This Just In: New bags at The Pro Shop

by: Jon Levey | October 24, 2019

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Babolat Pure Strike Duffle Bag
Price: $65
Dimensions: 28”x15”x7”
Colors: White/Black/Red
Website: www.babolat.com

Just like the racquet line it complements, the Pure Strike Duffle Bag has a bold look. There’s one main compartment that can hold up to six racquets, or several racquets and a bunch of gear. A Velcro divider helps keep the racquets separate and four slip pockets—one double the size of the others—reside inside the main compartment for more refined organization. The large, zippered front accessory pocket has lots of space for various gear, as well as a hanging clip to keep track of your keys. Padded backpack straps and grab handles are the options for carry. Like a true duffle, the material and shape are rather flexible. So much so, it can be folded up and stored in the accompanying drawstring sack, which also doubles as a dirty laundry or shoes bag.

Oliver Thomas “Kitchen Sink” Tennis Tote
Price: $159
Dimensions: 13.5”x8”x30”
Colors: Black, Blue Camo, Citron Stripe (pictured), Metallic Silver, Tomato Red Stripe, White Stripe
Website: www.theoliverthomas.com

As its name suggests, this tote packs a ton of storage and organization in a stylish package. Like any good racquet bag, it starts with an expandable zippered outside pocket that holds two frames. There are also two external slip pockets for any combination of tennis ball cans and water bottles. Two zippered outside stash pockets can hold valuables or other items—the one on the bottom is intended for shoes, although not for the biggest of feet. Inside is a labyrinth made up of slip and zippered pockets, laptop/tablet padded sleeve and a key clip stash pouch. The cross-body strap for transport is adjustable and removable if you simply want to use the grab handles. The 100% jacquard polyester shell is water-resistant and incredibly soft. It almost feels like a down puffer jacket turned into a bag. And for the dog lovers out there, the lining is a continuous mural of properly named (Liam, Andy, Jack, Oliver, etc.) and well-dressed pooches. It’s also machine washable, so you can keep it free from clay marks and other court stains. 

Tecnifibre Tour Endurance Rackpack XL 
Price: $120
Dimensions: 31”x13”x13”
Colors: White/Black/Blue/Red
Website: www.tecnifibre.com

The Rackpack has so many different features and possible configurations it actually comes with directions. The update to the innovative bag has received the Lacoste treatment (“Elegance Meets Performance”) as well as a larger size for more storage and 100% tarpaulin exterior material for greater durability. The bag is essentially one large main compartment that can be divided up into compartments with detachable Velcro “racks.” The ventilated shoe pocket is large enough to hold two pairs and some dirty laundry. Dual zippered mesh pockets sit on the inside of the cover for more storage. On one end of the bag just above the Tecnifibre logo is a zippered, padded accessory pocket for smaller items. The “All-in-One” carrying system allows the bag to be transported over one shoulder like a duffle, or over both like a backpack with the chest belt. 

Wilson Super Tour 3 Compartment Tennis Bag
Price: $129
Dimensions: 30”x14”x13”
Colors: Black/Green
Website: www.wilson.com

This is a tour level bag for serious competitiors and Blade fans. It’s made of a tough, two-toned weaved canvas polyester with a TPU coating. There are three main storage compartments—two of which are lined with Thermoguard to protect from extreme temperatures—capable of housing up to 15 frames. Since the average player doesn’t carry near that number, a sizeable portion of the bag can be dedicated to apparel, gear and necessities. The middle main compartment has a detachable Velcro divider; take it out for more racquet storage or use it to create more order. Since there’s no assigned shoe pocket, the dual air vents on one side of the compartment can provide ventilation for such a need. There are two large zippered accessory pockets on one side of the bag; one of which has a zippered internal pocket that would be good to hold a string reel or other equipment. On either side of the bag are two smaller fleeced lined zippered pockets for personal items or valuables. The adjustable shoulder straps have significant padding which make for comfortable transport. However, if you prefer to use the padded grabbed handle, or want to store them for travel, there’s a compartment on the bottom to stow the straps out of sight.  

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