Wimbledon Wants: Top 10 Tennis Products for London
Wimbledon is finally here and all of the players around the globe can sport their whites with pride! Most of the pros are busting out brand new gear, shoes and accessories to celebrate the classiest tournament of the year. Although Babolat is the only tennis brand that is an official sponsor of the tournament, each clothing and racquet brand has debuted something new. For a complete list of Wimbledon-specific products, take a look at our London Page, but if you stick around here, the abridged version is down below.
Used by a litany of players at this year’s Wimbledon, this classic Babolat racquet is getting a refreshing paint job for Wimbledon. Coming in a navy blue, light blue, and white color scheme, this racquet doesn’t look all to different from the near-perfect aesthetic of the original. Since its inception, the Pure Drive has been a favorite of professionals and amateurs alike for its mix of spin potential, light weight, and control. This racquet can be seen on the London courts being used by Garbine Muguruza, Fabio Fognini, and many others.
For the French Open, Novak Djokovic switched to Lacoste, and the French brand made him his own line of clothing. One of the pieces from the line is this classy and functional piece of outerwear. This jacket will be perfect for warm ups due to its light construction and for a day of heavy rain because of its water-resistant outer material. With the “Novak” logo on the left sleeve and the Lacoste logo on the chest, this jacket’s class fits right in with the vibe of Wimbledon.
If you are an avid tennis player, you are probably rather familiar with the Gel Resolution line from ASICS. These shoes are some of the most popular because of the perfect mix of stability and speed. Most shoes designed for speed have a lightweight, mesh upper, but this shoe does not. It is a mix between plastic rubber and thick mesh and provides the best of both worlds for the advanced player looking to win a lot of matches. With a 6 month outsole warranty, these shoes will last you at least half of a year, but will probably last quite a bit longer than that. Gael Monfils endorsed.
Here we go again, another color update on an already awesome product. Wilson has been making stylish and highly functional bags for what feels like forever, and this future-facing bag is exactly what you would expect from such an exemplary company. Countervail technology is something that has been in Wilson racquets for a couple of years now, but this is the first iteration of it in bags. With material helps control the temperature of both your racquets and you water, and adds quite a bit of durability to the bag itself. When you buy a bag of this quality, for an advanced price, you want it to last. This one certainly will.
If you are looking for something to more explicitly show off your love for Wimbledon, look no further than this winter top from Babolat! Although this top is not Wimbledon white, it has the logo on the chest and a construction designed solely for tennis. This top has breathable material and the potential to sufficiently bundle up, giving this top a high level of versatility. A mix of polyester and cotton will keep you warm, but not hot.
Keep covered and comfortable on the way to the court in this uniquely versatile top. This jacket is easily removable with the full length zipper that runs down the front. The ribbed collar and waistband hug the body to prevent warmth from escaping, while the mid-section of the jacket is more relaxed. The logo is located on the upper left of the jacket to show off your love for the Stella McCartney brand.
This racquet was not originally on my radar for products to look out for at Wimbledon, but after Daniil Medvedev beat Stan Wawrinka with this very tool, it rose on my list of racquets to demo and eventually to buy. What was swung with such ease is actually a rather heavy racquet designed for an advanced player who hits with power and has some innate control. Technifibre is a brand that has always been on the periphery as far as performance goes, but have been industry leaders in preventing vibration and lengthening your tennis lifespan. This racquet is no different with the EZ Lock Eyelets and the Dynacore technology.
We all know that Rafael Nadal is the King of Clay, but is it safe to call Roger Federer the King of Grass? He has 7 Wimbledon trophies and is one of the favorites to win his eighth this year. He is wearing a top that is rather similar to the one he has been wearing for the beginning of the 2017 season, a polo that both exudes class and provides a very high level of on-court performance. The main difference between this season’s model and the previous one is the lack of a large collar. This allows this shirt to be slightly more breathable, making this shirt the perfect tennis top for the summer and the warmer springs.
This shoes is the pride and joy of Nike because of it’s durability, stability, and surprisingly light weight. Although this is a men’s shoe, it can been see on the women’s court as well. Being endorsed by Madison Keys, Svetlana Kuznetsova, and even Maria Sharapova (if she was playing), this shoe is a staple in the professional tennis sphere, regardless of the gender. With a knitted upper, this shoe is very light, but with the thick fabric sides, stability will not be an issue. This color scheme is one that we will see more of this year, and being based out of three very neutral and basic colors, it will be very easy to match with virtually anything.
What must-buy product list is complete without the most used tennis racquet on the professional circuit? With a head light balance and an AeroModular “wing” shaft design, this racquet can create swing speed and spin like no other racquet. Endorsed by the most recent Roland Garros champion, this racquet is one of the most top selling for a reason. The last update to the new Pure Aero is the addition of Frame String Interaction (FSI) Technology. The Pure Aero has an updated version of this technology called FSI Spin, which has a more open weave in the string bed, as well as oblong grommets for enhanced string movement. The Pure Aero is the perfect stick for power baseline players who want the most ball speed and spin they can get with maximum stability.