How To Pack & Ship a Tennis Racket

From the Davis Cup to Wimbledon, shipping your tennis racket in a secure and easy way is essential to any pro or non-pro player; this is a guide for both. It can be notoriously difficult to find a box that fits and a method to do it. Here, we cover all of those requirements – just follow our simple step-by-step guide below and you will be sipping Pimms court-side in no time.

What do I need to Ship a Tennis Racket?

  • Long cardboard box
  • Bubble wrap
  • Scissors
  • Packaginging tape
  • Your tennis racket

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Two male tennis players on the court

Step 1:

Acquire a box longer than the tennis racket you are trying to ship. If you don’t have a specialist box designed for tennis rackets, then you will find that most boxes just aren’t the right size for them. The best thing to do here is grab a normal long box and simply cut it to size.

Step 2:

Take some scissors and cut your box down to shape. You will want to leave it a little longer than your racket, with a flap at the end like the lid of an envelope.

Step 3:

Now wrap your racket in two layers of bubble wrap. It is best to do this like a cone, but common sense does apply here. Just make sure it’s securely wrapped and use packaging tape to keep it secure.

Step 4:

Now is the time to make your parcel. First, using packaging tape, stick both sides and edges of the box together and leave a slightly longer side (the lid) open, to slip the racket in. Make sure all flaps and panels are properly secured with plenty of packaging tape. It is best practice to wrap packaging tape around the box three times in different directions. More information on packaging guidelines available here.

Step 5:

Layer the box internally in two inches of bubble wrap to create a protective sandwich for your racket. There should be no room for your racket to move. Make sure you stick down the lid of the parcel with more packaging tape. Reinforce any sides, edges and corners – if you have any left over box parts from the cutting stage then slip them inside on either side of the racket for added protection.


ParcelHero Tip: Wrap the package in nice paper if you want a professional finish, especially if it is a gift or sold item.

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