July 27, 2016

World’s Top Ten Racquets

If you’ve been thinking about a new racquet for the new year, maybe you’d like to consider the choices made by the top ranked players in the world. Below we offer a list of the racquets preferred by the world’s top ten men and women as well as his or her choice of string in many cases.

Men’s Top Ten

1 Roger Federer: Wilson K Factor KSix-One Tour 90
The KSix-One Tour 90 is the most forgiving Tour 90 yet. Subtle updates to the frame design make this one a must hit for 5.0+ level players. Standard length. Strung weight: 12.5 ounces. Swingweight: 336 (RDC). Balance: 9pts head light. Federer uses Wilson Natural Gut 16 String.

2 Rafael Nadal: Babolat AeroPro Drive
Plenty of pop, spin, and accuracy from a crisp response. 100 sq. inch headsize, 11.3 ounces. Nadal’s string of choice is Babolat Pro Hurricane Tour 16 String.

3 Nikolay Davydenko: Prince O3 Tour
Good access to spin on groundstrokes and serves. Very mobile from all areas of the court and perfect for aggressive players.

4 James Blake: Dunlop M-Fil 200
M-Fil (Multi Filament) is a technology that incorporates a unique patented 3D braiding process. Carbon, S-fiber and Magnesium are combined into the hitting zone at the racquet head to enhance the touch and feel of the racquet where and when you need it most — at the moment of ball contact.

5 Ivan Ljubicic: Babolat Pure Drive Team Plus
A popular pro tour choice. Many shared attributes with the Pure Drive Team Standard but with more heft, reach, and power. 100 sq. inch head. 27.5″ frame length. Ljubicic uses Babolat VS Natural ThermoGut 16 Touch String.

6 Andy Roddick: Babolat Pure Drive Roddick Plus
Andy’s signature racquet. Slightly heavier than the Pure Drive Plus, this one packs plenty of pop and a solid, spin-friendly response. New Cortex dampening technology makes for a comfortable hit. Roddick prefers Babolat Pro Hurricane Tour 16 String.

7 Tommy Robredo: Dunlop M-Fil 300
A versatile player’s racquet that blends power and control with a solid response. 98 sq. inch headsize, standard length, 16/19 string pattern. Robredo plays with Luxilon Big Banger Original 16 String.

8 David Nalbandian: Yonex RDS 001
Lots of control and great access to spin. Impressive combination of stability and maneuverability thanks to the headlight balance. Nalbandian’s choice is Luxilon Big Banger Original 16 String.

9 Mario Ancic: Yonex Ultimum RD Ti-80
A flexible, control oriented racquet with a strong pro player following. Standard length. 98 head size.

10 Fernando Gonzalez: Babolat Pure Storm Team
A lightweight control racquet that provides a solid feel at impact and is suited to a variety of playing styles. 11 ounces, 98 square inch headsize and 16/20 string pattern. Gonzalez likes Luxilon Big Banger ALU Power Rough 16L String.

Women’s Top Ten

1 Justine Henin-Hardenne: Wilson nCode nTour Two
Updated with increased comfort and a more solid feel, the nTour Two Midplus racquet offers the same pleasing response of power, maneuverability, and control as previous versions. H-H’s preference is Wilson Natural Gut 16 String.

2 Maria Sharapova: Prince O3 White
Power, control, comfort, and maneuverability. Well suited to an all court game. Features a 27″ frame length, 100sq. in. headsize and a 16/19 string pattern.

3 Amelie Mauresmo: Dunlop M-Fil 300
A versatile player’s racquet that blends power control with a solid response. 98 sq. inch headsize, standard length, 16/19 string pattern. Amelie uses Babolat VS Natural Team Gut 17 (1.25) String.

4 Svetlana Kuznetsova: Head Flexpoint Instinct
A solid choice for the aggressive all court 4.0+ player. Offers some nice pop, plenty of control and a maneuverable feel. 100 square inches, 11.2 ounces, 27″ length. Kuznetsova prefers Luxilon Big Banger ALU Touch Hybrd 16L String.

5 Kim Clijsters: Babolat Pure Drive Team Standard
Babolat’s best selling racquet offers a high level of stability and comfort. Racquet choice of many touring pros. Clijsters string of choice is Babolat VS Natural ThermoGut 16 Touch String.

6 Nadia Petrova: Babolat Pure Storm Team MP
Light and with a little more pop than most control-oriented racquets. Well-suited to players with fast swings seeking a little larger sweetspot. 10.7 ounces, 103 square inch headsize.

7 Martina Hingis: Yonex RQS 11
A pleasing blend of power, control, and maneuverability. A perfect choice for the 4.0+ shot maker who likes to mix pace, spin and placement. Headsize: 100 square inches. Length: 27.5 inches. Strung Weight: 10.4 ounces.

8 Elena Dementieva: Yonex RDS 001
Clean and crisp response, lots of control and great access to spin. Impressive combination of stability and maneuverability thanks to the headlight balance. Dementieva chooses Luxilon Big Banger ALU Power 16L String.

9 Patty Schnyder: Head Liquidmetal Prestige
The Prestige line gets updated with Liquidmetal and Twin Tube technology. Mid (93 sq. inch) and Midplus (98 sq. inch) headsizes available. Standard 27 inch length frames. Schnyder plays using Kirschbaum Super Smash Spiky 17L String 1.20.

10 Nicole Vaidisova: Yonex RDS 003
This control-oriented ‘tweener offers a large and forgiving sweetspot. Strong on comfort and very spin friendly, this one is well suited to all court players who like to take an aggressive cut at the ball. Midplus 100sq. in headsize and longer 27.25″ length.


  1. Look at all those Yonex racquets! After demo-ing about 6 different Yonex racquets I chose the one Martina Hingis uses. I knew pretty much right away–it just felt right. Now if only my game could justify this great racquet! =)

  2. Liney, my Prince O3 White against your Yonex RQS 11 some day v. soon.

  3. Yes… now quit teasing and lets book some court time and hit around and have some fun shall we?

  4. My wife tried a number of rackets and she absolutely loved the Volkl DNX9 over the ones on your list. This racket gives her a much better feel and more all around accuracy on the court. I have handled the racket plenty and observed her play… it definitely performs very well. Could the Boris Becker and German engineering combination really be on to something? I think it’s very likely.


    P.S. I personally love the K Factor! (Six-one-tour 90)

  5. Korye, did she try the Prince O3 White? I ask because I like it for exactly the reasons you describe above: feel and accuracy. I may demo the Volkl though based on her observations.

  6. I am also amazed at the number of Babolat racquets in the list. It seems that Wilson and Prince are starting to take a back seat….

  7. i have a bablolat aropro drive i recently cracked the frame and im looking for something with good spin and a reasonable amount of weight you get me pussies so got any suggestions just say :)

  8. Brandon, etc.,

    Don’t forget that these top ten players are paid to use the racquets that they use. After customizing these racquets are different from the ones you and I buy.

    A better gauge (but less interesting article) is to check the unsponsored players racquets.

  9. I have been demoing racquets for a while lately and I found that the only racquet with more topspin than the aeropro drive is the head microgel extreme

  10. My favorite though is the yonex rdis 300

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