With Wimbledon starting today, it’s that time of year again: when British people kid ourselves that we’re going to be the next Heather Watson or Andy Murray, start batting some balls around at the local park, and then realise that tennis is a lot harder than it looks on TV. But if you’re a serious player, or you want some incentive to keep up with your new favourite hobby, here are some gadgets, apps, and accessories that we think are ace. (Sorry.)
Spinfire Pro 1 Tennis Ball Machine
Hey, no one ever said that tennis was for the cash-strapped. There's a reason Wimbledon finals tickets are £2667 – gotta keep the riff raff out. But if you are in the money and looking for a serious piece of training equipment, this ball machine will save you a lot of running around, allowing you to get on with improving your serve. It can be set to have a ball speed of 20 to 70 mph with topspin or underspin, and an interval of 2 to 20 seconds. It will store 200 balls and has wheels so it's easy to move around. Fully charged, it will keep going for 2.5 hours (whether you will is another matter).
It's (hold onto your sweatband) £1,439.95 from RacquetDepot.