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Rick's Picks: Gifts for the tennis player and enthusiast

If you are at a standstill when it comes to that last minute holiday gift for the tennis fan or player on your list, is here to help. Tennis fanatics love anything tennis, so lucky for them, 2016 has been a great year for new equipment and there is even more potential for 2017.

Tecnifibre Racquets, Bag and Strings Tecnifibre, the tennis equipment manufacturer that brings technology into the fold, could be one-stop shopping for the tennis enthusiast on your list. From their new racquets to some of the most durable and well constructed bags, to an assortment of strings, Tecnifibre makes things easy when shopping for tennis equipment.

When it comes to frames, the latest is the T-Fight DC line with more power, more control and a frame that is very easy on the arm and elbow.

And don't forget about Tecnifibre accessories like strings, grips and bags.

Personalized Tennis Balls from Chalk Talk Sports

  • Personalize this tennis ball with your text to make it a truly one of a kind gift! Use as a display ball for coaches, players, parents, and fans. Great for senior gifts, holiday gifts, and party favors! One sided black graphic included.

  • Features

  • Official regulation size tennis balls

  • Maximum printable area is apprx. 1.5" diameter Online photo may not be exact representation of size

  • Please note: Printed tennis balls for display purpose only. Printing may come off or become damaged if played with over time. Due to the printing process, the tennis balls may lose some air pressure.

  • No set-up costs

Tennis With the Stars 2017

Give the ultimate tennis experience and pair it with a trip to the Greater Palm Springs area for Tennis With the Stars at the Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort in Rancho Mirage.

In its third year, the Tennis with the Stars features an exclusive, intimate gathering of some of the world’s top tennis players as a kickoff to the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, CA. The tennis festival presents a rare opportunity for a limited number of amateur tennis players, spectators, and VIPs to have an up close and personal experience with the tennis stars, both on-and-off the court.

The 2016 event was headlined by Wimbledon finalist and World No. 3 Garbine Muguruza, Wimbledon finalist and former World No. 6 (2014) Eugenie Bouchard, World No. 8 Japanese stand-out Kei Nishikori, World No. 9 and French No. 1 Richard Gasquet. 2017 stars to be announced.

Event Date: Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Location: Rancho Las Palmas Country Club at Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa

Parking: General parking will be available at the Resort side for $5. Shuttles will be provided to Rancho Las Palmas

Country Club. Free parking and shuttle to all overnight guests staying at the resort with a valid room number.

Schedule of Events:

1:30pm - Welcome Pro Am (Limited availability. Amateur players advance registration required)

2pm - 5pm - Pro Am Tournament (winners earn a chance to play with-and-against the Stars in the evening exhibition)

4pm – Facility opens for General Admission and VIP Ticket Holders

5pm - 6pm - Tennis with the Stars Exhibition on Stadium Court

6pm - 7pm - VIP Champagne Reception (VIP Spectator, Pro Am and VIP All Star passes only)

Stay and Play VIP Packages here:

Tennis With The Stars is proud to support ACEing Autism on both a national and local level in 2017. A portion of the event proceeds will benefit ACEing Autism's program launch at the Rancho Las Palmas Country club in 2017; providing therapeutic activity and interaction for Coachella Valley-area children on the autism spectrum.

Confirmed stars for 2017 so far include a return appearance by Genie Bouchard and newcomer, Taylor Fritz.

Make your plans now!

Each July, the best tennis players on the planet come to Atlanta and Atlantic Station for the BB&T Atlanta Open. Just in time for the holidays, the BB&T Atlanta Open is offering a “Holiday Pack” which includes two Golf Level tickets to one session (Mon – Thur) and a t-shirt and a tournament program to go along with all the tennis action. All for $99, but this is for a limited time only. Visit the BB&T Atlanta Open’s website to secure your package.

Tennis and Skiing at Wintergreen Resort

Mix in some skiing with the great tennis program at Wintergreen.

Wintergreen Resort is an 11,000-acre, four-season resort located in the Blue Ridge Mountains southwest of Charlottesville, Va. This beautiful hideaway is the ultimate vacation and conference spot, nearly 230 condominium-style accommodations; 45 holes of championship golf; snow skiing, snowboarding and snow tubing; an award-winning tennis program; a full-service, destination spa; 40,000 square feet of meeting and event space; and savory dining options. The resort is located adjacent to the Blue Ridge Parkway in beautiful central Virginia near Charlottesville, just 90 minutes from Richmond, Va., three hours from Washington, D.C. and Raleigh, N.C., five and a half hours from Philadelphia, and eight hours from Atlanta. For more information, guests can call (434) 325-2200 or visit the resort’s web site at

The subscription box by tennis players- for tennis players.

Give the gift of tennis, delivered right to your or a friend's door each month of the year with Tennis Trunk. The December box is packed with goodies for the holidays and tennis in the new year.

Tennis Trunk is a monthly box of carefully selected tennis gear and equipment. Tennis Trunk was started by a tennis coach and he knows the stuff players need. See how easy it is to give the gift of "tennis" at

Have a Merry Christmas and good luck on the courts in 2017!

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