What’s Next for Your Wilson BLX?
10 Repurposing Ideas for Your Used Tennis Racquets
I’ll bet when the Wilson Sporting Goods Company began manufacturing tennis racquets in 1917, they never would have guessed their top notch equipment would one day be utilized as a table, wall art, or a belt holder.
After all, their list of star power includes some of the top rated tennis players in the world; Roger Federer, Serena Williams, and Victoria Azarenka are all Wilson BLX-toting pro players who have won grand slam events with their Wilson’s in hand.
Yet, thanks to websites like Pinterest, where subscribers pin an array of craft and décor ideas to their reader boards, expended and antique tennis racquets are ‘serving’ up a whole new purpose today.
When involved in any sport, we tend to acquire quite a collection of sporting goods and paraphernalia, which we can’t seem to part with. No matter how many times that box of tennis racquets is moved around the garage, or from home to home, and no matter how many mental notes we make to donate it and clean house, that old box stays with us like a stray pup.
Why is that, I wonder; sentiment perhaps? “Hey, here’s my old Wilson Jack Kramer racquet!” “This one belonged to my gramps. I remember him showing me how to hit my first tennis ball with this racquet. Arthur Ashe, Billy Jean King, and John McEnroe all won grand slam matches using a Wilson Jack Kramer; I can’t get rid of that!” And the self-conversing and justification continues….. This one was a gift, that one was used to win my first big match, and, before you know it, you have a box of 5-8 tennis racquets’ collecting dust, next to that bag of flat tennis balls you’re saving for that chocolate lab you’re going to get some day.
Sentiment aside, keeping up with the latest in tennis racquet technology will keep your collection growing by leaps and bounds, even though you swear the Wilson Pro Staff Six One 90 BLX you, and Roger Federer, are currently sporting, is ‘the one’.
Before that box of sentiment disappears from the garage, at the hands of a less sentimental spouse, here are a few ideas from some craft-minded tennis players who have scored by putting their old racquets to good use. These innovative players have transformed their racquets into wall mirrors, photo frames, cork boards, and trophy holders, to name a few. Not only are their racquets safe from a trip to the Salvation Army, they have been brought back to life with a whole new purpose.
Ten ideas for transforming your own box of memories
1) Three-legged table, originally pinned by Pinterest user tennisdiva619
2) Wall mirrors, originally pinned by Pinterest user tennisdiva619
3) Fabric covered cork boards, originally pinned by Pinterest user tennisdiva619
4) Photo frames, originally pinned by Pinterest user tennisdiva619
5) Colorful wall art originally pinned by Pinterest user HensandChicksCollective/Whitcomb & Co.
6) Framed wall art/Originally pinned by Pinterest user Centsationalgirl.com
7) Trophy holder, originally pinned by Pinterest user junkmarketstyle.com by Brian Carlisle
8) Fishing net, originally pinned by Pinterest user tennisdiva619
9) Belt holder/, originally pinned by Pinterest user tennisdiva619
10) Trellis, originally pinned by Pinterest user tennisdiva619
I’ll bet you even have a few ideas of your own to share; I’ll be looking for them!
Published August 2012
Client: Do It Tennis