Tennis equipment requires considerable investment, and you would certainly want to keep your racket safe from the harshness of travel.
Well, a tennis bag is an ideal tool for that!
Today, we’re going to look at what I think are the seven best tennis bags for women! And then, I’ll give you some tips on choosing the right bag for your needs.
I know some of you may be thinking – how is choosing a tennis bag any problematic? Well, tennis bags come in various styles and at different price points, so there is quite a bit of variance in comfort, quality, and durability between them.
I’ll be looking at my picks from both a woman’s and player’s standpoint. I like cute and girly things – like any woman – but let’s also not forget that fashion tennis bags need to be practical.
1. Wilson Advantage Tennis Bag - Best Tennis Bag For Rackets
- Zippered compartment holds up to 2 racquets
- Zippered accessory compartment
- Adjustable shoulder strap with pad
- Padded top handle
- Metal zippers with fabric zipper pulls
If you are looking for a specialized bag for your rackets, then Wilson Advantage is a great choice.
This tennis racket bag is designed to fit up to three rackets without covers, and a six-racket version is also available. Aside from the roomy main compartment, the Advantage tennis bag also has a zippered side pocket for smaller items like keys or whatnot.
Unlike other tennis bag styles, Advantage fits tennis rackets entirely, providing all-around good protection. Backpacks, sling bags, duffel bags, and other bag types typically only protect the racket head.
To assist with carrying, the Advantage racket bag has a shoulder strap along with a padded top handle.
Another reason why I picked this tennis bag for review is its flashy pink color. I also really like the red Advantage tennis bag. And if you want something less eye-catching, then there are black bags available too.
Wilson Advantage is a relatively inexpensive racket bag as well, and it’s the right choice if your budget is limited. But Advantage doesn’t have the advanced protection and thermal insulation features of higher-end Wilson tennis bags, like the Ultra 9 bag. Bags like Ultra 9 are more durable too.
All in all, I think that Wilson Advantage is a wonderful choice if you are looking for something that will protect your rackets. It’s really pocket-friendly too!
- Holds three rackets – six-racket option available too
- Girly pink color
- Multiple color options if you don’t like the pink bag
- Only suitable for holding rackets
2. HEAD Tour Team Backpack - Best Tennis Backpack
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If you are going to cover long distances on foot, then you would want to get a backpack – something like this backpack from HEAD.
Although this is quite a budget backpack, I think that it’s the best tennis backpack on my top. I particularly like the dedicated shoe compartment in the HEAD backpack – it is ventilated and keeps dirty footwear separate from other items. This feature is simple yet is absent from many even more expensive backpacks.
Aside from the shoe pocket, the HEAD backpack has:
- A padded racket compartment that fits up to 2 rackets
- A main compartment for clothes and accessories
- A front zipper pocket for small items
- A pair of mesh side pockets for water bottles, tennis balls, etc
Comfort-wise, the shoulder straps in the HEAD backpack have a nice amount of padding and should keep you comfortable even if the backpack is full to the brim.
This backpack is pretty well-built too, but since it’s an inexpensive model, don’t expect miracles from it in durability.
In the end, if you are shopping for a good women’s tennis backpack at a low price, the HEAD backpack is the best pick on this list. Its highlights are the dedicated shoe compartment and the overall great organization features.
- Fits up to 2 rackets
- Excellent if you will be covering long distances on foot
- Dedicated shoe compartment
- Comparatively flimsy
3. Nike Brasilia Small Duffel - Best Bag If You Need Plenty Of Space
The Nike Brasilia duffel bag is an excellent choice if you want to have plenty of storage space. This is the small variant of the Brasilia duffel, but it’s still pretty large.
The small Brasilia bag is sized at about 20 x 11 x 11 inches (L x W x H), so it’s noticeably larger than all other picks on this list. Aside from size, Brasilia offers pretty nice internal organization thanks to five zippered pockets, five exterior pockets, and one slip pocket.
You don’t have dedicated shoe compartments in Brasilia like in the HEAD Tour backpack, but this duffel should still keep items neat and structured. Though if you have a look at the medium Brasilia, it does have a shoe compartment at the bottom.
Another thing I like about Brasilia is that it offers easy access to your items. Backpacks can’t boast the same since you have to take them off your back to grab something from inside. If you are frequently reaching for items inside your bag, then Brasilia should be very nice.
Nike offers a good number of color options as well. The pink duffel is an obvious choice for women, but I also dig the red/white bags. There are more gender-neutral colors too.
When it comes to comfort, though, Nike Brasilia could be better. More precisely, its shoulder strap has minimal padding, so your shoulder may get sore with prolonged wearing.
But to be fair, duffel tennis bags like Brasilia generally aren’t intended to be worn for a long time. For travel on foot, backpacks are the best.
So overall, I recommend Nike Brasilia to those who want a lot of room for their equipment. I also recommend that you check out other sizes and styles Brasilia is available in if you’re not sure about the small bag.
- Great if you have plenty of things to carry
- Provides easy access to your items
- Has a lot of pockets
- Multiple color options
- Very little padding in the shoulder strap
4. Ame & Lulu Courtside Tennis Backpack - The Cutest Tennis Backpack
The Ame & Lulu tennis backpack offers an adorable look that I think will appeal to many women out there. In my opinion, this backpack is too girly and school backpack-like, but I’m sure many people will love its aesthetics.
Looks aside, this tennis backpack offers pretty nice organization too. It has three interior pockets, a pair of exterior slip pockets for water bottles or tennis balls, and a front zippered pocket. The main compartment in this backpack fits up to two tennis rackets too.
The shoulder straps in this backpack are nothing too remarkable, but they seem well-padded and should keep you comfortable. The Ame & Lulu backpack is pretty small, so it won’t get too heavy even if full.
This tennis backpack is quite pricey, though the price tag is reflected in seemingly high build quality.
As final words for the Ame & Lulu backpack, if you want to balance usability and aesthetics, this is the best tennis bag for women.
- Looks adorable
- Fits up to two rackets
- Has a good variety of pockets
- Four color options
- Relatively expensive
5. Wilson Women’s Tennis Tote Bag - Most Stylish Tennis Bag
The Wilson tote bag is a great choice if you want to stand out. This stylish tennis bag boasts high quality along with a gorgeous design.
And what’s even better about this tote bag is that it’s not only good-looking but also very convenient.
The look aside, the highlight of the Wilson tote bag is its internal organization. This bag has many more pockets than you would expect from a tote, including:
- A padded interior compartment that holds two rackets or a laptop
- Internal zippered, thermally insulated pocket for beverages and snacks
- Internal mesh water bottle sleeve
- Two ventilated exterior pockets for dirty clothes
- A bunch of internal slip pockets
So although the Wilson tote bag isn’t the most massive bag I’ve seen, it certainly is among the most convenient ones. I like to keep my things neat and organized, and I feel this bag will work for most people who share my preferences.
With that said, this tote bag isn’t the best if you want to carry a LOT of things with you. A backpack or a duffel bag would work better in this case. But this isn’t the downside of this particular bag – tote bags are generally small.
In conclusion, if you want a light, compact, stylish, and organized tennis bag, then the Wilson tote bag is an excellent investment.
- Good quality
- Holds up to two rackets
- Gorgeous and stylish
- Great if you won’t be carrying too much stuff with you
- Has a LOT of pockets
- Nothing to complain about
6. Athletico Sling Bag - Best Compact Tennis Bag
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The Athletico sling bag is the most compact tennis bag on my list, so it’s a great pick if you want something space-efficient. The sling bag won’t fit too much tennis equipment, but this won’t be a problem if you don’t have many items in the first place.
Despite its size, this sling bag has great internal organization thanks to its rich pocket set that includes:
- A main compartment for up to two tennis rackets or a 15-inch laptop
- A side mesh water bottle pocket
- Several secondary pockets for smartphones or whatnot
The Athletico sling bag is pretty comfortable, featuring a reversible shoulder strap and a mesh back area. The strap would have definitely been better if it had more padding, though.
Nevertheless, for those who will take a minimal amount of stuff to the court, the Athletico sling bag is an excellent choice.
- Very inexpensive
- Light and compact
- Perfect internal organization
- Reversible shoulder strap
- The strap feels kind of rough
7. ACOSEN Tennis Backpack - Best Tennis Backpack For Low Budgets
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The ACOSEN tennis backpack is an excellent pick for low budgets. The ACOSEN backpack price is close to what you are paying for the HEAD Tour backpack, but it’s cheaper and has a few things that may appeal to you more.
Although the ACOSEN backpack doesn’t have a dedicated shoe compartment, it offers a higher number of pockets overall. You have a hidden pocket in the back, a roomy ball pocket on the outside, a zippered front pocket, a racket compartment, and a main compartment for clothes and shoes. There are two water bottle pockets on the sides as well.
The tennis racket compartment is best for two tennis rackets, though ACOSEN advertises that it can fit three as well. But that’s probably with the main compartment semi-empty.
ACOSEN offers four color options, too, of which purple and rose red catch the eye the most. The gray and black backpacks will work for women who want something more neutral.
All in all, the ACOSEN backpack arguably offers the best value for the money on the list. Some people will like the HEAD backpack more, but this model may work better if you want more pockets.
- Fits up to two rackets
- Plenty of pockets
- Separate pocket for balls
- Four color options
- Nothing to mention
The Only Buying Guide You Will Ever Need For Women’s Tennis Bags
Shopping for a tennis bag is relatively easy, but you may want to pay attention to a couple of things.
When it comes to features, tennis bags are identical regardless of gender, so what I’ll talk about below would be useful for men as well.
First up, we have the bag style.
You’ve probably noticed from my reviews that tennis bags are available in different styles and formats. The most popular types of tennis bags are as follows:
- Tennis racket bags (sometimes called tour bags)
- Tennis sling bags
- Tennis backpacks
- Tennis tote bags
- Tennis duffel bags
- Tennis bags with wheels
They all do more or less the same thing, but it’s easy to choose wrong if you don’t know what the differences between these bag styles are.
Tennis racket bags
These bags are designed to hold specifically tennis rackets. Depending on size, tennis racket bags can hold from one to nine rackets, perhaps even more. They may also have zippered pockets for small items, but unlike the other types, tennis racket bags aren’t the best for shoes and clothes.
Now, if you get a tennis racket bag for three rackets but only carry one racket, then you’ll have some spare space for other tennis items as well. But I think this is not ideal because tennis racket bags aren’t as easy to organize as backpacks or duffel bags.
When it comes to racket storage, tennis racket bags tend to have the best protection. Most importantly, they often boast insulation to keep your rackets away from excessive cold or heat.
We had one tennis racket bag on the list, which is Wilson Advantage. This thing doesn’t have advanced protection features, but it’s cheap and fits three rackets.
Tennis sling bags
Sling bags work best for those who want to have a more compact tennis bag. Obviously, sling bags won’t fit a whole lot of equipment, but they don’t take up much space and don’t get too heavy.
Tennis sling bags are also relatively comfortable to wear, and they work nicely when you need to cover a considerable distance on foot.
As for specific recommendations, I suggest the Athletico Sling Bag – it’s cheap, space-saving, and seems pretty comfy.
Tennis backpacks are ideal if you are going to cover large distances on foot. The best tennis backpacks feature things like padded shoulder straps, chest straps, and advanced harnesses to evenly distribute the weight of the equipment throughout the body.
Tennis backpacks are great when it comes to organization as well. They have multiple compartments to help you keep clothes, shoes, and equipment neat and structured. This may not be a big deal for some people, but it sure is a nice bonus.
But when it comes to racket protection, backpacks are inferior to racket bags. Most backpacks only fit the racket head, while the handle sticks out. But unless the weather is harsh, this is fine.
When shopping for a backpack, pay particular attention to comfort. The most comfortable tennis backpacks will have:
- Well-padded shoulder straps
- Chest and hip straps for additional support
- Breathable mesh back panels for ventilation
Tennis equipment can get really heavy, so any extra bit of comfort will help you tremendously. But the price obviously goes up with more fancy backpacks.
From my list, I think that the best ladies’ tennis backpack was the HEAD Tour Team Backpack – I liked this backpack for its dedicated shoe compartment. If you want many pockets, the ACOSEN Tennis Backpack may work better, and it’s also slightly cheaper.
Tennis tote bags
Tote bags are compact and are arguably the most stylish kind of tennis bags you can find. I feel that tote bags will appeal to many women, but there are a few things to keep in mind.
Most importantly, tote bags are pretty small and perhaps aren’t the right choice if you are going to have a lot of stuff with you. On the other hand, tote bags are light and very easy to carry.
The Wilson Women’s Tennis Tote Bag begs to differ, though, offering perhaps the best internal organization I have ever seen in ladies’ tennis tote bags. It has plenty of pockets, and it even features an insulated compartment for food and beverages!
Tennis duffel bags
Next, we have duffel bags. Duffel bags are typically larger than other bag styles. Some duffel bags may also be able to fit tennis rackets entirely, but most don’t.
Duffel bags are great if you’ll be traveling by car or bus. On foot, duffel bags aren’t too comfortable – they typically have only one shoulder strap, so they don’t distribute weight across the body evenly.
And in terms of organization, duffel bags are often better than backpacks thanks to their larger size.
The Nike Brasilia Small Duffel is a perfect duffel tennis bag, in my opinion. It’s reasonably large and offers the most storage space on our list.
Tennis bags with wheels
Wheeled tennis bags are the right choice if you want maximum storage space. These bags are outrageously large and heavy, but they are the best for storage and organization.
Wheeled tennis bags often have retractable handles as well, like traditional trolley travel cases.
Design and looks
Girls like things to be on the cuter and “girlier” side, so looks may matter to you a lot when shopping for the best tennis bag. But it’s difficult to give specific recommendations here.
Just pick whatever you like the most. Some women won’t mind a more manly backpack, while others will want to stand out with pink color or intricate shapes.
With that said, if you don’t care about looks much, then know that you will have access to a much wider range of bags, possibly with way better features than women’s tennis bags. I think that features are more important than looks, though you shouldn’t ignore your gut feeling too.
One of the main reasons to buy a tennis bag is to protect your equipment from outdoor elements. Although the average bag will provide enough protection for most situations, some people may want more.
The two most important things in terms of protection to look for are:
- Insulation. Excessive heat and cold can damage tennis rackets, so if the climate in your area is harsh, definitely consider investing in a well-insulated bag.
- Moisture protection. If you are going to carry clothes in your bag, it should have at least one moisture-protected compartment. You should stuff wet clothes in this compartment to prevent damage to other items.
When it comes to racket protection, the Wilson Advantage racket bag is the best on our list since it fits tennis rackets entirely.
Storage and organization
The more compartments a tennis bag has, the better you will be able to organize your items.
Although you could stuff all your items into one compartment, this isn’t quite ideal. Moisture from sweat-soaked clothes could damage your tennis balls or racket, while dirty shoes could turn everything they touch into a mess.
I like to keep my things organized and find a place for everything in my bag. Shoes go into one compartment, the water bottle goes into its dedicated pocket, while my racket should be in a completely separate compartment. This makes managing items easy, as well as protects equipment from damage.
Your tennis bag should be durable too. Look for things like reinforced double-stitching, resistance to tearing and ripping, and (if provided) consider the fabric denier. The higher the denier, the tougher the fabric is.
Read buyer reviews, too – if a tennis bag has durability issues, you will find out.
Frequently Asked Questions
And as always, let’s have a look at answers to some frequently asked questions to give you a better idea of what you are dealing with and what to expect from a tennis bag.
Do you need a tennis bag?
A tennis bag is an excellent investment – it allows you to carry your tennis gear conveniently and safely.
Although a good gym bag could work just as well, tennis bags often come with features that target tennis sport specifically. Most importantly, they have roomy compartments that are designed to hold rackets.
I guess you could still use a gym bag for your tennis equipment, but the added features of specialized tennis bags are definitely worth it.
What should I keep in my tennis bag?
Here’s what you can put in your tennis bag:
- Your tennis racket
- Tennis balls
- A water bottle
- Your towel
- Your tennis attire – clothes and shoes
- Sun protection
- Extra clothes
You could put anything else you need into your tennis bag as well. But be sure to keep your items organized to avoid damaging anything.
What size tennis bag should I get?
This depends on what you want to carry.
If you need to have multiple rackets on you, then pick a bigger specialized tennis racket bag. Tennis racket bags are great if you want a separate bag for no gear other than your tennis rackets.
Tennis bags like backpacks and duffel bags, in contrast, will be nice if you want to carry not only rackets but also clothes, shoes, snacks, and water. And needless to say, the more items you want to have on you, the larger your bag should be (duh).
If you already have a tennis bag, then determine if it’s enough for you. If it’s not, then get something bigger. Otherwise, you probably won’t benefit from a larger tennis bag.
So yeah, that was my take on the best tennis bags for ladies!
Do share with me what you think in the comments below – complaints, questions, or recommendations. If you have a favorite tennis bag of yours too, please let us know!
When choosing a ladies’ tennis bag, you should value usability and convenience more than looks. If I were to choose between the two, I would always go for usability, though I probably wouldn’t choose a bad-looking bag.