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Tennis equipment: accessories

Racquet frameRacquet headRacquet stringsThe gripTennis ballsShoes and socksShirtsShorts and skirtsAccessories

As well as a racquet, there are plenty of extra items you can chuck in to your kit bag to help your game.

Sweatbands to soak up perspiration are a good idea on a hot day. A cap or visor is also sensible, especially if the sun is low.

But don't be fooled; many professionals are given headwear by their sponsors because wearing it guarantees their logo a place in the post-match interview.

And don't forget the suncream.

What about the essentials like the number of tennis racquets?

Most professionals carry anything up to a dozen spare ones, each one strung with a different amount of tension.

They will also carry their own home-made sports drink, often made specially for them by their personal nutritionist.

A ready supply of bananas is a good idea - they make an ideal energy boost during a tough match.

The rest of us can make do with a bottle of water, tin of balls and a tracksuit.


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