I have done my fair share of research into ladies tennis bags. They are changing the face of women’s tennis by allowing women to feel like women no matter how much tennis gear they have to carry.
Top brands, like Wilson and Babolat have taken men’s 3-pac and 6-pac men’s bags, printed the logo in pink and called it a women’s bag. Not quite the revolution I’m talking about. There are totes, slings and messenger bags in abundant supply, now on the market.
I recently had an opportunity to photograph my college’s No. 1 double team. As I sat along the post line, between the two courts waiting for both teams to meet and announce the lineup, I was horrified by the large 12-pac bags these women were carrying. These SuperCombi tennis bags were as large as some of the girls and probably weighed more.
I understand college sports may not have the concern with style and fashion that club players may have, but there should be some consideration for practicality.
The high-fashion bags of Cortiglia, Court Couture or even Cherri-T may not have a place at some levels of tennis. Perhaps these girls may think they need to carry a well known name or a serious looking bag to be taken seriously on the court.
To those girls, I suggest Prince’s Tour Team Tote. The bag has the huge Prince letters, boldly displayed on the front of the bag. It carries two to three racquets and still has tons of room for extra clothing, water bottles and anything else one might need for an away game.
If a tote just doesn’t send the message they are looking for, there are racquet bags designed with the female frame in mind. The women’s Combi, from Head carries up to four racquets and is still compact enough to not dwarf these women.
Tennis has been a sport dominated by men, until recently. As more women make a name for themselves among the top ranks, we will see an increasing amount of designers making tennis bags exclusively for women.Related links