Rackets.ie is now the trading name of both our website and shop – based in Fitzwilliam Lawn Tennis Club in Ranelagh (Dublin). We previously traded under the name of Martyn Evans Sports – but Martyn sold his ownership of the business with effect from 1st March 2020.
Here is our background story which outlines the genesis of the operation and explains the reasons for our success to date.
Founded by Martyn in the early 1980’s, we have grown from a part-time, one-man restringing business to be Irelands leading racket-sports specialist outlet. The origin of the business was during Martyn’s playing days as one of Irelands top ranked badminton players when he started doing some restringing for the other players on the circuit. After retiring from competitive badminton he took up squash and subsequently earned several international caps at veterans level. Not a complete stranger to the tennis courts either, he made use of his many contacts and high profile in racket sports to take over the concession in Fitzwilliam Lawn Tennis Club and the rest, as they say, is history!
His broad knowledge of all racket sports was a key factor in the early success of the business, not to mention his determination to give the best possible service at the best possible price! It was his belief that it is imperative to know the sports intimately in order to be able to satisfy the customers needs and this was carried through in his staffing policy. All the staff, both full and part-time, came from a rackets background, and played at least one of the sports to a high competitive level.
Initially, the customers were predominantly locally based, but as time passed and word spread throughout the rackets fraternity, the customer base also spread such that we now have many regular customers across the country. For many years now, we have been widely acknowledged as having the largest range of rackets and shoes available as well as providing objective and impartial advice on all aspects of equipment purchases and restringing. The business was constantly evolving and improving/expanding our services with offers such as our ‘buy and try’ options for rackets and more recently in customisation/weighting of racket frames.
Even though Martyn is no longer a part of the operation, our core ethos remains the same as it was when he started out: we are dedicated to providing a fully professional service to all our customers while also ensuring you get extremely good value for your money. We may not always be able to match the cheapest price around but we are confident that we will not be beaten for our combination of advice/range/options.
If you have any questions please call us on 01- 660 6923
Rackets.ie – Opening Hours in Fitzwilliam Lawn Tennis Club:
Monday – Friday 10:00 to 18:30
Saturday 10:00 to 17:00
Sunday – Closed