Babolat is refreshing one of the most popular racquet families within the tennis industry this fall. The Pure Aero, formerly the Aero Pro, has become just as huge as its mega-star endorser Rafael Nadal. The frame is widely used on both the WTA and ATP tours, but it has also become a favorite of consumers at multiple competitive levels. Once again Babolat has a few versions to suite different game styles and abilities which will be available in October.
What is immediately apparent from the first look is how far apart the main strings are in the sweet spot. For example, The Speed MP, and Radical MP both have 16×19 string patterns, but string spacing of the mains is much tighter. The extra space between the main strings allows the ball to sink deeper in to the string bed, enabling more spin and power. Though HEAD has an abundance of 100 square inch racquets, what further separates the Extreme series is the thin 21 mm beam at the throat, which transitions to a wider 23/26 mm beam in the hoop.
Volkl has once again updated their bread and butter frame, the V1 Classic! When this racquet was released 20 years ago, its combination of forgiving sweet spot, mobility and dampened response was an immediate hit. Check out our full review of this redesigned classic frame.