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The Ever Expanding World of Designer Tennis Bags for Women

Updated on February 23, 2016

Tennis bags for women have come a long way since the days of the big, bold and bulky tennis bags that were designed for men. Lacking nothing in function, durability and capacity there are a plethora of stylish tennis bags made just for women and their need to not only do it all, but look great while doing it.

Top designers in the industry, Jill LaCorte of Cortiglia, Stephanie Sumarsono of Court Couture, Liz Waggoner of 40 Love Courture, Lynne Burns of Maggie Mather and a long list of other pioneering women, have all agreed on one point: pro tennis bags are too bulky, too heavy and to bland for female tennis players.

An informal poll on a Women'sTennisApparel.com recently revealed that most women, pros excluded, carry no more than two tennis racquets. Most of the tennis bags discussed in this post carry two or three racquets, but some designers have bags that carry four. One designer has even custom modified a bag from her tournament collection to fit 12 racquets (read below to find out who).

Luxurious fabrics and materials are an important part of fashion and often times don't make the translation into the rugged world of sports. These amazing women have pulled off this daring feat and hidden, reinforced or tucked fun, bright, and supple materials into everyone of their fabulous tennis bags. Some more than others, but where would we be without diversity and options?

Designer tennis bags for women are as diverse as the women who carry them. Are you a high maintenance woman who can wear white all day? Are you a busy professional who needs it all together, in one place, at all times? Are you the rough and tumble tomboy who appreciates the durability inherent in men's products? Are you super mom? Or are you a fine blend of all these women, rolled into one? Chances are you will find the right bag for you with the right blend of features, fabrics, colors, lines and capacity just right for you and your unique personality.

Every woman knows that looking great and feeling great translates into a great performance, on and off the court. The tennis bags described below are a large sampling of what is available for women today. Save yourself, save your friends, save your wives, sisters and daughters from the mediocrity that (as much as we love you) is a man's tennis bag.

-The Luxurious Tennis Bags of Cortiglia-

Treating yourself right has never been more important

These hand-made, Italian Leather luxury tennis bags cost a pretty penny, but are worth every cent and could possibly be the last tennis bag you ever have to buy. The entire line includes the Belvedere, the Marina, the Sonoma and the newest addition to the Cortiglia family, the Tahoe.

LaCorte designs every Cortiglia bag herself, with inspiration and suggestions from friends and family. According to LaCorte, she was on vacation in 2008 when she and a friend were discussing the sorry selection women had in tennis bags.

All of the available tennis bags at the time, according to LaCorte, were made for 6 foot tall men. Not only were the bags too big, but the straps were always falling off of her shoulders.

When LaCorte began playing tennis, she used the racquet cover that came with her bag and carried her tennis balls in her hands, but as she got more involved with the game and needed more equipment she discovered that she didn't like the overly-large, "brand-emblazoned" tennis bags made for men. She started using a houndstooth Tory Burch tote for her tennis gear. She received so many compliments, and so many women asked her where she got her 'tennis bag,' that Cortiglia was born.

-The High Fashion Curves of Court Couture-

Couture fashion and a practical use of space.

Court Couture tennis bags are spacious and roomy with an extra helping of couture fashion. For the woman who must have it all together as they are running out the door with style and grace, this is the tennis bag they need to have at their side.

The Court Couture collection includes the Cassanova, the Barcelona, the junior Barcelona and the Savanah.

Stephanie Sumarsono, owner and designer of Court Couture tennis bags, noted in a 2011 interview that before she came out with her line of tennis bags for women, the big name tennis companies had no fashionable options for women.

Sumarsono began researching materials and manufacturers in 2008, she looked the world over, and received her first bag in 2009. Since then her couture tennis bags have been seen in Country Clubs, tennis boutiques and even on TV.

Sumarsono said she understands what women want: that they want style and they want fashion. She said that women want to look good on the court and they want a tennis bag that is going to match their mini skirt and shoes. Is that so much to ask?

Sumarsono's line of designer tennis bags fit that description, to a T. The Court Couture line is distinguished by Croc-embossed faux leather, high fashion curves and coordinating hardware. With almost 20 different looks to her flagship bag (the Cassanova) there is sure to be something in her line that matches something in your 'tennis' closet, if not everything.

-Custom Made in the U.S.A. 40 Love Courture-

Create and customize with fabrics and monograms

What sets the 40 Love Courture collection apart from the rest is that they are made in the U.S.A. and made to order. These large capacity designer tennis bags are trimmed in a whimsical grosgrain ribbon and riveted with Swarovski crystals.

"I decided it would be fun to combine my love of tennis and my fetish for great handbags to come up with a unique line of tennis bags," said Liz Waggoner, owner and designer of 40 Love Courture tennis bags. "I just knew that there had to be many other women out there craving something different."

Waggoner said that function and durability are the most important features when designing her tennis bags. She said she believes that her bags are lifetime bags and that if treated right, this could be the last tennis bag you ever buy.

The 40 Love Courture collection includes the Violet tennis tote, the Elizabeth and Betsy tennis backpacks, the Clark tournament bag, the Molly racquet cover and a children's collection of the above styles.

Upon ordering a 40 Love Courture tennis bag, women can choose from a dozen different fabrics, half a dozen different fonts and as many different styles of monogramming. Creating this bag is as much fun as toting it around and seeing how much you can pack into it at one time.

-The Simplicity of a Maggie Mather-

Clean lines and simple design

Clean lines and simplicity of design distinguish Maggie Mather tennis bags from the rest. These are the bags for the woman who needs a tennis bag that she doesn't have to baby.

Durable nylon and sturdy hardware come together in an attractive, yet practical display of what it is to be a graceful woman with a rugged disposition. All Maggie tennis bags are lined in a fun and supple, yet durable zebra striped lining.

"We love bright colors and I love looking in a purse and seeing something fun pop out at me," commented Lynne Burns, owner and designer of Maggie Mather tennis bags.

Burns started her company in 2002 and said that she has continued to strive for higher quality and more purposeful designs since then. Burns designs the bags herself, taking inspiration from her travels. Once the bag is constructed, she has several tennis players, including her two daughters, test it out and give input.

Have You Found Your Perfect Tennis Bag?

The quest for the perfect tennis bag is something all women can understand. Save yourself, save your sisters and save your friends from countless hours searching the web for the information they need before clicking the 'complete purchase' button. Let us know what tennis bag you think best exemplifies sporty function and couture design.

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