers have a reputation for the quality of their craftsmanship; so always check the labeling.
Reviews of the Top 3 Tennis Backpacks for Women
Below I have prepared three reviews that should give you a head start in your search for backpacks for women:
Although it appears small, the Marseille Tennis Sling Bag has ample room for the number of tennis racquets that I need. The racquet pocket holds two full-sized racquets easily and the main compartment had ample space for all my other stuff. It also has a large front pocket for storing my cell phone and other items and a matching cosmetic case. The Marseille also comes with a hideaway for hanging on any coat or hat rack. Unfortunately, this attractive backpack does not have a water bottle holder.
The great thing about the Maria Sharapova is that it is lightweight and easy to carry. It has plenty of room for two full-sized tennis racquets as well as front and side zippered compartments for carrying accessories. The racquet compartment is fully enclosed for optimum protection and it can be used as a sling pack, or quickly converted to a backpack.
The BABOLAT is a great looking tennis backpack with tons of features. It has a large racquet compartment for protecting your racquets and an extendable handle sleeve for extra protection. It also has a spacious main compartment and an outer mesh compartment for carrying accessories like water bottles and sun glasses. And, for optimum comfort, the BABOLAT comes with padded shoulder straps.