November 12, 2007

What's All the Racquet Holiday Shopping Guide


FOR THE PLAYER WHO LIKES TO MAKE A STATEMENT
adidas Barricade Shanghai Ltd.
Tennis-Warehouse has exclusive, limited editions of the Barricade commemorating the Shanghai Open. Both styles feature a gold dragon design and have a 6-month outsole durability guarantee. Funkarific gold dragon design, which runs from the heel to the lateral side of the shoe with gold accents on the eyelets, ankle collar, and tongue. Get this person the red pair, which will definitely get you noticed.


FOR THAT SPECIAL SOMEONE WHO NEEDS A NEW RACQUET

Picking a racquet for someone else is risky, that's a personal purchase. But...if you want to wade into those waters, check out the Head Metallix 4 Racquet. The lightest and most maneuverable "4" series racquet from HEAD since the Ti. 4 racquets, the Metallix 4 offers excellent mobility from all areas of the court. With the stiffer Metallix material in the throat and the new HEAD Stabilizer system, this racquet blends maneuverability with a stable response.


IF YOU'RE TRYING TO GET YOUR VIDEO GAME ADDICT INTO TENNIS
Prince Tennis Racquet Brackets for Wii
Prince has teamed up with Hong Kong-based Qualtech Global to make the brackets. Three color combinations, available only though Circuit City. MSRP is $14.99.



FOR THE PLAYER WHO LIVES IN A HOT CLIMATE (LIKE ME)

Frogg Toggs Chilly Pad Sports Towel
The Chilly Padâ„¢ is made from a new "hyper-evaporative material" that retains water while remaining dry to the touch. So when its wet, the towel becomes considerably cooler than the outside air, so it helps you cool off. The cooling can last up to 4 hours, depending on the weather conditions. After that, all you need to do it re-wet the towel in hot or cold water and wring it out, and its cool again. Its machine washable and comes in the following colors: Optic Yellow, Khaki, Royal, Orange and Gray.


FOR THE TENNIS PLAY WHO HAS EVERYTHING
Wilson Tennis Racquet Cover Wallet
A very creative and industrious person has decided to make wallets out of them. These are handmade, though, so I'm guessing inventories are limited. It measures approximately 4x6" when open and contains 2 inside pockets perfectly sized for credit cards and business cards. Sewn with heavy-duty nylon thread, the color is dark green vinyl with white lettering and black stitching. The inside pockets are brown.



FOR THE OLD SCHOOL TENNIS PLAYER

WHITE TENNIS BALLS
White Tennis Balls are classy, stylish, and old-school preppy. They are a must for complete white attire when you are playing tennis. Perhaps you have the shoes, the shorts, the shirt, and maybe a hat, that are all white. Then surely decorum dictates having one or more generous tubes of four pristine, unmarked White Tennis Balls to make it all complete.

One 4-ball tube (4 balls) - $8
Four tubes (16 balls) - $28
Thirty tubes (120 balls) - $162


FOR THE CLUB-PLAYING LADY IN YOUR LIFE
Ame & Lulu tennis racquet bags
The tennis racquet bags fit two oversize racquets, have zippered pockets for your keys and a comfortable strap to throw over your shoulder. The tennis tote bags have 5 compartments for all your tennis necessities plus a large Velcro compartment inside to hold your tennis racket. The totes measure 22 inches wide and 16 inches high. Plus all products are made in the USA. They have 12 racquet bags in their collection. Shown here are two of our favorites, the Cabana Stripe and the Snorkel. They run $100, which is not inexpensive. But I think the question is whether its TOO expensive to have a truly well-made, truly stylish, truly unique racquet bag. If you're a regular club player, we say its a bargain.


FOR THE SASSY & FASHIONABLE CLUB PLAYER
Lily's of Beverly Hills "Cool Breeze" Tennis Dress
The "Cool Breeze," is a classic cut tennis dress, with a twist - i.e. funkadelic print. Very "cool," very hot.








FOR THE JUNIOR PLAYER IN YOUR LIFE
Bucket of Balls from Gamma
The best gift, in my opinion, for a little one hoping to become a tennis great, is to enable practice. Practice, practice, practice. So get them a big, honking bucket of balls.








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Posted by Bob Wallace at November 12, 2007 10:37 AM
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