Tennis really is a summer sport – one of our favourites here at Ape to Gentleman – where skill and sportsmanship are found in equal measure. Every year the nation gets inspired by watch they see at Roland-Garros and Wimbledon during the mid-summer months, while the US and Australian Opens respectively, reignite the desires to serve and volley.

While it might be said that the sport has changed with the technological advancements, and baseline play becoming the norm, we encourage adapting your play whether it be for grass, clay court or hard court. Reaching a drop shot while sliding along clay is exhilarating to say the least. While serving as ace down the middle brings immense satisfaction. We select the top rackets out on the market whether you’re a serve-and-volley type of player or baseline power hitter.

When getting a new racket we encourage you to take a few moments to assess what type of player you are and what qualities of your game you focus on. Whether you prefer power or precision, hit with a lot of top-spin or drive the ball flat. This can play a huge insight to what type of racket you get. Also, if you haven’t paid much attention in the past to racket head size or string tension, do so now, as each will give you differing qualities in terms of control, power and accuracy. Pay attention to grip size as well, as the right grip size will make the world of difference and ensure you don’t get unnecessary injury. New balls please.

Baseline player – Wilson Burn 100LS

This is perfect for the baseline player who likes to slog it out with their opponent, tiring them and running circles round them. Lightweight and easy to manoeuvre
Features a longer handle for added leverage and better feel – as well as being perfect for double-handed players. While focusing most of your hitting in the backcourt, this racket’s accuracy on full swings is the perfect recipe to instil confidence with each stroke. With it’s purposeful Spin Effect string pattern (18×16) allows you to deliver spin loaded balls that will jump off the court.

Head size: 100 sq. inches
Length: 27 inches
Power-level: Low-Medium
Stroke-style: Medium-Full
Swing Speed: Medium-Fast
String Pattern: 18 mains / 16 crosses

Wilson Burn 100LS – $199

All-round player – Head Graphene XT Speed Pro

This racket is best suitable for someone already confident in their play, as the power level is a lot lower than other rackets, but gives immense control. The racket swing is smooth due to the Graphene XT that allows for optimal weight distribution to the handle and tip. Aggressive servers will appreciate the ease at which it moves through to contact while giving all the necessary control to work the service with pace and spin.

Head size: 100 sq. inches
Length: 27 inches
Power-level: Low
Stroke-style: Full
Swing Speed: Fast
String Pattern: 18 mains / 20 crosses

Head Graphene XT Speed Pro – $199

Control – Babolat Pure Control 95

A racket that gives more control and precision with your stroke play. The dense 18×20 string pattern and compact 95 sq.in. head size provides maximum control while having light head balance and a manageable swing weight. Suitable for a slightly more skilled player used to altering their playing style by having a wider range of play. Net-play and baseline-play is equally balanced with enough weapons in the locker room for you to use to your strengths. Volleys will feel solid and comfortable with enough mobility for reacting quickly to passing shots.

Head size: 95 sq. inches
Length: 27 inches
Power-level: Low
Stroke-style: Full
Swing Speed: Fast
String Pattern: 18 mains / 20 crosses

Babolat Pure Control 95 – $179