4 NEW Tennis Racquets To Consider Now | Dunlop, Babolat, Yonex & Prince
Here at Tennis Identity, tennis is our, um, racket. So we wanted to take a look at four new racquets just hitting the market! We’ve already mentioned the new Wilson Ultra (and their new customize-your-own-racket deal) and now we’ve got a few more for you. Let’s dive right in.
You know the name Dunlop, and you might’ve seen the Srixon logo here and there, mainly on the frame of top pro Kevin Anderson. This is a case of mergers and acquisitions. Dunlop owned Srixon, and Dunlop was acquired by Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd. earlier this year. OK, econ lesson over. Here’s a look at their latest range. TW doesn’t show these just yet- only the pure Dunlop line: Find it: TW/USA • TW/Europe • Tennis Only/Australia
“One of the tremendous advantages of our new ownership is the fact we can take advantage of Srixon’s cutting edge engineering,” said Kai Nitsche, Dunlop VP and General Manager. “Our racquets have developed quite the following in Japan and on Tour, and now we’re delivering their performance benefits to a U.S. audience. Srixon’s renowned engineering combined with the use of ultra-premium materials give the CX and CZ racquets performance characteristics unlike anything Dunlop has ever offered.”
Seemingly the most popular frame on the pro tours, (Nadal, Thiem, Sock, Tsonga, Muguruza, Wozniacki, Pliskova, Bellis, and many others) this racquet is for club players as well as competitive players who demand power and play aggressively.
Babolat held a VIP media event/launch party at the start of the US Open, an interactive and entertaining glow-in-the-dark tennis themed deal where VIP guests were able to swap their old Pure Drive racquets for a new one, and were also given the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to hit with the Babolat players that included Muguruza, Kim Clijsters & Fabio Fognini. Amazing.
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“I really liked the Pure Drive because it had the power I wanted and the control. It was a balance between power and control, so it really fits my game. The first thing I saw was the color, obviously, and I felt like it’s so shiny and so electric, it’s perfect for me.” – Garbine Muguruza
Yonex has updated their EZONE line with a wider sweetspot and a more powerful beam construction. Offering an exceptional combination of speed, spin and feel, the Yonex EZONE franchise is ideal for the player who wants arm-friendly performance and easy targeting. Look for the racquets on court being used by top pros including Victoria Azarenka and Coco Vandeweghe. The new line is now available at TW USA, another week for Australia, and looks like another month for European availability.
Prince Phantom 100
The new pro-level frame was created as a better, faster, and stronger competitive racquet. As an arm-friendly players racquet, this one is said to be perfectly weighted for intermediate and advanced ball strikers. The 11.6-ounce stick delivers easy targeting on full swings. Prince builds this model with TeXtreme, a flexible substance used in the shaft to increase stability without adding extra weight.