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The Many Racquets of Roger Federer

The Many Racquets of Roger Federer

Inspired by a recent comment from a reader I thought I’d look into the various models of racquet Roger Federer has used since he went pro way back in 1998.

Of course this is all open to interpretation, as there’s various opinions on whether or not Roger uses the racquet that is sold via the various tennis retailers. Some people believe that Roger just uses his own custom version based on the Pro Staff 85 that’s just sprayed up to look like the latest model.

Personally I’m not sure, it’s hard to judge when I’ve not have the pleasure of owning one of his played with racquets (feel free to send me one Roger) but I’d imagine there are some subtle differences compared to the retail version – the weight, handle thickness, balance, swingweight, lead tape etc will all be specific to his game. But I do believe Roger will take advantage of the latest technologies in his racket composition to both help with control, feel and power.

In terms of hard fact we know that he’s used a Wilson all his career, played the majority of it with a 90 square inch racquet head and used a 16 x 19 string pattern with Natural gut on his main strings, Luxilon Big Banger Alu Power Rough on his crosses with some string savers which add durability. Prior to that he used an 85 square inch racquet that used Babolat all natural gut strings on both crosses and mains.

So let’s take a look at the different models that Roger has used and Wilson have marketed as his weapon of choice since the start of his career:

Pro Staff 85 6.0 Mid-Production Chinese

Pro Staff 85 6.0 Mid-Production Chinese

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Years Used: 1998 – 2001

This is the racquet that Federer was using when he first came onto the scene and is the one he used to beat Sampras at Wimbledon way back in 2001. Ironically it’s the same racquet used by Sampras himself so he was dismantled by his own weapon of choice that day.

Federer Wimbledon 2001

Unlike all Roger’s later racquets which are all 90sq” this one is an 85 square inch head, which by today’s standards is almost miniscule. Can you imagine Nadal playing on clay with something like this??

Roger used this racquet between 1998 and 2001 in which he featured in the main draw of 10 Grand Slams. It was also the racquet he was using when he hit the first major turning point of his career in Hamburg against Franco Squillari. Roger smashed his racquet up badly that day after losing in the first round but decided from there on in he had to control his behaviour as it was costing him matches.

Pro Staff 85 6.0 Specification

  • Head Size: 85 sq. in. / 548.39 sq. cm.
  • Length: 27in / 68.58cm
  • Strung Weight: 12.5oz / 354.37g
  • Balance: 10 pts HL
  • Swingweight: 321
  • Stiffness: 62
  • Beam Width: 17mm / 17mm / 17mm /
  • Composition: 80% Braided Graphite 20% Kevlar
  • String Pattern: 16 Mains / 18 Crosses

Hyper Pro Staff 6.1 Silver W

Hyper Pro Staff 6.1 Silver W

Years Used: 2002 up until the French Open

This was the racket of choice for Roger at the start of the 2002 season, but it was merely a paint job over his Pro Staff 85.

The specifications state it was a 95 square inch head, but as we know Roger has never used above a 90 sq inch head. To jump from an 85″ to a 95″ is unlikely anyway.

As far as I’m aware Roger only used this racket at one Grand Slam which was the Australian Open in 2002, he then changed to a 90 square inch racket after the early American Hard Court tournaments of Miami which was called the NASDAQ-100 Open back then.

Federer Hyper Pro Staff 6.1 Silver W

Hyper Pro Staff 6.1 Silver W

  • Headsize: 95 square inches / 613 sq. cm
  • Length: 27 inches / 68.6 cm
  • Weight (unstrung): 11.7 oz / 332 grams
  • Weight (strung): 12.2 oz / 347 grams
  • Swingweight (strung): 325
  • Beam width: 22 mm
  • Composition: Hyper Carbon / Kevlar / Graphite
  • String Pattern: 16 Mains x 18 Crosses

Hyper Pro Staff 6.0

Hyper Pro Staff 6.0 Yellow W

Years Used – 2002

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At the French Open 2002 he used the used the Hyper Pro Staff 6.0 Yellow W, which was the first time he had used a 90 square inch frame. This racquet was painted up again to look like the 95 square inch model but of course it wasn’t.

After that Roger used the Hyper Pro Staff 6.0 from Wimbledon 2002 up until the start of the 2003 season.

Federer Hyper Pro Staff 6.1

I can’t find the specification on this model as it was a complete custom 90 sq” racquet sprayed up to look like the Hyper Pro Staff 6.0 model which was actually a 95 square inch model.

Pro Staff Tour 90

Pro Staff Tour 90

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Years Used: 2003 – 2004

This was the racquet Roger used when he won his fist Grand Slam title in 2003 at Wimbledon when he defeated Mark Philippoussis in straight sets.

It was used in 4 Grand Slams in total right up until the French Open of 2004 where he switched to use then newly released nCode.

Federer Wimbledon 2003

Pro Staff Tour 90 Specification

  • Length: 27 inches / 69 centimeters
  • Head Size: 90 square inches
  • Weight: 12.7 ounces / 360 grams
  • Balance Point: 12.375 inches
  • Composition: 80% Graphite / 20%Kevlar
  • String Pattern: 16 Mains / 19 Crosses

Wilson nSix-One Tour 90

Wilson nSix-One Tour 90

Years Used: 2004-2006

The red and white paint job on all Federer racquets started with the nSix-One Tour racquet which was part of the nCode range they brought out.

Roger used this to defend his title at Wimbledon using it in a total of 11 Grand Slams between 2004-2006, some of his best years on tour.

Federer NCode Racket

Wilson nSix-One Tour 90 Specification

  • Length: 27 inches / 69 centimeters
  • Head Size: 90 square inches
  • Weight: 12.4 ounces / 352 grams
  • Balance Point: 12.375 inches
  • Construction: 17 mm Straight Beam
  • Composition 10% nCoded Hyper Carbon / 70% nCoded High Modulus Graphite / 20% Kevlar
  • String Pattern: 16 Mains / 19 Crosses

Wilson K Factor Six One Tour 90

Wilson K Factor K SixOne Tour 90

Year Used: 2007 – 2009

The legendary racquet that won Roger the French Open in 2009 and then a marathon Wimbledon final against Andy Roddick a month later. Also the racquet that I use, so you know it’s good ;)

I personally love this racquet, in terms of the paint job and just the way it plays. It’s the only Federer racquet I’ve used myself so can’t compare it to the previous ones listed above but in terms of design it’s my out and out favourite.

Federer K Factor 90 Racquet

Wilson K Factor Six One Tour 90 Specification

  • Length: 27 inches / 69 centimeters
  • Head Size: 90 square inches
  • Weight: 12.5 ounces / 354 grams
  • Balance Point: 12.375 inches
  • 9pts Head Light
  • Construction: 18 mm Straight Beam
  • Composition: nCoded High Modulus Graphite / Carbon Black
  • String Pattern: 16 Mains / 19 Crosses

Wilson Six.One Tour BLX

Wilson Sixone Tour 90 BLX

Years Used: 2010 – 2011

I was never a fan of the design of this racquet and that was justified as in terms of slam victories this it performed the worst out of them all as Roger only managed to win the Australian Open in 20120 with the BLX.

It featured in 8 Grand slams from Australia 2010 up until the 2011 US Open, so basically this was the stick that in Federer’s hands when he lost both matches against Djokovic in New York despite having match points! I personally think every one of them that was ever made should be rounded up and burned.

Federer SixOne Tour BLX

Wilson Six.One Tour BLX Specification

  • Length: 27 inches / 69 centimeters
  • Head Size: 90 square inches / 581 square centimeters
  • Weight: 12.5 ounces / 354 grams
  • Balance Point: 12.375 inches
  • 9pts Head Light
  • Construction: 17.5mm Straight Beam
  • Composition: Karophite Black / Basalt
  • String Pattern: 16 Mains / 19 Crosses

Wilson BLX Pro Staff Six.One 90

Wilson BLX Pro Staff Six.One 90

Years Used: 2012 –

The racquet that took down the Wimbledon 2012 trophy for Roger and the latest in the Wilson Federer range. Looks quite a lot similar to the K Factor and when the time comes to upgrade mine this will probably be my choice.

Federer Pro Staff Six One 90

Wilson BLX Pro Staff Six.One 90 Specification

  • Length 27 inches 69 centimeters
  • Head Size 90 square inches 581 square centimeters
  • Weight 12.6 ounces 357 grams
  • Balance Point 12.5 inches
  • 32 centimeters 8pts Head Light
  • Construction 17.5mm Straight Beam
  • Composition Karophite Black / Basalt
  • String Pattern 16 Mains / 19 Crosses

Wilson Prototype 98 Square Inch

Years Used – 2013

The big change to Roger’s racquet came after his shock second round loss to Stakhovsky at Wimbledon in 2013. Roger added both Hamburg and Gstaad to his schedule and then announced he would be playing with a brand new racquet.

Little is known about the racquet currently other than it has a head size of 98 square inches and is a prototype Wilson have been working on for some time. Obviously the big change is the head size which is 8 square inches bigger allowing Roger to have a bigger sweet spot, more power and margin for error but at the same time less control and feel.

Once more information comes out about the racquet I will update this post!

Fed New Racquet 2013

Wilson Prototype Specification

  • Head Size: 98 square inches
  • Weight: Unknown
  • Balance Point: Unknown
  • Construction: Unknown
  • Composition: Unknown
  • String Pattern: 16 Mains / 19 Crosses

So as you can see, Roger’s racquet specification / set up hadn’t really changed over the years up until 2013 when he made a big change to a 98 square inch racquet head size, I’m sure he has experimented with different grips, weights, lead tape and what not but the 90 square inch head with a 19 x 16 string pattern had been ever present until he decided he needed to change his equipment to try and compete with Murray, Djokovic and Nadal.

Quick Recap of the racquets used by Federer since the start of his career:

  • Pro Staff 85 6.0 Mid-Production Chinese
  • Hyper Pro Staff 6.1 Silver W
  • Hyper Pro Staff 6.0 Yellow W
  • Pro Staff Tour 90
  • N90
  • K90
  • BLX90
  • Pro Staff SixOne 90
  • Wilson Prototype 98sq”

How close Roger’s own racquet he uses in tournaments actually is to the version we can all buy in the shop is hard to assess. There’s a few threads on Tennis Warehouse with a guy who’s bought Federer racquets in charity auctions who claims they are near identical, whilst others have read they are quite different. Until I hold them side by side I guess I won’t know.

Which racquet is your favourite out of all the models he has used and why? And if you play, which racquet do you use? Let me know in the comments below.

About Jonathan

Huge fan of Roger Federer - I'll pretty much try and watch all his matches from Grand Slam level right down to ATP 250. When I'm not watching or tweeting about tennis I play regularly myself and use this blog to share my thoughts on Fed and tennis in general.

96 comments

  1. I have the Pro Staff 85, N 90, K 90, BLX 90 and 95 and, the Pro Staff Six One 90 :)

    I feel the K 90 is the best. The BLX 90 plays almost the same though.

    • Spoilt for choice!

      My K90 is pretty beat up these days, chips in it and just general wear and tear. Waiting for Wilson to send me a new one :P

      • A little correction. I “had” the Ncode but it was not the 90 sq in. I think it was probably 100+ (my first ever racquet). Anyways, I lost it at a public court because the lights went off and I forgot to put in the bag (in 2008).

  2. Hey man…. a BIG THANKS for answering my question. You have clearly gone quite indepth look at this. Wow i didnt realise Feds changed his raquet that many times. I think u may be right in that the raquets what the public buy may differ from Feds actual one. So recently correct me if am wrong, Djokovic and Nadal have changed their raquets. I dont know about Murray. This i think is a very interesting debate. Surely the tech the players use ie strings can be a huge factor.
    I myself have played with four different raquets. My best raquet was what J Mac used the Dunlop Max 200G. The hitting/weight/tension was absolutely fanstastic. Then i upgraded to the newer graphite compo Slazenger and then Head. Me personally even though the newer raquets had more power the Max200G had the best feel when striking the ball. People who play know that although it depends on ur talent, the raquet u use makes a big difference on ur play.
    I am defo going to buy a Wilson what fed uses. Again a big big Thanks for this Jonathan. Much appreciated. Serajul. :)

    • Hey man,

      Yeah you were my inspiration for this post if you hadn’t guessed :)

      Djokovic changed to Head in 2009. He used Wilson before.

      Nadal always used Babolat but apparently he is using a new model now with different string that aids top spin and power. It will play like a toy.

      I think string is a big factor, the synthetic stuff can be manufactured to have all sorts of angles on it that helps keep the ball in play. You can get some that’s like a pyramid shape that imparts a crazy amount of spin on the ball. Kick serves like never before.

      Jonathan

      • Regarding the pyramid style and shaped strings, doesnt that slightly constitute to unfair advantage or (cheating). The strings u use r one of most important things. It will be like me playing with Borgs raquet versus the new Babolat. I mean is it me or technology changing too much for certain players. Look what happened when J Mac used his Wooden raquet against K Curren with his graphite raquet. He got blown away literally.
        I think their should b some sort of level playin field with new tech. comming in???.
        Nice one

  3. I use the Prostaff six one 90 and 95 currently, before I used a modified version of the K90 which was about 50 grams lighter than the actual one but still with the 90 head size. I wonder – the n90 racquet, did Wilson design it for Roger? Since the colours are of the Swiss flag.

    • Hi Conal.. When u use ur Prostaff do u use a shock absorber in it, or do u just play with just how it is. I ask this cos a dampner/shock absorber makes a big diffetence on the shot. You can feel and hear the difference on all the shots u play. Try it if u havent and let us know if possible. Ok cool!!!!

      • I don’t use a shock absorber on my current racquets, I know it kinda reduces the vibrations of the racquet and gives slightly better control, but I think its ok without them on 90 and 95 racquets since they are a lot heavier then 100 head Babolat toys. Maybe I will try using one, we’ll see. I don’t think Roger has ever used a dampener since he went pro. Dampeners fall off easily as well, so its pretty annoying. I wonder if Jonathan uses one.

      • I had one but it fell off and I lost it, didn’t bother to replace it. I only ever hit the ball from the middle of the racquet anyway :P

      • Jonathan, then try moving the dampener from the middle to somewhere near the bottom of the frame. That should fix it ;-p

    • Dunno man on the N90, Wilson seem to chose that colour scheme quite often for all their rackets.

      How do you interchange between a 90 and a 95? I guess moving up from a 90 to a 95 is easy, but coming down is quite a jump…

      • It ain’t bad at all – wasn’t for me. I had a mega monster 120 sq. inch head (from when I was in my early teens) and switched to the BLX and it didn’t take me long to adjust at all. First hit with it I was better than ever.

      • As Kyle said, its not really not that bad at all. The 90 is heavier of course. I started mis-hitting more shots, but thats it.

  4. I’m getting the Pro Staff 90 as soon as spring rolls around. Maybe also Stan’s Yonex. My favourite Fed racquet ever is the n90. And as for the paintjob theory, I’ve always been against that. Overall, they are all tennis racquets – it’s like coming out with a new shoe – it’s still a shoe, but there are minor changes to each version. Of course Roger’s own racquets are customized to his liking but the retail racquets and the ones he has used and is using are the same thing.

    • Impossible to say until you have held a Fed racquet and a retail side by side man. They could be miles different, or they could be pretty similar.

      • Not saying they are exactly the same. Different in some ways I’m sure, but I don’t think it’s as drastic as some think. I’ve even heard some say that he plays with the one he used in 2003, and that to me is just absurd.

      • Fed’s racket has the holes in his racket drilled in slightly different places towards the middle for spin, read this on tennis warehouse forums or somewhere like that. (Someone had the pictures of Federer’s BLX Tour 90). Federer does indeed still use the old Pro Staff 90 the only thing the same on the current Pro Staff is the paint job.

        James

  5. And let’s not forget that Fed beat Rafa at the WTF in 2010 and 2011 with the BLX. They were good for something. ;)

    • Correct me if this stat is wrong, but I think all the titles Fed won with the BLX were on hardcourts. It was horrible on grass though!

    • Wait till Dopal comes with his brand new upgraded toy ;) Without that cowardly stick, he is nothing but a journeyman.

      • Dopal…haha I couldn’t help laughing.

        Boy! You guys know a lot about Fed’s rackets. You can really tell ‘the BLX did well on hard courts, poor on clay and grass’, stuff like that? Had no idea. All I can say is ‘I like the design of the six.one 90′ uselessly.

        I wonder how ‘Dopal’ plays with Roger’s racket and vice versa?

      • Hey,

        Well the BLX was used all through the Roger 2.0 period where he kept losing tough matches. Nothing really to do with the racquet but he just so happened to be using that. Maybe it was a bad luck charm!

        Nadal plays with a 100sq inch racket which is huge. He couldn’t played with Feds racket in a million years.

      • Haha Dopal. Did you see they have buried one of Nadal’s racquets in the ground in Rotterdam? Fed got his picture taken in front of it yesterday:

        https://twitter.com/peRFectTennisUK/status/301086085210075136/photo/1

      • Dopal and Cvacovic will be like fish out of water if they try Roger’s racquet. On the contrary, Roger can surely adapt to a bigger frame if he wants to. But he won’t.

        Pete Sampras once said that if he had not been stubborn and switched to a bigger frame, he could’ve won a couple of more slams. Good thing is, Roger still has plenty of time to think about it.

        By the way, did you know that in their classic 2001 Wimbledon meeting, both Roger and Pete were using the Pro Staff 85?

      • Yup, I mentioned it in my post ;)

      • Hahaha…love that twitter pic, Jonathan.

        RIP big racquet. You have served Dopal well :)

      • You’re right Jonathan. You did mention the 2001 Wimbledon game vs Sampras. I sort of missed it when skimming through your post :)

    • I was never a fan of the design of this racquet and that was justified as in terms of slam victories this it performed the worst out of them all as Roger only managed to win the Australian Open in 20120 with the BLX.

      Guys I think/hope Jonathan was being drole when he said that! Paintjobs don’t actually make a difference!

      I use the BLXT90. Love it. Have two in my bag, one always strung at 52ish with synthetic gut/poly hybrid and one with all poly strung at 50 or below.

      What string set ups do my fellow Wilson90 users have?

      • Haha yeah I was messing! BLX paint just not got great memories.

        I string with gut crosses and big banger mains, same strings as Fed just the opposite way around.

  6. I have to be honest, all this technical stuff goes way over my head.
    I just know Roger plays great and perfect, but my knowledge about rackets ?????

    Katyani

    Ps: I would have loved if Tsonga would play further, but………… he lost to Igor Sijsling.
    We Dutch people are…………………….happy !!!

    • Hi Katyani, same here! No idea about the rackets just like about the cars. I go as far as ‘I love to have a black convertible BMW but hate a red Ferarri’….haha, pathetic, aren’t we women?

      • Hi Wanda, no we are not pathetic, we have…………….other interests !!!
        That is a polite way of saying that, right?
        I have to say this honestly too, I did not even read the whole article Jonathan has wrote,
        I don’t understand it (am thankfully smart about other things !!).

        Katyani

        Ps: Thiemo de Bakker won today. I have to be honest, I would have loved if Youzhny would have gone through. I think he is so funny, especially when he plays Roger. Remember at Wimby what he asked Agassi.
        But still, two Dutch guys going through (to bad for Robin Haase).

        They are both suppose to play Roger, right??
        As much as I love my country, that is where I draw the line. I applaud them for winning to anyone, but they better not defeat Roger !!!

      • Hey!

        Youzhny always get injured in Rotterdam. He had to pull out last year too!

        Jonathan

      • Wanda, good choice on the BMW convertible. I totally love it! :)

        Roger’s a Merc guy though :(

    • Hi Katyani… Are you going to watch Federer live at the Ahoy Stadium. I ask cos i think u said u r from the Netherlands and are not that far from the venue. I wish i could go, i have seen pictures and You-tube highlight matches. The venue looks fanstatic and with Federer their the atmosphere will be arwsome just like last year!! Federer has great chance of retaining his title. Come on Fed!!!! Ok greetings from Serajul.

      • Hi Serajul, the final was sold out I think in December or before, but I have two tickets for the semi’s. I did not know which one he was going to play, so I am going to both. How is that for a die hard fan, huh?
        If I find out Roger will play Rotterdam next year, I will buy the ticket for the final this year in July or something !!! My collegae is not able to go with me, but we already made plans to go next year.

        But………. Roger has to make it so the semi’s, otherwise what is the point in going???

        O by the way, you have to bring a big and fully fulled wallet if you want to see a match. They are not exactly cheap, but I think the tickets for the 1000 tours and GS are more expensive.

        Roger is playing tomorrow. My work is less than an hour away, but when you have to work, what can you do besides hoping Roger will go trough without much energy spilled.
        If I am not mistaken, he has to play every day from Wednesday to Sunday.

        Serajul, where do you live? Is there a tour too?

        Greetings from Katyani

      • Hi Katyani… Yep just buying tickets today costs an arm and a leg!! And u r right the Masters1000 and GrandSlams r more expensive. You r certanly taking no chances by having both semi-final tickets. Hopefully u will b ok and see Fed in the semis.
        I live in the UK and have been to Wimbledon once. But nowadays i watch either on the internet or t.v.(sky). Anyway hope u have a great time and take ur camera and a pen an paper for his autograph. Just in case and please dont faint or get tongue twisted if u happen to see him up close. Enjoy the tournament. :)

    • Katyani, how could you love Roger and not know much about his racquet?!? Pretty pathetic ;)

    • Hmmm…I see Igor is sizzling :)

      • Hi Sid, you did not offend me, trust me I can take a joke, but……………
        if you want to see or read my bad or dark side, try (don’t try !!!) saying something untrue and mean about Roger !!!
        I am from Holland and Roger will play two Dutch guys, and still I want Roger to win.
        That says a lot about me, huh?

        Looking forward to more of your comments.

        Greetings from a happy Katyani, now that Roger won the match.

      • Glad to hear that unlike the Spaniards and Serbs with their undying love for the not so beautiful playing styles and demeanor of…ahem…Dopal and Cvakovic, you know what beautiful tennis all about.

        Now, I also know a way to get on your nerves. Will make a note of that. Consider yourself warned :-p

  7. Hi Conal… Yep i hav had the same problem with my dampner/shock absorber falling out. But i also did what Aggasi used to do? I got elastic rubberband cut it in half then weaved it in at the bottom of the strings and tied both ends of rubberband. This did the same job as a dampner and solved the problem of droping or comming off the racquet. Plus it worked just as good if not better!!
    I think Jonathan just like Sid has all the previous models of racquets. Please you are more than welcome to send me one for a road test. Ha ha only joking. Ok Thanks Serajul.

    • Yeah Agassi was the rubber band merchant. Don’t see that anymore.

      I’ve only had 1 model of Fed’s racquet – K Factor K90.

      Sid is the connoisseur here. Has a walk in wardrobe full of tennis apparel and racquets. He even does paid tours ;)

      • I heard that Jonathan…hahahahhaha! Where do you think Roger sends his racquets for an initial test on playability? Ok, you may think I’m crazy but what about those guys who have tons of flavors of gaming consoles?

        But no, it’s fun trying out different racquets. I love the Pro Staff 85 too much. I just don’t have the talent to wield it. I’ll give it another try this week, since I’ve been standing very close to the baseline these days. So help me God!

      • Haha. Racquet play tester would be a cool little job!

  8. I’d love to have a try with the 85. If I can go from 120 to 90 and adapt well, surely 90 to 85 won’t be bad, HAHA.

    • It may seem going from 90 to 85 is not a problem. But it is. If you’re just doing rallies, it’s not a problem. Trouble begins when you’re under pressure. Especially if you have a one handed backhand. Remember, that 85 is 10 points head light, so you better have a very good swing and timing or you’re toast.

      The service, where the margins are less, will be even tougher.

      Try it out for fun :)

      Going from 120 to……wait a minute, who the heck is using a 120? :)

      • I’d give it a go but it means buying an 85 inch racquet. Might only end up using it once!

      • Couldn’t you get a demo for a week? Over here, some sporting goods suppliers allow you to demo multiple racquets for a small price. I almost always do that before buying.

      • Hi Sid.. It seems to me ur Pro Staff 85 reminds me of my Max200G this also had a small head. U r also right u have a good swing to connect properly as the sweet spot hitting zone is smaller.
        Personally with myself when i played i could play both single and double handed backhand. But that was cos i would forget all the time if i was single or double handed player. By having this luxury it gave me flexablity of doing more shots. Not that i am an expert or pro or anything in all shots. Most of the time my imagination would show me doing all the correct shots and winning like Federer. In reality whats that saying” a bad workman blames his tools!!” thats me now when i play now.

    • One of my hitting partners plays with a Pro Staff 85 and it isn’t massively different but you’d be advised to hit anything remotely short and approach, where at the net it is a scalpel. Getting drawn out into long baseline exchanges with it is not going to end terrible well against a good club player and their inevitably bigger racket head and lighter set up.

      Tbh I like it for the same reasons I like the T90 but the T90 just gives you more spin and room for error i.e. you can baseline with people if you so choose.

      Benefits of the 85 don’t outweigh the negatives imo.

      • Good points. They say Sampras may have won something on clay had he not used an 85….

      • It is superb in the front court and it’s just not possible to stay consistent in the rallies, specially after an hour or hour and half when fatigue starts creeping (depends on how fit you are). Good racquet for doubles, great control.

        You’re right. The benefits of the 85 do not outweigh the negatives.

  9. Hi Sid,

    Thanks for replying to me earlier. Since reading ‘Sampras said if he had not been stubborn and switched to a bigger frame, he could’ve won a couple of more slams’, I’m wondering do you think there’s any chance of Roger considering changing to a bigger frame? Then Katyani’s 25 slams wouldn’t be so crazy idea!

    • Hey,

      I doubt it. There was a rumour he considered it but not sure if it had any truth behind it…

      I’d say he is too stubborn and will stick with what he knows on that front. It’d be a big change.

      Jonathan

      • Wanda, it’s not just about the frame size. A lot of it has to do with the court speeds these days. Roger will have to fundamentally alter his game, physically more than anything else, if he goes for a bigger frame.

        His 90 gives him the control and maneuverability close to the baseline (no secret there). So, he will need a drastic change in playing style. Like Jonathan said, he will stick with what he knows.

        The case for Sampras is different. The court speeds were fast in those days. During his last few years, the game could still be played in the front court. A bigger frame would’ve helped him finish better. At least that’s what Pete thinks.

      • He’s quoted as saying that he tried a few of them out in the past but don’t think he’s ever taken to any of them.

  10. Many thanks both Jonathan and Sid!

    Great that I’m learning and understanding a lot about Roger and tennis in general from you guys thanks to the blog.

  11. I enjoyed reading this article. It was very informative and interesting.

    I would have to say my favorite racquet is the Pro Staff SixOne 90 because I really like how it is designed.

  12. I can only say that my K Six-One Tour is probably the best thing I’ve ever had (and bought). I spent almost two years trying to find it on the internet, but by that time it was so likely to be nothing but an old relic. Fortunately, I came across a remaining one that eventually turned out to be my beloved little child.
    And so far, it’s so good. I simply love the way it feels to play with such a great tool.

    Jonathan, your choice looks like mine. We both know what it’s like to hold it firmly in the hands. I’m sure you actually enjoy it as much as I do.

    Nice post, by the way. Pleasure to read.

  13. I don’t believe he has used all of these racquets.

    He has maybe changed racquets once or twice (from 85 to 90) then just uses a paintjob of the k-factor perhaps?

    This is just rumour, none of us will ever know. And it’s not like he will tell anyone..

  14. Hey,

    Yeah, it’s tough to know what he actually uses!

    Somebody needs to sneak down to the court and take one out of his bag next time they are watching live.

    Any volunteers?

    • I heard that Federer is actually using the retail racket. Told by the people who string his racket at the dutch tourna,ent where Federer paften plays. With the earlier rackets he did use a paint job with older rackets, but no he actually uses the one you can buy. Nice to know Isnt it?!

  15. Thanks for posting this. I have been looking for a post like this for a while now, and it couldn’t get more comprehensive than this. Good job!

    P.S – I have the pro-staff 85, 2 K90′s and BLX 90. Plan on expanding the collection to include all the above racquets at some point. :) My favorite among these is the 85. It feels like a steel pipe but the control and power is ridiculously good.

    • Cheers Shre,

      I have a K Factor, although getting pretty beat up as I’ve had it 2 / 3 years.

      Never used an 85, but I’d like to give it a go!..

      Jonathan

    • Sid TheCookieThief

      Warning: Equipment discussion ahead.

      Doru, your collection is almost similar to mine. I have the PS85, two BLX 90′s and one PS90. Of course I gave away two of my BLX 95′s to friends. I’ve realized I can’t handle players much better than me when I use the 90, so, help me out with making one of two choices: -

      a) Stay with the 90 sq. in. for another year, and play with players who are right about my level or slightly better. Will need a lot of patience.
      b) Cheat: Go to a 95 or 98 sq. in. frame so I can be competitive with players well about my weight. Instant gratification :-)

      I’ve tried out the PS95, Blade 93, Blade 98 recently and will be getting a Yonex 97 demo this week.

      • Sid TheCookieThief

        I meant, Shre, not Doru :-) Where are you from Shre and what’s your level? I’m in the States and would be considered a decent USTA 4.0.

  16. when I started playing tennis I’ve used a Babolat AeroPro Drive but i’ve broke it.now I’m using a ProStaf six one 90 and it’s a big step for me because the ProStaff has a smaller head size.do you think I can do something to improve my game with the ProStaff or I should go back to a bigger head size racquet?

    • Hey,

      Well I would say play with whatever you feel comfortable with. Going from a Babolat that’s like 100 sq inches to a Wilson 90 sq inch racquet is a big big jump. Depends how long you have been playing but I think it will be tricky to make such a big adjustment. Maybe try somewhere in the middle?

      You can demo racquets, rather than buy outright so could be your answer…

      Hope this helps.

      Jonathan

      • it’s a little bit tricky for me cuz I’m playing since 2011 but it feels great.such a good racquet.I think I’ll try the new Head Graphene Speed !

        thanks !

      • Sid TheCookieThief

        The trouble begins once you start playing really good players, well above your weight. They give you so little time, there is no way you can prepare early and get the swing speed the 90 sq. in. (or 85) requires. Perhaps you are well established and always get a good swing. At least I figured I just couldn’t prepare that early for fast swing speed so I’m switching to a either a Blade 93, Pro Staff 95, Yonex 97 (needs fast swing speed but at least is forgiving), or Blade 98, depending on which works well at the net too.

        The 90 sq in felt great for me too, that is until, as I said, I started playing with the big fish. They have zero respect for my serve, utter disdain, so I was forced to switch to a powerful racquet :-)

    • Sid TheCookieThief

      Doru, my personal recommendation, since you’ve been using a 100 sq. in., try not to go below 95 sq. in. unless you have the talent to make that huge an adjustment to your game. I went from 100, to 95, to 90, and going back to 95 or 98 soon so I can swim with the big fish :-)

      • don’t know if I got the talent but as I said above it feels great.Had some problems at the beginning because it’s a bit heavier but got used to it.Im still trying to get used to it completly.

        thanks!

  17. Time to update the article ;)
    Cant believe this actually happened, cant wait to see today match vs Brands. I guess Roger decided to play Hamburg and Gstaad just to get used to new rocket before HC season.

  18. Can anyone give me some advice on whether to get prostaff 95 or 100, im a defensive baseliner who likes to wear down the opponent then finish him off with one fatal blow. : P i currently have have a tour blx ( as used by justine henin) and im looking for a racquet that will compement it well. My second serve is my biggest area of weakness.
    Thanks for the advice!!!!!

    • Hey Seyi,

      I am no expert but I think for a defensive baseliner a 100 sq inch racquet will suit you better – Nadal, Djokovic etc all use 100sq inch racquet heads.

      I am sure other readers will also give you some advice too.

      Jonathan

  19. I have owned and played with the Original Pro Staff 85 (but mine was a St. Vincent model), the nCode 90, and the KFactor 90. I have hit with the Six.One BLX Tour a few times. The nCode was one of the worst racquets I have ever played with. It had no control, little power. It was a shame to even sell that thing to the public. For a while, I played with both the original 85 and KFactor 90. Depending on my play on a given day, I would switch out from one to the other. I found them similar, with the Kfactor have a bit more power, but less control. Both fantastic racquets. The BLX I played with just felt too stiff, without any feel.
    Anyway, that’s my breakdown. I now play with the Kfactor 88. It plays like an in between of the original and the Kfactor. I don’t see myself switching for a while now.

  20. Both my six one pro staff 95′s (less than a year old) have begun to vibrate loudly when I hit a ball just above the sweet spot. Not only can I hear it I can feel it more and more in my arm. A pro told he thought there was an internal crack but I don’t see any issue with the racquet. Any thing like this happen to you? Thanks,

    • Hey Steve,

      Nothing I heard of before but I don’t have a 95, seems weird that they would both do it though? Faulty batch?

      You tried a dampener or anything to see if that helps?

      Just above the sweetspot is quite close to the top of the frame though, off centre hits are pretty unforgiving on racquets like that…

      Maybe someone else here knows.. Paging Sid.

      Jonathan

  21. I play with a K factor Six.One 95 18 x 20 and have never hit something sweeter. I don’t understand why Federer went from a 90 to a 98 instead of a 95.

  22. I have played with and own(ed) every racquet Fed had used. Dont have all of them now because had to sell a lot of them for cash that I needed at the time I sold them. The best one I loved was the nCode. It played the best among all that were marketed at different times. The Sampras frame has the best feel when used with gamma TNT 19 gauge string.

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