|It never fails, that, after a Grand Slam final, we are left amazed by the power and precision with which the Champions wield their weapons of choice. Could Andy Murray put more slice on his backhand? Is Marion Bartoli on to something with that two-handed forehand? And could either of them possibly return serve any better? While we may not have the answers you want to these questions, we can, at the very least, give you some insight into which racquets they use to achieve their victories.||
|Marion Bartoli may be known and perhaps even questioned for her unique style of play, but one thing is for sure – Sabine Lisicki can testify to the fact that whatever she’s doing, it’s working. Her racquet is a modified version of the Prince EXO3 Warrior 100 – Bartoli has the racquet lengthened 2 inches for better reach with two hands, but if you use just one on the forehand side, the standard length should suit you fine. This racquet was built for aggression, with explosive power in every well-hit shot – and hitting well may be easier than usual, thanks to the large sweet spot of the 100 square inch head. EXO3 technology suspends the string within the frame, giving it better movement which combines comfort and power into a highly accessible string zone with easy access to spin. This particular frame was designed to bridge the gap between the previous EXO3 Black and White models, giving a balance of power and control to help players who aren’t afraid to be aggressive in their strokes – just like Bartoli.|
|If spin and slice are more your game, the Head YouTek IG Radical Pro that Andy Murray uses may be more up your alley. The 98 square inches of this frame are built for making balls do all sorts of crazy things. The weight of the racquet makes it adaptable to all kinds of play, giving speed and power when you need it, and control and slice when you don’t. Innegra fibers throughout the frame add stability and comfort, while the d3O material offers just the right amount of flex for your sped-up swings. And, you don’t have to have the height of Murray to rocket off serves – the open string bed and, again, the heavier weight will have you pounding aces into the court in no time. Whether you’re hitting powerful strokes from the baseline, skimming the net with drop shots, or coming in at the net to put away a volley, this racquet definitely rewards the creative all-court player – sometimes, even, with Wimbledon Championships.|
Congratulations to both Andy and Marion – both players are more than just the sum of their gear. After all, a racquet is only as good as the person holding it!