How can I reuse or recycle tennis rackets?

Tennis racketA suggestion from JH753 (I’m guessing that’s not their real name, unless they’re a car number plate : ) ):

When the kids were growing up, they used to play tennis all summer and got through a fair number of tennis rackets. Most of the time we just replaced them when a string got busted or they got a better racket as a birthday present when they decided they wanted to make a bit of an investment in their hobby.

I didn’t want to throw them out because it seemed wasteful but I didn’t bother getting them fixed either or giving them away because I was ‘too busy’ so they just stacked up in the garage.

What can I do with them? Most of them were quite cheap to start with so now a good few years old aren’t worth selling on or getting restringed.

So has anyone got any suggestions? I guess my first thought would be giving away the ones that are still in alright condition to a charity shop but what about ones with broken strings?

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11 Responses to “How can I reuse or recycle tennis rackets?”

  1. bev says:

    Sieving little stones out of soil?

  2. Rúna Björg says:

    Use them as a “luftguitar”.

  3. dave says:

    snow shoes

  4. Rosalind says:

    Rug beater. Or strainer for getting leaves out of ponds. Or tie a bag to it and pick out-of-reach fruit by knocking them gently into the bag.

  5. Katz says:

    post them on – the posts are free there. Specify that strings are broken – I am sure there would be 2-3 people wanting them anyway, because it’s not that difficult to put new strings on.
    You can also ask at a local school’s sports centre if they can make use of them – it would be much cheaper for the school to restring them then to buy new ones, and they wouldn’t care that much in school about the quality of the rackets.

  6. Pat says:

    When I lived in an apartment, the maintenance man would have to trim paint around the apartment complex. There were always large red wasps, he loved to swat them with tennis or badminton rackets, said they cut right into the wasps….I wouldn’t try it myself, though. I left them alone and they left me alone.

  7. Sandeep says:

    Hello I am an artist and have been looking for old broken rackets, if you intrested please email me. Thanks.

  8. Allen says:

    Sandeep, I also have several rackets if you would like them, they are really old, wooden actually.

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