2013 Holiday Gift Guide for Tennis Players
Sweaty Bands, $17 1 of 10
Sweaty bands are functional and fun, making them great gifts for a co-worker or friend who loves tennis or lives an active lifestyle. These are more than elastic headbands. They're designed to soak up sweat and stay put. Really, stay put. Active editors swear by them, and even after a long 3-set match it was still keeping hair in place.
Locations and prices vary 2 of 10
Courtesy of The Boulders
Consider treating a spouse, friend or family member to a vacation with a tennis focus. La Quinta Resort & Spa in California, The Boulders, a Waldorf Astoria resort in Carefree, Arizona or the Wild Dunes Resort in South Carolina are among the best tennis resorts in the United States.
Stella McCartney/Adidas line, prices vary 3 of 10
Adidas and Stella McCartney partnered to create a line of tennis clothes and shoes. The collection is fashionable and on trend without losing its functionality or sportiness.
A Better View
Bollé Sunglasses with Competivision lenses, $109.99 to $149.99 4 of 10
These sunglasses are designed just for tennis players. Bolleé CompetiVision lenses are designed to mute every color in the spectrum except optic yellow, which makes the tennis ball pop so you can react more quickly.
A Personal Tournament Experience
Location and prices vary 5 of 10
Sign your favorite tennis player up for a tournament in their area so they can test their skills. Want your gift to really make an impact? Sign up as well and play together in a doubles bracket.
A Better Swing
Hit Zone Air Suspension Tee, $179 to $314 6 of 10
The air suspension tee uses a fabric sleeve, unlike other designs, so you can focus on your swing and not the practice device. It's a great training tool for form and repetitive technique.
The Hit Zone air tee pushes the ball up and suspends it in mid-air, allowing a player to walk up the ball, measure the proper distance and swing. It's a training tool for any level player.
A Chance to Watch the Pros
BNP Paribas Open tickets, starting at $13 7 of 10
Get up close and watch professional tennis players compete in the BNP Paribas Open, scheduled for March 3 to 16, in Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California. Daily tickets for the main Stadium range in price from $13 for the first Thursday evening session to $100 for loge seats for the championship weekend. A great option for fans is the Daily Double package, which provides the same seat (suite, box or loge) for both day and evening sessions.
More Power and Spin
Babolat Aeropro Drive 8 of 10
OK, so you can't bestow power and spin to the tennis player in your life. But you can give them a racquet that helps them get there. The Aeropro Drive, which is Rafael Nadal's racquet of choice, is designed for faster swing speeds.
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