Top 3 Tennis Rackets for 2020 season

Sometimes the new season or new year also means a new racket. It is a valid statement not just for the players but also for companies. In this article, we will cover all new tennis racquet models releases from tennis brands. The trend we see in almost all new rackets is clear. Tennis rackets in 2020 will offer larger sweet spots to help with off-center hits, more forgiveness, better comfort via vibration reduction, and an increase of spin potential. Read below our overview of top tennis racquets of the 2020 season and check how they fulfill the trends we outlined above.

The overview will be regularly updated as we will get in touch with more new tennis rackets models during the season.

Best Tennis Rackets 2020

BABOLAT PURE DRIVEHEAD GRAVITYWILSON BLADE V7
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Tennis Rackets New Releases 2020

DUNLOP SX SERIESHEAD PRESTIGE 360+YONEX EZONEBABOLAT FLAG COLLECTIONWILSON ULTRA V3YONEX ASTREL
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Go directly to specific Tennis Racket and overview of its specifications and used technologies:

Babolat Pure DriveBabolat Flag racket collectionDunlop SX SeriesHead Graphene 360+ ExtremeHead GravityHead Prestige 360+Wilson Blade v7Wilson Ultra v3 – Yonex EzoneYonex Astrel

BABOLAT PURE DRIVE

Babolat refreshes its model line every two years. Pure Drive was next on order after successful Babolat Pure Aero last season upgrade.

NEW BABOLAT PURE DRIVE SPECIFICATIONS

BABOLATPURE DRIVEPURE DRIVE TOUR (+)PURE DRIVE TEAMPURE DRIVE LITEPURE DRIVE SUPER LITEPURE DRIVE 107PURE DRIVE 110PURE DRIVE JR 26PURE DRIVE JR 25
Head size [sq. in]100100100100100107110100100
Weight [g/oz]300/10.6315/11.1285/10.1270/9.5255/9.0285/10.1255/9.0250/8.8240/8.5
Length [in]272727272727272625
Balance Point [mm]320315320330330320320325315
String Pattern16/1916/1916/1916/1916/1916/1916/1916/1916/19
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DESIGN

Babolat emphasizes its core colors. Pure Drive was always blue, white, and black, and the New Pure Drive brings no change. It would be strange to change something so recognizable to all tennis fans.

TECHNOLOGIES

The current trend noticed by all tennis rackets manufacturers is enlarging the sweet spot. The aim is to help the player with off-centered shots. Babolat followed this trend and introduced the FSI Power string pattern with diamond grommets. This technology is also used in New Pure Drive to maximize the power of off-centered shots. The second challenge was to decrease vibration to improve the feel of the racket. Cortex, a new material integrated into the handle of the racket, will guarantee that. Additionally, the elliptical frame shape provides the torsional stability of the racket.

PRICING AND SUMMARY

New Babolat Pure Drive comes in 9 different specifications (see table above). Two of them are shorter for juniors to help them with the transition from junior to adult tennis. Besides all the usual models (Tour, Team, Lite) Babolat offers also rackets with the extra-large head (110 sq.in – Pure Drive 110) and extra-low weight (255 grams – Pure Drive Super Lite). The product range is so extensive than even players with most specific needs will be able to choose the right model. In terms of pricing, you can hardly expect a very cheap racket from Babolat. However, pricing is reasonable for getting excellent control and power on the ball.

Check all available Babolat Pure Drive models on Amazon here.

BABOLAT FLAG RACKETS COLLECTION

Babolat also prepared a limited flag collection of its rackets for the 2020 season.

All professional models (Pure Drive, Pure Aero, Pure Strike) and recreational model Babolat Boost are available in 7 customized frame colors. Flag color collection includes also tennis bags. You can pick from the USA, United Kingdom, Japan, France, Argentina, Italy, and Brazil flag colors. Now you can show your support for respective players or countries with your Babolat racket.

Check the availability of Babolat flag rackets on Amazon here.

DUNLOP SX SERIES

Dunlop updated its popular CV series of tennis rackets. It basically takes all the good from recently introduced CX series and added unique spin technology to get Dunlop SX model.

DUNLOP SX SERIES SPECIFICATIONS

DUNLOPSX 300 TOURSX 300SX 300 LSSX 300 LITESX 600SX TEAM 280SX TEAM 260SX 300 JNR 26SX 300 JNR 25
Head size [sq. in]100100100100105100105100100
Unstrung Weight [g/oz]310/10.9300/10.6285/10.1270/9.5270/9.5280/9.9260/9.2250/8.8240/8.5
Length [in]2727272727.252727.252625
Balance Point [mm]315320325330335330350320315
String Pattern16/1916/1916/1916/1916/1916/1916/1916/1916/19
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DESIGN

There is not too much to report in terms of the design of the Dunlop SX series. The Dunlop identity can be seen from a distance. It takes over the CV series design with a combination of plain black and green (almost yellow) color.

TECHNOLOGIES

Dunlop SX tennis rackets are all about the spin. It used two technologies from the CX series: PowerGrid StringTech for creating a larger sweet spot and Sonic Core for reducing frame vibrations. Besides, the SX series also use Spin Boost technology that allows more string movement in the grommets. That makes the hits more controlled with extra bite and spin. Together you get a racket that is more forgiving thanks to a larger sweet spot, more comfortable thanks to reduced vibrations. Also, you get more control on the ball trajectory thanks to the spin technology.

PRICING AND SUMMARY

Dunlop SX tennis rackets are available in nine different specifications (two of them are for juniors SX 300 JNR 26 & SX 300 JNR 25). You can choose the heavier SX 300 Tour and SX 300 or pick the lighter ones (SX 300 LS, SX 300 Lite, SX Team 280) or the ones with a bigger head (SX 600, SX Team 260). Prices of all SX models are at the bottom of the range you would expect for new models. Overall, the Dunlop SX tennis racket is the right choice for any player in need of a comfortable racket with reasonable ball control and unlimited spin potential.

Check the availability and price of DUNLOP SX Series on Amazon here

HEAD GRAPHENE 360+ EXTREME

It was one of the summer exhibition tournaments when I saw this racket for the first time. I was wondering if Matteo Berrettini is switching to a new racket but a few days later Head officially confirmed that Head Extreme got its technology and design upgrade. And Matteo become the face of the new Extreme series.

 

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HEAD GRAPHENE 360+ EXTREME SPECIFICATIONS

HEADEXTREME PROEXTREME TOUREXTREME MPEXTREME MP LITEEXTREME SEXTREME LITEEXTREME PWR
Head size [sq. in]10098100100105105115
Unstrung Weight [g/oz]315/11.1305/10.8300/10.6285/10.1275/9.7265/9.3230/8.1
Length [in]27272727272727.7
Balance Point [mm]315315325325340345375
String Pattern16/1916/1916/1916/1916/1916/1916/19
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DESIGN

It was impossible to overlook Head Extreme in its original yellow design. The frame was screaming all around the courts. Now, the Head decided to soften the color screaming a lot. The sharp yellow was replaced with decent grey and the yellow is just the sign on the frame. Head Extreme is like teenager growing into an adult. It is not just about the visual attraction but about the racket itself.

TECHNOLOGIES

The main upgrade of spin-friendly Head Extreme is in an addition of Graphene 360+ technology to the frame. Graphene 360+ improves the flex and the feel of the racket. Head is adding this premium technology to all of its rackets step by step.

PRICING AND SUMMARY

The racket should be available on July 30th in USA and mid-August in Europe. The pricing should be in $200 range depending on exact specification. We will see how the Graphene 360+ technology impacts this ultimate spin model.

Check the availability and price of Head Graphene 360+ Extreme models on Amazon here

HEAD GRAVITY

Head introduced the new Gravity racket back in 2019, but we think it is the model predetermined for significant success in this season. The marketing headline says, “A new force is here” let us check if it is true or not.

HEAD GRAVITY SPECIFICATIONS

HEADGRAVITY PROGRAVITY TOURGRAVITY MPGRAVITY MP LITEGRAVITY SGRAVITY LITE
Head size [sq. in]100100100100104104
Weight [g/oz]315/11.1305/10.8295/10.4280/9.9285/10.1270/9.5
Length [in]272727272727
Balance Point [mm]315320325325325335
String Pattern18/2018/2016/2016/2016/2016/20
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DESIGN

Sky Blue or Matte Red colors dominate Head Gravity Frame. They are not so dazzling like Head Extreme yellow but offer a very decent look for decent players. I, personally, like this design very very much.

TECHNOLOGIES

Head Gravity uses Graphene 360+ frame technology that is the keystone of all new Head models. However, in Gravity, you get innovative spiral fibers that result in increased power. No surprise, the leading marketing headline for this racket is “A New Force.” The Head Gravity is all about power. Additionally, you will also get a larger sweet spot and deeper string grooves for better flexibility.

PRICING AND SUMMARY

Players who are used to Head rackets and like their brutal and uncompromised power will also be pleased by a new Head Gravity. It offers the thing I always look for in Head rackets. Power. The prices are at the usual level for new and innovative models. They are not cheap but also far from expensive.

Check the availability and price of Head Gravity models on Amazon here

HEAD PRESTIGE 360+

Just days before the start of the Australian Open 2020, Head also introduced the upgrade to its flagship model for experienced players. Head Prestige got new technology and even a new facelift.

HEAD PRESTIGE 360+ SPECIFICATIONS

HEADPRESTIGE MPPRESTIGE TOURPRESTIGE PROPRESTIGE MIDPRESTIGE S
Head size [sq. in]9899959399
Unstrung Weight [g/oz]320/11.3305/10.8315/11.1320/11.3295/10.4
Length [in]2727272727
Balance Point [mm]310320315310325
String Pattern18/2018/1916/1916/1916/19
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DESIGN

Head Prestige 360+ is all about the red. I like the idea formerly pursued just by Wilson to have a clear color distinction of each model line. Head is doing the same, and now it is clear that yellow belongs to Instinct, black to Speed, blue to Gravity, and red is always the Prestige. It is simple and clear. Red as the color of aggressiveness is suitable for a heavy racket for experienced players. The new design identity used by the Head for Prestige but also for other models is very classy.

TECHNOLOGIES

The upgrade of Head Prestige lies in using the successful Graphene 360+ technology. Graphene 360+ is the combination of 360 techs for better energy transfer and spiral fibers for better flex and feel. The Head uses graphene (the material itself) in the shaft for more significant power.

The model line consists of just five different models, all of them at higher weights (except for Prestige S). The head sizes are in the range of 93 to 99 square inches that is not very usual. I would recommend the Head Prestige MP model (with 98 sq. inches head and weight of 320 grams) as a starter for anyone who would like to try this beast. The more advanced players and professionals can always move to Head Prestige Mid with a small 93 square inches head but the same weight of 320 grams.

PRICING AND SUMMARY

Head Prestige 360+ is definitely for experienced players who like power tennis with a lot of attacks. Big hitters (like Marin Cilic, the face of Prestige) will appreciate this upgraded model. Pricing is very reasonable and can not be an issue for players looking at this type of racket.

Check the availability and price of all Head Prestige 360+ models on Amazon here

WILSON BLADE v7

The year 2019 was all about the new Wilson Clash tennis racket. We were stunned by that racket too, and it made it to our top three list immediately. However, Wilson continues to improve its racket offering every year. They decided to use all they learned with Clash also in other rackets and introduced Wilson Blade v7.

WILSON BLADE v7 SPECIFICATIONS

WILSONBLADE 98 V7 16x19BLADE 98 V7 18x20BLADE SW104 V7 AUTOGRAPH COUNTERVAILBLADE 104 V7BLADE 100L V7
Head size [sq. in]9898104104100
Weight [g/oz]305/10.8305/10.8306/10.8290/10.2285/10.1
Length [in]27272827.527
Balance Point [mm]320320330315330
String Pattern16/1918/2018/1916/1916/19
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DESIGN

In terms of design, there is nothing new with Blade v7 comparing to the old Blade racket. The green top of the frame and big W still stays as the unambiguous identifier of the tennis racket, also used by Serena Williams (Wilson Blade SW104 v7 Autograph Countervail). It would not be smart to change it, so Wilson decided to keep it. No surprise.

TECHNOLOGIES

As we already wrote, Wilson engineers took the best out of Clash and refreshed other frames with those superior technologies too. Wilson Blade v7 got new FeelFlex technology (used by Wilson Clash) in the frame. The carbon mapping incorporated into the structure increases the flexibility and stability of Blade v7. Wilson Blade v7 gained better control and spin as its predecessor but kept the ultimate power and feel it has. Additionally, Blade v7 got a new Top Grip Taper for better top handgrip placement.

PRICING AND SUMMARY

Wilson Blade v7 had been introduced already in 2019, but we expect it will be the crucial model of Wilson for the 2020 season. All the good things from a unique Clash racket were added to the new Blade tennis racket. And the response from players is encouraging. If you already play with Blade, then the transition to the upgraded model that keeps the useful features will be very smooth and easy. The price is in the range you would expect from Wilson. Not cheap but not inadequately expensive. The only downside is a limited number of specifications. Just five specs compared to seven of the older Blade models seems low, but we believe everybody can still pick its favorite one.

Check the availability and prices of all Wilson Blade v7 variations, including Serena Williams Wilson Blade SW104 v7 Autograph Countervail on Amazon here.

WILSON ULTRA V3

February 17 was the day when Wilson revealed another news. Wilson Ultra got an upgrade called v3. Wilson Ultra v3 will be in shops very soon, and here are the details of this updated model.

WILSON ULTRA v3 SPECIFICATIONS

WILSONULTRA PRO V3ULTRA 100 V3ULTRA 100L V3ULTRA 108 V3ULTRA TEAM V3ULTRA 100UL V3ULTRA 26 V3ULTRA 25 V3
Head size [sq. in]97100100108100100100100
Unstrung Weight [g/oz]305/10.7300/10.6277/9.8270/9.5281/9.9257/9.0245/8.6235/8.3
Length [in]27272727.2527272625
Balance Point [mm]315320324335330330320310
String Pattern18/2016/1916/1916/1816/1916/1916/1916/19
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DESIGN

The original blue paint on the mid of the Wilson Ultra racket frame was moved to the top. The middle section of the frame now belongs to silver. That is the only visual change of Wilson Ultra V3.

TECHNOLOGIES

The focus of Wilson engineers was on enhancing the positives of the racket. Therefore you will get an extra dose of power. A New PowerProfile technology is the key to improving the stability of the frame and generating more power. The extra power comes very smoothly thanks to improvements in the string bed area (integrated pws) and sweet spot channel.

PRICING AND SUMMARY

Wilson Ultra v3 comes in eight different specifications (two of them are junior versions 25″ and 26″). The pricing is very reasonable as all models, except for Pro v3, are priced under $200. Wilson Ultra Pro v3 (former Tour specifications are named Pro in all Wilson rackets) comes at a higher price, but this model is aimed at professional and more advanced players. The most used recreational model Ultra 100 v3 should get under $200 too. The other effect of new Ultra v3 is a reduction in the price of old Ultra models (check here).

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YONEX EZONE

Yonex started 2020 in a big style. An excellent old Yonex Ezone got a fresh new design and several improvements. Altogether you get the full range of nine different specifications (7 for adults and 2 for juniors).

YONEX EZONE SPECIFICATIONS

YONEXEZONE 98EZONE 100EZONE LITEEZONE 98aEZONE 108EZONE FeelEZONE RallyEZONE 26EZONE 25
Head size [sq. in]9810010098108102107102102
Weight [g/oz]305/10.8300/10.6270/9.5275/9.7255/9.0255/9.0275/9.7250/8.8240/8.5
Length [in]2727272727.2527272625
Balance Point [mm]315320330330335350335330325
String Pattern16/1916/1916/1816/1916/1816/1816/1916/1816/18
Color VariationsBlue
Green
Blue
Green
Blue
Pink
GreenGreen/WhiteWhite/Green
White/Orange
Green/WhiteGreenGreen

Let us go through major changes and updates the Ezone got in its 2020 refresh.

NEW DESIGN

First of all, everybody will notice new colors. Blue as the characteristic color for Ezone rackets was joined with Green as second flag color. The other four colors (pink, orange, white/green, green/white) were added and make Yonex Ezone very design-attractive in terms of color.

IMPROVED TECHNOLOGIES

Yonex uses Isometric heads for its rackets for 30 years now. Isometric shaped rackets heads increase sweet spot by 7% compared to conventional round head shapes. A new Yonex Ezone adds another improvement in expanding four head corners and adds another 5% of string flex. Graphite (Hyper MG) used in frame increases power repulsion and ball speed. Micro Offset layout of grommets enhance the power and decrease vibrations. Additionally, three layers of material embedded in handle reduce the vibration further.

PRICING AND SUMMARY

Yonex Ezone was an excellent model for years, and we had just words of praise for it. The new refresh of the Yonex Ezone should provide better off-center shot support, increased ball speed, and better shock absorption. Additionally, Yonex prepared nine different specifications (2 junior 25 and 26 inches models included) to satisfy every possible player. Moreover, the price for this updated model is more than friendly (30% lower than the usual price of competitors’ new models), so we expect the new Yonex Ezone will be in high demand.

A New Yonex Ezone can be bought on Amazon here.

YONEX ASTREL

Yonex rackets are not just for professionals and advanced players. Their new series of rackets called Astrel is precisely what recreational player needs.

YONEX ASTREL SPECIFICATIONS

YONEXASTREL 100ASTREL 105ASTREL 115
Head size [sq. in]100105115
Weight [g/oz]280/9.9265/9.5260/9.2
Length [in]272726.75
Balance Point [mm]325330340
String Pattern16/1816/1816/17
Color VariationsMintBlue GreyGold

DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY

Yonex Astrel rackets have a decent design. Each specification has a different color on the handle for better identification. The head of the racket is in a black-white color combination. All Yonex rackets offer unique Isometric head for the larger sweet spot. Astrel rackets also have Tri-Shut System (a combination of carbon, gel, and thermoplastic) for better shock-absorbing and lowering vibration.

PRICING AND SUMMARY

Astrel is an excellent racket for senior and recreational players. For people who like to play with the racket of a reputable brand with all necessary features but are not able to adjust to all the fancy models with modern technologies. Yonex Astrel is very light (280, 265, 260 grams) and offers great control, power, and play comfort. Just three different specifications make the decision which one to pick easy.

Check prices of Yonex Astrel tennis rackets on Amazon here.

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Tennis Pro Guru

Simon is the leading editor of TennisProGuru.com from 2015. He is an avid tennis player from age of 5, however, he never reached the pro level. Still, he likes playing tennis on different courts, with different rackets, and against different opponents. In his free time, you can find him watching all possible tennis matches he can find on the web or tv. Challenger or Grand Slam? It does not matter, just tennis matters.

He currently plays with:
Racket: Wilson Clash 100
Strings: Babolat RPM Blast
Grip: Head Xtreme Soft
Shoes: Asics Gel-Game 5 Clay (for clay courts), Lotto Court (for hard courts)
Balls: Dunlop Fort All Courts and Head Championship

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  1. Hi there, I was just wondering, Will the 2020 Yonex Astrel 100 be available in europe?

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