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Tennis Rackets

You may already know that there is a huge variety options to choose from when it comes to tennis rackets. From beginner tennis rackets to the most advanced professional rackets, you can find it all in our online shop.

Tennis is one of the most popular sports in the world, played by both men and women, young and old, on every continent. The game is played with a racket and ball on a court divided by a net. Whilst some may argue we should be using the term tennis racquet or tennis racquets, we prefer to use racket as this is becoming more commonplace and is used by the International Tennis Federation. 

Tennis is also an excellent way for you to get some exercise and stay in shape. You don't need any special equipment other than a racket and some balls, but if you're serious about playing tennis, you'll want to invest in good equipment.

One of the biggest mistakes people make when they start playing tennis is buying a cheap tennis racket that does not fit their game well. This will often mean it will probably break after just a couple of weeks or months of use or not be suitable for the standard of play they are aiming for, and will limit their game. Before spending any money on equipment, it's an important tool to know what type of player you are.

Put simply, in order to choose the right tennis rackets, you must consider several factors:

1. Your budget
2. Your skill level
3. Your game style (e.g power, spin, control)
4. Your physical limits (for racket weight)
5. Your dominant event (singles or doubles)

To look at these and further aspects we have created a full buying guide on choosing a tennis racket. For those needing more detailed advice on what to buy and how to choose we would recommend exploring this guide so that you can make the best, most informed choice.

Are there any of the latest highly-rated tennis rackets available?

Yes, at Tennis HQ we frequently update our stock holding to include the latest and greatest tennis rackets from top brands like Babolat, Yonex, HEAD, Prince, Dunlop and Tecnifibre. Each racket is rated on factors like player level and control to give players a greater understanding of the rackets characteristics and suitability.

What is the return policy for purchases at Tennis HQ?

We offer a 30-day return policy for all items purchased from us. If you're not satisfied with your purchase for any reason, you can return the racket for a full refund or exchange within this period. The racket must be in new condition with all original tags and packaging intact. Check out our terms and conditions and the process of return at the bottom of our pages, or links shown on the product pages.

Can I buy in instalments?

Yes, you can buy in instalments using PayPal's Pay in 3 feature. This option allows you to split your purchase into three payments, with no sign-up or late fees. This feature is available for purchases ranging from £30 to £2,000, subject to approval and eligibility criteria. 

In addition to this Shopify Shop Pay offers something similar too.

Be sure to read the terms and conditions carefully and consider whether this option is affordable for you. To use Pay in 3, simply choose PayPal at checkout and complete your purchase with the first payment. Pay in 3 must be applied for via PayPal. Please be aware that this agreement is between PayPal and the customer and not the responsibility of Tennis HQ. Some PayPal accounts may not be elible for this payment, in which case the option will not be offered during the payment process. 

What are the key features I should look for in potential tennis rackets?

The most important factors to consider when buying tennis rackets are weight, head size, string pattern, and grip size.

A racket that's too heavy or too light can affect your swing and cause injury, so it's important to find the right weight that suits your physical characteristics.

Head size affects the power and forgiveness of the racket, with larger heads providing more power and forgiveness for those still developing their timing and technique. Smaller heads provide more control and stability on impact with the ball and are usually suited more to advanced players who have developed powerful, full strokes and are rarely miss-hitting the ball. 

String pattern also impacts the control of tennis rackets, with tighter patterns providing more control and looser patterns providing more power. 16 x 19 is the most common stringing pattern, as this open pattern, with plenty of spacing between the strings. Greater string spacing aids greater power, spin and depth on groundstrokes. More 'closed' or 'compact' stringing patterns such as 18x20 tend to provide greater control and accuracy for those playing a more precise game style. 

Finally, grip size is a personal preference, but choosing the right size in your tennis rackets can help prevent injury and improve comfort on the court. For a full breakdown on grip sizing please visit our buying guide, linked earlier in the article. 

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