Aside from knowing who and where to play tennis; you gotta know where to get the good tennis stuff. Sometimes Big 5 and Sports Chalet just doesn't cut it; but other times its pretty good. Here, I'll let you know the best and worst placed to go for tennis in the LA area.
Where's the best place to find a racket?
Racket Doctor, Los Feliz
3214 Glendale Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90039-1834
This place is a find, they have tons of rackets and even have a pretty decent supply of tennis apparrel. Aside from that this place is well-equipped with every tennis accessory that you will ever need. The price range is reasonable; but mostly you can't beat the selection. I went here the last time I got my rackets, they string them up for you in 20 minutes and you're out the door ready to play.
Where's the best place to buy tennis apparel?
Super Sports in Manhattan Beach has a wide variety of tennis apparel for men and women and the demo program is pretty good too. If you are frustrated with Tennis shopping in LA, try this place and tell me how you like it.
What is the best online tennis shop?
I've shopped online more and more recently. My favorite place to shop is Tennis Warehouse, they have a pretty wide selection and if you don't find what you're looking for, you'll probably find something else you like. I LOVE IT!
The worst place for tennis clothes?
Do NOT go to NikeTown in Beverly Hills. They basically have two style of tennis skirts in the women's department. I was grossly disappointed. However, if you want cross-training wear and/or running clothes. bah! I was clearly upset about this.
Where should I stay away from when stringing my racket?
Because there aren't too many places to get your racket strung quickly and cheaply in LA, you may want to go to Sports Chalet, near the Beverly Center. Don't do it! If you are a beginner, it probably won't make a difference to you, but if you have any tennis experience and you know what you like; don't subject yourself to the pain that this place will cause. I would say just go to a local country club and see if the local pro can string up your racket for you if you can't make it to Racket Doctor of course.