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Gymbag 101: Serve up some sweat on the tennis court

Sarah Rufc, Houston Chronicle
Published 3:24 pm, Thursday, May 23, 2013

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  • Wilson Three BLX racquet, $239.99 at Sports Authority. Photo: Camilo Velasquez
    Wilson Three BLX racquet, $239.99 at Sports Authority. Photo: Camilo Velasquez

 

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Summer is the season for big, beautiful tennis, when you can watch Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams, Roger Federer and Maria Sharapova vying for supremacy on clay at the French Open (which begins Sunday) and other Grand Slams. If their dominating serves and biting backhands inspire you to tune up your own net game, here's the gear you need to look Wimbledon-ready.

Wilson Three BLX

Both light and powerful, the Wilson Three is designed to minimize the rattle to your grip that comes from striking the ball toward the edges of the racquet instead of on its sweet spot, using basalt fibers that resist vibration.

Buy it: $239.99 at Sports Authority

Adidas by Stella McCartney Barricade tank dress

First seen on Caroline Wozniacki at the 2013 Australian Open, the Barricade collection tank dress from noted designer and longtime Adidas collaborator Stella McCartney includes adjustable racer-back straps for a perfect, moveable fit and side mesh panels to keep players cool and dry.

Buy it: $120 at Adidas Sport Performance store inside the Galleria

K-Swiss Bigshot 2

The preferred tennis shoe of Sam Querry and top-ranked doubles team Bob and Mike Bryan, the Bigshot 2 is lighter, more stable and more durable than the original.

Buy it: $120 at Famous Footwear

HEAD Core Triple Tennis Bag

Those racquets aren't going to carry themselves to the court, so you may as well look good while doing it. The HEAD bag not only protects up to three racquets, it also offers extra shoulder comfort and room for accessories.

Buy it: $24.99 at Academy Sports & Outdoors

Nike Premier RF Hybrid

Don't let the sun distract you from your ground game. This adjustable cap has Roger Federer's initials embroidered on the front and Nike's signature Dri-FIT fabric inside to wick away sweat.

Buy it: $26 at nike.com

ASICS Women's Gel-Resolution 5

A pro favorite, Asics' most advanced and high-end tennis shoe includes a greater outsole contact area for maximum stability, an increased toe guard to protect the front tip during serves and two layers of memory foam in the heel for a fit that's perfectly customized to your foot.

Buy it: $139.99 at Foot Locker