Hi Caitlin, Im on vaca and gonna be in dc wednesday the 28th thru saturday the 31st. The girl im visiting hates to play but I love to. I cant help with the racquet situation but if you have one and want to play im wide open before 4pm each day. Im by no means a pro but play ok. If interested get back to me and we'll set something up. thanks
What type of racquet are you looking for specifically? More control? More power?
One thing to take note is to always look for a racquet which is the perfect size grip for your hand - if it's too big or too small, it can lead to hand injuries. A tennis shop can help you with measuring the grip size and ultimately choosing the perfect racquet for you. Some tennis shops even have a "mini tryout area" or a "rent a test racquet" program in which you can rent a few test racquets in exchange for the store to hold on your credit card or some kind of identification.
In all honesty, try looking for a racquet within the 70 - 100 dollar price range. The strings (if you want/need to get new strings for your racquet) should be included in that price range.
I would like to play some tennis with you...but...you ARE a bit far...oh well...