What's in your tennis bag? (beyond the basics)

Nopsled

New User
There are a bunch of posts/articles out there on what you should keep in your tennis bag. Most of them list the standard items (grips, racquets, strings, towel, water, etc). I'm curious to see what you keep in your bag that's not obvious and the reason you have it.

I'll start. For example, I put those little shoe deodorizer balls in the shoe compartment of my bag. Shoe Ball Deodorizers
 

junior74

G.O.A.T.
Extra lenses & eye drops, extra socks. And, at all times, some balls that are too old/ worn to be used for match play.
 

joah310

Semi-Pro
new can of balls, racket, shoes, shorts, water, but this is when i do matches, otherwise, just filled with rackets and water
 

TheIntrovert

Hall of Fame
Right now in my tennis bag I have string sets, balls, shoes, hoodie, jacket, fleece, caps, grips, dampeners, McEnroe wig and a Santa hat
 

TagUrIt

Hall of Fame
I have all the basics racquet, overgrips, etc. I also have energy gels, scissors, those orange peanut butter crackers, clif bars, measuring tape, bio-freeze, sports tape/wrap, extra wristbands, my notebook with my coaching tips to myself.
 

jwocky

Rookie
  • S hooks, carabiners, zip ties, spare net center strap
  • grips, grip tape, head tape, scissors with rubber bands and dampeners in an Altoid box
  • wrist and head bands and bandanas
  • socks, shoe inserts and shoes laces
  • snacks, electrolyte powder, water
  • a first aid kit
  • mobile phones and chargers
  • sunglasses
 

mmk

Hall of Fame
I string my own sticks, so no need for me to carry string. And I don't use overgrips, so no need for those. I do carry extra shoelaces, ankle and knee braces (hey, I'm old), gatorade, tissues and a can of balls. In the colder months the big center section of my bag gets stuffed with whatever outerwear I wear to my club, in the warmer months a Frogg Toggs cooling towel. Besides my regular sticks, I also carry a couple of wooden racquets in case whoever I'm playing wants to try them after we're done, and also to measure the net height if it looks off. If I'm going to a public court, I sometimes think to bring a big crescent wrench to tighten a saggy net.
 

onehandbh

Legend
My friend brings the following:
  • 3 overgrips
  • 4 extra shirts
  • 2 extra pairs of shoes
  • 3 pairs of socks
  • headband
  • 2 pairs of shorts
  • portable tennis stringer
  • 2 cans of tennis balls
  • 7 matched Head speed racquets
  • water bottle
  • condoms
 
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esm

Professional
My friend brings the following:
  • 3 overgrips
  • 4 extra shirts
  • 2 extra pairs of shoes
  • 3 pairs of socks
  • headband
  • 2 pairs of shorts
  • portable tennis stringer
  • 2 cans of tennis balls
  • 7 matched Head speed racquets
  • water bottle
  • condoms
surely he/she forgot to bring spare underpants.... just in case

also, it'd useless without strings... what is he/she going to do with the portable tennis stringer then... lol 8-B (i know it is probably a joke..)

for the last item on the list, maybe need to suggest some kind of lube... just in case.. :-D
 

fuzz nation

G.O.A.T.
My friend brings the following:
  • 3 overgrips
  • 4 extra shirts
  • 2 extra pairs of shoes
  • 3 pairs of socks
  • headband
  • 2 pairs of shorts
  • portable tennis stringer
  • 2 cans of tennis balls
  • 7 matched Head speed racquets
  • water bottle
  • condoms
Not a terrible idea if there's a lot of mixed doubles on the schedule...
 

onehandbh

Legend
surely he/she forgot to bring spare underpants.... just in case

also, it'd useless without strings... what is he/she going to do with the portable tennis stringer then... lol 8-B (i know it is probably a joke..)

for the last item on the list, maybe need to suggest some kind of lube... just in case.. :-D
Many racquets have silicone inside in the handle if you remove the buttcap.
 

DeeeFoo

New User
2 racquets
2 ankle braces
A whole bunch of sweatbands (wrist and head)
Overgrips
2 cans of balls
Hat (I've never needed it yet)
Water bottle
Nuun tablets
Rosin powder
Extra rubber bands and grip rings
Shoes (if I'm not going to the courts straight from home and need to be somewhere else first)

That's about it. I use a backpack and not a full racquet bag, so I don't have a lot of stuff.
 

g4driver

Hall of Fame
Why does this thread remind me of Slim Pickens in Dr. Strangelove?. Notice a young Darth Vader (James Earl James ) in the clip


 

silentkman

Semi-Pro
I string my own sticks, so no need for me to carry string. And I don't use overgrips, so no need for those. I do carry extra shoelaces, ankle and knee braces (hey, I'm old), gatorade, tissues and a can of balls. In the colder months the big center section of my bag gets stuffed with whatever outerwear I wear to my club, in the warmer months a Frogg Toggs cooling towel. Besides my regular sticks, I also carry a couple of wooden racquets in case whoever I'm playing wants to try them after we're done, and also to measure the net height if it looks off. If I'm going to a public court, I sometimes think to bring a big crescent wrench to tighten a saggy net.
impress by the wooden racquet. I have a Davis racquet that I break out time to time.
 

silentkman

Semi-Pro
  1. 3 racquets
  2. 3 shirts( I sweat alot)
  3. a posse of sweatbands
  4. head tape
  5. jump rope
  6. stretch out strap
  7. rosin
  8. towels
  9. m & m's and cliff bars
  10. I should bring socks but I don't
 

Nacho

Hall of Fame
3 Racquets, with varying tensions depending on season and court type
Extra t-shirts, wristbands, 3-4 hats
2 towels
extra pair of socks
and then I have 4 plastic large ziplock bags with
-wristbands
-Aleve, Tylonol
-Basic First Aid kit
-rosin/sticky stuff for hand sweat
-extra grips
Pockets I keep some KIND bars
Bottle water
 

Mr.Lob

Legend
3 racquets, spare change, socks, t-shirts, suntan lotion, wristbands, bandaids, bug repellant, blueberry pop tarts and water.
 

polksio

Rookie
dont use one, two rackets in a racket cover, with shoes tied to its strap from the laces. Backpack with ice water, balls. because the worst thing is to be a bag guy and get beaten by a cover guy
cover gang ww@ ?
 

ichaseballs

Rookie
some things no one mentioned yet:
  • a couple dollars and quarters in a used overgrip container. (for vending machine) i usually carry gatorade, but once i forgot and didn't have any small bills. no more...
  • cough drops
  • pen/marker. cause i always draw a line before cutting my overgrip.
 
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esm

Professional
some things no one mentioned yet:

- a couple dollars and quarters in a used overgrip container. (for vending machine) i usually carry gatorade, but once i forgot and didn't have any small bills. no more...
- cough drops
- pen/marker. cause i always draw a line before cutting my overgrip.
yes i agree. coins is useful when there is a vending machine around.
i have a marker pen in the bag, but that was more for marking dots on the balls if the next court uses the same balls and no dividing net..... (saves from asking is that yours or mine.... :-D )
 

mmk

Hall of Fame
yes i agree. coins is useful when there is a vending machine around.
i have a marker pen in the bag, but that was more for marking dots on the balls if the next court uses the same balls and no dividing net..... (saves from asking is that yours or mine.... :-D )
I've been thinking about a marker for just that reason
 

shug

New User
Engineers Folding rule (for validating/measuring net height)
Center strap (in case there is no "or mangled" nonadjustable strap)
Singles poles
 
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pats300zx1

New User
2/3 racquets
Measuring Tape
Tourna Grip
Elbow braces/sleeves
Balls (new and practice)
Towel
Chapstick/Sunscreen
Small Med kit
2 water bottles
Pen/Marker
 

PaddyDutch

New User
In addition to the items mentioned: Bug repellent, the stuff to disinfect bites and antihistamine.

I appear to attract horse flies.....
 

WNB93

New User
- Set of strings
- 2 cans of balls
- dampeners
- overgrips
- towel
- water
- racket
- hand sanitizer
- change of clothes (socks, shorts, underwear, tshirt, hoodie, cap, sweat bands)
 
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