In spring, our hearts start to race at the sound of a tennis racket whacking an unsuspecting little ball.
Look great on and off the court with the gear we've rounded up here from local tennis shops. Need a little help to make your game look as good as your outfit? We've also provided a handy list of places to take lessons.
Start with a winning racket
Here, a trio to try:
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The Wilson Stratus Three BLX: It's all about the bigger sweet spot or hitting zone in addition to imparting a greater feel for the ball. $249.99. Colonial Country Club Tennis Shop.
The Babolat AeroPro Drive: Thanks to its use by No. 1-ranked Rafael Nadal, this racket has become a favorite, and this particular model features subtle design changes and a popping color scheme. $189. The Tennis Shop at TCU.
Head's YouTek Speed MP 300: This one features Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic's mug on its promotional material, giving you an idea of its world-class quality. $199. Golfsmith Golf & Tennis.
Put on a perfect outfit
This smart-looking skort from Lija has squared-off, pleated edges and comes in a moisture-wicking fabric. $69. The Tennis Shop at TCU.
These Adidas Performance dresses are made with ClimaLite fabric, which directs sweat away from a player's skin. $40 each. Golfsmith Golf & Tennis.
Lija's Fuse Mercury tank features a trademark combination of flattering style and attention to subtle detail ($75), while the brand's Compression Enliven Skort, accented with a swirling abstract pattern, projects plenty of attitude ($85). Colonial Country Club Tennis Shop.
If the shoe fits ...
The Babolat Propulse 3 features two reinforcing Velcro straps for support -- one across the front tongue and one behind the ankle. $109. The Tennis Shop at TCU.
The new T-22 from Prince boasts a mesh construction that makes the shoe not only cooler but also lighter than most other athletic footwear. $94. Ridglea Country Club Tennis Shop.
Don't leave home without the extras
The sunglasses: Top: The Attack Mela-Lens sunglasses from Sundog Eyewear feature mini-vents at the top to prevent the lenses from fogging up while you are hitting that winning volley. $44. Southlake Tennis Center. Bottom: Accented in subtle red and black stripes, this Paula Creamer design from Sundog Eyewear is made with nonpolarized lenses (with all the required UVA and UVB protection) to allow better tracking of your opponent's serve. $70. Southlake Tennis Center.
The headbands: Halo's latest headbands come with "VisaEndurance ion technology," which eliminates sweat-based odors, while channeling sweat away from your eyes. $15 each. The Tennis Shop at TCU.
The sunscreen: Techniblock Ultra Sunscreen protects with the power of SPF 30, and its nongreasy, water- and sweat-resistant formula lasts up to six hours on a hot court. $11.99 for a 4.17-ounce can. Ridglea Country Club Tennis Shop.
The bag: This whimsical bag from Mad Pax comes decorated with playful spines and in the proper shade of TCU purple. $56. The Tennis Shop at TCU.