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The tennis holiday gift guide: All the best men's shoes and apparel
Great choices to perform and look your best on the court, in the gym and all points in between.
Published Nov 20, 2023
'Tis the season to give the tennis fan in your life the perfect gift. For the next few weeks, we're pulling together a short list of our favorites, from on-court gear and apparel, to off-court accessories.
Ace The Moon Tennis Nomad Sweatshirt
This California-based label makes fun and attractive tennis-inspired apparel and accessories. The Tennis Nomad is one of their most popular designs, exuding desert vibes that capture the brand’s playful spirit. Created with custom dip-dyed color, it adorns this hooded sweatshirt—it’s also available in T-shirts—made of 100% cotton with a comfy kangaroo pouch. It’s the perfect top for players whose racquets are their constant travel companions.
Appalachian Gear Company All-Paca Fleece Hoodie
This hoodie is the ultimate layering piece, offering lightweight insulation without bulkiness. Made from 100% alpaca fiber, the knit structure is designed for durability and breathability, making it ideal to provide added warmth without overheating. The All-Paca Fleece fiber dries fast and doesn’t absorb much moisture, so perspiration isn’t a problem, and insulates even when wet. It offers a comfortable, easy to move in fit that maximizes airflow for peak performance, and the hood won't get in your way. Even if you don’t play in it, it’s also the perfect throw-on to keep the chill at bay before and after a match.
Babolat Propulse Fury 3
The Propulse line has always been Babolat’s big, sturdy and stable model. But the game has evolved, and today’s players rely even more heavily on speed and footwork. A big emphasis for this latest update was to create a quicker, lighter and more reactive shoe that even looks the part. The Power Belt encapsulating the midfoot and plastic S-Block on the sidewall bolster the security when braking and executing hard cuts. The midsole has a bucket seat shape for enhanced stability and packs a soft EVA foam to absorb harsh court landings. And the Fury 3 is the only Babolat shoe that offers a six-month guarantee on its Michelin outsole.
Fila Heritage Track Jacket
With the temperatures dropping and the winter months coming, the Heritage Track Jacket will keep the wearer feeling warm and loose at all times on the court. The jacket features Fila’s signature F-box logo at the left chest, front full zipper with F-box puller and front angled pockets with semi-lock down puller. The jacket’s sleek look is complete with stripe tape at the shoulder, a rib collar, sleeve cuffs, bottom band, contrast color inserts and piping.
GORUCK Ballistic Trainer
For the uninitiated, GORUCK gained a foothold in the exercise community thanks to its tough-as-nails rucksacks and sandbags. It has since branched into other gear including footwear like the Ballistic Trainer. With input from Special Forces soldiers and world-class athletes, the shoes are designed to be versatile enough to handle dynamic, load-bearing exercises in the gym, as well as a sprint up a hill. It’s the perfect workout companion for players whose fitness fuels their tennis. The Ballistic Trainer comes in a variety of colors and, as with all GORUCK footwear, has a lifetime (yes, lifetime) warranty.
K-Swiss has support, comfort and stability models in the Ultrashot and Hypercourt lines, and now the Speedtrac gives the brand a lightweight entry focused on quick movement. The mesh upper surrounds a bootie construction for a locked-in, glove-like fit. Surge 7.0 midsole cushioning is comfortable and responsive with a low-to-the-ground profile. An innovative tread pattern on the Dragguard 7.0 rubber outsole provides the adaptable traction desired by modern movers. Add it up, and you get a responsive, lightning-quick lightweight shoe that doesn’t skimp on comfort or support. If speed kills, then the K-Swiss Speedtrac will make a player feel downright lethal.
Lacoste Seamless Tennis T-Shirt
Made of recycled 100% polyester fabric from manufacturing offcuts, the seamless design of this performance top makes for a friction-free and comfortable playing experience. The standard fit and cut creates just enough freedom of movement without being baggy. Ultradry technology means wetness and perspiration won’t interfere with execution. Shown here in Black/Orange/Bordeaux/White, the top also comes in two alternate color-block options.
Vuori Kore Short
This Swiss Army knife piece of apparel—Vuori dubs it the one short for every sport—has a classic athletic fit, falling just above the knee. The soft, lightweight fabric is ultra-stretchy, allowing for total freedom of movement. The elastic, drawstring waistband offers a comfortable and custom fit. It comes in multiple inseam lengths—5, 7.5, 9 inches—breathable, boxer-brief liner and unlined options, and more than 15 different color choices. Wear it for a workout, to play a match, or simply while lounging around the house.
Wilson Millennium Crewneck
This sweatshirt is ergonomically engineered to provide both a flattering fit and free range of motion. The anti-odor and breathable tech fabric will stretch during movement, but recover and retain its shape. Side panels, ribbed waistband and Jacquard Cuffs complete the sporty look. Emblazoned across the chest with the timeless Wilson logo, it’s available in Classic Navy, Sandrift and Sycamore (shown here).