How to Open a Tennis Shop

If you’re not sure how to start your own tennis shop, you’ve come to the right place. Search no further because here you will learn about the different aspects of the business so that you can put up yours with ease. By the end of this article, you will know what to do.

Lots of Americans love to play tennis. The sport is also well loved in other countries all over the world. If you think that there is a need for a tennis shop in your area, it’s a good idea to open one.

When there is demand, you may be able to penetrate the market and meet the needs of tennis enthusiasts. There are some things that you need to consider and you will learn them as you continue reading.

The Shop

Where is the shop going to be located? The location of the shop is vital and it should be in a place where people usually pass by. If you have enough capital to purchase a new shop (land and building), you can make the purchase but if you can’t afford it, you can always rent or lease; find a building at the town or city center that is offered for lease. Inquire about it and if you think the rate is reasonable, sign the contract to lease out the property. Another thing to consider is the shop itself. You can hire someone who can decorate the shop for you. You will need to designate an area for the tennis equipment like racquets, balls, and accoutrements. You can sell accessories like vibration dampers, racket handles, sweat bands, and specialized shoes. Make sure that the shop is designed to provide customers a comfortable shopping experience.

Other Considerations

Running a tennis shop alone can be overwhelming. Getting additional help is necessary to ensure that the business is operating efficiently. You can get 1-2 employees if it’s a small business. You can hire more if you’re running a larger tennis shop. You should also consider the salaries of your employees and benefits. Aside from that, you will also decide on the suppliers. Make sure that you pick a reputable and established supplier where you can get quality tennis equipment and accessories. You can use the web when looking for a potential supplier. If the local market is not enough, you can always tap on the global market by creating a website for your business. You can also ask professionals to help you in creating a high traffic and SEO optimized tennis shop website. This may require additional costs but you also get to enjoy the many benefits that come along with it. Don’t forget to settle all the legal requirements of your business to avoid any problems in the future. Your lawyer may be able to help you with this one.


  • Vikram said on January 17, 2011
    Hi I am opening a snooker, table tennis shop in hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India. I just want to know legal procedures and any tips Thanks Regards Vikram Varma
  • Aaron said on May 6, 2011
    I am thinking of opening a tennis shop in Indianapolis, IN. However I am having trouble finding information on good suppliers. The internet seems riddled with companies that cannot guarantee that I am receiving 100% authentic equipment. Any ideas? I do not want to get caught up selling "knock-off" equipment by one of the manufacturers.
  • Vaibhav Chhatwani said on June 21, 2011
    I am interested in opening a tennis retail shop in Jaipur,Rajasthan, INDIA. I need to know the initial capital required including land.
  • melissa said on February 6, 2013
    How much will it cost when I put up tennis shop or sport accessories. Thanks
  • Daniel said on August 29, 2013
    I am hoping to open up a tennis on-line business and the first question is how can I open up an account with Wilson, Prince or Head company? What will be the steps that I should take? And the second question is the wholesale status. How can I become a authorized dealer, so that I can buy my supplies at wholesale prices? Thank you. D
  • Jorge said on September 3, 2013
    @Daniel- I am also trying to open a on-line store to service central and Latin America. Please share with me some of your experience so far. Thank you ! Jorge
  • A said on July 2, 2014
    I'm thinking to start tennis shop in my area Columbus, GA. I need information and how much investment.
  • jamyl said on September 1, 2014
    please help me to open a tennis shop in San Jose CA
  • Kent Okamura said on September 18, 2017
    Greetings Everyone, I am an American citizen currently living in Hiroshima, Japan. I am looking to start a tennis pro shop here in Japan and I would like some advice. First, I need to know about the legality of me starting a business. What type of VISA do I need? How does taxing work being an American business owner living in Japan? Etc.

    Second, where can I go about contracting with suppliers? If possible, I would like to contract with American suppliers of tennis brands. If not, does anyone have knowledge of the business in Japan and where most Japanese retail tennis shops get their merchandise? Your help and advice would be greatly appreciated.


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