There was a time when tennis bags looked as blandly utilitarian as sleeping bags, but traditional carry-alls aren't the only means for transporting your racquets anymore.
If you're: A woman who values fashion as well as functionality; seeking a unique holiday gift for your significant other; a commuter who squeezes in a couple of sets during a busy workday; or an urban multitasker who prefers a compact backpack as you navigate the masses swarming subway cars, Wilson has created a series of sleek, stylish bags that can comfortably carry racquets, cosmetics and gear.
The Wilson Milan Backpack (MSRP: $95) is a combination tennis backpack and cosmetic carry-all that takes its design cues from European travel bags. It's a stylistic departure for the brand whose trademark W logo has long been a staple of its conventional racquet bags.
The bag measures 17.25” x 9.5” x 13.5”. A large front compartment can carry two oversized racquets, with locked zippers to keep your sticks secure. A large main compartment can house your clothes and comes with organizing compartments and a key ring clip. The front pocket carries a matching cosmetic case to help you freshen up after the match. Versatility extends to the back of the backpack: The multi-function strap enables users to wear it as a backpack or sling.
For players who prefer to carry, rather than wear, their bags, Wilson has created a Milan Tote, which offers some of the same features of the backpack—front compartment for housing racquets, a main compartment with organizing pockets and a key ring clip and a separate cosmetics case—in a tote version.
A slightly larger option offering distinctive detailing is the Trento Backpack (MSRP: $95). The 20” x 10.25” x 13” bag features a larger main compartment containing organizing pockets and a key ring clip. The rear racquet compartment houses two over sized racquets, and like the Milan backpack it keeps your sticks safe with locked zippers.
The large front pocket comes with a matching cosmetic case designed to fit the front flap perfectly, and available side pockets can carry sweatbands, headbands and grips. A cool detail of this backpack is the inclusion of a small lined pocket to protect sunglasses, watches, cell phones or iPods with a functional clip attached to hang the bag.
A Trento tote version of the backpack measures
22” x 9” x 14.25” with a removable, adjustable shoulder strap.