Whilst socialising in restaurants and pubs or participating in team sports such as football or rugby is strictly off the cards, at least for now anyway, the latest advice from the government suggests that playing non-contact sports such as tennis and golf is now OK to do so.
With that in mind, tennis courts up and down the country are going to experience a surge with people donning their best whites and executing their best fist pumps, desperate to enjoy themselves in the fresh air after several months of isolation.
So where does a novice tennis player begin? Do you see yourself as a baseline bully? Or a serve and volley kind of player?
We’ve taken a look at four tennis brands that will help you discover exactly what type of player you are.
So, in the words of 1960’s British band, Cream; Anyone for tennis?
One of the leading brands in the industry, notable big-name players who use Head include: current Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic, Sir Andy Murray and French Open champion; Ashleigh Barty.
Whether you see your game about raw speed, accuracy or the ability to spin the ball off the racquet hoping to bamboozle your opponents, Head are ready to support your journey every step of the way.
There’s even a handy walkthrough on the Head website which helps you to pick your perfect racquet depending on your game. All you need to do is answer a few multiple-choice questions and you’ll be smoking up the court in no time.
Interestingly the brand’s name comes from its founder, Howard Head, who in the 1950s created the first metal ski.
A leading Japanese manufacturer of sporting equipment in particular for badminton, golf, and tennis since the 1940s. Originally Yonex specialised in creating badminton racquets before it was discovered that the same technology could be used to create top of the range tennis racquets too.
The likes of Stan Wawrinka and Naomi Osaka are two current players on the circuit who sport the Yonex brand on the court.
Interestingly, the Yonex logo which is blue and green represents the blue sky and green grass that come together to create the perfect sporting stage. Universally recognised, the Yonex logo symbolises the feeling of freedom enjoyed when immersed in sport.
For over 130 years, Dunlop have been at the forefront of sporting excellence. Ingrained in tennis history, Dunlop launched the revolutionary and iconic Maxply tennis racket in 1932, a model which would go on to become the world’s most famous racquet for the following 50 years.
The mentality at Dunlop is that there is simply no end goal, there is just an unending series of incremental improvements that make their products lighter, stronger and faster.
Based in the hilly region of Lyon, is French tennis brand Babolat. What separates the French business from their competitors is the strings that they produce.
When Pierre Babolat founded the company in 1875 he focused purely on creating strings which in that time were made of natural gut, and it wasn’t until 1994 that Babolat switched their offering to start also producing racquet frames.
Away from tennis equipment, the brand are also known for being pioneers in sport technology, which saw them in 2014 launch a connected tennis racket followed by a connected wrist-worn tennis wearable the following year.
Their most famous ambassador must be twelve-time French open champion, Rafael Nadal.
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