The NEW Wilson Federer Pro Staff RF97 Autograph
Did someone say Darth Federer? Wilson has rolled out the sleek new matte black Roger Federer/Wilson Pro Staff RF97 Autograph. Roger and Wilson have been working on this one for a year and a half..and here it is. (He’s been busy updating his various endorsements, has he not?) Enough talk- let’s hear from the man himself in this video that just posted to Facebook.
Updated 08/19/2016: It’s out! The ProStaff RF97 autograph is now available for preorder. Use the links below to find it:
“Nearly two years ago, we set out to change the design DNA of our performance tennis rackets and elevate design to an equal level of appreciation as technology,” said Hans-Martin Reh, General Manager of Wilson Racquet Sports. “In that process, we deconstructed today’s racket and re-imagined every element from the inside out. With Roger’s help and insight, we removed unnecessary components and meticulously created a new look and feel for tennis rackets not seen before in the industry.”
“To be involved with any design process with a brand is exciting, however, with Wilson, it is extra special because I’ve played with a Wilson racket my whole life,” said Roger Federer. “I remember going to the shops as a kid and pointing to the Wilson rackets, hoping my dad would buy it for me. And now, I’ve been able to help design my racket to look and feel like me. This racket is truly special and I hope it inspires every player who holds it in his or her hands.”
The new 2017 Pro Staff RF 97 Autograph racket has been designed with sleek, modern elements to communicate Roger Federer’s elegant playing style and boldness on the court. The racket’s look is grounded in two, high quality paints, Black Velvet and Tuxedo Black. The matte Black Velvet paint provides a smooth, soft, light-absorbing finish that has been engineered to create a “feel”, or tactile experience, for attacking players. These types of finishes and paint have not been previously used in the tennis industry.
The outside throat of the racket features the Pro Staff logo as individual sliver chrome letters that are laser etched into the racket, which required Wilson to develop a new manufacturing
process to support this textural element. Small pops of red include a Wilson-branded butt cap.
The inside of the racket’s throat carries Roger Federer’s signature and an image of his face for added personalization. These features are accompanied by the language “Designed with Roger in Switzerland. Engineered in Chicago.” And a special feature of the new racket design is a simple, elegant-looking chrome grommet medallion that seamlessly connects the grommet strip to the racket frame. (Of course it’s elegant. He’s the GOAT.)
The new Wilson Pro Staff line includes the RF 97 Autograph and four other models designed for a variety of attacking players. Importantly, Federer requested Wilson produce two lighter weight versions of the racket – the Pro Staff 97 LS and Pro Staff 97 ULS – in his signature black on black design specifically for young tennis players.
“As someone who deeply cares about the future of this sport, we created this new Pro Staff line so it would appeal to everyone,” added Federer. “These two lighter weight models are designed to be very playable for young kids. This is the group of athletes I will watch and cheer on many years from now, and I want them to feel like this racket is every bit theirs as it is for the adult player.”
The 2017 Pro Staff RF 97 Autograph racket will be available for pre-sale via Tennis Warehouse) on August 18.
Use the links below to find it:
The racket is now being offered for purchase online. Cost is $249.00. This one will be big.