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9 Quality Tennis Rackets to Buy Now, According to Serena Williams' Former Coach

Esquire Logo By John Thompson of Esquire | Slide 1 of 10: Contrary to other sports, you can play tennis well into old age. And as far as gear goes, all you really need to play tennis are some athletic sneakers, workout clothes, a ball, and, most importantly, a quality racket. The best tennis rackets for men will help maximize performance while helping prevent injuries. Just like wearing the wrong size of trainers, using an ill-fitted racket can cause sprained wrists and aches. That's why any old bat won't do. To really find the best tennis rackets on the market, we consulted with legendary coach Rick Macci. Macci, 67, has been reaching tennis for decades now out of Florida. You might've heard of his most notable pupils: Venus and Serena Williams. In fact, he was recently portrayed in King Richard by actor Jon Bernthal. When it comes to buying your first racket, Macci recommends trying them out in-person if you can. "You can grab a few rackets before you purchase one and demo them," he says. "Or you can pick up old rackets laying around your house or your friends house to see how they feel in-hand." Even though in-person might be the preferred choice, there's actually an at-home method to determine you grip size that works pretty well. According to Tennis Warehouse, you can measure your grip size with a ruler. Start by holding your hand open and fingers extended close together, then align the ruler with the bottom lateral crease of your palm. Next measure to the tip of your ring finger and you should get a length in the 4-inch range you can then use to determine your grip size. Grip size is the first big step to finding your tennis racket. Now that you know how to find your size, here are some rackets suited for all types of players—and with Macci's seal of approval, no less.

Contrary to other sports, you can play tennis well into old age. And as far as gear goes, all you really need to play tennis are some athletic sneakers, workout clothes, a ball, and, most importantly, a quality racket.

The best tennis rackets for men will help maximize performance while helping prevent injuries. Just like wearing the wrong size of trainers, using an ill-fitted racket can cause sprained wrists and aches. That's why any old bat won't do. To really find the best tennis rackets on the market, we consulted with legendary coach Rick Macci.

Macci, 67, has been reaching tennis for decades now out of Florida. You might've heard of his most notable pupils: Venus and Serena Williams. In fact, he was recently portrayed in King Richard by actor Jon Bernthal.



When it comes to buying your first racket, Macci recommends trying them out in-person if you can. "You can grab a few rackets before you purchase one and demo them," he says. "Or you can pick up old rackets laying around your house or your friends house to see how they feel in-hand."

Even though in-person might be the preferred choice, there's actually an at-home method to determine you grip size that works pretty well. According to Tennis Warehouse, you can measure your grip size with a ruler. Start by holding your hand open and fingers extended close together, then align the ruler with the bottom lateral crease of your palm. Next measure to the tip of your ring finger and you should get a length in the 4-inch range you can then use to determine your grip size.

Grip size is the first big step to finding your tennis racket. Now that you know how to find your size, here are some rackets suited for all types of players—and with Macci's seal of approval, no less.

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