Former US Open Champion Reveals Only Roger Federer Would Have Succeeded in the Wooden Racquet Era

Published 08/27/2021, 2:45 PM EDT
Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 3, 2021 Switzerland’s Roger Federer celebrates winning his third round match against Britain’s Cameron Norrie Pool via REUTERS/Jed Leicester


Over the past two decades, Roger Federer became the benchmark for future generations of tennis players. With 20 Grand Slam victories, and a plethora of ATP titles, the Swiss star elevated the game with incredible fitness and unbelievable shots.

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This may make fans wonder how he would fare in the game before his time. Recently, former American tennis player Stan Smith admitted Federer would fare well in the days of wooden tennis racquets.

Stan Smith believes Roger Federer would taste great success in wooden racquet days

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In a career spanning 16 years, Smith enjoyed quite a successful career. Along with two Grand Slam victories, he achieved the World No. 1 ranking in 1972 before retiring from the sport in 1985.

During his days, the sport involved the use of wooden racquets. Since then, the sport evolved in terms of racquets, with the finest technology seen in today’s equipment among the world’s finest tennis stars.

In a recent interview, the 74-year-old was asked which player in today’s generation would succeed in his wooden racquet generation. Smith responded by saying Federer would be his pick.

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 7, 2021 Switzerland’s Roger Federer during a press conference after losing his quarter final match against Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz Pool via REUTERS/Joe Toth

He said“I think that the only one who would have had great achievements is Roger Federer, because he has a very clean, precise style of play. In fact, for many years he played with a small rim racket.”

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Smith details how he worked with wooden racquets during his playing days

The American mentioned how the wooden racquet’s weight affected their performance. In addition, he used his playing days to mention how much the racquet has evolved.

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“If you didn’t hit the ball in the center it was a problem because you lost strength and control,” said Smith. They were heavier. The current ones produce another game model, with effects that you could not do before and greater variety.”

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Despite Federer missing the rest of the 2021 season, Smith’s words add more lustre to his ever-growing legend.

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Sanket Nair is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. A Sports Management graduate, he is a huge fan of Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo and hopes to see Red Bull break Mercedes' dominance and win the World Championship soon. Sanket has been hooked to the sport ever since he watched the battle for the 2010 World Championship go down to the wire at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

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