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25+ Best Tennis Bags 2022 | Racquet, Backpack, Duffle, Totes

25+ Best Tennis Bags 2022

Racquet, Backpacks, Duffles, & Totes

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By Jon Crim
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Tennis bags often serve as a player’s lifeline, containing the essential pieces of equipment and gear necessary to play and win matches.

The premise is simple. A player’s bag allows them to store and organize everything they need to have fun and perform their best. However, the best tennis bags cater to the needs of each player.

What works for a competitive athlete might not be ideal for the weekend warrior or recreational player, but there’s a bag out there for everyone.

In this guide, I’m discussing the four most popular types of tennis bags, breaking down what to look for and how to choose the right one, and sharing my picks for the best bags in each category.

Type of BagTop Picks
Racquet BagBabolat Pure 9
Racquet BagVessel Baseline
Racquet BagWilson Federer DNA 12
BackpackWilson Federer DNA
BackpackVessel Baseline
BackpackBabolat Pure
DuffleHead Gravity 12
DuffleNike Court Advantage
DuffleBabolat XL
ToteWilson
ToteVessel Baseline
ToteMaggie Mather

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The Bag I’m Using Now

The Bag I'm Using Now Side

We’re going to cover a lot of ground in this guide together, but before jumping in, I thought it would be helpful to share what tennis bag I’m currently using and explain why it’s a good fit for me.

Having tested what feels like an endless number of bags, it’s one of the questions I frequently get from my readers. However, beyond that, I think it’s helpful to showcase that the best bag is the one that meets your specific needs and that you feel good about using.

The Bag I'm Using Now Racquet Compartment

I’m currently using the Vessel Baseline Racquet Bag, which is one of my top picks for this category of tennis bags. Let me explain.

First off, I’m sort of a bag nerd, so I appreciate quality design and craftsmanship. Although the Baseline Racquet Bag is one of the pricier on my list, it checks all the right boxes for me and has a few extra bells and whistles that you won’t find in other bags.

Here are some of its strong points:

  • Very stylish
  • Plenty of storage
  • Excellent organization
  • Strong durability
  • Extra comfortable

Beyond its functionality, I’m a big fan that it doesn’t have overt branding. Instead, it’s super subtle. Although entirely unnecessary, I like my gear to match, so regardless of the racquet I bring to the court or the clothes and shoes I choose to wear, it fits right in and looks great.

The Bag I'm Using Now Top

It’s worth noting that when I was competing in tennis, this bag wouldn’t have been a good fit, primarily because it wouldn’t have been nearly large enough to fit all of the gear I’d travel with regularly. It also wasn’t something I could have reasonably afforded at its price.

Although I still carry more than the average person in my tennis bag, I’ve trimmed things down a bit, so I don’t need quite as much space. Notably, I don’t carry as many racquets as I used to when competing. I used to have four in my bag, and now I only take two with me on most occasions.

The Bag I'm Using Now Standing Up

For me, it’s the perfect bag, but like most players I talk with, my needs change periodically, and I’ll likely opt for a different bag in the future. For example, I’ve been getting more into backpacks as a lightweight option to grab my stuff and head to the court without the added bulk.

Clearly, I have priorities that might not look like yours, so I’d encourage you to keep yours top of mind when selecting a tennis bag as there is a wide range of options to consider that I cover in this guide.

Types of Tennis Bags

Various bags serve a broad range of purposes for different players, and there’s no right or wrong answer to which kind any given player should be using – it’s a personal preference.

However, specific bags tend to cater to distinct player segments’ needs and preferences with features they would appreciate.

Racquet

Types of Tennis Bags - Racquet

Although I could technically classify all four types of bags as “racquet” bags, this category offers design features ideal for holding anywhere between 3 and 15 racquets depending on the size.

Of course, more often than not, players will buy a racquet bag to hold 3-6 racquets and then use the remaining space as storage for extra gear.

The easiest way to spot a tennis racquet bag is by its design, which mirrors the shape of a tennis racquet. They’re larger and often rounded toward the front and tapered toward the back, so racquets fit snugly in place without much room to move unnecessarily.

Tennis racquet bags cater to competitive players who own multiple tennis racquets and need a convenient way to store them, along with a slew of other accessories they bring to a tennis match.

Backpack

Types of Tennis Bags - Racquet

One of the most popular bags for everyday use is also available with unique tennis-specific features, such as carrying racquets and a few other smaller essentials like shoes, water, tennis balls, and a towel.

Backpacks don’t offer as much storage space as racquet bags, but they travel well and are super portable.

Typically, tennis backpacks will store either one or two tennis racquets in a dedicated compartment and then offer a more substantial main section for storing additional equipment.

Tennis backpacks are ideal for teens and adults who are just getting started learning how to play tennis, recreational players that hit the court periodically, or coaches looking for something minimal to store and bring their equipment for practice or a lesson.

They also work well for players who don’t want a large bag or have enough frames and gear to warrant the size of a racquet bag.

Duffle

Types of Tennis Bags - Duffle

If you’re a competitive tennis player who travels frequently, then a duffle bag is an ideal solution to store a few days worth of gear. However, keep in mind that not all of them will be large enough to stash your racquets.

Often, players will pair their duffle bag with a racquet bag that they’ll bring to the court, but you might find some of the most competitive and tour-level players bringing both to the court.

These bags tend to offer storage and organization ideal for tennis players and their equipment, but they can work well for any travel that’s a few days in length.

If you play tennis and want to show off your affinity for the sport, then a tennis duffle bag is an excellent option as they usually offer prominent labels or branding. Of course, keep in mind that you’ll need to carry it as most don’t come with wheels.

Tote

Types of Tennis Bags - Tote

A popular tennis bag for women, tennis totes are a perfect option for a smaller yet convenient bag to bring to the court. My favorites are large enough to store a racquet or two while having enough room to carry a few other small essentials.

While most of the other types of tennis bags tend to feature sporty designs, you’ll find stylish bags in the tote category with a wide variety of designs, colors, and patterns.

They feature handles to carry, which are large enough to throw over your shoulder, depending on how much you’re bringing with you, and they make an excellent alternative to tennis backpacks.

Key Features to Consider

Key Features to Consider When Buying a New Bag

Figuring out which tennis bag to buy can be a bit overwhelming with a wide range of options to consider.

Here are a few of the features I believe are the most important when deciding to help simplify.

Racquet Storage & Compartments

Some bags allow you to store more racquets than others. Although backpacks and totes are limited to one or two, tennis racquet bags can store up to 15, depending on the model. Here are the most common sizes:

  • 3
  • 6
  • 9
  • 12
  • 15

As you consider which bag is right for you, keep in mind that you’ll likely need extra storage for equipment. How many racquets and extra gear you like to bring with you will determine which size is best for you.

Most competitive players will use either a 9 or 12 racquet bag, which for the most part, is plenty of room for a day at the courts.

Some of the best tennis bags offer thermally insulated racquet compartments to protect your strings’ tension by maintaining a more consistent temperature and limiting exposure to humidity.

Large temperature swings can have a substantial impact on your strings’ tension and lifespan, which will likely be more or less important, depending on your level of competition.

Gear & Accessory Storage

Competitive tennis players often bring a lot of gear to the court as preparation for a wide range of unexpected scenarios that might prevent them from performing at their best during a match.

To some, overgrips, an extra pair of shoes, a change of clothes, multiple towels, a hat, sweatbands, and more might feel like overkill. However, in some cases, this extra equipment can save a match.

Some bags offer more or less storage for your match essentials, with specialized compartments for organization, so keep that in mind as you evaluate different bags.

I tend to air on the side of more storage to bring everything I need to handle whatever a match throws at me.

Shoe Storage

After a long tennis match, you’ll likely want to swap out your tennis shoes for something more comfortable. Plus, you don’t want to be putting any extra wear on your shoes, either.

If you’re playing at the public courts right down the street from your house, you’ll probably do that at home.

However, if you’re traveling to tennis matches in high school, college, or playing tournaments, you’ll likely want to swap out your tennis shoes before you leave the court.

Although you could toss your shoes in any of the tennis bags I’ve covered, tennis racquet bags and backpacks frequently offer dedicated shoe compartments with ventilation.

Let’s be honest. Your tennis shoes after a match aren’t delightful, so this way you don’t need to carry them around separately, but you can also prevent them from getting other equipment dirty or smelly.

Helpful Tip
If you buy a bag that doesn’t offer a dedicated shoe compartment, you can always buy an inexpensive shoe or laundry bag to keep your used gear separate from the rest.

I grew up playing tennis in New England, where it rains a lot, and the winter throws just about everything at you. When I leave the courts, I like to swap out my tennis shoes for something more appropriate for the weather, which helps keep my shoes looking fresh.

Durability

More often than not, your tennis bag will end up on the court, and for many of us, that means the abrasive surface of a hard court. It’s also going to take a beating as you travel, whether you’re tossing it in the trunk or stacking it in the back of the van or bus for an away match.

With that in mind, you’ll want to look for a durable bag to withstand the abrasion from everyday use.

Two areas to keep an eye on are the material and zippers. Higher-priced tennis bags will tend to feature thicker and more durable fabrics as well as reliable heavy-duty zippers that hold up to frequent use.

If a zipper breaks or stops working, it doesn’t matter how good the materials are, so pay extra close attention to these and always read reviews to see if other players are having issues.

Helpful Tip
Keep an eye out for warranties that cover materials and workmanship and protect you from unexpected product flaws, i.e., sewing that comes undone, a broken zipper, etc. Although not super common in the world of tennis bags, there are a few out there that will give you peace of mind.

Comfort

Depending on the size, type of bag, and the amount of gear you’re carrying with you, comfort may be more or less critical.

For example, tennis racquet bags will typically feature either a single shoulder strap or two straps that you can wear as a backpack. If you opt for this style bag, make sure the padding on the straps that go over your shoulder(s) is sufficient to ensure comfort when it’s full of gear.

The same holds for tennis backpacks straps, but you may want to ensure there’s ample padding for your back, so the frame of your racquets doesn’t cause you any discomfort.

How to Choose a Bag

How to Choose a Tennis Bag

Now that you know some of the essential features to keep an eye out for when searching for a tennis bag, let’s look at a few factors that you may want to consider to help narrow down your options.

Although all of these may not apply to you, if you can find one or two that are important, you’ll make choosing a bag painless.

Budget

A natural place to start is your budget, as the price of tennis bags can vary from under $50 to a few hundred dollars depending on the style and brand you’re interested in purchasing.

Luckily, each type of tennis bag I’ve discussed is available at a wide range of price points, so you should be able to narrow your options quite a bit by merely deciding how much you’re willing to spend.

Here are some price ranges to consider, which will help you narrow your options:

  • Under $50
  • $50 – $100
  • $100 – $150
  • $150 +

The vast majority of tennis bags will cost less than $150, but a handful of premium tennis bags, such as the Baseline Racquet Bag from Vessel, has a price just below $300.

Beyond that, you’ll find plenty of tennis totes from designer brands that will frequently cost a few hundred dollars, but those are fashion statements as much as they are functional.

Portability

Another great way to select a tennis bag is by considering how portable you’d like it to be. Roughly speaking, here’s how they stack up in size:

Type of BagSize
ToteSmall
BackpackMedium
Racquet BagLarge
DuffelExtra Large

For everyday use, tennis racquet bags and duffles are the least portable. They offer the most storage capacity and therefore tend to get heavier.
For that reason, many players will find racquet bags to be overkill and opt for a backpack or tote, which travels easier and is a bit more discreet.

If you’re buying for kids or a young teenager, backpacks are some of the best options because they’re the easiest to handle and make great companions for riding bikes to the local courts.

Generally, I recommend that players buy the smallest bag they can reasonably use to store their essential gear. An excellent place to start is to take inventory of what you usually bring to the court and make sure you can comfortably fit those items.

Give yourself enough room so you don’t have to play Tetris every time you fill your bag. On the other hand, don’t buy a bag that’s so big that you’re looking for things to fill the space. It’s a balance.

Brand

More often than not, tennis players are inclined to buy the same brand bag as the racquet because they’re following the footsteps of their favorite pro, or they just like their gear to match.

If that’s you, then you’ll have narrowed your options significantly because each brand offers a limited selection of bags.

Of course, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with owning a Wilson bag and playing with Babolat racquets. However, you might find a few tennis snobs raise an eyebrow at the mismatch.

I’ve always been the kind of player who likes their gear to match. If I’m using Babolat racquets, I’d likely buy a Babolat bag, and there weren’t many options to consider.

However, in the past few years, a handful of new brands have entered the market with subtle branding. These companies don’t manufacture racquets, which gives me extra options to consider.

Level & Frequency of Play

If you play a lot of tennis and compete, the demands you put on your bag will likely be more significant, and a tennis racquet bag is ideal.

You’ll have extra tennis racquets and equipment that you like to carry with you in preparation for anything a match throws at you, so it’s unlikely that a tennis backpack or tote will have enough room.

On the other hand, if you play casually, for fun, or solely to get some exercise, then a tennis racquet bag will likely be overkill because you won’t have enough gear to warrant the extra size.

If that’s the case, a backpack or tote might be a better option.

Style

The best tennis bag is the one you enjoy using, so if you have an affinity toward a specific type, independent of whether it’s practical, then that’s likely a terrific option for you to consider.

When I was younger, I started using racquet bags because I thought they looked cool, well before I needed extra space or was necessary. However, I used the bags religiously, so it worked out great.

Popular Tennis Bag Brands

As you search for the perfect tennis bag, you might be curious about some of the different brands available for consideration.

In this section, I’ve rounded up some of the most popular to consider as well as the types of bags they currently offer.

Traditional Tennis Brands

Each of the following brands has a significant presence in the tennis world, and they’re a great place to start for the broadest selection.

BrandRacquetBackpackDuffleTote
WilsonXXXX
BabolatXXX
HeadXXXX
YonexXXX
PrinceXXX
TecnifibreXXX
DunlopXXX
ProKennexXXX
VolklXXX
SolincoXXX

Non-Racquet Athletic Brands

The following brands emphasize shoes and apparel, yet they offer a selection of general-purpose bags that work well for tennis players.

BrandRacquetBackpackDuffleTote
NikeXX
adidasXX

Specialty Brands

The following companies are a few others to consider when purchasing your next bag. Most focus on backpacks and totes, and they have some of the most innovative offerings in the space.

BrandRacquetBackpackDuffleTote
VesselXXX
Geau SportXXX
Glove ItXX
cinda bXX
Maggie MatherX
HadakiX
Ame & LuluXX
Cortiglia BrisbaneX
Court CoutureXX
Oliver ThomasXX
Tory BurchX

Best Tennis Racquet Bags

As the most popular style tennis bag for competitive tennis players, you’ll find virtually all major tennis racquet brands offering them.

Although some larger companies like Wilson offer inexpensive and premium tennis bags, most of them sell at least one bag that I’d consider high-end with roughly the same feature set.

As a result, what distinguishes many of the best racquet bags is the design or style, which ultimately boils down to personal preference.

Racquet BagDimensions (L x W x H)Price
Babolat Pure 975 cm x 42 cm x 38 cm$$$
Vessel Baseline88 cm x 31 cm x 33 cm$$$$$
Wilson Super Tour…73.5 cm x 40.5 cm x 33 cm$$
Wilson Federer DNA77 cm x 45 cm x 35 cm$$$
Tecnifibre Team Dry…79 cm x 33 cm x 36 cm$$$
Head Djokovic Mons…76 cm x 38 x 46 cm$$
Prince Tour Slam77 cm x 33 x 34 cm$$$$
Yonex Pro78 cm x 38 cm x 33 cm$$$
Cancha Racquet Bag73 cm x 33 cm x 11 cm$$$$

*All measurements rounded to the nearest centimeter

Babolat Pure 9 Racquet Bag

Babolat Pure 9 - Tennis Racquet Bag

Babolat offers its nine racquet bags in blue and yellow to match their Drive and Aero line of racquets and a grey option for those looking for a subtler style – the grey is my personal favorite.

In terms of features, this bag has plenty of space with three main compartments to hold up to nine racquets – the center section is ideal for storing extra gear and apparel. One of the main racquet sections of the bag is Isothermal lined to protect your strings from excessive heat.

On one side of the bag, you’ll find a larger pocket that extends the entire length with internal pockets for keeping organized. You’ll find a smaller pocket for some additional accessories on the other side of the bag, which has a shell for protecting some more delicate items.

At the top of the bag, you’ll find a dedicated shoe compartment that’s ventilated, and it also comes with a removable sack for dirty items like worn clothes, wristbands, socks, etc. I love this small addition.

The bag features three handles for carrying – two in the middle and one at the top near the shoe compartment. You’ll also have adjustable backpack straps for carrying all your gear around.

Lastly, the bag features a name tag to write your contact information if your bag is misplaced or checked during travel – this is a nice touch, and I would love to see other bags include it.

Why I Love It

  • Not too big or too small – just right
  • Thermal racquet compartment
  • Dedicated shoe storage
  • Removable sack for dirty items
  • Backpack straps for easy carrying
  • Reliable zippers that last
  • Molded side pocket for protecting delicate items

Areas for Improvement

  • I would prefer it if both main side compartments were thermal lined
  • It would be nice if the backpack straps were removable
  • Molded side panels to keep their shape would be a nice touch
  • I’d love to see Babolat offer a slightly more subtle option where the bag doesn’t scream the branding

Vessel Baseline Racquet Bag

Vessel Baseline - Tennis Racquet Bag

There are racquet bags, and then there’s the Baseline racquet bag from Vessel that takes things to a whole new level.

Headquartered in Carlsbad, CA, Vessel introduced their first line of tennis bags in 2019, which I shared with the community back in October when they were first released.

Although their newcomers to the tennis world, they’re no stranger to the bag game designing golf bags, luggage, backpacks, and more, so when I heard they had a tennis bag in the works, I couldn’t wait to check out what they had planned, and it doesn’t disappoint.

As far as features go, the bag checks all essential boxes. There’s plenty of storage for racquets with one thermal insulated compartment to help keep your strings fresh, as well as a secondary main compartment for extra racquets and gear.

There’s a ventilated shoe compartment, four exterior pockets for all your small accessories, one of which is thermal-lined, and even a velour-lined pocket for your keeping delicate items like sunglasses well protected.

Its materials are durable, the zippers offer reliable waterproof protection, and comfort wasn’t an afterthought with neoprene-lined shoulder straps and a compression-molded back panel.

It comes in two colors, black and grey tech, and for perhaps my favorite part – it’s racquet brand agnostic, so if you’re a Wilson user today and a Babolat user tomorrow, then there’s no need to switch up your bag.

Of course, the bag isn’t perfect, but it’s the closest I’ve found to date.

Why I Love It

  • Premium materials
  • Thermally linked racquet and snack compartments
  • Dedicated shoe compartment with ventilation
  • Lots of small pockets or accessories
  • High-quality zippers
  • Super comfortable removable straps and back panel
  • Velour lined pocket for valuables

Areas for Improvement

  • It would be nice if the bag were slightly wider for extra storage
  • I’d prefer both main compartments to offer thermal-protection
  • A hard-case section for added protection of delicate essentials like sunglasses would be awesome

Wilson Super Tour Pro Staff 15 Racquet Bag

Wilson Super Tour Pro Staff 15 - Racquet Bag

Launched in 2020 to coincide with the release of the thirteenth generation of the Pro Staff line, the Super Tour Pro Staff 15 is an exceptional tennis bag that nails the essentials.

Overall, it’s a stylish bag. I appreciate the understated design that will match Pro Staff racquets, including red and yellow racing stripes at the top near the carry handles. However, its simple black color will work well for players using any Wilson tennis racquets.

The Wilson Super Tour offers three main compartments with enough storage for up to 15 racquets or a handful of frames and all your other gear, which is how I’d use it.

You’ll find the Wilson logo printed in black on both sides of the bag, and I love how the outside panels are reinforced for extra protection while also helping the bag keep its shape. Each side also features a large accessory pocket that’s divided.

The two main compartments toward the outside edges are thermal lined to protect your racquets and maintain a more consistent temperature to help prolong the life of your strings. A third compartment in the center is perfect for all your extra gear.

This bag also offers backpack straps, which are adjustable, padded, and velcro together for shoulder carry. At the top of the bag, you have a loop for grabbing the bag or hanging it, and at the bottom, you have a ventilated shoe compartment.

Why I Love It

  • Simple black design
  • Lots of room for all your gear
  • Dedicated shoe storage
  • Dual thermally insulated racquet storage
  • Sturdy side panels to help it keep its shape

Areas for Improvement

  • Removable backpack straps
  • Extra internal organization

Wilson Federer DNA 12 Racquet Bag

Wilson Federer DNA 12 - Tennis Racquet Bag

The Wilson Federer DNA racquet bag stands out in Wilson’s deep lineup of tennis bags. It’s one of the best-looking bags by far, and it also comes with plenty of space to stash up to 12 racquets and extra gear.

It features two main Thermogaurd lined compartments for your racquets and equipment, which is a huge plus. Often, racquet bags only line one of their main compartments with insulation, but I think it’s great to help protect your strings and any other essential gear from higher heat.

On each side of the bag, you’ll also find an exterior pocket for some extra storage and smaller items.

The Wilson Federer DNA racquet bag also comes with handles to pick up the bag and backpack straps to comfortably carry it around.

Finally, the bag features updated zippers, which have improved over the previous generation. Poor zipper design was a common complaint, so it’s great to see their designers pay attention.

Why I Love It

  • This bag looks fantastic and keeps its shape with molded sides
  • Thermal insulated main compartments to protect your gear
  • Backpack straps for easy carrying

Areas for Improvement

  • Dedicated shoe storage would be nice
  • It could be a bit wider – tight for a 12 racquet bag
  • Wilson has improved the zippers, but they still need some work
  • It would be nice if the backpack straps were on the top of the bag instead of the bottom since that’s where I place it on the ground – plus, I’d prefer if they were removable

Tecnifibre Team Dry 12R Bag

Tecnifibre Team Dry Racquet Bag Black

A relatively new addition to the Tecnifibre lineup, the Team Dry 12 racquet bag is a worthy option to consider if you’re shopping for a new bag.

I’m a big fan of the durable outer tarpaulin material that coats the bag, which is UV and water-resistant while also giving it a clean aesthetic.

The bag offers a fairly standard setup for this size, including three compartments, which can store up to four racquets each. Alternatively, you can use one or two of the compartments for racquets and stash additional gear in the others with plenty of extra space.

On one side of the bag, you’ll find a small accessory zipper pocket, and then on one end of the bag, there’s a ventilated compartment for shoes or dirty clothes, which is double-lined to protect other items in your bag.

The bag offers attached padded backpack straps for carrying, which you can also use to throw the bag over your shoulder.

Why I Love It

  • Stylish black design
  • Durable and sturdy tarpaulin material
  • Dedicated shoe compartment
  • Ample storage

Areas for Improvement

  • Thermal lined racquet compartment
  • Extra internal organization pockets
  • Detachable backpack straps

Head Djokovic Monstercombi 12 Racquet Bag

Head Djokovic Monstercombi - Tennis Racquet Bag

Head’s Monstercombi is Djokovic’s signature tennis racquet bag that offers plenty of storage for your racquets and any other gear you like to carry with you to the court.

The bag features three main compartments. The two side compartments have enough room to comfortably store up to three tennis racquets, one of which incorporates Head’s CCT+ thermal protection to keep your strings protected from higher temperatures.

The larger middle compartment offers ample storage for all of your extra gear with dividers and a few mesh side pockets so you can keep organized. There are two identical smaller, zippered pockets for storing accessories at the bag’s sides toward the bottom.

A larger ventilated compartment at the top of the bag shares space with the center section, which provides easy entry for a pair of shoes or other dirty gear you want to keep separate.

For carrying the bag, you have two handles that clasp together for holding the bag to your side, or you can opt to use the padded backpack straps at the bottom of the bag, which adjusts in length.

Why I Love It

  • Great size with plenty of room for gear
  • Thermal lined racquet compartment
  • Larger middle compartment
  • Dedicated shoe storage that’s ventilated
  • Sturdy side panels to help the bag keep its shape

Areas for Improvement

  • The two main racquet compartments are a little tight
  • It would be ideal if both side racquet compartments were thermal lined
  • The U shaped zippers in the middle can be clunky
  • I’d prefer if the backpack straps were on top of the bag since the bottom is where I place the bag on the ground – it would also be nice if they were removable

Prince Tour Slam 12 Racquet Bag

Prince Tour Slam 12 - Tennis Racquet Bag

The Prince Tour Slam 12 is an excellent racquet bag with plenty of bells and whistles to keep any competitive player happy.

For storage, you’ll find three main compartments. The two main compartments at the edges of the bag are ideal for racquets. One offers a thermal lining for storing up to five tennis racquets, while the other can stash additional racquets or gear.

Both sides of the bag have large accessory pockets with a handful of mesh pockets inside for storing smaller items.

At the bottom of the bag, you’ll find a dedicated and ventilated shoe compartment, while the top offers another similar pocket that’s thermal lined and makes a great spot to store a water bottle.

Uniquely, this bag includes a laptop compartment, which students and coaches might appreciate.

For carrying, the bag has handles at the top and removable backpack straps so that you can more easily tote the bag around.

Why I Love It

  • Ideal size for carrying racquets and additional gear
  • Dedicated shoe compartment with ventilation
  • Extra thermal cooler pocket at the top of the bag
  • Removable backpack straps for travel
  • Sturdy materials help the bag keep its shape

Areas for Improvement

  • It would be ideal if both side racquet compartments were thermal lined
  • I’d love to see Prince offer a slightly more subtle option where the bag doesn’t scream the branding

Yonex Pro Series 9 Racquet Bag

Yonex Pro Series 9 - Tennis Racquet Bag

The Yonex Pro racquet bag is an excellent option for anyone looking for a mid-sized racket bag with plenty of racquet and gear storage.

Like many other bags on my list, it contains three main compartments. The two at the edges of the bag are ideal for racquets, one of which is thermal lined to protect your strings from the heat.

On one side of the bag, you’ll find a large zippered accessory pocket with a single mesh inner pocket for stashing small items.

At the bottom of the bag, you’ll find a dedicated shoe compartment, which is great for keeping shoes as well as any dirty gear separate.

The Yonex Pro Series also offers a carry handle at the bottom of the bag and two removable backpack straps with plenty of padding so that you can easily carry all your gear.

Why I Love It

  • Good overall size with plenty of storage
  • The thermal pocket is large and fits up to five racquets
  • Dedicated shoe compartment
  • Removable backpack straps for travel

Ares for Improvement

  • An extra accessory pocket on the side of the bag would be nice
  • The thermal lining feels cheap compared to other bags
  • The dedicated shoe compartment doesn’t offer ventilation
  • No carry handles at the center of the bag, and I’d prefer the handle at the bottom of the bag to be at the top

Cancha Racquet Bag + Wet Dry Bag

Developed by former professional tennis player Jack Oswald, the Cancha racquet bag is an entirely new take on tennis bags.

The racquet bag is relatively compact as far as racquet bags go, storing up to four racquets with a small divider to help prevent the racquets from clanking together on the go. On the front of the bag, you’ll find a small accessory pocket, and on the back, you’ll find two backpack-style straps for easily carrying your racquets with you to the court.

If you’re looking to have your racquets fully enclosed in a racquet bag, but you don’t want something too bulky or overly complicated, it might be the perfect fit.

However, what sets the Cancha racquet bag apart from others is its modular design that allows you to attach additional smaller bags, such as a dry bag or day pack that contain extra items.

I’m a fan of the wet-dry bag, which gives me extra storage, including a separate internal roll-top bag for wet clothes or shoes. Alternatively, the day pack is another simple option for giving yourself a bit of extra storage space when needed.

I think my favorite part about this bag is that Jack is purely trying to do things differently, offering a refreshing take on what a tennis racquet bag could be, which I’d love to see more of from other companies.

Why I Love It

  • Unique modular design
  • Durable waterproof material
  • Multiple color options
  • Quality zippers

Ares for Improvement

  • Extra racquet dividers in the main compartment
  • Size options

Best Tennis Backpacks

A backpack is practical whether you play tennis or not, so it’s no surprise more companies are offering them than any other kind of bag.

Here are my picks for the best tennis backpacks.

BackpackDimensions (L x W x H)Price
Wilson Federer DNA22 cm x 33 cm x 48 cm$$$
Vessel Baseline33 cm x 31 cm x 88 cm$$$$$
Geau Sport Axiom33 cm x 19 cm x 50 cm$$
Babolat Pure15 cm x 34 cm x 46 cm$$
Tecnifibre Team Dry23 cm x 32 cm x 55 cm$$$
Head Djokovic34 cm x 20 cm x 50 cm$$
Yonex Pro223 cm x 38 cm x 50 cm$$$
Nike Court Advantage20 cm x 38 cm x 53 cm$$$

*All measurements rounded to the nearest centimeter

Wilson Federer DNA Tennis Backpack

Wilson Federer DNA - Tennis Backpack

The Wilson Federer DNA is Roger Federer’s signature backpack that works great for any player that likes to pack light while still having plenty of room for the essentials.

The bag features a main racquet compartment that can hold up to two racquets with locking zippers, which means once zipped up, they hold their place, so they won’t accidentally open up.

The main compartment is reasonably spacious and large enough to carry a few items like a change of clothes, towel, and can of tennis balls. It also offers a laptop compartment and a few organizational pockets for smaller items.

At the front of the bag, you’ll find another compartment to store items such as your shoes and keep them separate from other gear.

There are also two smaller zip pockets on the sides of the bag. One of them is thermal lined for keeping a drink and snacks cooler on a hot day, and the other is fleece lined to keep valuables like your phone or sunglasses safe.

Last but not least, the backpack straps offer plenty of padding, and there’s a handle at the top of the bag for quickly picking it up.

Why I Love It

  • Sleek all-black design
  • Carries up to two racquets
  • Thermal side pocket for a drink and snacks
  • Fleece-lined side pocket for valuables

Areas for Improvement

  • Ventilation for the front compartment would be a nice touch since it’s ideal for shoes or dirty gear as well

Vessel Baseline Tennis Backpack

Vessel Baseline - Tennis Backpack

The Baseline tennis backpack from Vessel is a high-end tennis backpack that offers just about everything I look for in this style bag.

The racquet compartment can fit two racquets, and it’s the only one on my list that’s insulated to protect your strings from heat.

The main compartment offers plenty of storage for essentials and two internal zippered pockets lined with velour for stashing valuables like your sunglasses and cell phone.

There are also two additional non-zipper inside pockets for organizing a few other smaller items. You’ll also find another pocket for additional accessories at the front of the bag, and there are two side pockets for storing a can of balls and water bottle, which stay flush when not being used with magnets.

The bottom of the bag has a generous ventilated compartment to store your shoes or dirty clothes, and it zips wide open for easy access.

Last but not least, the bag has a compression-molded back panel and ergonomic shoulder straps with a chest buckle that hides away when you’re not using it.

Why I Love It

  • Top-notch design and materials
  • Carries up to two racquets
  • Thermally insulated racquet compartment
  • Ventilated shoe compartment
  • Multiple pockets for smaller accessories

Areas for Improvement

  • I’d enjoy a secondary thermal pocket for a drink or snacks
  • It would be great if it had a laptop slot

Geau Sport Axiom Tennis Backpack

Geau Sport Axiom - Tennis Backpack

You may not know the name, but the Axiom tennis backpack is a high-quality and feature-rich alternative to some of the mainstream offerings from established brands.

Founder and tennis player Chris Pageau spent years developing products for the outdoor industry. After rediscovering his passing for the sport, he recognized a gap in the market for tennis bags – and we’re glad he did.

Enter the Axiom tennis backpack. The company isn’t a racquet brand, so its clean black design will never clash with your racquet of choice.

For materials, you’ll find durable 420D polyester fabric in use for the bag’s body, while the bottom takes advantage of 500D Cordura fabric for maximum durability and abrasion resistance.

The backpack takes a creative approach with racquet storage for up to two frames. Instead of your standard pocket, it’s a sleeve that unzips from the side to slide in your racquets easily, and the back panel has plenty of cushion to help maintain comfort with or without racquets.

The bag’s main compartment is roomy while also offering a moveable divider to help keep all your gear organized or wide open for larger items.

It also has a practical application in maintaining the bag’s shape when it’s not packed to the brim. On the side, you’ll find a waterproof and ventilated pocket to stash wet clothes or a pair of shoes.

The bag offers organization through a handful of internal pockets, including one of my favorites, a crush-resistant zone to help keep valuables like your sunglasses or phone protected. On both sides of the bag, you have pockets for storing a water bottle and a can of balls, which are magnetic for maintaining a clean look when not in use.

As you’d expect, the bag offers adjustable shoulder straps with plenty of padding for comfort, and there’s a standard carry handle at the top.

Finally, another unique feature is a hook at the top of the backpack for hanging it on a fence when you get to the court, making it quick and easy to access your gear between changeovers.

As someone who’s struggled with back issues, this is a nice bonus as I don’t have to bend down to look through my bag.

Why I Love It

  • Holds two racquets
  • Clean all-black design
  • Non-racquet brand
  • Durable materials
  • Waterproof side pocket that fits shoes
  • Magnetic side pockets
  • Crush-resistance valuables pocket
  • Hook for hanging on a fence

Areas for Improvement

  • Thermally lined racquet compartment
  • Removable sternum strap

Babolat Pure Tennis Backpack

Babolat Pure - Tennis Backpack

The Babolat Pure backpack is an excellent option for tennis players who don’t need as much space as a racquet bag but still want plenty of storage for a day at the court.

The bag can store up to two racquets and offers excellent padding for your back to make sure it’s comfortable to carry.

The larger main compartment is ideal for all your primary gear and includes a section for storing a laptop or tablet.

At the front, toward the bottom of the bag, there’s a dedicated shoe compartment with ventilation that also works for stashing dirty gear.

There are two smaller side compartments, and the bag also features generous shoulder straps and a chest clip to keep the bag steady when it’s heavier or when it’s riding a bike or skateboard.

Why I Love It

  • All-black design
  • Carries up to two racquets
  • Lots of plush padding at the back for comfort
  • Dedicated shoe compartment with ventilation

Areas for Improvement

  • I’d love a thermal pocket for keeping a drink or snacks cool
  • A few additional smaller inside storage compartments for smaller items would be a nice addition

Tecnifibre Team Dry Backpack

Tecnifibre Team Dry Stand Backpack Black

More recently, Tecnifibre has released some excellent tennis bags, and one of my favorites is their Team Dry Bag.

The bag’s material is a durable, UV, and water-resistant material called tarpaulin. In black, it offers a sleek tactical-looking style that I’m a big fan of, in addition to the benefits of the material.

The backpack offers a large racquet compartment that can fit up to three racquets, while others usually store a max of two. If needed, you can also use the included grip cover to protect your racquets on the go fully.

Then there’s the main rolltop compartment that’s large with a velcro divider that you can use to separate things for a bit more organization. There are two open mesh pockets on the front inside the main compartment for some extra internal organization.

You can also access the main compartment quickly without using the rolltop from both sides of the back, which is a super nice feature, especially because roll tops can be a bit annoying to open and close when you need something quickly.

Below the main compartment, you’ll also find a vented tunnel for dirty clothes. Unfortunately, it’s not quite big enough for shoes, so you might consider buying an inexpensive dry bag for your shoes, which you can place in the main compartment if you’d like.

On the front of the backpack, there’s a small vertical zip accessory pocket for quickly accessing items, and then on the back of the bag, you’ll find generous padding for your back. The straps are well-padded and include a sternum strap for keeping the bag secure and improving comfort when it’s fully packed.

Finally, the bag offers a carry handle at the top, and directly beneath, there’s a small zip accessory pocket for items like your keys or a phone.

Why I Love It

  • Stylish black design
  • Durable, water-resistant material
  • Carries up to three racquets
  • Vented pocket for dirty clothes
  • Quick access side pockets

Areas for Improvement

  • Dedicated shoe compartment
  • Thermally lined racquet compartment
  • Removable racquet handle cover

Yonex Pro Backpack

Yonex Pro - Tennis Backpack

The Yonex Pro is a sporty-looking tennis backpack worth checking out if you’re in the market for this style.

It can comfortably store up to two tennis racquets in the dedicated racquet compartment, while the main compartment can hold the remainder of your gear, such as a change of clothes, water, a towel, and a can or two of tennis balls.

For your accessories, there are two zippered pockets at the sides of the bag, but you’ll also find a convenient pocket at the top for quick access to essentials like your keys.

At the bottom, the bag has a dedicated shoe compartment that will also store dirty clothes.

Last but not least, the bag offers standard shoulder straps with a chest buckle, and there’s a grab handle at the top.

Why I Love It

  • Clean black design
  • Carries up to two racquets
  • Hidden dedicated shoe compartment at the bottom of the bag
  • Three accessory pockets: two at the sides and one at the top

Areas for Improvement

  • It would be nice if it had a laptop slot
  • I wish the shoe storage had ventilation

Nike Court Advantage Backpack

Nike Court Advantage - Tennis Backpack

The Nike Court Advantage backpack is a stylish offering with essential storage for a player’s gear.

The main racquet compartment has enough room to store one or two racquets and is the only backpack on my list to use a separator so that the racquets don’t rub or bump against each other; it’s a nice touch.

The main compartment is spacious for keeping all your gear together, and there is a ventilated section for keeping your shoes or dirty clothes at the front of the bag, which is plenty spacious.

There’s a small zippered accessory storage area at the front, and then you’ll find two side pouches for a bottle of water or can of balls.

The bag has generous straps and a chest buckle for comfort, and there’s a convenient carry handle at the top.

Last but not least, it’s worth noting that the bottom of the bag has a coating for extra durability and a bit of protection from moisture.

Why I Love It

  • Great style
  • Carries up to two racquets
  • Separator for racquets so they don’t hit each other
  • Ventilated compartment for shoes or dirty gear

Areas for Improvement

  • I’d appreciate a laptop slot
  • Back padding could be improved
  • It would be nice if side pockets were zippered

Head Djokovic Backpack

Head Djokovic - Tennis Backpack

The Head Djokovic Backpack is another solid offering that has all you’d expect for a day at the courts.

Depending on your needs, the dedicated racquet compartment has room for either one or two tennis racquets.

The minimalist main compartment is plenty large and offers space to bring some of your essentials, and there’s also a zip pocket at the front of the bag for smaller items.

The bottom of the bag has a dedicated shoe compartment with ventilation, and you’ll find accessory pockets at the sides.

Finally, the bag offers standard backpack straps that join at the top for a convenient carry handle.

Why I Love It

  • Carries up to two racquets
  • Hidden dedicated shoe compartment at the bottom of the bag
  • Three accessory pockets: two at the sides and one front

Areas for Improvement

  • It would be nice if it had a laptop slot
  • It’s not my favorite design

Best Tennis Duffle Bags

Whether you’re taking a trip for a tournament, packing for vacation, or need more space to stash your gear, a tennis duffle bag is an excellent option with more storage for all your essentials.

Here are my top picks for the best tennis duffle bags.

Duffle BagDimensions (L x W x H)Price
Head Gravity79 cm x 50 cm x 35 cm$$$$
Babolat XL74 cm x 38 cm x 38 cm$$
Tecnifibre Team Dry70 cm x 33 cm x 33 cm$$$
Nike Court Advantage746 cm x 25 cm x 48 cm$$$
Wilson Tour76 cm x 30 cm x 30 cm$$$
Prince Dufflepack31 cm x 24 cm x 31 cm$$
Yonex Pro Tournament75 cm x 18 cm x 33 cm$$

*All measurements rounded to the nearest centimeter

Head Gravity Duffle

Head Gravity Duffle Bag 2021 Black

The Head Gravity duffle is an excellent option that provides some of the best features for players looking for extra space. For 2021, the bag comes with a new colorway to match the refreshed line of Gravity racquets.

The main compartment of this bag is spacious and has the right length to store racquets along with any gear you’re planning to bring.

This section also features an adjustable Velcro storage system that you can use to break it up into smaller compartments for organization. Plus, there are two internal zipper pockets for smaller items. If you’re using this section to store racquets, you can stash up to six.

One of my favorite parts about this bag is a dedicated racquet compartment lined with Head’s CCT+ thermal lining technology to help protect your strings from extreme temperatures, which can comfortably hold three racquets. If you use this compartment for your racquets, you’ll free up a ton of space within the main compartment.

At one end of the bag, you’ll find a vented shoe compartment to keep them separate from your clean gear, as well as an external accessory pocket at the other end of the bag and on one side for quick access to a few essentials.

Last but not least, this bag offers two padded shoulder straps that you can wear as a backpack to carry easily and a grab handle at one end of the bag for quickly picking it up on the go.

Why I Love It

  • Excellent size for a duffle
  • The main compartment organization system
  • Thermally insulated racquet compartment
  • Dedicated shoe compartment
  • Two external zipper pockets for quick access

Areas for Improvement

  • Removable shoulder straps for travel
  • An extra grab handle on the other side

Nike Court Advantage Duffle

Nike Court Advantage - Tennis Duffle Bag

The Nike Court Advantage duffle bag is another one of my favorites, which serves as an excellent mid-sized option and my pick for one of the most stylish tennis duffles out there.

It’s not the largest bag, but it does offer ample storage for your gear in the main compartment with two dedicated and padded slots for stashing two of your tennis racquets. It’s worth noting that much of the bag’s storage compacity is vertical in this bag. There are also two smaller mesh internal pockets for storing a few smaller accessories.

Near the Nike Court logo on the front of the bag, you’ll find a small vertical zip accessories pocket that can store some items like your keys and cell phone.

At one end of the bag, you’ll find a dedicated shoe compartment that’s ventilated, and on the other end, there’s a non-zipper pocket for placing some items loosely, such as a water bottle or can of balls.

There are two longer carry straps at the top of the bag and buckles at either end to secure the top at the sides.

Why I Love It

  • Style – this bag looks great
  • Plenty of storage for a mid-sized bag
  • Padded sections for two racquets
  • Dedicated shoe compartment
  • Durable construction and protective coating on the bottom

Areas for Improvement

  • The main compartment zipper isn’t my favorite for packing or accessing gear – my preference would be ‘u’ shaped for easier access
  • A shoulder strap would be a positive addition
  • A larger external accessory pocket would be nice

Babolat XL Duffle

Babolat XL - Tennis Duffle Bag

The Babolat XL duffle bag offers fantastic storage potential with a great-looking design and plenty of features.

The main compartment is one of the largest on my list, with more than enough storage when you’re traveling. Inside, you’ll find a center three-section organization storage compartment that is detachable, so you can either use it or remove it if you prefer.

On one side of the bag, you’ll find a large accessories pocket for quick access to smaller items.

You can carry the bag by hand using the two straps at the top of the bag. However, they also double as backpack straps if you’re looking for an easier way to transport your gear.

The straps are removable if you’re traveling, and the bag has two simple carry handles at both ends of the bag, so you can quickly grab it on the go like you would at an airport’s baggage claim.

Why I Love It

  • Perfect size for all your extra gear
  • Organizational storage system
  • Removable straps for travel

Areas for Improvement

  • Internal zipper pockets for organization
  • An extra external accessories pocket
  • Dedicated shoe compartment
  • Thermal insulation for racquets

Tecnifibre Team Dry Duffel

Tecnifibre Team Dry Duffle Bag Black

As far as tennis duffle bags go, the Team Dry Duffel by Tecnifibre is a compelling option that I’d encourage players to check out.

The bag’s outer material is tarpaulin, which is water and UV-resistant, and extra durable, which I think looks great too.

On the outside of the bag, you’ll find a front zip pocket for small accessories and quick access. Then on one end of the bag, you’ll find a ventilated shoe tunnel for stashing your shoes and another small zip pocket on the opposite end of the duffel.

Inside the main compartment, you’ll find enough storage to carry eight tennis racquets or a ton of extra gear. I’m a fan of the padded separator inside the bag to separate your equipment for better organization.

On the inside of the bag’s zippered top, you’ll also find two mesh zipper pockets to help keep a few smaller items or accessories organized.

Why I Love It

  • Stylish black design
  • Large capacity
  • Vented shoe compartment
  • Durable, water-resistant material
  • The right size, not too big or small

Areas for Improvement

  • Inclusion of a standard shoulder strap
  • Extra external zipper

Wilson Tour Duffle

Wilson Tour - Tennis Duffle Bag

The Wilson Tour duffle bag is a great option for players that want the extra storage offered by a duffle but don’t want something too large.

The main compartment for this bag has two main sections, and it’s long enough to carry your tennis racquets. You can split one of the sections with a Velcro divider for extra organization, and there are two internal pockets for keeping some smaller items – one of them is zippered.

On the outside of the bag, you’ll find a smaller zippered pocket for stashing anything that needs a bit of extra protection, like a cell phone or pair of sunglasses.

At one end of the bag, you’ll find a dedicated shoe compartment, and for carrying, there are two adjustable shoulder straps with a padded Velcro grip for throwing it over your shoulder when needed.

Why I Love It

  • Large enough to store multiple tennis racquets
  • Internal organization features
  • Dedicated shoe compartment
  • Felt-lined accessories pocket for valuables

Areas for Improvement

  • It’s a bit smaller than I’d prefer for a duffle, but that may be a plus for some players
  • An extra external pocket would be a plus

Prince Dufflepack

Prince Dufflepack - Tennis Duffle Bag

Although the Prince Dufflepack is more a backpack than a duffle bag, it’s a worthy alternative for players looking for a smaller option with a unique main compartment modeled after a duffle bag.

The bag features a dedicated and well-padded racquet compartment for storing two tennis racquets. Right next to this pocket, you’ll find a smaller zipped pocket for storing a laptop or tablet.

You access the main compartment by lying the bag on its back through a center zipper compartment as you would when opening a duffle bag, which has space to stash some of your essential gear.

There’s a dedicated shoe compartment at the bottom of the bag, and on the sides, there are two zippered pockets with organizational storage for all sorts of accessories and snacks.

You’ll also find two open mesh pockets on either side of the bag, which can easily fit a water bottle and a can of tennis balls.

A felt-lined pocket at the top of the bag is perfect for storing some valuables that need extra protection, such as cell phones or sunglasses.
For carrying, the bag has your standard backpack straps and three grab handles – one at the top and bottom and another at the side.

Why I Love It

  • Ample compartments for organization
  • Dedicated shoe compartment
  • Laptop compartment
  • Felt-lined pocket for valuables

Areas for Improvement

  • I’d love to see Prince increase the size for something more along the lines of a bag you’d take backpacking
  • A thermal side pocket would be an excellent addition for keeping some items like a drink or snacks cool

Yonex Pro Tournament Duffle

Yonex Pro Tournament - Tennis Duffle Bag

Yonex offers a smaller no-frills bag to stash your racquets and gear with their Pro Tournament duffle.

The bag features two main zippered compartments that carry six tennis racquets each. They’re not the largest, but if you’re only storing a few racquets, there’s still plenty of room for your equipment.

On the outside of the bag, you’ll find a large accessory pocket that runs down the entire side, and at the top corner, there’s another smaller pocket that you can use to stash some extra gear as well.

Two longer grab handles can be joined with a Velcro when you’re traveling for carrying the bag.

Why I Love It

  • Simple no-frills offering
  • Large accessory pockets

Areas for Improvement

  • I’d love it if the bag were a bit larger
  • A shoulder strap would be a bonus
  • Extra internal organization would be ideal

Best Tennis Totes

The three main factors that distinguish one tennis tote from another are style, size, and price.

Here are my favorite picks for the best tennis totes.

Duffle BagDimensions (L x W x H)Price
Wilson42 cm x 19 cm x 39 cm$$
Vessel Baseline41 cm x 17 cm x 46 cm$$$$$
Court Couture Monte Carlo45 cm x 18 cm x 36 cm$$$$$
Maggie Mather34 cm x 15 cm x 43 cm$$$
Glove It36 cm x 11 cm x 43 cm$$
cinda b41 cm x 13 cm x 40 cm$$$$
Hadaki53 cm x 15 cm x 41 cm$$
Tory Burch38 cm x 15 cm x 38 cm$$$$$
Ame & Lulu36 cm x 13 cm x 42 cm$$$$

*All measurements rounded to the nearest centimeter

Wilson Tennis Tote

Wilson Tennis Tote

One of my favorite tennis totes is Wilson’s affordable option that offers everything you need to hit the court.

The design is sporty and sleek, and it comes in a few different colors to suit a wide range of styles. You’ll find a subtle floral print for a bit of extra style throughout the inside of the bag.

Two zippered and ventilated pockets on the outside are great for smaller items or dirty towels and clothes.

The main compartment is zippered to help keep everything in place and has enough room to store two racquets in a dedicated compartment that’s padding and includes a clasp to help keep the racquets secure.

Inside the bag, you’ll find one zippered pocket for keeping valuables safe, as well as a thermal insulated pocket to hold a drink or snacks while keeping them cool. There are also a few additional slip pockets for some storing some other smaller items and a mesh sleeve to hold a medium-sized water bottle snugly in place.

I love the removable zippered shoe bag that you can use to throw in your shoes and then toss into your tote without having to worry about getting everything dirty.

Last but not least, the Wilson tote has two long shoulder straps with a padded velcro clasp for easily carrying everything with you.

Why I Love It

  • Perfect size
  • Clean and simple design
  • Lots of organizational storage
  • Ventilated side pockets
  • Thermal insulated internal pocket
  • Dedicated racquet compartment
  • Removable shoe bag

Areas for Improvement

  • Adjustable straps would be a nice touch

Vessel Baseline Tote

Vessel Baseline - Tennis Tote

Known for their premium bags, it’s no surprise Vessels tennis tote impresses with a stylish design and essential features.

The Baseline microsuede synthetic leather tote comes in four different colors and is durable, heat resistant, and easy to clean.

There are two slip pockets on the outside – the perfect size for a water bottle and can of balls. A third pocket functions as a sleeve for the handle of your carry-on luggage, which means this bag is just as well suited for traveling as it is the court.

On the inside, there are two main compartments. One is padded and dedicated to carrying up to two tennis racquets with a zipper. The other main compartment also features a zipper and is large enough to fit all your gear for the day.

I love that there are five interior pockets for organizing accessories and daily essentials. One of them is a velour-lined pocket for valuables like your cell phone or sunglasses.

As a bonus, there’s a key clip, so you don’t lose them at the bottom, and a removable nylon shoe bag so you can carry your shoes inside without them getting everything else dirty.

Last but not least, the Vessel Baseline tote has two straps that can go over your arm or shoulder, depending on your preference.

Why I Love It

  • High-end materials
  • Perfect size
  • Clean and simple design
  • Lots of organizational storage
  • Dedicated and padded racquet compartment
  • Removable shoe bag
  • Handy key clip

Areas for Improvement

  • A thermal insulated pocked would be a nice touch

Court Couture Monte Carlo Tote

Court Couture Monte Carlo - Tennis Tote

One of Court Couture’s latest editions to their high-end tennis bags, the sleek-looking Monte Carlo is a multi-functional bag with a sporty twist.

Court Couture designed this tote with Saffiano cross grain faux leather for a classic yet durable look, which works just as well for the court, a day out with friends, or a trip to the office.

The bag has three large storage compartments. The two on the outside have snap buttons to keep them closed when not in use. One has two slip pockets for organization, while the other has a zipper pocket and a water bottle holder.

The center compartment is large enough to store two racquets, and it will also fit oversized frames. There’s a slot at the side where the handles come through for a clean flush look.

Finally, there’s a matching wristlet or accessory bag included for your daily essentials, from makeup to sunscreen. The Court Couture Monte Carlo tote is available in Black, Fuchsia, and Ivory.

Why I Love It

  • Ideal size
  • Clean and simple design
  • Quality materials
  • Stores two racquets
  • Removable accessory bag

Areas for Improvement

  • Removable shoe storage bag
  • External zipper pocket on back for quick access
  • Thermally insulated racquet compartment

Maggie Mather Tennis Tote

Maggie Mather - Tennis Tote

The tennis tote from Maggie Mather is another excellent option to consider when buying a new tote.

The outside of the tote features a simple sporty design that’s durable and water repellent. One of my favorite parts about the bag is the extensive color section that caters to a range of preferences.

On the front of the bag, you’ll find two open slip pockets that are large for stashing a few accessories. Right above these two pockets, you’ll find the main racquet compartment on the outside of the bag with a durable lining for storing two tennis racquets.

On the back of the bag, there’s a smaller zip pocket for keeping a few valuables secure, such as your keys and a cellphone that you want to access quickly. There are two more open slip pockets on both sides of the bag – one shorter and one taller for a can of balls or a water bottle.

The bag’s main compartment is large and deep to store a bunch of gear for a day at the courts, and it also includes a single inside zippered pocket to keep a few smaller items safely stored.

Last but not least, the handles are wider for sitting comfortably on your shoulder and adjustable for customizing the perfect fit.

Why I Love It

  • Wide-range of colors
  • Lots of deep storage
  • Adjustable handles
  • Outside racquet compartment

Areas for Improvement

  • A few extra internal accessory pockets

Glove It Tennis Tote

Glove It Tennis Tote with Print

The Maggie Mather and Glove It totes share a similar functional design, with one main difference in that the Glove It bag stores your racquets inside the main compartment.

The outside of the bag is a durable material, and like the Maggie Mather tote, Glove It’s bag has a wide selection of color and print options.

On the front of the tote, you’ll find three open slip pockets to stash all sorts of accessories. On the back, you’ll find a zipper pocket for keeping a few of your valuables that you want to stay safe yet accessible.

The bag’s sides feature slip pockets perfect for carrying a water bottle and a can of tennis balls.

Inside the bag, it’s one main compartment that offers plenty of storage for two racquets along with the rest of your gear, and a small internal zippered pocket has room for some extra small essentials.

Glove It’s wider handles will sit comfortably on your shoulder and adjust in length so you can customize the perfect fit.

Why I Love It

  • Wide-range of styles
  • Lots of deep storage
  • Adjustable handles

Areas for Improvement

  • A few extra internal accessory pockets

cinda b Tennis Tote

cinda b Tennis Tote

Next up, the cinda b tennis tote is my pick for the cutest option.

The bag comes in a handful of different colors, and I love the stylish quilted design, which also happens to be water and stain-resistant. You’ll also find the inside of these totes offers various prints for an extra fun touch of style.

Store up to two tennis racquets in the outside zipper compartment with your racquets resting at an angle, so they don’t get in the way.

Both sides of the bag have two smaller slip pockets that can easily stash a can of tennis balls or water bottles.

Inside the main zipper compartment of the bag, there’s lots of room to store all sorts of gear, as well as a smaller internal pocket for any other daytime essentials.

The bag also comes with two ways to carry – a set of smaller handles for holding at your side or on your arm and an adjustable shoulder strap that’s also removable.

Why I Love It

  • Style and quilted design
  • Plenty of space for storing gear
  • Carry handles and adjustable shoulder strap that’s removable

Areas for Improvement

  • An external zipper pocket on the back would be a nice touch

Hadaki Tennis Tote

Hadaki Tennis Tote

The Hadaki tennis tote shares many similarities with the cinda b tote, including many different stylish colors and prints.

The tote stores two tennis racquets on an angle at the bag’s front with a dedicated zipper pocket.

On the back of the tote, you’ll find a large open slip pocket as well as a small zip pocket for storing a few valuables you want to keep safe.

Inside the main zipper compartment, the tote offers lots of storage and an internal zip pocket to keep any smaller items you want to carry with you.

Last but not least, the tote has two mid-size handles for carrying at your side or over your shoulder.

Why I Love It

  • Stylish design
  • Plenty of storage
  • External pockets on the back

Areas for Improvement

  • Adjustable straps would be ideal
  • Side pockets would offer some additional convenient storage

Tory Burch Tennis Tote

Tory Burch Canvas Convertible Stripe Tennis Tote Beige

Tory Burch offers one of the most stylish and high-quality tennis totes around with a hefty price tag that’ll align with your expectations.

The bag comes in two different colorways, a coated canvas with a bold maroon stripe or a navy blue faux leather option.

Although similar, the totes come with slightly different features, so I’ll cover the canvas option, my favorite of the two.

For starters, the tote carries up to two racquets in a front zip compartment that’s detachable and allows the bag to convert to a stylish bag with a simple design that’s perfect for summer.

On both sides of the tote, you can store a can of balls or a water bottle, and there is a third exterior pocket for stashing items that you might need to access quickly on the go.

The Tory Burch tennis tote opens at the top with a magnetic closure. Inside, you’ll find a mesh zip pocket with a card slot for quick access, and then there’s another wall zip pocket with two pen holders.

One of my favorite parts of the bag is the shoe or laundry compartment with zip closure, so you don’t have to mix these items with anything else you’re carrying in your bag.

Finally, the bag has two top handles with an 8.75 in (22 cm) drop and a removable cross-body strap that’s adjustable up to 26 in (66 cm).

Why I Love It

  • Stylish convertible design
  • Spacious yet manageable
  • Dedicated shoe compartment

Areas for Improvement

  • Additional internal pocks for organization

Ame & Lulu Tennis Tote

Ame and Lulu Tennis Tote

Last but certainly not least, the Ame & Lulu tennis tote is another one of my favorites, offering a stylish design that can work just as well on the court as it can off.

The outside of the bag is minimalistic, with a single front zipper pocket for stashing a few daily essentials or accessories. You’ll also find two smaller open slip pockets on the sides of the bag, which are just large enough to hold a can of tennis balls but won’t carry a larger water bottle.

Inside, there’s a dedicated racquet compartment with a zipper to store two tennis racquets and plenty of extra space to keep all of your gear for a day at the courts. The bag also offers great internal organizational storage with three pockets – one zipper and two open slip pockets.

Two simple medium-length straps work well for holding the bag at your side or over your shoulder for carrying the tote.

Why I Love It

  • Stylish design
  • Lots of storage
  • Internal organizational pockets
  • Dedicated internal racquet compartment

Areas for Improvement

  • Side slip pockets could be larger
  • Adjustable straps would be nice

What I Keep in My Bag

Throughout this guide, I’ve mentioned the broad range of items that tennis players might keep in their bags to ensure they have fun and perform their best on the court.

To help add context for the types of items tennis players keep in their bags, I thought I’d share what I carry around with me, which will also help give you a sense of why I primarily use a larger racquet bag.

  • Three strung racquets: I’m a string breaker and always have been, so it’s important I have a few racquets on hand. I carried five with me in college, but I’ve gone down to three since then. There’s nothing worse than looking forward to playing and breaking your strings and having to stop playing, whether competitive or for fun.
  • Overgrips: I love the feeling of a fresh overgrip and apply a new one almost every time I play, so I always have a pack on hand. Anytime I feel like my grip is slipping or losing traction, I put a new one on. The longer I play, the more likely I’ll change it during a match, especially in warmer conditions where perspiration is a factor.
  • Towel: When I was younger, I never played with a towel, but I started using one in college and never looked back. I use it to wipe the sweat off my face and arms between points, and I feel like it gives me a bit of a reset whenever I do so. Depending on how long I’m playing, I’ll usually keep 1-3 towels on hand.
  • Hat: I’ve never been a hat wearer on the court, but sometimes when I’m playing in sunny conditions, I’ll break out a hat to give my eyes a bit of cover, mainly when serving or playing into the sun.
  • Extra shirts: If I’m sweating faster than I’m drying off, then I find a wet shirt cools me down too much, so I’ll swap for a new one. I’ll also change my shirt between sets to give myself a fresh start.
  • Extra socks: Much like changing my shirts, I like to have extra socks on hand to change into a fresh pair when it’s hot. I don’t always change them, but it makes a world of difference when it’s needed.
  • Light jacket or sweatshirt: Growing up playing in New England, where the weather and conditions can change quickly, it pays to have a light jacket or sweatshirt I can throw on if my body is cooling down too fast between points. I always perform better when my body is warm and gets tight and less fluid when cold.
  • Shoes: I only ever bring one pair of tennis shoes to the court, but I always have a pair of comfy running shoes that I wear to the court and change into when I’m leaving. Many tennis shoes aren’t the most comfortable for general wear, and I love putting on something more relaxed after playing.
  • Shoelaces: I broke a pair of shoelaces playing tennis once and didn’t have any backups. I had to makeshift tie them back together, and it was a pain in the butt. Since that happened to me, I keep a spare pair in my bag.
  • Sunglasses: I don’t wear sunglasses on the court but frequently do off the court, so they’re pretty much always with me and have a spot in my bag.
  • Headphones: I like to listen to music before playing tennis. I find it helps get me in the zone and pumps me up.
  • Notepad and pen: Every time I’m on the court is a learning opportunity, so I like to take notes. It might be about an area for improvement, a situation where I did or didn’t perform well, or something about my opponent that I want to remember. I could use my phone, but I find things commit to memory better when I use a pen and paper.
  • Roller stick: I use The Stick to massage my leg muscles and lower back immediately after playing tennis. It’s a simple, lightweight device that easily fits my bag and helps reduce pain and muscle fatigue, which I find works best right after playing. I find it’s an excellent stopgap to use before stretching when I get home.
  • Sunscreen: Anytime I’m in the sun during the spring, summer, or fall, I apply sunscreen to protect my skin. It’s a small investment that pays enormous dividends, even when only hitting for 30-60 minutes.
  • Deodorant: Sometimes, after playing tennis, I might hang out to catch up with friends or need to run an errand before heading home, so I keep a bottle of liquid deodorant handy. Anything else will melt in the sun and be useless.
  • Lip balm: I find dry or chapped lips incredibly distracting playing tennis, so I always keep lip balm handy to prevent it.
  • Tiger balm: Muscle and tendon pain is simply part of the game, and while I’m always looking to prevent it by caring for my body before and after tennis, I find Tiger Balm to be a lifesaver when discomfort strikes, especially on my back.
  • CBD lotion: After a match, if I have any pain or discomfort, I’ll apply CBD lotion to the area to reduce pain and inflammation. It’s subtle acting, but I always find I feel better the next day when I use it.
  • Tissues: Pretty straightforward, but most helpful when I’m playing in cold conditions and my nose has a tendency to run.
  • Water bottle: I usually bring a larger gallon-sized water bottle to the court, which doesn’t fit my bag. However, I always have a second smaller water bottle on hand in my bag, which I can use to mix up a hydration pack during or after a match.
  • Snack bars: I do my best to fuel properly before and after tennis, but if I play for an extended period, I’ll often take small bites of an easy-to-digest snack bar between changeovers. Otherwise, they’re great for refueling immediately after playing.
  • Hydration packs: Products like Liquid IV or LMNT are excellent for quickly rehydrating your body during or after a match. I use them often, especially after playing.
  • First aid kit: Nothing fancy, but a simple first aid kit, especially for blisters or minor scrapes, can be super useful. I like to have a few bandaids on hand and some adhesive mesh for my fingers.
  • Advil: Again, pretty straightforward. When I have some mild pain or discomfort, it can be distracting. Using a common pain reliever can help me play with added comfort.
  • Kinesiology tape: If I have a muscle that’s bothering me but not bad enough to take a break from tennis, I’ll sometimes use kinesiology tape. It improves circulation and blood flow to aid recovery and provides a bit of added support for the area.

Keep in mind that the items I mentioned stay in my bag at all times, but depending on the day, I may include others.

Some people might think I’m crazy for carrying all of these things in my bag, but I use many of them regularly, and for those I don’t, I’m always glad I have them when needed.

It’s worth noting that I usually take the smallest quantity of each item. For example, I don’t bring a bottle of Advil or an entire box of tissues. I’ll carry two single-serve packs of Advil and a small pocket size package of tissues. Although it sounds like a lot of stuff, it can all pack pretty easily into a racquet bag.

Hopefully, you find what I carry somewhat insightful or at the very least interesting for consideration on how to pack yours. If you’re buying a tennis bag as a gift, you might consider pre-packing it with some of these items, which are helpful and fun to open.

Wrapping Up

Regardless of your experience, frequency of play, or skill level, tennis bags are ideal for storing and organizing your gear.

Luckily, there’s something out there for everyone, from racquet bags to backpacks, duffles, and tennis totes.

Hopefully, this guide has helped shine some light on the best tennis bags to narrow down your options and find something you’ll love.

Of course, if you have any questions – I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.

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