Tennis Identity

Maria Sharapova unveils new HEAD racquet in Madrid.

HEAD_Maria_Sharapova_YouTek_Instinct IG_series Maria Sharapova has revealed her newest on-court weapon. Now officially painted, Sharapova premiered the new HEAD YouTek IG INSTINCT tennis racquet first round at the Mutua Madrid Open and came up with a win. The racquet has been a work in progress since early 2011.

“The game became a lot more powerful, a lot more physical,” Sharapova said. “I was really looking for a powerful racquet, and am thankful that HEAD provided me with exactly that."

The new stick is said to provide "Effortless Power" actually. The YouTek Instinct IG series will be available in August in two versions, the MP and the S model. Both will allow players to create power in their strokes much more easily, due to better maneuverability of the racquet during the swinging motion and less energy loss at ball impact; built in Innegra™ technology reduces vibration on ball impact and allows for more control.

More specs are forthcoming.

HEAD CEO Johan Eliasch noted, "Maria gave a lot of input to help develop this new series of racquets. We are proud that she joined our team and trusts our products."  Proud? Yes of course but much more likely… very, very thrilled  ;)

Maria's apparel here? All Nike Maria Sharapova Group. The Statement Tank in lemon frost/lightbulb $60 and Skort, in gridiron $60. Very pretty two piece set.