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New Racquets Swing in the New Year

With the New Year is the introduction of new racquets. Many top manufacturers promise great technological advancements over last year’s models, including more spin, power and maneuverability. Here’s a sneak peek at what’s in store. Stay tuned for more racquet showcases as the year unfolds.

BABOLAT - Aeropro Drive

BABOLATAeropro Drive

Used by players such as Rafael Nadal and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, the latest Aeropro Drive applies the new Cortex Active Technology, which brings the baseline player more feel to control spin without sacrificing power.  This 5th generation Babolat stick combines Aero Modular Technology, Woofer and GT Technology to reduce torque on impact while creating power and increasing accuracy. There are multiple models in the Aero line to accommodate all player levels.

Aeropro Drive
Head size: 100 sq. in.
Weight: 10.6 oz unstrung


WILSON - Blade 98

WILSONBlade 98

Building upon the success of one of its most popular racquets, Wilson unveils the next Blade racquet series: 98, 93 and 104. Used by the likes of Milos Raonic, Laura Robson and Gael Monfils [new to Wilson], Blade is engineered for hard-hitting players wanting maximum control, spin and feel. Featuring the Amplifeel handle technology for optimal feel, as well as an enhanced modulus graphite construction for added control, the new black and silver cosmetic completes the revamped product family.


Blade 98  [18x20]

Weight: 11.3 oz strung

Head size: 98 sq. in.


HEAD - Speed Pro 18/20

HEADSpeed Pro 18/20

Head is utilizing Graphene, a new material that is 200 times stronger than steel and that redistributes weight from the middle of the racquet to the tip and the grip, where weight is more functionally relevant. In essence, a racquet with Graphene properties is easier to

swing and enables more powerful shots. The Speed Pro is Novak Djokovic’s racquet of choice. The 18/20 string pattern provides optimized control and feel, which aggressive players want.


Speed Pro 18/20

Weight 11.1 oz unstrung

Head size: 100 sq. in.




This article is from the Jan/Feb 2013 issue

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