Bag Check!

Here’s a checklist of things you should bring to any competitive match:

  • Spare racquet, if you have one. You never know when you might break a string.
  • Enough water and snacks to last as long as the match lasts.
  • For a daytime match, bring sunblock and sunglasses and/or a tennis hat for protection from the sun.
  • If weather dictates, bring a sweater or other layer to keep warm while you play.
  • Spare shoelaces. It’s no fun having to forfeit a match because your shoelace broke and your shoe is flopping around!
  • Spare overgrip.  (Watch this video to learn how to change your overgrip)
  • Spare socks and clothes, in case you are playing more than one match that day.
  • Spare racquet dampeners, if you use them.
  • Pen or pencil for writing down scores.
  • Eye drops, spare contact lenses and/or spare eyeglasses.
  • First aid items – bandages, wraps, compression bands, Advil or other pain reliever, Kleenex.
  • Net height measuring chain.

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