Are you planning to start playing tennis? Great choice! Tennis is a fun sport that will improve your body coordination and cardio, gift you with quick tactical thinking and boost your self-esteem. There are many places in Barcelona where you can easily find everything you need to start playing, but before we get there – let’s do a quick shopping list of the items needed to practice the sport.
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What you’ll need: Clothing
For men – Avoid 100% cotton shirts, as they tend to stick to the body, and opt instead for modern synthetic fabrics. The same applies for shorts, but remember it’s also important for them to have pockets – it’s where you’ll store tennis balls when it’s your time to serve.
For women – Whether you prefer a pair of shorts, a skirt or a tennis dress, keep in mind that the most important thing to look for is freedom of movement. To provide support and comfort, a sports bra is essential to have.
Footwear – Moving around quickly is the most important part of tennis, so it’s advised that you buy specific tennis footwear. These offer greater ankle support and have superior ventilation, among other factors that will increase your mobility. A cushioned pair of socks is also recommended.
Accessories – Bands. Sweatbands, wristbands – even a hair metal band, if you want to get all hyped up before a match. Except for the latter, these will help keep sweat off your eyes and hands, helping your performance greatly. Also, look to get a cap or a visor for when the sun is low.
What you’ll need: Match gear
Obviously, a tennis racquet. As you become more serious about the game, you might also want some accessories that will increase the durability of your racquets, such as overgrips, vibration absorbers, and lead tape.
You will also need something to hit with your racquet, won’t you? It’s advisable to buy tennis balls suited for different surfaces and to always take a bunch of them with you to the court – otherwise, you’ll spend more time retrieving them than actually playing.
You’ll also need a racquet bag. This will serve to carry not only your racquet but also the tennis balls and any other spare equipment you need to have handy.
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Where to buy all of it
Decathlon – With over 10 stores in Barcelona, this major sports gear retailer is also a great choice. There are several Decathlon stores in Barcelona. The most central one is located at Carrer de la Canuda, 20, just off Las Ramblas.
That’s it, you’re ready to follow in the footsteps of Rafa Nadal, Roger Federer, and Serena Williams. Deck yourself out in your preferred tennis gear and go get those match points. Have fun!
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