aHEAD of the Game

A player can usually base their success on how far they get in a tournament. And the larger the tournament and deeper into the draw they get, the more success that can be celebrated after grinding away for two weeks. So how would a brand measure their success? Seems like success could be measured with how many players the brand has using their product in the final rounds of each tournament. With that being said and with the quarterfinals and the semifinals set at the Sony Open in Miami this week, let’s take a gander at what racquets the players still in the draw are using.

Sony Open 2013

Andy Murray using his HEAD Youtek Radical Pro in Miami at the Sony Open – Photo by Cynthia Lum

HEAD currently has six out of the eight men that are in the quarterfinals of the Sony Open using their racquets (and in case you haven’t heard, Djokovic lost yesterday, so he isn’t in that count).  This bunch of HEAD players includes Andy Murray, Tomas Berdych, Richard Gasquet, Marin Cilic, Gilles Simon and Tommy Haas.

On the women’s side, already into the semifinals is HEAD Youtek Graphene Instinct MP user Maria Sharapova and Roberta Vinci is currently playing her quarterfinal match this evening with her HEAD Youtek IG Extreme Pro 2.0.

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Quick Review: Dunlop Biomimetic F5.0 Tour

Recently, I raved about the potential of the Donnay Formula 100 racquet becoming a new  favorite of mine (but I also noted having issues with the depth on my backhand).  Move over Donnay, the Dunlop Biomimetric F5.0 Tour has quickly moved into that second spot behind my Babolat Pure Drive GT.

Dunlop Biomimetic F5.0 Tour

I strung up the F5.0 Tour with some Black Shark at 60 pounds (yes, I like tight poly strings!) and had an absolute blast hitting with this racquet.  I found I could swing freely and had great access to spin and power.  Balls that I thought I was missing by a couple inches were landing in.  And my backhand was not a problem as I could swing fast and free through my backhand.  I could control the ball and play consistent or rip the ball and flatten out or even access some heavy spin for defense.

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Quick review: Donnay Formula 100 Racquet

I challenge Tennis Warehouse on a daily basis to find a racquet that I will love as much as my Babolat Pure Drive GT  (I just can’t imagine loving anything more).  I’ve been trying my hand at several different frames (Wilson 99 S, Head Graphene Speed Pro, Wilson Juice 100, Babolat Aero Pro Drive, etc.), a lot that I can understand why people gravitate toward, but nothing that I have to have, or better yet, nothing that has elevated my game…yet.  Finally, I found something I can possibly entertain as a new favorite racquet, the Donnay Formula 100.

Donnay Formula 100

Donnay Formula 100

Spec wise, this racquet could be the long lost twin to my Pure Drive GT.  Most of our playtesters even seem to favor this Donnay over the ever so popular Pure Drive. Dare I say, it may even outshine the Pure Drive in one area – the net.  My volleys feel so precise and crisp with this racquet no matter whom I am hitting against.  I often struggle on my backhand volley to keep my racquet out in front and end up hitting a bit of an inside-out backhand chip volley, which while it is very effective, it is frustrating since it’s caused by late preparation.  With this maneuverable Donnay in my hands, suddenly the issue has disappeared.
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