Have you ever asked yourself which racquet to buy next? Or which tension suits you the best? Well, look no further. Today we look at the different racquets used by the top players(Federer, Nadal and Djokovic) and the tensions involved in the process.
Roger Federer has often changed his racquet models, as time has passed over the past couple of decades. However, he currently uses the Wilson Pro Staff RF 97. With a head size of 97 sq inches, the Pro staff has a string pattern of 16×19, and a variety of grip sizes. The racquet is pretty heavy, as most of the Wilson racquets are, weighing in at 340 grams, without any strings. The length of the racquet is 27 inches and it comes in different colors, with four different finishes- Matt, Gloss, Velvet and Frozen. Federer plays with a tension around 26-27 kilos, which might vary slightly depending on the weather and temperature conditions.
Read this article to know what kind of strings Federer prefers:- Roger Federer-‘Many are playing with a hybrid-string’
Rafael Nadal uses the Babolat Pure Aero, which is far more lighter than Federer’s wand. Nadal’s racquet weighs 300 grams without any strings, and has a similar string pattern of 16×19 as that of Federer’s. The racquet is available in a grip size of 43/8 inches, in a black and lemon color. Rafa uses a tension of around 25 kilos or sometimes lesser depending on the conditions.
Novak Djokovic was dragged away from a lucrative Wilson deal by Head, and ever since he has been returning serves with menace and stuck with the Head brand. He currently uses the Head Graphene 360 Speed Pro racquet. While the racquet weighs in at 310 grams without any strings, it has a string pattern of 18×20, which is different from Federer and Nadal. With a head size off 645 cm² / 100 in², the racquet is available in different grip sizes ranging from 1-5. Djokovic maintains a tension of 27-28 kilos, which is higher than both Federer and Nadal’s.
On an average these players use 600-800 strings over the course of the season, and almost 60-70 racquets a year!
Well, there you go, make sure you use this information before you buy your next racquet or string.