Long gone are the days when players would stroll on to Centre Court with a racket or two and a towel slung over their shoulder. The modern player often emerges with two bags, one of them carried like a rucksack on the back. All eventualities are covered in this age of ultra-professional preparation.
So exactly what is contained in these bags?
We asked British No 1 Kyle Edmund to talk us through the contents…
British No 1 Kyle Edmund sits on the floor surrounded by the contents of his kit bag to talk us through what’s included
Fans might be surprised just how rough high-level tennis can be on your feet. I always wear two pairs at a time and I probably have about six spare pairs with me.
I carry a spare pair out on court with me and I will usually travel with about four or five pairs of size 10s. These Nikes are the kind you can buy in any shop and there are different types for different surfaces. Obviously they are white for Wimbledon.
The main distinguishing feature is the undersoles. On grass they are dimpled and have a very hard base around the front of the foot. For hard courts, the easiest to grip on, it’s a patterned sole. For clay, the underside is a Herringbone pattern to assist movement.
The main tool of the trade. I have eight rackets for a five-set match and five or six for a best-of-three. I’ve used a Wilson Pro Staff since I was 10.
My version has 18 strings coming down vertically (‘mains’) and 20 going horizontally (‘crosses’). Mine weigh 315 grams (11.1oz) without a grip and strings and 335 grams (11.8oz) with them.
The key thing is the swing weight. I have my rackets custom prepared. There is a little lead tape added to the top rim of the racket and there is also a small weight inserted inside the base of the handle. My rackets have a gloss finish which I prefer, although they are switching to matt, so I may have to change soon.
The 24-year-old has been using Wilson Pro Staff since he was 10 and has his custom prepared
4. Lip balm
I always put lip balm on before going out on court.
5. Monopoly deal
I never go anywhere without my set of Monopoly Deal cards. It’s my favourite card game and you can play it anywhere, on a plane, in the locker room, even when you are out for dinner in the evening.
6. Spare racket grips
For a five-set match I would bring out five bottles of my specially mixed sports drink. It is a salt and high-carbohydrate solution mixed with Evian water — it has a sort of lemon taste.
I would aim to drink about one litre per set. If I’m out there for a long match I will just sip water sometimes, as the drink can get a bit much.
8. Rolex watch
10. Protein mix
11. Bose headphones
12. Energy bars
I will take out several energy bars and a bunch of energy gels. The bars are a bit like flapjacks made with oats for the release of energy and they have a bit of chocolate on top. I will have a nibble on these during changeovers. I’m not a banana person, although some players like them.
Edmund’s bag also contains Monopoly deal, protein mix, energy bars and Bose headphones
I find having a pack of these around very useful. I use them to number my sets of shoes to make sure I don’t mix them up, and they are also useful for signing things.
I don’t string my own rackets but I carry a few packets of it around anyway.
I use Luxilon polyester strings in the mains and Wilson synthetic gut in the crosses. A normal string tension for me would be 52lb on the mains and 54lb on the crosses.
Basically, if the strings are tight you get more control and slightly less power. Likewise if they are looser, there is more of a ‘trampoline’ effect, but you lose a little control. So if I’m playing in slightly quicker conditions, like on grass or at altitude, I might ask for a slight increase in tension. Again it is each to their own, but in my case it would not be any more change than a pound or two.
15. Vibration Dampeners
I always have quite a few of these in my bag. You put one on your strings and it helps protect your arm. Mine have a four-leaf clover on them for luck.
16. Mobile phone
Although I’m not allowed to look at it on court!
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17. Tupperware for storing energy bar/gel
18. Kit bag
One extra pair of shorts is essential and I may have as many as five spare shirts as I’d expect to change a few through a match. Nike often produce a different design for each Grand Slam and I am given a whole pile of them to wear.
At the Australian Open last year we were playing in temperatures of 100-plus Fahrenheit and I sweated so much there were salt deposits left on the shirt.
21/22. Muscle simulator and ice bag
I carry these around with me but wouldn’t use them on court. One is a small machine to stimulate your muscles, the other is a convenient device for icing parts of your body after a match.
I would carry with me my main personal things such as my car and house keys on a Liverpool FC keyring — I’m a big fan.