A good racket is a need of every tennis player, amateur or professional tennis players. Good tennis racket which is adapted to players needs is an ultimate weapon, which enables better performances and bigger chance to earn a victory. However, various playing styles require the use of various tennis rackets. Among all players, only Tommy Haas was able to switch rackets without many problems, but he is a tactical player, ready to play a drop shot, volley or short top spin from any situation on the court. What happens with serve and volley player, big server or various shots player? Or what to do if the player is an all-rounder, like Novak Djokovic or Roger Federer? That is why the choice of the racket is the most important thing when you come to a pro stage. Price is not a problem for a pro, but a performance definitively is. Again, players may be blackmailed by their sponsors, however, if a player performance drops due to racket specifications, sponsors will lose a lot of money, so this is mostly a player’s choice.
Here is my choice of the best tennis racquets used by professional tennis players.
Tecnifibre, Yonex, Pro Kennex
Tennis as a sport is not much influenced by those three racket types, however, its specifications are very wide. If a deeper analysis of the players using it is taken, it is clear that those type of rackets is very adaptable and suitable for players who are various shots or aggressive baseliners. Those type of rackets are able to handle strong exchanges off the baselines, by giving a bit stronger shot, but less spin. Here are the famous names using those rackets:
- Andreas Seppi, playing style – various shots, uses the Pro Kennex Q Tour
- Stanislas Wawrinka, playing style – aggressive baseliner, uses the Yonex V Core Tour 97
- Janko Tipsarevic, also an aggressive baseliner, uses the Tecnifibre T-Fight 325
In female competition, Yonex is used by Ana Ivanovic, Ayumi Morita, Maria Kirilenko, Naomi Osaka, Sabine Lisicki and Zheng Jie. Technifibre is used by Sachia Vickery.
Prince and Dunlop
Prince and Dunlop are very popular models among professional tennis players, both male and female. Mostly asked by baseline shooters or big servers, and very suitable for the ground surface. If you are a player aiming for very long exchanges or rally shots, consider taking one of those two rackets. If you want power in your hits, consider taking one. If you don’t want to spin, lob, or make too many drop shots – if you want to play simple, this racket may be an amazing choice.
Professional tennis players using Prince or Dunlop
- John Isner, big server, uses Prince EXO3
- David Ferrer, baseline shooter, uses also Prince EXO3
- Tommy Robredo, baseline shooter, uses Dunlop
- Nicholas Almagro, baseline shooter, also uses Dunlop
In female competition, Prince is used by Marion Bartoli and Kveta Peschke. However, Dunlop is not much used by female players, and during last few years Dunlop has started to lose the race.
This is a racket which became extremely popular during the era of Roger Federer, who raised this model to the sky. This is a good racket for all-rounders, baseline shooters, powerful shooters, serve and volley players, fast runners and strong backhand or strong forehand players. A very adjustable racket with a huge variety of models.
Professional tennis players using Wilson
- Phillip Kohlschreiber, strong forehand, plays with the Wilson 6.1 95 BLX
- Milos Raonic, serve and volley, plays with the Blade 98
- Kei Nishikori, the fast runner, uses the Steam 100 BLX,
- Feliciano Lopez, baseline shooter, plays with the Juice 100 BLX
- Juan Martin Del Potro, powerful shots, never separates from Juice Pro BLX
- Roger Federer, an all-rounder, is a fan of a Pro Staff 90 BLX
In female competition, it is used by Andrea Petkovic, Anne Keothavong, Ekaterina Makarova, Elina Svitolina, Flavia Pennetta, Katie Swan, Kiki Bertens, Laura Robson, Lucia Safarova, Madison Keys, Melanie Oudin, Petra Kvitova, Nicole Gibbs, Serena Williams, Simona Halep, Venus Williams and Victoria Azarenka.
This type of racket is mostly used by hard hitters and fast runners. If technical specifications of players using it are considered, the basic conclusion is that this type of racket is definitively awesome if you want to attack very strong. In older era, this racket would be an awesome choice for Jim Courier, who is probably known as the biggest hard hitter of all time. However, this racket has an ability to spin the ball a lot, which is excellent for players like Rafael Nadal. The racket is suitable for all types of courts.
Professional tennis players using Babolat
- Rafael Nadal, a fast runner, uses the Aero Pro Drive GT model
- Jerzy Janowicz, a hard hitter, plays with the Aero Storm GT frame
- Jo-Wilfred Tsonga, a hard hitter, plays with the Aero Pro
- Fabio Fognini, a hard hitter, is related to the Pure Drive Plus.
In female competition, this racket is used by Alexandra Wozniak, Alize Cornet, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Agnieszka Radwanska, Caroline Wozniacki, Daniela Hantuchova, Dominika Cibulkova, Elena Vesnina, Eugenie Bouchard, Francesca Schiavone, Garbine Muguruza, Heather Watson, Karolina Pliskova, Kristen Flipkens, Li Na, Michaella Krajicek, Nadia Petrova, Samantha Stosur, Sara Errani, Shahar Peer, Vania King and Yanina Wickmayer.
This brand is definitively mostly used among the best male players in the world. Starting from the leading players today like Djokovic and Murray, an expansion of this model started from the moment Djokovic switched Wilson and started to achieve great results. This type of racket has modelled for each one’s playing style, which will be considered in the description. However, this racket is suitable for any type of player, because specification of this racket is done manually, by a model, individual features, and player’s wishes. Custom made nature of this racket requires a bit more money, but a player gets more chances of achieving better results.
Professional tennis players using Head
- Novak Djokovic, an all-rounder, uses the YOUTEK Graphene Speed Pro
- Andy Murray, defensive baseliner, plays with the Radical Pro. No. 10
- Richard Gasquet, baseline shooter, plays with the Extreme Pro
- Thomas Berdych, strong forehand, uses the Instinct MP
- Mikhail Youznhy, baseline shooter, uses the Extreme Pro
- Tommy Haas, a tactical player, plays with the Prestige
- Gilles Simon, aggressive baseliner, also uses the Prestige
- Kevin Anderson, big server, also plays with the Prestige
In female competition, it is used by Christina McHale, Maria Sharapova, Roberta Vinci, Svetlana Kuznetsova and Sloane Stephens.