Choose best tennis racquet for beginners

New to Tennis? A Brief Racquet Primer for Beginners

Tennis is a fun, healthy way to exercise and compete—but not without the right racquet.

Just starting out? Don’t know which is right and what is wrong? No worries. If you’re a beginner, this buyer’s guide is for you. It will help you choose a suitable racquet out of the thousands on the market today, so that you can make the most out of your on-court potential.

When shopping for your first racquet, bear in mind the following criteria: the racquet’s materials and pricing, head size, weight, balance, length, and grip size. Let’s get down into the details.

Best tennis racquet choosing tips

Best tennis racquet choosing tips

  1. Materials & Pricing

Racquets today can be broadly (and somewhat crudely) divided into two categories: Frames made primarily out of aluminum, and frames made primarily out of graphite.

Aluminum frames are usually sold pre-strung (i.e., with strings). They’re a great choice if you’re unsure you want to commit to playing long-term, or you just want to whack a few balls around with friends. What’s more, they’re affordable, only about $30 in sporting goods stores.

But if you are looking to commit to the game—and plan to join a team and/or take lessons—go ahead and buy a racquet made out of graphite. A graphite frame’s light weight and rigid construction make it much more powerful and accurate. And, if you take care of it, it should last you for multiple years.

The prices of graphite frames range greatly, from about $60 to upwards of $300. If you’re on a budget, a great way to get value for your money is to go online or to your local pro shop and look for sales on older, discontinued models. Sometimes you can find an extremely nice racquet that’s only a few years old for less than $100.

  1. Head Size

Another consideration is a racquet’s head size, or the size of the area where the strings are. Head size is by and large provided in square inches. The smaller the head, the more maneuverable and control-oriented the racquet will be; the bigger the head, the more margin for error and power a racquet will have. Most beginners should use a racquet with a head size between 100 and 115 sq. in.—on the smaller end of the spectrum if you’re coordinated and/or looking to develop long, fluid swings through practice and lessons.

  1. Weight

A third thing to keep in mind is the racquet’s weight, usually given in ounces. Generally speaking, a light racquet will be more maneuverable; a heavy racquet will be more stable. Beginners should choose a racquet that weighs somewhere between 9.5 and 11 ounces—on the heavier end if you’re strong or relatively athletic.

  1. Balance

A further consideration is balance, which tells whether a racquet has more of its weight distributed toward the tip (head heavy) or toward the handle (head light). A racquet’s balance is usually measured in a unit called “points,” and can make a big difference in how heavy a racquet feels when swung. If you take two racquets, for example, one with a head-heavy balance and another with a head-light balance, both of which weigh exactly the same: the head-heavy racquet will feel noticeably heavier to swing.

To a certain extent, balance is a matter of personal preference; some people, usually more advanced players, like head-light racquets, while others prefer head-heavy ones. If you’re just starting out, choose a racquet that has a balance somewhere between 5 pts. headlight and 5 pts. headheavy—and, most of all, feels comfortable to swing.

  1. Length

Finally, make sure you buy a racquet with the right length, which is measured from the cap of its handle to the top of its head. Longer racquets, the theory goes, give you more leverage on serves and greater reach on volleys; shorter racquets are more maneuverable. Until you’ve played long enough to know what your strengths and weaknesses are—and what you need from your racquet—it’s best to play with a racquet with a standard length, or 27 inches.

  1. Grip Size

Lastly, pay attention to grip size, or how big the racquet’s handle is. (It will be listed on the butt of the handle.) Most women use a grip size between 4 1/8” and 4 3/8”, while most men use a size between 4 3/8” and 4 5/8”. Choose a grip size that feels comfortable in your hand—or ask a knowledgeable tennis professional, at a club or pro shop, if you’re unsure of your size. If you’re in between two grip sizes, buy the racquet with the smaller size; a grip can easily be built up (about 1/16th inch) by adding an overgrip.

To Sum It Up

—Materials: If you’re unsure of your commitment, buy an aluminum racquet. If you’re looking to start playing competitively, buy a graphite racquet.

—Head Size: Choose a racquet between 100 sq. in. and 115 sq. in.

—Weight: Pick a racquet that weighs between 9.5 oz. and 11 oz.

—Balance: Choose a racquet with a balance between 5 pts. headlight and 5 pts. headheavy.

—Length: Pick a 27 in., standard length racquet.

—Grip Size: Choose a grip that feels comfortable in your hand.

—When in doubt, speak with a tennis professional or certified racquet technician.

October 2008

October 2008
October 29th, 2008World #1 Rafael Nadal and Juan Monaco defeated Mark and Mahesh 6-4, 6-2 in the 2nd round of the BNP Paris Masters. It was a tough match and Monaco/Nadal did well on their service games. Mark will now head back home for a few days of rest, and then will fly to Shanghai to prepare for the Masters Cup.
October 26th, 2008Give it up for Mr. Knowles. He earned his 50th career title today, joining elite company, as he and Mahesh put away Kas/Kohlschreiber 6-3, 6-3 to win the titel in Basel! The victory marks the 3rd on the season for Mark and Mahesh. The two did well capitalizing on break points, winning 3/4 of them, while only facing one on their serve, which they didn’t drop.

They’ll move on to play the Paris Masters, the last event before the year end Masters Cup. A tricky 2nd round match looms, as they will either play the wildcard tandem of Mahut/Mathieu, or Monaco/Nadal. To see the full draw, click

October 25th, 2008Another solid win in Basel put Mark and Mahesh into another final, as they defeated Acasuso/Calleri 7-5, 6-2. After an up and down first set, the boys managed to squeak out with a late break. They worked out any kinks they may have had in the 2nd set, breaking to go up 4-2, and then again to close out the match. It’s the 2nd straight year Mark has made the final, so let’s hope this year equates to a title. Who they will face in the final will be determined later today.

October 24th, 2008

Mark and Mahesh fought back to win a three set match against Kerr/Nieminen in the quarterfinals of Basel, winning 5-7, 6-3, 10-5. After dropping a close first set, Mark and Mahesh came back and controlled the duration of the match. They’ll play Acasuso/Calleri in the semifinals. It’s worth noting that Mark and Mahesh are the only seeded team to advance to the semifinal stage of the tournament.
October 23rd, 2008

A quick, easy match was what exactly Mark and Mahesh needed in the 1st round of Basel. After coming off a final in Madrid, and a four day break, the two came out on fire today against Granollers/Lopez, breezing past the Spanish pairing 6-4, 6-1. The match lasted just 52 minutes and Mark and Mahesh returned extremely well, especially in the 2nd set, as they won 52% of the return points and earned two breaks of service. The opponents in the quarterfinals will be Kerr/Nieminen and that will be played tomorrow.
October 19th, 2008

The run to the Madrid final ended in slight disappointment, as Mark and Mahesh were unable to finish off a strong week with the title. Fyrstenberg/Matkowski were on fire throughout the entire match and earned the victory, which was their first Masters Series title. They took the match 6-4, 6-2 and really pressured Mark and Mahesh on serve. Still, it was a great week for Mark and Mahesh and the run to the final clinched a spot for the year end Masters Cup, so congratulations to Mark and Mahesh on that achievement! The result also saw Mahesh’s ranking vault to #7.

Mark and Mahesh turn to Basel, Switzerland now, where they are the #2 seeded team. They face Granollers/Lopez in the first round.
October 18th, 2008

Back into another final! Mark and Mahesh have reached their 3rd Masters Series Final of the year, with an impressive win over Bjorkman/Ullyett. The two won 6-2, 6-4 and were the far better team throughout the match. Mark and Mahesh won 10 of the first 12 games, before Bjorkman/Ullyett finally managed to get into a little rhythm. Our guys stayed strong though, and clawed back from 0-30 in the final game to win the match. They’ll square off against the Polish team of Fyrstenberg/Matkowski and look for their 3rd title of the year.
October 17th, 2008

Mark and Mahesh are into the semifinals of the Madrid Masters Series after a solid win over Aspelin/Knowle. They won 6-3, 7-5, and served an impressive 11 aces. Mark and Hesh also saved all five break points that they faced. They’ll face Bjorkman/Ullyett in the semifinals. The duo upset the #1 team, the Bryan Brothers in the quarterfinals.
October 15th, 2008

A walkover courtesy of Moya/Nadal has put Mark and Mahesh through to the quarterfinals of AMS Madrid. Nadal is nursing a sore upper thigh.
October 12th, 2008

The draw has been released in Madrid and Mark and Mahesh enjoy a first round bye as the number four seeds. However, their first match won’t be easy, no matter who survives the first round. They’ll face either world #1 in singles Rafael Nadal, who is partnering Carlos Moya, or American tandem and friends James Blake and Mardy Fish, who upset Mark and Mahesh earlier this year in Hamburg. It will be a tough task indeed, but the guys should feel confident coming off a semifinal performance in Vienna. The full draw can be viewed

October 11th, 2008The run in Vienna is over. Mirnyi/Ram came back from a set down to take a three setter against Mark and Mahesh in the semifinals. Mirnyi/Ram, a maiden pairing, improved their play drastically after losing the first set handily and went on to take the match in a closely contested champions tiebreaker. They won 2-6, 6-3, 10-8. Next up for Mark and Mahesh is the Madrid Masters.

October 10th, 2008

Mark and Mahesh defeated Damm/Vizner 7-6, 7-6 in the quarterfinals of Vienna. The scoreline indicates it was tight, but the difference was Mark and Mahesh did much better on 2nd serve points, and also returned well on their opponents 2nd serves. It was the 3rd time this season they defeated the Czech pairing. They’ll now face Mirnyi/Ram, a scratch pairing this week, for the chance to play for the title.
October 8th, 2008

Mark and Mahesh went hunting today and found themselves a Fish and a Parrott. They easily defeated the alternate pairing of Fisher/Parrott 6-1, 6-2 in the first round of Vienna. The match took just 52 minutes and Mark and Mahesh converted 4/6 break points, while saving all three that they faced.
October 4th, 2008

Mark recently spoke at Richland High School in Texas. You can read the full story

here.This week, he and Hesh are back in action in Vienna and

here is the draw. They face Gicquel/Wawrinka in the first round and are seeded second.


Mark Knowles Celebrity Tennis Invitational

The Mark Knowles Celebrity Tennis Invitational is a Charity Event hosted by Mark. It was first held in 2001. The event is held in December and is at the Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island at Nassau (New Providence), Bahamas. The purpose of the event is to raise money for various charities, such as The Sassoon Pediatric Heart Foundation, The Cancer Society, The Association of the Physically Disabled, The Childrens Emergency Hospital, The Boy Scouts of Bahamas, The Special Olympics and scholarships for promising junior tennis players.

2008 Event Information is now avaliable! The event will be held December 5-7 at the Atlantis Resort and Casino, Paradise Island. Please see below for more information about the event, sponsorship opportunities, and prior event photos.


Dear Tennis Supporter,

This is the 8th year that we are staging the Mark Knowles Celebrity Tennis Invitational. We have played host to some of the biggest names in the tennis world such as Andre Agassi, James Blake,  Bob & Mike Bryan, Jim Courier, Robby Ginepri, Tommy Haas, Todd Martin, Fred Stolle, Jennifer Capriati, Amanda Coetzer, Chandra Rubin, Renee Stubbs, Nicole Vaidisova and many others.

The proceeds of the Charity event have enabled us to donate over $300,000 to local children’s charities, including The Sassoon Pediatric Heart Foundation, The Cancer Society, The Association of the Physically Disabled, The Children’s Emergency Hostel, Boy Scouts of Bahamas, The Special Olympics and scholarships for promising junior tennis players. The tremendous response from the sponsors has played the major role in this success and we would like to invite you to join us for the 2008 event on 5th – 7th December. Once again, this event is dedicated to the memory of Gene Scott, a lifelong member of Lyford Cay, and a great friend of Bahamian tennis.

The Celebrity Exhibition will be at the Atlantis Resort & Casino on Paradise Island on Friday afternoon and will offer you, the sponsor, the opportunity to invite your colleagues and clients to sit back and watch the top pros in action.

The Pro/Am doubles event will take place on Saturday and will afford the amateur players the opportunity of playing with the various tennis professionals in a round robin format. There will be a maximum of 14 playing places available for the Platinum Sponsors ($10,000). A Cocktail Reception and Calcutta Auction will take place on Friday night where interested parties will bid on the amateur and professional players to “own” them and therefore participate in a percentage of the prize money.

We take this opportunity of enclosing herewith a sponsorship proposal with a reply form and invite you to support this prestigious event.

Warm Regards,

Mark                                  Vicky

Mark Knowles                  Vicky Knowles

Event Chairman            Event Director


  1. O. Box CB-11911, Nassau, Bahamas

Tel/Fax : (242) 324-8176 ~ E-mail :

Sponsorship Packages


Advertising in international media (Tennis Week) & local media; inclusion in all press releases

Advertising banner / board at event

16 spectator tickets to Pro-Am & Celebrity Tennis Tournament (Friday, December 5, 3:30pm)

8 tickets to cocktail reception & banquet (Friday, December 5, 7:30pm)

2 invitations to a Gala Banquet (Saturday, December 6, 7:30pm)

1 complimentary room for 3 nights (December 4-6) at Royal Towers, Atlantis, Paradise Island

1 player entry to participate in the Pro-Am Tennis Tournament in doubles competition (change partners with top tennis professionals)


Advertising in international media (Tennis Week) & local media; inclusion in all press releases

Advertising banner / board at event

8 spectator tickets to Pro-Am & Celebrity Tennis Tournament (Friday, December 5, 3:30pm)

 4 tickets to cocktail reception & banquet (Friday, December 5, 7:30pm)


4 spectator tickets to Pro-Am & Celebrity Tennis Tournament

2 tickets to cocktail reception & banquet


These are all courtesy of Vicky Knowles and may not be reproduced w/o her permission. Please email the webmaster if you wish to ask for further information about these.

Event Atmosphere

Past Participants

Andre Agassi and James Blake 

Jim Courier                                                     Tommy Haas

   Junkanoo Band

Mark and Andre Agassi with a fan

Mark, Daniel Nestor, The Hon. Neville Wisdom (Bahamas Minister of Sports), Jim Courier, Vicky Knowles (Event Director), James Blake, John Farrington

Mark thanking the crowd

April 2008

April 2008

April 27th, 2008

Rafael Nadal and Tommy Robredo defeated Mark and Mahesh 6-3, 6-3 in the final of Monte Carlo. Nadal became just the second person in history to win both the singles and doubles titles at a Masters Series event. Mark is taking next week off, and then he and Mahesh will be playing in Rome.
April 26th, 2008

Mark and Mahesh defeated Coetzee/Moodie 6-0, 7-5 to advance to the finals in Monte Carlo! They’ll face Nadal/Robredo for the title. Mark and Mahesh have yet to drop a set in the tournament. Let’s hope it stays that way tomorrow.
April 25th, 2008

Another win for Mark and Mahesh puts them in the semifinals in Monte Carlo. The two defeated Aspelin/Knowle 6-2, 6-3 and it was a milestone win for Mahesh as he earned career doubles win #500! They’ll face Coetzee/Moodie in the semifinals.

April 23rd, 2008

Mark and Mahesh defeated Melo/Sa 6-4, 6-3 to advance to the quarterfinals in Monte Carlo. The two saved all six break points they faced against the Brazilans.They face Aspelin/Knowle next. Here is the draw.
April 12th, 2008

The Bahamas stayed alive in their tie against Paraguay, as Mark and Marvin Rolle put them on the board, earning a straight sets win in the doubles. They defeated Crosa/Ramirez 6-4, 6-3, 6-3. The Bahamas will have to win the two singles rubbers tomorrow in order to win.
April 5th, 2008

The Bryan Brothers were too much for Mark and Mahesh in the finals of Miami, winning 6-2, 6-2 to earn their 2nd straight title in Miami. The loss came after Mark and Mahesh won four straight three set matches to reach the final. Mark will play in the Davis Cup next and the guys will resume play in Houston, which begins April 14th.
April 3rd, 2008

The streak continues: Mark and Mahesh won yet another tightly contested match, earning a win over Damm/Vizner 7-6, 4-6, 11-9 in the semifinals in Miami. They saved three match points in the CTB and fought back to win it. This will be the 3rd final of the year for Mark and Mahesh and they look to get closer to Erlich/Ram in the doubles race. They’ll face the winner of the Bryan Brothers and Coetzee/Moodie for the right of being the champions in Miami!
April 2nd, 2008

Another three set match and another victory! Mark and Mahesh defeated Hanley/Paes 6-2, 6-7, 10-6 in the quarterfinals of the Miami Masters. After losing a tight 2nd set tiebreak, the guys fought hard to earn the match win in the CTB. They await the winner of Damm/Vizner and Gasquet/Tsonga.

March 2008

March 2008

March 31st, 2008

Similarily to their first round match, Mark and Mahesh had to rally from a set down in Miami to win. They defeated Andreev/Malisse 2-6, 6-2, 10-5 to advance to the quarterfinals.


March 29th, 2008

Mark and Mahesh fought back to win their first round match against Berdych/Dlouhy 3-6, 6-3, 10-5 in Miami. It was a good win for Mark as he avenged three losses against Dlouhy from last year and one to Berdych in Sydney this year.


March 19th, 2008

The only team that had a better start to the year than Mark and Mahesh proved why they won the Australian Open, defeating Mark and Mahesh 6-3, 6-4 in the quarterfinals of the Pacific Life Open. The match had eight breaks of serve. Mark and Mahesh had 15-30 on the Israeli duo at 4-5 in the 2nd set but Erlich/Ram were able to close out the match. Still, Mark is 18-5 on the year which is a fantastic start. He and Mahesh will play in Miami next.


March 17th, 2008

A perfect ten! Mark and Mahesh, once again, prevailed in straight sets, earning their 10th victory in a row without dropping a set. The two defeated Davydenko/Kiefer 6-3, 6-4 to move onto the quarterfinals of the Pacific Life Open. They’ll face either Erlich/Ram or Mathieu/Stepanek next. Keep it up guys!


March 16th, 2008

The streak continued for Mark and Mahesh, as they won their 9th match in a row without losing a set. They defeated Kas/Wassen 6-3, 7-6 in the 1st round at the Pacific Life Open. They’ll face Davydenko/Kiefer in the 2nd round.


March 8th, 2008

The first two time title winners of 2008 were determined today and Mark and Mahesh achieved that feat, defeating Damm/Vizner 7-5, 7-6 to clinch the Dubai title. Again, Mark and Mahesh did a tremendous job in saving all of the break points they faced and this is the 2nd straight tournament they won without dropping a set. They’ll now head back to the states to play in the Masters double. First up is Indian Wells, and then afterwards, they’ll head to Miami. A huge thanks to tennis fan Diana Austria for sending these pictures in from the final!


March 7th, 2008

On to another final! Again, Mark and Mahesh made quick work of their opponents, this time in the semifinals against the #2 seeds Aspelin/Knowle, winning 6-2, 6-0. Mark and Mahesh saved all six break points they faced and converted 5/6 against their opponents. They will now face Damm/Vizner in the final!


March 6th, 2008

Mark and Mahesh whipped Lopez/Nadal 6-1, 6-1 in the quarterfinals of Dubai in 38 minutes! It was the pair’s 6th win in a row. They’ll now face Aspelin/Knowle in the semifinals.


March 5th, 2008

Mark and Mahesh continued their nice winning streak with a straight sets victory over Kerr/Wassen in the 1st round of Dubai. After being down an early break in the 1st set, Mark and Mahesh stormed back and took the set. They won 6-4, 6-3.


March 2nd, 2008

We are the champions! Mark and Mahesh defeated the Ratiwatana twins to win the title in Memphis. They won with the same score as their semifinal match, 7-6, 6-2. The two did not drop a set all tournament. Way to go guys! They’ll now move onto Dubai where a majority of the world’s top singles and doubles stars will be playing.


March 1st, 2008

Mark and Mahesh defeated Haggard/Melzer in straight sets to advance to their first final as a team! After a tight first set, the two raised the bar and won the 2nd set much easier. The score was 7-6, 6-2. They’ll now play the “Thai Twins” for the title.

February 2008

February 28th, 2008

The quarterfinals was similar to the 1st round, as Mark and Mahesh rolled over their opponents, defeating Kunitsyn/Thomas 6-3, 6-2. The semifinals will be played on Saturday and their opponents are yet to be determined. Here are photos from Team Knowles from today’s match.

February 27th, 2008

Mark and Mahesh made quick work in the 1st round in Memphis, winning easily against the American WC team of Isner/Young with a score of 6-4, 6-2. They will next face Kunitsyn/Thomas in the quarterfinals.


February 22nd, 2008

The quarterfinals in San Jose did not go Mark and Mahesh’s way, as they lost a tough match to Lipsky/Martin. Mark had defeated this duo with Mardy Fish last week but this time, Lipsky/Martin prevailed, after losing the 1st set. They won 2-6, 7-6, 10-8. Mark and Mahesh will move on to play in Memphis next week.


February 19th, 2008

The 1st round was a breeze for Mark and Mahesh, as they won 6-2, 6-3 against Levinsky/Stepanek. They will face Lipsky/Martin, next, and Mark defeated that pair last week with Mardy Fish in Delray Beach.


February 18th, 2008

Mark and Mahesh are back to playing together after a short break and they are seeded 2nd in San Jose at the SAP Open. They face Levinsky/Stepanek in the 1st round tomorrow. You can find the draw here.


February 16th, 2008

The Bryans won a tight match against Mark and Mardy in the semifinals at the International Tennis Championships in Delray Beach, with a score of 7-5, 4-6, 10-5. The first set started off well as Mark and Mardy broke Mike Bryan’s serve to go up 3-2. But the Bryans broke right back and then broke again at 6-5 to take the set. The 2nd set was just as competitive and Mark and Mardy broke Bob Bryan’s serve late in the set, and then served it out to take it 6-4. In the CTB, Mark and Mardy had an early minibreak to go up 2-0, but then the Bryans took command and never looked back. It was a great match!


February 14th, 2008

Mark and Mardy won in straight sets against Lipsky/Martin in the quarterfinals at Delray Beach. They won 6-3, 6-4.


Februrary 13th, 2008

After storms and rain pounded Florida, which delayed play in Delray Beach, Mark and Mardy Fish were finally able to play their first round match. After a slow start, they were able to win a tight 2nd set, and clinched the win in the CTB. They defeated the #3 seeds Butorac/Perry 1-6, 7-5, 10-5.


February 11th, 2008

Mark is partnerning Mardy Fish in Delray Beach and they have drawn the #3 seeds Butorac/Perry in the 1st round. The draw can be found here.


February 9th, 2008

Mark and Marvin Rolle gave the Bahamas a 2-1 lead in the Davis Cup tie against Venezuela, winning 6-1, 6-4, 4-6, 7-6. The Bahamas will try and close out a victory in the remaining two singles rubbers tomorrow.


February 6th, 2008

A couple pages have been added to the site. Mark’s new few upcoming tournaments are posted on the Schedule Page and you can read more about his new partner, Mahesh Bhupathi, on the Partner Page.


February 3rd, 2008

Mark will be playing in the Davis Cup for the Bahamas against Venezuela, which begins February 8th at the National Tennis Centre in New Providence. Reports and photos may be posted daily during the tournament so stay tuned for that.

January 2008

January 2008

January 24th, 2008

Unfortunately, Mark and Mahesh’s spectacular run in their maiden slam ended today as they fell to Erlich/Ram in the semifinals. The Israeli duo won 6-4, 6-4. Mark and Mahesh, were unable to convert on their break point opportunities and they had six of them. Still it was an amazing run and they did beat the number one team in the world in the tournament which is a great achievement in itself!
January 23rd, 2008

The quarterfinal match between Mark/Mahesh and the Bryan Brothers turned out to be a great one and in the end, Mark and Mahesh pulled it out 6-3, 5-7, 7-6! The match was extremely close and credit goes to both teams for playing well. Our team will now play Erlich/Ram in the semifinals!
January 22nd, 2008

Mark and Zi Yan made fairly quick work in their doubles match, winning 7-5, 6-2 against Tu/Matkowski. They face Chuang/Erlich in the quarterfinals.
January 21st, 2008

Mark and Mahesh dominated against Fyrstenberg/Matkowski, winning 6-3, 6-2 to advance to the quarterfinals! They will now face the Bryan Brothers with a semifinal berth on the line.
January 20th, 2008

Mark and Mahesh easily defeated Allegro/Vliegen in the 2nd round. They will face Fyrstenberg/Matkowski in the 3rd round. Huge thanks to Stuart Fraser for snapping a few pictures!

November 2007

November 2007
November 22nd, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving to all of Mark’s fans in the United States! Here is a message from Mark about winning the Masters Cup and what to look forward to next year. Please remember to voice your support by joining the forums and/or by signing the guestbook. Mark will be hosting his 7th Charity Invitational, which runs from December 7th-9th.

“This title is one of the big ones that have eluded us in the past, and to win it was so satisfying. We played a high level of tennis, probably our best all year and that goes to show what a great team we are. I think mine and Dan’s accomplishments, our record, will speak for itself in the record books. We are one of the greatest doubles teams to ever play the game. There are a lot of teams out there that are quite happy that Knowles and Nestor are not playing together anymore.”

“I also believe that when one door closes another opens and I’m excited to play with my new partner Mahesh Bhuphati in the New Year. He is an experienced Champion and former #1 in the world. We are going to having a great time!”
November 18th, 2007

Welcome to the home of the new Masters Cup Doubles Champion!! Mark and Daniel played one of their best matches of the year and easily defeated Aspelin/Knowle 6-2, 6-3 to win their first Masters Cup title in three tries. This win caps an amazing 13 year partnership. What a way to go out! Congrats to both on a successful season. A big thank you to Kaye Yang for all of her wonderful post match photos. Here are a few from the champions press conference!

About us

Mark Samuel Knowles was born on September 4th, 1971 in Nassau, Bahamas. His parents were tennis pros at one of Nassaus tourist resorts and Mark started playing at the age of four under the guidance of his parents. At the age of ten, he was invited to train at the famous Nick Bolleteri Tennis Academy in Bradenton, Florida. When Knowles was fifteen, he became the U.S. Indoor 16’s champion in the singles tournament as well as finishing as the runner up in doubles. Knowles attended UCLA, where he earned All American honors, before he finally started on the pro tour in 1991. He partnered with Daniel Nestor in 1994 and they won the first tournament they entered in Bogota. Knowles and Nestor found their partnership to have success, and it showed as the duo reached the 2nd week of the slams in doubles for the next few years, including three runner up finishes.

In December 2001, Mark launched the first Mark Knowles Tennis Celebrity Invitational in Nassau, in order to support different Bahamian charities. In 2002, Knowles and Nestor won the first of their three Grand Slam doubles titles at the Australian Open. They also made the finals at Roland Garros and Wimbledon that year. In June, Mark reached the #1 ranking in doubles, a huge honor and deserved to all of his hard work. Two years later, Knowles and Nestor won the U.S. Open. After Mark and Daniel announced that they have decided to end their partnership after 12 years together, they captured the French Open in 2007. The two ended one of the most successful partnerships in history by winning the year end Masters Cup in Shanghai. 

Mark played his 2008 campaign with Mahesh Bhupathi. They reached the semifinals at the Australian Open, defeating the Bryan Brothers in a classic quarterfinal match, and they captured their first title together in Memphis. They finished the year strong, finishing runner up in Madrid and winning Basel. The title in Basel gave Mark his 50th career doubles titles, which ranks up there with the all time greats. Additionally, he is one of a few athletes to be a five time Olympian, which he achieved this year by participating in the Beijing Olympics.

He married Dawn Davidson in 2003, and they have two sons, Graham (three), and Brody (five months).


December 2007

December 29th, 2007

Photos from the MKCTI are now avaliable for viewing. Thanks to Mark’s mom Vicky for sending them along. You can access them here.


December 25th, 2007

The Knowles want to wish all of Mark’s fans a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Mark is looking forward to kicking off his 2008 campaign with a bang with new partner Mahesh Bhupathi!


December 12th, 2007

The Mark Knowles Celebrity Tennis Invitational was a huge success as it raised over $100,000 for various Bahamian Charities!! Mark would like to thank everyone that was involved in the event.