6 Tennis Players Share How They Pack Their Bags for Training and Tournaments

Tennis is a great sport, but just what should you pack for training and tournaments.

Just how do you make sure you don’t bring too much, but at the same time don’t forget any of the essentials?

To improve how we pack our bags, we have talked with 6 experienced tennis players and asked them to share their best packing advice.

Read on and learn from their best tips and tricks (all the tennis players have lots of experience, so they really know what they are talking about!).

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The 6 Experts

I am from Slovakia, currently enjoying summer on the beaches of Croatia. It is too hot for a tennis game during a day here, so can not wait till autumn comes to play more again. I play tennis from a little age, however, it started to be a passion approximately 15 years ago.

What top 3 things do you bring besides the common stuff all tennis players bring?

I do not believe in the magic of any talisman, so I bring just useful things with me. Due to my age, there are always two knee straps and one elbow strap in my tennis bag with me. I usually start playing with one knee strap on my right leg. It puzzles my opponent when I add second knee strap to the left knee or pick an elbow brace after the first set. He usually needs a few games to focus again and to stop playing too softly against “injured” man. These little psychological tweaks are always fun for me. But of course, the intention is to prevent the pain on knees and elbow.

How do you bring things with you?

Currently, I use the Wilson Tour Six-Pack Tennis Bag in traditional red white combination. This bag has two bigger compartments for up to three rackets and two smaller outer pockets. I usually bring two or three rackets to the court in one of bigger compartments. The second compartment is packed with my shoes and shirts. I put keys and wallet in outer pockets to have them separated from tennis things. Players, I see around, usually use bigger three compartment bags, but I switched to the smaller bag a few years ago. As I have tennis balls in the separate box, this “smaller” tennis bag gives me enough space to pack everything I need at the court.

What are your top tips for other tennis players?

When I go playing, I do not like to spend much time in packing or unpacking things. So my advice is: Bring with you just things you really need. Tennis Racket, Balls, towel and some water to keep you hydrated. That is basic and sufficient equipment.

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Kevin Anderson
I’ve played tennis since about the age of six. It has been a long road to my career high ranking of five in the world!

What top 3 things do you bring besides the common stuff all tennis players bring?

In addition to the usual racquets, shoes, clothing, I travel with an electric shoe dryer, which helps my shoes dry more efficiently. I always have either my traveler guitar or a full sized guitar with me, that’s my main hobby and how I occupy most of my non-tennis time on the road. I also travel with my little dog! So those are probably three things most other players don’t bring on tour with them.

Some other tennis players travel with gaming devices to keep themselves entertained on the road. I know FIFA is a popular game. They seem to have a lot of fun with them, even though it doesn’t seem like a necessary travel item for a tennis player.

How do you bring things with you?

I travel with a rolling Lotto Sport Italia duffel bag, my Dunlop Srixon racquet bag and a Samsonite four wheel carryon. In addition, I travel with a portable massage table for my physiotherapy. It gets to be a lot of stuff sometimes!

Usually my shoes and tennis clothes go in the large rolling duffel along with string and other small equipment items. I usually bring along an extra foldable soft duffel bag for any dirty laundry I might have between tournaments. I try to use the extra space in the massage table to pack my protein powders, supplements and electrolyte drinks.

My carryon usually has a book, my headphones, and laptop, along with my travel documents like my passport.

What are your top tips for other tennis players?

I would love to pretend I’m a light packer, but more often than not I’m traveling with quite a lot of gear! It’s hard but I try to bring just the necessities, otherwise you can get completely bogged down with stuff. It’s also a challenge now with the Airlines cracking down on the size and weight allowances of luggage.

One of the best tricks I’ve learned with managing Airline baggage policies is to always bring an extra packable duffel bag, so if one of your bags becomes overweight you can quickly redistribute everything to remain compliant.

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Emmanuel Damian
I’m from the Philippines. I played tennis as a small child but I got back after a long hiatus last 2012. Roger Federer and Ana Ivanovic inspired me to play tennis.

What top 3 things do you bring besides the common stuff all tennis players bring?

I always bring a good sunblock. I also bring energy cookies and protein brownies with me so that I have energy during and after the matches.

How do you bring things with you?

I place them in a compartment of my tennis bag. I currently use the TenXPro tennis bag since I also use their racquets. I feel I have enough space in my bag. I can carry my clothes, tennis gear and other stuff. I usually organize my things in a very orderly manner. I sort my clothes by color and type.

What are your top tips for other tennis players?

I think they should only bring what is needed in the tennis court. Always make sure you have enough space for new things.

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Dave Mullins
I am from Dublin, Ireland and currently live in Wicklow, Ireland. I started tennis at the age of 10 while on holidays in France. I had no one to play soccer with so I just started hitting a tennis ball against a wall and loved it!

What top 3 things do you bring besides the common stuff all tennis players bring?

  • A massage ball – I am not getting any younger or looser, so a massage ball helps during tournament play to be ready for the next day’s play.;
  • Sea Salt – to mix in my water in order to help with hydration.

Few weeks ago, I took my nine year old to his first tennis tournament. One of the players there had a full size tennis bag with five rackets! I am pretty sure that is the most useless purchase of tennis equipment I have ever seen. The bag was bigger than the player!

How do you bring things with you?

I just have a Babolat triple sided tennis bag. I use one side for my rackets, the middle two pockets for food, water, balls and shoes and the third side for a change of clothes and a towel. I feel like I have just enough room for what I need.

What are your top tips for other tennis players?

I would recommend over packing when it comes to clothes. It is easy to underestimate how much you might sweat or if you get caught in a shower. It is always nice to be able to put on some fresh clothes at the end of a set when conditions are tough. It is also important to shower after your match to help aid with recovery. If you don’t have a change of clothes then you won’t shower until you get home.

Be smart about your equipment. If you rarely break strings then you don’t need more than two rackets. You also don’t need to bring reels of string unless there is a stringer on site. Be careful not to be so weighed down by your bag that it is putting a lot of pressure on your shoulders and back. If you are stuffing everything into one bag, then split things up and bring a smaller bag on the court with you that has your racket, a spare grip, a change of shirt, a hand towel and some food. Leave another bag in your car or locker room with a change of clothes, a towel to shower and some light shoes.

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Stephanie Harmazy
I was born and raised in Vancouver, BC and currently living in Toronto, ON.

Since I was little, I have always been involved with different sports and at the age of 16 I decided to try tennis for fun. This one session turned into an obsession and have been hooked since day one. From here I trained everyday to catch up with the local juniors to acquire a scholarship in the states.

What top 3 things do you bring besides the common stuff all tennis players bring?

The top three things I never leave to a practice or match is:

  • A baseball, I use this as a myofascial device to release any of my muscles that feel tight or giving me any type of adhesions. This is the first thing I will do before I complete a dynamic warm up. For example, if my hamstring is feeling tight, I will sit on the baseball near the insertion for two minutes until the muscle releases. This will then prevent me from further injuries during my matches.
  • A jump stretch band, is great for multiple uses. I use this before my practices or matches as a warmup tool. It is great to attach to a post to warm up the upper body doing some rows and external rotation for the rotator cuff. Following the match, it is great to lengthen the muscle with a variety of different stretches used statically.
  • Last but not least, my hypervolt. This is a self massage device that can be used before and after matches. I swear by this device to release any type of injuries and great use of prevention. I love it so much I use it inbetween sets even!!

How do you bring things with you?

I carry my Wilson Team III 6R racket bag. I had different models growing up, but this model and brand is one of my favourites as it is very durable and I can pack as many things as I want and is very easy to carry.

I always have one side of the bag for my rackets, different shoes, strings, and grips. The other side is for preparing for matches such as the things listed above and skipping rope as well. I also have a section for food because I love my food. 🙂

As a female, there is no such thing as enough room in any bag I own. I will find the most useless things to throw in my bag and keep them in there for a very long time.

What are your top tips for other tennis players?

Anything like life, it is good to prioritize what you need most and anything you have no used more than three matches or practices there is no point to carry them. It’s often the players who just show up with their racket and water bottle that really focus on the match and practice at hand.

If you have a dream that is great, that is the first step. It starts with the thought to manifest into the universe to become reality. That being said, the biggest dilemma I encounter is other people’s perception and opinion that always affect what you will do. If you want to do it, just do it and work on it day in and day out. Everyone said there is no chance I can catch up with the top juniors at age of 16 to play competitive div 1 tennis, however I believed in myself and so should you.

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Jesica Baqueiro
I am from Argentina, living in Buenos Aires at the moment but I also lived 11 years in Miami, Florida.

I love tennis since I was a little girl and when I lived in Miami I worked in a tennis academy, Patricio Apey’s academy, he trained Gabriela Sabatina, Fernando Gonzalez when he was a teenager and Milagros Sequera,

What top 3 things do you bring besides the common stuff all tennis players bring?

I always have with me: Raquets, water, towel, cloth, cellphone, grips, balls.

The cellphone is always a bad idea because I keep looking at it, I can’t help it.

How do you bring things with you?

I have a Babolat Pure Black and Yellow 6Pack Bag.

I have enough room in the bag from the things I carry. It is a nice bag!

What are your top tips for other tennis players?

I only pack what I think I need, I am not a pro player so I do not need much to have a great time on the court!

I would say that if you love tennis and you have the chance to play the game, just do it. It doesn’t matter if you are a pro or not, it is an amazing sport for all to enjoy so if you are not that good go out and play too, you will have an amazing time!

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