Sometimes the new season or new year means also 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 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 updated regularly as we will get in touch with more new tennis rackets models during the season.
Best Tennis Rackets 2020
|BABOLAT PURE DRIVE||DUNLOP SX SERIES||HEAD GRAVITY||WILSON BLADE V7||YONEX EZONE|
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Go directly to specific Tennis Racket and overview of its specifications and used technologies:
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
|BABOLAT||PURE DRIVE||PURE DRIVE TOUR (+)||PURE DRIVE TEAM||PURE DRIVE LITE||PURE DRIVE SUPER LITE||PURE DRIVE 107||PURE DRIVE 110||PURE DRIVE JR 26||PURE DRIVE JR 25|
|Head size [sq. in]||100||100||100||100||100||107||110||100||100|
|Balance Point [mm]||320||315||320||330||330||320||320||325||315|
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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 that is so recognizable to all tennis fans.
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 follows this trend and introduced the FSI Power string pattern with diamond grommets. This technology is used also in New Pure Drive to maximize the power of off-centered shots. The second challenge was to decrease vibration in order to improve the feel of the racket. That should be guaranteed by Cortex, a new material integrated into the handle of the racket. 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 absolutely reasonable for getting excellent control and power on the ball.
Check all available Babolat Pure Drive models 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 excellent spin technology to get Dunlop SX model.
DUNLOP SX SERIES SPECIFICATIONS
|DUNLOP||SX 300 TOUR||SX 300||SX 300 LS||SX 300 LITE||SX 600||SX TEAM 280||SX TEAM 260||SX 300 JNR 26||SX 300 JNR 25|
|Head size [sq. in]||100||100||100||100||105||100||105||100||100|
|Unstrung Weight [g/oz]||310/10.9||300/10.6||285/10.1||270/9.5||270/9.5||280/9.9||260/9.2||250/8.8||240/8.5|
|Balance Point [mm]||315||320||325||330||335||330||350||320||315|
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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.
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. In addition, the SX series use also 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 and also you get more control on 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 a good choice for any player in need of a comfortable racket with good ball control and unlimited spin potential.
Check the availability and price of DUNLOP SX Series on Amazon here
Head introduced the new Gravity racket back in 2019 but we think it is the model predetermined for major 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
|HEAD||GRAVITY PRO||GRAVITY TOUR||GRAVITY MP||GRAVITY MP LITE||GRAVITY S||GRAVITY LITE|
|Head size [sq. in]||100||100||100||100||104||104|
|Balance Point [mm]||315||320||325||325||325||335|
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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.
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 main marketing headline for this racket is “A New Force”. The Head Gravity is all about power. Additionally, you will get also 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 be pleased also 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
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
|WILSON||BLADE 98 V7 16x19||BLADE 98 V7 18x20||BLADE SW104 V7 AUTOGRAPH COUNTERVAIL||BLADE 104 V7||BLADE 100L V7|
|Head size [sq. in]||98||98||104||104||100|
|Balance Point [mm]||320||320||330||315||330|
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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 used also by Serena Williams (Wilson Blade SW104 v7 Autograph Countervail). It would not be very clever to change it so Wilson decided to keep it. No surprise.
As we already wrote Wilson engineers took the best out of Clash and refresh 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 frame increases the flexibility and stability of Blade v7. This means Wilson Blade v7 has better control and spin as its predecessor but keeping 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 has been introduced already in 2019 but we expect it will be the key 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 great. If you already play with Blade than the transition to the upgraded model that keeps the good features will be very smooth and easy. The price is in the range you would expect from Wilson. Not cheap but not inadequately expensive. An 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 still can 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.
Yonex started 2020 in a big style. A good old Yonex Ezone got a fresh new design and a number of improvements. Altogether you get the full range of nine different specifications (7 for adults and 2 for juniors).
YONEX EZONE SPECIFICATIONS
|YONEX||EZONE 98||EZONE 100||EZONE LITE||EZONE 98a||EZONE 108||EZONE Feel||EZONE Rally||EZONE 26||EZONE 25|
|Head size [sq. in]||98||100||100||98||108||102||107||102||102|
|Balance Point [mm]||315||320||330||330||335||350||335||330||325|
Let us go through major changes and updates the Ezone got in its 2020 refresh.
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.
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 decrease the vibration further.
PRICING AND SUMMARY
Yonex Ezone was a very solid 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