By Juliya Tatyana. Tennis. Published at Monday, March 26th, 2018 - 10:58:38 AM.
Extra clothes/shoes (shirt socks jacket flip flops off-court shoes etc.): This goes in the ready for anything category. It's always good to have a spare shirt and extra pair of socks in case that match goes deep into the third set. To keep your muscles warm off-court keep a light jacket in your bag so you're not stuck stepping on the court cold and more susceptible to energy.
Sunscreen: This is another no-brainer to bring to the court for players that play outdoors. Skin damage affects way too many tennis players so make sure you lather up and protect yourself from the sun when you go out on court. There are some great ones that are water and sweat-resistant and also absorb into the skin quickly. Once again don't be too cool to protect yourself from the sun.
Both of those solutions boil down to money. Naturally for many in a 128-player draw that first round prize money is a big deal which is why they will show up to play even if they go in knowing they are unfit and may have to pull the plug mid-match. As a concession to that driving factor players will now be allowed to collect fifty percent if they withdraw after noon on site on Thursday but before the main draw begins. Coupled with this players who are knowingly unfit to play and still opt to compete could face a fine up to the total amount of their first-round prize money if they fail to finish the match or “perform below professional standards.” Together these two rules should encourage players to make the smart choice and subsequently improve the overall optics of the sport.
Racquets (2-4): You obviously aren't getting too far in a match without these. However many people DON'T bring back up racquets in case something happens to the first one out of the bag. Your strings could break the racquet could slip out of your hand and crack your grip could get worn and slippery...if any of these things happen you should always have another racquet to pull out of the bag.
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