Best tennis racquets of 2015

The Tennis Warehouse playtesters are choosing their favorite gear of 2015 after a year of reviews. Today they weigh in on their favorite racquets of the year.

Yonex EZONE DR 98 and 100

Yonex EZONE DR 98 and 100

Considering the popularity of the EZONE Ai models, it comes as no surprise that Yonex scored well with the EZONE DR 98 and EZONE DR 100. Three playtesters chose an EZONE DR model as their favorite of 2015.

Andy on the Yonex EZONE DR 98: “Yonex took a racquet that was already my favorite on the market and made it EVEN BETTER!”

Brittany on the EZONE DR 100: “The update to my racquet of choice was excellently executed. Great combination of power and control, and I loved the spin potential and feel!”

Jason couldn’t pick just one, also choosing a Wilson Ultra model: “Yonex Ezone DR 100 or Wilson Ultra 100. The Yonex DR version offers a bit more stability than the Ai model, which is already my racquet of choice. It feels like my weighted up version without the additional weight added. And the Wilson Ultra 100 was a real surprise to me. It felt great from the get-go. Maneuverable, plenty of pop, spin friendly. What’s not to like?”

Babolat Pure Drive Plus Tour and the Pure Aero Tour

Babolat Pure Drive Plus Tour and the Pure Aero Tour

A longtime favorite, Babolat’s Aero line received an update this year, and the Pure Aero Tour in particular caught attention from our review squad.

Both Mark and Chris chose the Babolat Pure Aero Tour. Chris: “Rock solid stability, great power and exceptional spin. What’s not to like!? Every time I pick up this heavier version of the Pure Aero it feels like a natural fit for my game.”

Not to be ignored, the Pure Drive line also garnered a vote for its powerful response. Troy on his choice, the Babolat Pure Drive Tour Plus: “This racquet packs a ton of power, especially on serves! I love the extended length handle for my two-handed backhand and added range on my returns. The added mass in this Tour version satisfies my craving for plowthrough in a racquet. I really enjoy how this 2015 update, with the FSI string pattern, amped up the control to tame this beast of a racquet!”

Prince Textreme Tour 95 and the 100P were staff picks.

Prince Textreme Tour 95 and the 100P were staff picks.

Prince’s Textreme line also drew plenty of praise from the TW playtesters. Two players switched to the Textreme Tour 95 this year.

Sebastian: “My current racquet of choice is the Prince Textreme Tour 95 because of its solid and control-oriented feel. I also appreciate the overall comfort I get out of this Prince racquet. To maximize the performance of my racquet of choice, I would string it with a hybrid setup. To get the best possible blend of power, spin and feel, I would use Babolat RPM Blast 17 gauge in the mains and Babolat VS 16 gauge in the crosses.”

Karly: “I can’t say enough good things about the Prince Textreme Tour 95 — it’s a traditional playing racquet with extreme amounts of control, comfort, stability and maneuverability.”

Tiffani was also a fan of the Textreme Tour racquets, making the Textreme Tour 100P her pick: “I synced so quickly with this racquet. The racquet is comfortable on my arm, and the balance of power and control is just the right mix for my game. I just feel more confident during points when I’m playing with this racquet.”

Wilson Blade 98 16x19, Wilson Ultra 100, Wilson Pro Staff 97S

Wilson Blade 98 16×19, Wilson Ultra 100, Wilson Pro Staff 97S

Jason chose the Wilson Ultra 100 as one of his favorites, but other Wilson racquet families got some love, too.

Marco switched to the Wilson Blade 98 16×19 this year: “The blend of comfort, control, power, and precision is spot on for me in this racquet and it fits my game well.”

Although Michelle uses the RF97 Autograph as her go-to, she found a spin frame she liked. Michelle on the Wilson Pro Staff 97S: “This is the first Spin Effect racquet I really enjoyed hitting with as the spec falls into that of a ‘player’s frame’ and the string pattern doesn’t create any erratic launches off the stringbed but rather generates spin right when you need it. With a bit of customization, this was one of my guilty pleasure racquets of the year!”

Sneak Peek: Yonex VCORE Tour F racquets


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In March 2015, Yonex introduces the latest update to their most precise-feeling racquet line. Used by ATP and WTA pros Borna Coric and Sabine Lisicki, the VCORE Tour F series features Yonex’s new Aero Fin technology – a unique frame construction that places little “fins” at the top of the frame that decrease air resistance and increase swing speed. The racquets fly through the air as easily as a shark cuts through water! In addition, a 16×21 string pattern is used to improve control while preserving power and dwell time.

Three new models being introduced will be available for pre-sale at Tennis Warehouse on Monday, March 16.

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A modern-feeling midsize frame that swings fast and offers incredible precision and feel (10.9 oz/310g unstrung).

Yonex VCORE Tour F 97 (310g unstrung)
The heavier version of the midplus that combines modern power and forgiveness with traditional precision and feel. Used by ATP and WTA pros.

Yonex VCORE Tour F 97 (290g unstrung)
A lighter version of the midplus that’s fast-feeling and easy to swing.

2014′s best tennis racquets

Ahhh, ’tis the season for best of lists. We kicked off our wrap up season with the year’s best shoes. Today we pick our favorite racquets of 2014.

Taking a look at TW playtest team’s picks, this was a good year for Wilson and Yonex, particularly the EZONE Ai updates. Three playtesters are now playing with EZONE Ai racquets.

Jason made the switch to the Yonex Ezone Ai 100 this year, making it his No. 1 racquet for 2014. Brittany did as well.

Brittany: “After spending a year looking for my new racquet. I was finally able to end my search with the Yonex EZONE Ai 100. It has the perfect blend of control and power for my game. I love the Yonex feel and the sleek black/green cosmetics. It has a little less power than my two previous racquets, but this allowed me to take fuller, faster swings and receive more stability.

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