We Scoured The Internet To Put Together The Most Expensive Tennis Kit Possible
When it comes to sport, tennis certainly doesn’t rank as one of the most accessible. Professional athletes who have since become household names will wax lyrical about how theirs was an upbringing of cheap racquets, broken strings, and merely trying to make things work. You only need to look at the rise of Venus and Serena Williams to see this as proof, with the pair learning tennis from their father on the public courts in Los Angeles.
But for the most part, unless you’ve got an overly ambitious parent willing to put in the daily hours of coaching, tennis is an expensive sport. Aside from the coaching lessons, there’s also the cost of a racquet, a kit, and for those who make it into a profession – footing the bill of touring on the world circuit.
Just recently, John Isner – the world’s 14th-ranked men’s single player – penned an op-ed for Forbes in which he described the difficulty in making a living in tennis, compared to the greats who have dominated the men’s game. As Isner detailed, the winner of the 2019 men’s US Open tournament will pocket $5.6 million, a considerable jump from what earnings used to be at just $1.4 million in 2007. But while most players only make money from how far they advance, the sport’s five highest earners – Federer, Nishikori, Djokovic, Nadal, and Serena Williams – make considerably more in endorsement deals than they do in competition.
What with the US Open currently underway, we took it upon ourselves to assemble the most expensive tennis kit that money can buy. Because, while there certainly aren’t many that have the disposable income to purchase such things, there are also a select few who do. And even if you can’t, the sheer price-tag some of these items demand is entertainment enough.
Altogether, the kit comes in at approximately $31,718.37 and includes everything from a tennis racquet, tennis balls, sneakers and socks. You may not be able to serve like Federer or defend like Djokovic, but you can certainly make a name for yourself on the court for your style.
Platinum Edition Pro Staff RF97 Autograph Racket, $29,712.00
Ok, so technically this racquet comes complete in a celebratory Roger Federer set, which also includes a Wilson Australian Open tennis ball signed by the tennis great along with mini-posters celebrating his 20 Grand Slam titles. But regardless of the other additions, you can guarantee that when it comes to tennis equipment – this is not only an item with a big price tag, but one that will see you excel.
Second-hand equipment might have something of a bad reputation in sport, but when the equipment has been passed down by arguably the greatest tennis player that’s ever taken to the court? Well, you can imagine that we don’t have any qualms about that.
For the most part, tennis balls are the part of the kit you’d want to keep cheap as chances are, unless you really fancy yourself to be good with the racquet – you’ll be hitting these things all over the shop, and often in places you won’t be able to reach to get them back.
While tennis balls have long been touted as yellow, Saint Laurent have come out with a set of three exclusive Wilson-branded tennis balls that will give your game an injection of luxury you never thought it needed. The white tennis balls include the Saint Laurent signature, alongside Wilson’s logo and are easily becoming something we all wish we had in our tennis arsenal.
Every tennis player needs to take to the court in a fresh pair of sneakers, and while Nike has been brining some serious colour and style to the sport as of late, leave it to Gucci to come out with a pair of vintage-inspired classics. Modelled after ‘70s styles, these sneakers are a blend of old-school shapes and materials inspired by vintage sportswear. They’re made from leather that’s pre-distressed and finished with archival branded plaques and the house’s red and green striped webbing.
Of course, if you’re going to be slipping your feet into some Gucci sneakers, you’re also going to want to make sure that they’re kitted out in some logo-approved socks, too. Enter the Gucci logo-intarsia cotton-blend sock. This pair is made from spongy stretch cotton-blend and features stacked stripes and the label’s moniker at the cuffs.
When a premium sportswear label collaborates with one of the greats of the game, you can expect the clothing offered to be some of the best. Such is the case with Castore’s collection with tennis champion Andy Murray and the timeless sportswear capsule the pair created.
The stadium jacket is made from stretch-shell with a waterproof membrane to support you through unpredictable weather. A lightweight construction is also utilised for maximum comfort.
Pair the Stretch-Shell Jacket with this polo shirt from Lacoste’s tennis line and you’ll certainly look like the consummate professional on court. With the signature crocodile logo at the chest, the polo shirt is cut from tech-pique that wicks moisture and dries quickly.