ATP world’s No.1 is heading into 2013 season with new HEAD SPEED racquet.

Novak’s brand-new weapon is the top model of the redesigned YouTek SPEED tour racquet series from HEAD, which introduces a revolutionary technology to modern racquet construction: HEAD Graphene.

Graphene is a unique material consisting of a single two-dimensional layer of carbon atoms with exceptional properties. It’s extremely lightweight, but has a breaking strength 200 times greater than steel. The integration of Graphene™ in the racquet shaft allowed HEAD engineers to reduce weight in the middle part of the tennis racquet and shift it to functionally more relevant areas in the grip and the head instead.

This unique construction with Graphene technology allows for the first time an optimized redistribution of weight in HEAD racquets: more weight in the grip makes the racquet more manoeuvrable and easier to swing; more weight in the racquet head enables even more powerful shots – and will give Djokovic’s opponents a really hard time.

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Now entering into its fifth generation, the Babolat AeroPro Drive has been the racquet of choice for top players like Rafael Nadal and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

The latest Aeropro Drive uses the new Cortex Active Technology, which brings players more feel to perfectly control spin with each shot.

With an increased focus on technology, the Aeropro Drive includes:
Aero Modular Technology — an aerodynamic shape and modular frame that optimizes the penetration of the racquet through the air for more power and spin.
Woofer — a system allowing the frame and strings to interact for more feel and accuracy when hitting the ball.
GT Technology — a graphite and tungsten composition allowing for reduced torque on impact and optimized precision.

The AeroPro range includes:

AeroPro Drive/AeroPro Drive +
Player profile: For baseline players looking for power and spin
Suggested retail price (unstrung): $199.00
Head size: 645 cm2
Weight (unstrung): 300 g

AeroPro Team
Player profile: For baseline players who appreciate power, while looking for more maneuverability.
Suggested retail price (unstrung): $195.00
Head size: 645 cm2
Weight (unstrung): 280 g

AeroPro Lite
Player profile: For ladies and high-level juniors looking for a lightweight racquet with spin.
Suggested retail price (unstrung): $189.00
Head size: 645 cm2
Weight (unstrung): 260 g

Andy Murray's 6-2, 6-1, 6-3 #lumix #lx7 /cc @panasonicusa

The last Grand Slam of the 2012 tennis season runs through September 9. During the first week, match play pretty much runs true to the rankings, the top seeds usually advance to the second week without having to play that many five set matches. One tremendous advantage for the men players is the fact that the top seeds have developed all-round tennis skills. Today, players rely on the power of the racket head speed. Racket head speed is developed early in a player’s career, but precision ball placement depends upon the racket.

Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic, the defending US Open champion uses the HEAD YouTek IG Speed Midplus. Of course, Novak Djokovic is no overnight sensation, he spent years performing grueling training, while listening to criticism about faking injuries, now his tennis skills have legitimized him on the court, this has silenced his critics. His choice of the HEAD YouTek IG Speed Midplus has helped him generate more power on his shots. The tennis racket has a slightly oversized head, which allows him to hit high-speed first serves as uncontested aces, and when he does need a second serve, the rallies are usually short because he clips the line for clean shot winners.

Roger Federer

Roger Federer is looking to complete a tremendous summer with a win at the US Open. With his Wimbledon victory, he cemented his status as one of the greatest tennis players of all time. The racket of choice for Roger is the Wilson Pro Staff Six.One. The Wilson Pro Staff Six.One has helped him to regain the Number One ranking. When he was losing, he lost confidence in his racket. When he changed rackets, he started winning again. The unique features of the racket include the Amplifeel handle, small racket head size, and a patented open string pattern.

Andy Murray

Of course, no conversation about the best men’s tennis players in the world would be complete without mentioning Andy Murray. Every spectator in the stadium could clearly see how disappointed he was to be runner-up at Wimbledon. He felt like the one who had let down a nation, so when he was presented with the opportunity to redeem himself at the Olympics, again on his native soil, he didn’t let up until he was atop the winner’s podium. Murray used the HEAD YouTek IG Radical Pro to avenge the lost he suffered at Wimbledon. He downed Roger Federer while using one of the best tennis rackets on the market today. The HEAD YouTek IG Radical Pro has a retooled head size with proprietary “Innegra technology.” The racket is built for high performance, this proved to be the perfect accompaniment for Andy Murray’s game.

Who will win the 2012 US Open?

  • Roger Federer (39%, 73 Votes)
  • Andy Murray (29%, 54 Votes)
  • Novak Djokovic (23%, 42 Votes)
  • Tomas Berdych (4%, 7 Votes)
  • Juan Martin del Potro (3%, 5 Votes)
  • David Ferrer (1%, 2 Votes)
  • Other (1%, 2 Votes)
  • Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (1%, 1 Votes)
  • John Isner (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 186

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HEAD’s new digital campaign ‘SPEED vs. INSTINCT – The Challenge’ features Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic and French Open winner Maria Sharapova using their YouTek IG SPEED and YouTek IG INSTINCT racquets in three quite unusual and surprising tests of skill.

Friends of HEAD Tennis on Facebook also have the chance to win exclusive, signed memorabilia from the films in a sweepstake application running from August 20th to September 17th.

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Most tennis fans are preparing for one of the biggest tennis tournaments of the year: the 2012 French Open. Fans all over the world are discussing the odds of who will win; they’re examining the pros and cons of Nadal, Djokovic and Federer, but what about the people behind the scenes? The men and women who work hard to make sure the professionals have what they need to play their best. I’m talking about the racquet technicians. After all, nothing happens in a vacuum, not even winning a major tennis tournament.
I was curious to hear about these unsung heroes. These people whose time, talent and effort go into making sure these tournaments go off without a hitch.
Luckily, I live in Baltimore, MD, home of Holabird Sports, a running and racquet specialty store which employs many U.S.R.S.A. Racquet Technicians, including Jim Downes, who recently strung at the Sony Ericsson Open.
Jim Downes has worked at Holabird Sports since 1988. In 1994, he was recognized by the United States Racquet Stringers Association as a “Master Racquet Technician” — the highest level of achievement the U.S.R.S.A offers. Jim is also a member of the prestigious Wilson Stringing Team which comprises the exclusive on-site stringers at the U.S. Open, Australian Open, and Sony Ericsson Open in Miami.
If that wasn’t enough, Jim is recognized as one of the fastest racquet stringers in the world. He finished 2nd in the 2007 Las Vegas Speed Stringing Contest and in 2010 he won the Prince Speed Stringing event in Orlando, Florida. Jim can string a racquet in seven minutes flat.

While speaking to Jim about stringing at the last Sony Ericsson Open, he told me that, “Stringing at a major tournament is an honor and a challenge. Players that have risen to that level require and expect the highest standards for their equipment. After all, a lot of money can be on the line for a single match.”

It follows that qualifying for the Wilson Stringing Team is extremely challenging. According to Jim, “The first requirement is to be able to string a racquet fast (usually under 15 minutes), to achieve this under any circumstance means that the stringer has a lot of experience. The second and most important challenge is to be able to string many racquets fast, all day, with zero mistakes. There are many fast stringers out there and many technically precise stringers. But very few that can be fast and precise at the same time. The current team is composed of some of the best stringers from all over the world. A few of them travel almost full time to service many of the current top 20 ranked men’s and women’s players at international events.”

Hard work and talent are a given in almost every profession. But if you want to become a professional stringer, take Jim’s advice: “Just be passionate about providing the best level of service in every frame you string. The learning never stops no matter how many years or racquets you’ve completed.”

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