5 Best Modern Player’s Tennis Racquets (Andy’s Picks)

 

Roger Federer has switched to a more modern-style player's frame that's more forgiving and easier to use.

Roger Federer has switched to a more modern-style player’s frame that’s more forgiving and easier to use.

Roger Federer‘s new prototype racquet is a perfect example of how the MODERN PLAYER’S FRAME is becoming more and more popular in the game of tennis. He’s shed his traditional midsize Pro Staff for a more powerful and forgiving 98 square inch frame.

Modern player’s frames possess a slightly larger head size and a crisper, livelier response, similar to the more modern “‘tweener” frames like the Babolat AeroPro or Pure Drive.  At the same time, they retain the classic precision and feel of a more traditional-style racquet like the Wilson Six.One or Pro Staff. They are ideal for the intermediate to advanced player that appreciates the classic touch and feel but just wants something a little more forgiving in order to help keep up with the modern game.

Here are my 5 current favorites:

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Andy Murray and Ivan Lendl call it quits

Andy Murray announced today that he will be terminating his two year coaching relationship with Ivan Lendl.

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As Murray’s coach, Lendl helped coach the Scot to an Olympic Gold Medal, a US Open title and a Wimbledon Championship, yet the two have mutually agreed to go their separate ways. Murray said, “I’m eternally grateful to Ivan for all his hard work over the past two years, the most successful of my career so far. As a team, we’ve learned a lot and it will definitely be of benefit in the future. I’ll take some time with the team to consider the next steps and how we progress from here.”
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Tennis Ventures at the BNP Paribas Open

TW Playtester Chris feeding for the Hit the Prizes game

TW Playtester Chris feeding for the Hit the TW Prizes Game

What is better than going on a vacation?  Playing tennis and watching world class tennis while on vacation! And Tennis Ventures does just that!  Not only does Tennis Ventures cover the Grand Slams, but they also have an amazing vacation package here at the BNP Paribas Open. For 2014, the vacation includes a doubles clinic with the Bryan Brothers, a tennis camp with Lindsay Davenport and John Leach, box seat and luxury suite tickets to the BNP Paribas Open, a special demo session with the Tennis Warehouse Playtesters, and much more.
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The 2014 Desert Showdown

Stadium Court at La Quinta Resort

Stadium Court at La Quinta Resort

The Desert Showdown (formerly the Desert Smash) was a happening place to be this year. Like last year, I was able to attend the event and was entertained from the moment I got there until the moment I left. This year’s event came with a new name along with several other notable changes. The first was that the event expanded into two days to include both golf and tennis events. Will Ferrell was the host this year to keep everyone and anyone entertained throughout the event. The tennis event featured a pro am tournament in the morning (with the participants receiving a goody bag from Tennis Warehouse!) and then an exhibition in the afternoon at the beautiful La Quinta Resort.
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Alexandr Dolgopolov: why he’s number 1 to me

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Dolgo at the BNP. Photo by Cynthia Lum

When Alexandr Dolgopolov burst onto the ATP, I quickly realized I had a new favorite player. His happy-go-lucky attitude paired with his flashy game sealed the deal for me! I will mention that it hasn’t always been an easy road being on the Team Dolgo fanwagon. Convincing other tennis fans about his talent and potential to be in the top 10 on the ATP has always been a task. While staying a loyal fan through heartbreaking losses, injuries, and low percentage tennis hasn’t always been easy, Alex has remained my favorite through it all. My friends and colleagues at Tennis Warehouse have had to put up with my Dolgo chatter since they met me, and especially during this year’s BNP Paribas Open, so check out the reasons why this talented, bouncy Ukrainian is number one in my book…and hopefully climbing the rankings to make the top ten very soon.

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How to Choose a Tennis Racquet: Racquet terms explained

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Picking out a new racquet for yourself or a loved one can be daunting. With 20 different brands and hundreds of different models, choosing the right racquet can make one’s head spin. Kind of like what happens to me when I walk into a perfume store or cereal aisle. At Tennis Warehouse, I think sometimes, we forget not everyone is as into tennis as we are. Our everyday tennis vernacular isn’t very everyday and common to most recreational players. So I want to break down racquet terminology in layman’s terms in hopes of clarifying what makes racquets play and perform the way they do so you can make a more informed decision before buying your next racquet. (From Tennis Warehouse I hope.)

Head size

Mid - Less than 95 square inches (example: Wilson Pro Staff 6.0 85)
Midplus - 95 to 104 square inches (example: Babolat Aero Pro Drive)
Oversize - 105+ square inches (example: Prince Premier 115L ESP)

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When we’re talking head size, we’re talking about the size of the racquet head (where the strings are). Obvious, I know. The larger the head size, the larger the sweetspot. Usually, a racquet’s headsize is in proportion to the level of player the racquet was designed for. Key word being “usually.” So racquets with an oversize head (105 sq in and bigger), tend to be meant for beginner players who need that bigger sweetspot and more power. They also tend to be more stable for those times the ball isn’t hit exactly in the sweetspot. And racquets that have mid size head’s are meant for the more advanced player.

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New Tennis Brands to Suit Your Everyday Personality

blog-top-1Do you tend to keep it feminine and elegant on the court? Or are you an eclectic, playful fashionista? Maybe you trend toward a simple, sporty-chic look? Or do you rock your avant-garde style with bold and edgy styling? Whatever style you gravitate toward, we have four new brands at Tennis Warehouse that will suit your personality while you are on the court!

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One Strings Spin Deeper racquet delivers on that promise

It seems like all the racquet brands are telling me that spin is in. It’s time to add our newest racquet brand to the list. One Strings has a couple of racquets called Spin Deeper, and they feature a 14×19 string pattern.

Because I tend to hit flatter, I haven’t quite found my spin racquet companion, but that hasn’t stopped me from trying all sorts. I’ve been testing the Spin Deeper 300, although it is offered in a heavier 315g version as well. As with most spiny racquets, this one took my flat strokes and I a bit of an adjustment period, but I’m glad I stuck out the hour or so of misfires.

I am certainly spinning the ball deeper as the racquet name suggests, and I’m really enjoying the easy response of this one. The 14×19 string pattern isn’t as wide open as Wilson Spin Effect racquets so the spin hasn’t been quite as extreme, but it’s more than enough for me. What I’m noticing more than spin from the string pattern, however, is its responsiveness. The ball just flies off the stringbed. That’s helped me to hit a deeper shot with more spin and pace when pushed back deep off the baseline.

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BOS Photography

BOS Photgraphy at the BNP Paribas Open

BOS Photgraphy at the BNP Paribas Open

Every year at the BNP Paribas Open, a group of tennis photograph enthusiasts come together to form an elite squad. Ball on String photography better known as BOS consists of only three members including Jason, Chris, and senior staff member, Daniel. This year I was able to infiltrate the secret club and interview each of the members with the hopes of one day becoming BOS.

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Demo the latest racquets at the BNP Paribas Open

Mark Boone hits on the demo court. Photo by Jason (BOS Photography/TW Staff)

Mark Boone hits on the demo court. Photo by Jason (BOS Photography/TW Staff)

The demo court is the place to be while taking a break from watching matches at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.

When you head on out to our demo court you can try all of the latest racquets from the top brands such as Babolat, Wilson, Head, Prince, Volkl, Dunlop and Yonex. If you have any racquet questions, we have the right man on the job.

You’ve seen him in our product review videos, you’ve read his comments in our written reviews, now you can meet the man himself, Mark Boone, at the Tennis Warehouse demo court.

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