If you've decided to take up the sport of tennis, whether just for fun or to take it a bit more seriously, you'll need to invest in a small amount of tennis gear to play the sport. Thankfully, tennis doesn't require much equipment at all, but here are some pieces of gear that will need to be on your shopping list.
Obviously, you're going to need a tennis racket. Tennis rackets can be purchased at many local department stores as well as most sports stores and online shops. All you've got to do is find the racket that is correctly sized for your hand and swing, and in a color you'd like. Beginner's tennis rackets are quite cheap if you're just starting out, but if you'd like to find something a bit more professional and high-quality, sports stores and online shops will have a larger selection.
Secondly, you're going to need plenty of tennis balls. Again, tennis balls are easy to come by wherever you'd find tennis rackets. You can get balls in cans of three or in bags of nine to ten. The difference between brand names seems relatively unnoticeable, so you can really just go with the price unless you want a particular brand or a ball in a specific color.
These two items are the only necessities of the sport of tennis, but you can also get a tennis racket case which will protect the racket and make for easier carrying on your part. If you have a high-quality tennis racket that you'd like to keep clean and preserved, a racket case is highly recommended. These might be a bit more difficult to come by, and you may have to go to a sports store in order to find one instead of just your local department store.
Another piece of tennis gear that isn't necessary but can be helpful is a ball caddy so your balls don't roll away. This collapsible metal holder stands up on four legs and holds all the balls so you can continue to serve and shoot without worrying about where the balls are going. This might only be found at shops that specialize in tennis, especially online boutiques.
Finally, you'll need to have a good pair of shoes, whether professional tennis shoes or regular sneakers. Look for something with good support and good grip. Any good athletic shoe will do. If you'd like to go all out, you can also get head and wrist bands to keep the sweat away. These items can be found just about anywhere there are tennis rackets as well.
Now that you've got all that you need, it's time to go to the tennis courts!