Cuts like a knife: Wilson unveils 2015 Blade lineup
Wilson has announced the introduction of four new rackets to its Blade performance tennis franchise: Blade 98 16×19, Blade 98 18×20, Blade 98S and Blade 104. The rackets are designed specifically for big-hitting, attacking-style players seeking aggressive control. Serena Williams, Milos Raonic, and Gael Monfils are among the pros that will play with the Blade this season.
The Blade series is the second attacker-focused product to emerge from Wilson’s new PlayerID system. For this system, Wilson categorized three core playing styles in today’s game: Baseliner, Attacker and All Courter. The PlayerID system helps players better select products that speak to their playing style and enhance their overall performance on the court. The introduction of the next generation Blade rackets follows Wilson’s highly successful re-invention of its attacker-style Pro Staff franchise, which launched in 2014
"Blade is an incredible story of how to take performance tennis engineering and design to the next level,” said Hans-Martin Reh, General Manager, Wilson Racquet Sports. “We really dug into the playing style of attacker athletes and what they need to optimize their game. Then we looked at materials, construction, string pattern, weight, head size and feel, to design a racket that gives these powerful players greater control, feel and a bigger sweet spot.”
The new 2015 Blade features a bold, new design with lime green accents on a sleek, black base, and is technology-packed. Evolutionary Braided Graphite and Basalt construction allows the Blade to be more elastic and reactive at the point of contact for enhanced feel and greater control. The racket also includes Wilson’s Parallel Drilling, a technology that ensures the racket’s grommet holes are parallel with the string bed. This expands the sweet spot size by up to 26 percent, resulting in more power and a forgiving feel.