What are They Swinging? A Guide of Racquets Used by the Top ATP/WTA Tour Pros

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When you go out to play at your local club, you want to feel like the pros.  The best way to feel like a pro is to use the racquet they use.  In celebration of the U.S. Open, we would like to give you an inside scoop on the racquets some of the top-ranked ATP and WTA Tour men and women use and some pros and cons about each racquet.

Andy Murray – Head Graphene XT Radical Pro– $199.95

andy murray racquet

Pros

  • Light
  • Fast swinging racquet that delivers easy access to power
  • Firm and lively from the baseline
  • Great on serve and volleys

Cons

  • Made for advanced players
  • Swingbed is erratic – not great for control
  • Small sweet spot
  • Uncomfortable to hit with from the baseline

Rafael Nadal –Babolat PLAY Pure Aero– $219

rafa nadal racquet

Pros

  • Good blend of power and spin
  • Large sweet spot
  • Good on serve

Cons

  • Lacks a little feel on returns and volleys
  • Slightly lacking on control

Roger Federer – Wilson Pro Staff RF97 Autograph– $249

roger federer racquet

Pros

  • Solid and stable
  • Gives good control and access to spin
  • Good pocketing

Cons

  • A little stiff
  • Leather grip seems thin

Stan Wawrinka – Yonex VCORE Duel G 97– $209

Stan Wawrinka

Pros

  • Great feel
  • Good volleys
  • Great control
  • Very powerful

Cons

  • Too powerful sometimes
  • Not enough spin
  • Not maneuverable enough

Novak Djokovic – Head Graphene Touch Speed Pro– $219.95

TENNIS-FRA-OPEN-MEN

Pros

  • Good control
  • Good spin
  • Comfortable
  • Great for groundstrokes and returns

Cons

  • Too muted of a feel
  • Underpowered

Karolina Pliskova – Babolat Pure Drive 2015– $199

karolina plistova racquet

Pros

  • Good power, spin, and control
  • Stable feel
  • Easy to use

Cons

  • Too light
  • Little too stiff
  • Raised sweet spot turns some off

Simona Halep – Wilson Burn 100 Countervail– $199

simona halep racquet

Pros

  • Good transfer of power
  • Has great feel
  • Good spin and maneuverability

Cons

  • Not great for spin on serves
  • Very stiff, can hurt wrists
  • Not comfortable

Angelique Kerber – Yonex VCORE SV 100– $209

ANGELIQUE KERBER (GER) TENNIS -  - Brisbane International - Queensland Tennis Centre - Brisbane - Queensland - Australia - 2016Pros

  • Good power
  • Easy access to spin
  • Generous sweet spot
  • Forgiving from the baseline

Cons

  • Lacks control
  • Firm
  • Not particularly comfortable

Garbine Muguruza – Babolat Pure Drive– $219

garbine muguruza racquet

Pros

  • Good control and power on the serve
  • Great power and spin
  • Muted sweetspot

Cons

  • Not great feel and control
  • Not great on slices

Elina Svitolina – Wilson Burn 100 Countervail Orange LE– $199

elina svitolina racquet

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Grants power and depth
  • Good transfer of power
  • Good spin

Cons

  • Not great access to spin on serves
  • Too stiff

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