Head IG Challenge PRO Tennis Racket View

Head IG Challenge PRO Tennis Racket

Featuring a head size of 100in2 (645cm2), the Head IG Challenge PRO tennis racket offers a great blend of control and power. It has been designed for intermediate level players wanting to take the most out of their weekend game and uses Innegra technology for greater shot control, precision and increased shock absorption. Thanks to a head light balance, the racket is manoeuvrable and comes pre-strung with durable synthetic gut string in an open 16x19 string pattern for more power and spin. Constructed from graphite, the racket guarantees improved stiffness and strength and there is a tacky Dual Absorbing grip that ensures maximum sweat absorption and keeps the racket from slipping. The IG Challenge PRO is supplied with a full protective cover.

Pro Penn Marathon Tennis Balls - Tube of 3 View

Pro Penn Marathon Tennis Balls - Tube of 3

A technologically advanced choice for top players, the Pro Penn Marathon tennis balls feature the exclusive Encore™ technology to ensure superior core durability in comparison to standard balls, thus making them Penn’s longest lasting tennis balls. Additionally, the balls are designed with high tenacity LongPlay® extra duty felt to provide a combination of increased visibility, resistance on hard court, and overall extended longevity. The balls are shipped in a tube of three.

Yonex EZONE 98 Alpha Tennis Racket View

Yonex EZONE 98 Alpha Tennis Racket

Featuring an Isometric head shape which compared to an average 98in2 head provides more forgiveness and stability, the Yonex EZONE 98 Alpha tennis racket combines lightweight manoeuvrability of the 275g frame, with excellent consistency and control. The racquet handles well during long rallies thanks to head light balance, whilst the Nanometric DR frame material adds more stability and overall strength. To ensure a tremendous comfort improvement, the racquet includes Shockless Grommet System to attenuate any incoming impact vibrations. Furthermore, the 16x19 string pattern provides excellent spin potential, and the frame arrives with a drawstring bag for a proper protection.

Slazenger Wimbledon Tennis Balls View

Slazenger Wimbledon Tennis Balls

The Slazenger Wimbledon tennis balls are designed for all type of competitive performances including the most celebrated tennis tournament – Wimbledon. The ball is manufactured from premium woven cloth and with exceptional Tour Core to provide top notch playing properties, excellent feel and superior consistency on the highest level of play. The Hydroguard technology repels water exceptionally in comparison to standard balls, and it has been designed with a patented Ultra Vis dye application process to ensure optimal visibility on all type of courts. This quality tennis ball is approved by the ITF (International Tennis Federation) and it is shipped in a single tube featuring 4 balls.

Head Radical Supercombi 9 Racket Bag View

Head Radical Supercombi 9 Racket Bag

A premium way to commute to your next practice or tennis game is provided with the Head Radical Supercombi 9 racket bag – a stunning choice for experience players with plenty of stuff in need of organisation before and after practice. The bag stores easily up to nine frames and provides enough capacity for all essential items required on the court with two spacious compartments. Additionally, it features separate spots for accessories, personal belongings and smaller items with two large outer pocket with zip closure. Finally, this eye-catching blue and orange themed bag incorporates the backpack carry system for your leisure and alternatively, there is a carry handle if it’s the preferred way of carrying the bag.

Dunlop Fort All Court Tournament Select Tennis Balls - 1 Dozen View

Dunlop Fort All Court Tournament Select Tennis Balls - 1 Dozen

The Dunlop Fort is an elite tournament tennis ball, critically acclaimed and approved by the International Tennis Federation. It’s suitable for demanding practice sessions, offers exceptional velocity, aerodynamics, softer feel and appropriate bounce thanks to the HD Core technology. This pressurized ball controls really well on every type of playing surface, as well as offers a much better visibility with a fresh felt design. The ball is designed to last longer than standard tennis ball, and it is supplied as a set of twelve balls (a dozen).

Head MicroGel Radical MP Tennis Racket View

Head MicroGel Radical MP Tennis Racket

Exclusive to Sweatband.com, the Head MicroGel Radical MP is a head light tennis racket with a smaller head size of 98in2 (632cm2) and a frame weight of 295g (10.4oz) to provide a great combination of precision, control and manoeuvrability. The racket is very much suited to intermediate and advanced players and has been made using revolutionary, silicone-based MicroGel™ material delivering a rock-solid feel, exceptional touch and impact absorption. A closed 18x20 string pattern causes the ball to travel deeper in the court, whereas Sonic Pro string guarantees higher levels of feel, comfort and playability.


Tennis is a well established game, dating back thousands of years when it was a popular activity for monks all over Europe.  Back then it provided the entertainment factor during religious ceremonies.

Its exact place of origin appears to be unknown but the sport differed quite markedly from what we know as tennis today.  For example there was no racket; tennis’ first players used their hands.  Later a leather glove was used and further down the line the sport’s first ‘rackets’ were introduced in the form of wooden handles.

Similarly the balls used at the birth of the game were quite different – stuffed leather spheres which had no bounce and were weightier than their modern day counterparts.  They made the game slower and needed to remain air borne to stay in play.

The game’s scoring system used today originated in France where it was hugely popular in both the 16th and 18th centuries - particularly amongst the nobility.  French players began each game shouting the “Tenez!”, meaning “Play!” and the game soon became known as royal or “real tennis.”

1874 was a breakthrough year for tennis because Major Walter Wingfield acquired the patent rights for the equipment and rules of the game. Wingfield’s court was hourglass shaped and shorter than the modern courts plus his game rules somewhat different, but soon courts were appearing all over the world and it was really the tipping point for the development of the modern game we enjoy today.

If you’re thinking of playing and want to get the most from your game you do need to invest in a quality racket with the right dimensions for you, the correct strings and good grips.  Proper tennis shoes are also crucial, poor footwear both hinders performance and increases risk of injury.  Good balls are also important, so ensure the ones you use have been designed specifically for the sport and are appropriate to your level of play.

There are courts everywhere where you can enjoy a game but if you don’t have an opponent a rebound net is a great way to practise your returns, while a ball machine is even better.  And if you can’t afford a coach of your own there are some excellent instructional DVDs that give you the low down on the techniques that will ensure you improve.

And there’s some great kit available too – the confidence that results from looking and feeling the part should never be underestimated.

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