Most Popular Tennis Racket Brands in Professional Tennis

I do get that question from tennis fans or people who are going to buy a new tennis racket pretty often. Which tennis racket is most used by tennis professionals. Everybody knows that Roger Federer plays with Wilson ProStaff and Nadal with Babolat but what with other tens of players entertaining us on courts all the year long.

We run a database of ATP and WTA professional players and their rackets, so we feel it is our duty to put here the summary of all numbers. Now everybody can read which racket brand is most used by Men and Women professional players. And moreover which racket brand is most successful on pro tour.

Note: All numbers are the end of year numbers, for the year 2017 we take rankings after last tournament was played (27/11/2017 for ATP and 27/11/2017 for WTA)

Most Used Tennis Racket Brand between ATP TOP 100 players

In men’s tennis, there are two big brands which compete for the title of the most used brand. It is HEAD and WILSON. Currently, Wilson has one more player in ATP TOP 100 than Head. In the year 2015, Wilson was most used, in 2016 Head was the most used racket brand in ATP TOP 100.

The third most used brand among men professional tennis players is BABOLAT. Altogether three most used brands have more than 3/4 of ATP 100 players under the contract.

The rest of players have used mainly YONEX and PRINCE rackets for years. However, this year TECNIFIBRE made a move mostly on Prince expense and become fourth most used brand among men.

A number of players from ATP 100 using a tennis racket of the respective brand at the end of the respective year:

  2017 2016 2015
WILSON 29 29 29
HEAD 28 31 25
BABOLAT 22 21 23
YONEX 9 7 5
TECNIFIBRE 6 2 4
PRINCE 3 6 8
SRIXON/DUNLOP 2 2 4
PRO KENNEX 1 1 1
PACIFIC 1 1

*by clicking on Brand Name, you will get list of all players using rackets of respective brand

Most Used Tennis Racket Brand between WTA TOP 100 players

Almost 70 percent of WTA TOP 100 players are using rackets of one of two racket brands. BABOLAT is holding the lead for last two years, with WILSON closely behind. We can call it almost duopoly.

Another 20 percent of women top tennis players are using HEAD or YONEX rackets for last two years.

The rest of players has divided between 5 another brands. Two of them, SLAZENGER and VOLKL are seen just on WTA tournaments.

A number of players from WTA 100 using a tennis racket of the respective brand at the end of the respective year:

  2017 2016 2015
BABOLAT 38 39 33
WILSON 32 32 34
YONEX 12 11 13
HEAD 10 10 6
PRINCE 3 2 6
SRIXON/DUNLOP 3 2 4
TECNIFIBRE 2 2 2
VOLKL 1 1 1
SLAZENGER 1 1 1

*by clicking on Brand Name, you will get list of all players using rackets of respective brand

Most Successful Tennis Racket Brand

One thing is being a most used, but other and for many people more important, is being a most successful tennis racket brand.


Most Successful Tennis Racket Brand on ATP Tour

The year 2017 is the year of change between the winners of ATP tournaments. Until this year HEAD owned the ATP tour. This year, mostly thanks to Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray injuries, WILSON and BABOLAT took the lead. Wilson thanks to the return of Roger Federer, Babolat thanks to Rafael Nadal comeback. How important are Djokovic and Murray for Head? In 2015 Djokovic won 11 and Murray 4 tournaments, in 2016 Djokovic won 7 and Murray 9 tournaments. That is 15 and 16 tournament wins per year. This year they won just 3 tournaments (2 Djokovic, 1 Murray).

Other brands are picking up just a few tournament wins. YONEX, was the only exception last year with 8 wins, thanks to Stan Wawrinka (4 wins) and Nicky Kyrgios (3 wins) performances.

A number of ATP tournament winners using a tennis racket of the respective brand in the respective year:

  2017 2016 2015
WILSON 26 11 15
BABOLAT 21 13 11
HEAD 11 33 28
PRINCE 5 1 6
YONEX 4 8 4
TECNIFIBRE 1   1
SRIXON/DUNLOP   1 1

*by clicking on Brand Name, you will get list of all players using rackets of respective brand


Most Successful Tennis Racket Brand on WTA

BABOLAT and WILSON are most used racket brands between WTA TOP 100 players and they are also most successful. Last year Babolat had most tournament wins, this year WILSON has most tournament wins.

Other brands lag behind with quite big difference.

A number of WTA tournament winners using a tennis racket of the respective brand in the respective year:

  2017 2016 2015
WILSON 24 17 24
BABOLAT 19 30 19
YONEX 6 5 6
HEAD 4 7 6
PRINCE 3 1 5
SRIXON/DUNLOP 1   1
TECNIFIBRE 1    
VOLKL 1 1

*by clicking on Brand Name, you will get list of all players using rackets of respective brand

 

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2 Comments

  1. Any idea what string tensions are being used? Also, are the racquet models they use the same as the ones in stores?

    • Good questions. I will try to answer

      String Tension – There is no general answer. String Tension is different for every player, every place they play (surface, condition, weather, singles or doubles). Just as an example here – Roger Federer racket string tension for doubles (with Nadal) at Laver Cup. RF string tensions

      Racquet models – There is a lot of opinions about it. I think that top players play with adjusted models/frames so they are not the same like in stores. However, that is a privilege for really best players. I suppose, that no brand is willing to offer any special adjustment to a player out of top100. So they are using store models and adjust weight themselves.

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