There are an endless amount of different brands in todays well established tennis industry, and there are even more racquets to choose from. It can be quite confusing trying to pick the right one among so many different options. However, by looking at the most popular tennis racquets, you will get a good sense of which tennis racquets that are the top of the line right now.
This list is based on another article I wrote about what tennis racquets ATP pros use. In that article, I listed what racquet each player in the ATP Top 100 are using and comprised that into a table to show what specific racquets that are the most popular among pro players.
Here are the 7 most popular tennis racquets on that list, with my review on each racquet. The list is in the same order as the popularity. Take a look at the list and find out which is more suitable for you.
1. Wilson Blade 98
Wilson Blade 98 is currently the most popular tennis racquet in the world. The popularity does not only come from players like Stefanos Tsitsipas and Milos Raonic endorsing the Blade 98, but also because it’s one of the most well-balanced racquets available from Wilson right now.
There are a number of different Wilson Blades to choose from, but the 98 sq are head size is what most pro players are using. It comes in a 18×20 string pattern, as well as an 16×19.
Out of those two, the denser 18×20 string pattern helps out with more control and string durability. While the more opened 16×19 helps to get to achieve more spin. It’s fine to go with either choice, but the 18×20 racquet head seems to be a better fit for the majority of players.
- Lacks a little power
2. Babolat Pure Aero
The Babolat Pure Aero is the second most popular racquet in the world right now. It shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone considering it’s Rafael Nadal’s choice of racquet. Apart from him, players like Tsonga, Felix Auger-Aliassime and Benoit Paire are also using the Pure Aero. At the recreational level, it’s even more popular.
What players like about the Babolat Pure Aero mainly comes to how easy it’s to generate spin and power. It’s known as one of the most spin-friendly racquets in the world, which is hard to foreseen when you watch Nadal play.
An overall exceptional racquet that is perfectly suited for aggressive baseline players that needs to generate that extra spin to the ball. For defensive players, there are some better options.
- Easy To Generate Power
- Endorsed By Rafael Nadal
- Not suited for defensive players
3. Wilson Pro Staff 97
The Wilson Pro Staff 97 may be the 3rd most popular racquet in the world among pro players, however, at the recreational level, it’s most definitely the most popular. It’s currently used by pro players like Grigor Dimitrov, Kyle Edmund, Roberto Bautista-Agut and many more.
It’s one of the most well-balanced racquets available and plays very similar to the Wilson Blade 98. However, the Pro Staff 97 is higher and easier to maneuver. The overall control is better on the Pro Staff 97, although, the power is easier to generate with the Blade 98.
I would recommend the Wilson Pro Staff 97 to beginner-intermediate players that can generate power on their own and got a slightly more defensive play-style. If you are more of a aggressive hitter, I would go with the Wilson Blade 98 or even better, the Babolat Pure Aero.
- Overall Feel
- Lacks power
4. Tecnifibre ATP Tfight XTC
The 4th most popular racquet among pro players may come as a surprise for many, but if you have been active in the tennis racquet industry lately, it shouldn’t be a surprise at all. Tecnifibre have stormed into the ATP scene the last couple of years and what a success it have been.
When it comes to the Tecnifibre ATP Tfight XTC racquet, it’s hard to not talk about Daniil Medvedev, which have used this racquet for quite some time now. Other pro players like John Millman, Miomir Kecmanovic, Marius Copil and many more are also using this racquet.
The easiest way to describe this racquet is that it doesn’t have any feature that really stands out, but it does everything pretty well. It got decent spin, power, control and maneuverability, but, nothing that really is better than the other.
Overall, a racquet that doesn’t get the attention it deserves at the recreational level. I’ve tried 100s of racquets in my career and I can’t think of a racquet that is as all-rounded as the Tecnifibre ATP Tfight XTC.
- Easy to maneuver
- Does a lot of things well, but nothing that stands out
5. Head Graphene 360 Speed Pro/MP
The Head Graphene 360 Speed Pro have been one of the most popular racquets for quite some time now. Not only among pro players, but at the recreational level as well. There is no denying that the world No.1 Novak Djokovic have attributed a lot of that success. Apart from Djokovic, players like Fernando Verdasco and Mikhail Kukushkin are also using this racquet.
It’s hard to find much weaknesses to this racquet. It got exceptional control, decent spin-potential and it’s one of the most arm-friendy Head racquets on available.
However, unlike many other racquets on this list, it’s not the most beginner-friendly racquet. But, for intermediate-advanced players, the Graphene Speed is a very rewarding racquet.
- Endorsed by Novak Djokovic
- Not Suited For Beginners
6. Babolat Pure Drive
The Babolat Pure Drive have always been in the shadow of the slightly more popular Pure Aero, however, it’s still one of the most popular tennis racquets in the world. World class players like Dominic Thiem and Fabio Fognini is just 2 of many pro players that uses the Babolat Pure Drive.
What players like about the Pure Drive is the overall control and feel on the ball. You don’t get the same spin as you would get with the Pure Aero, however, the overall control is much better. Especially if you are an beginner to intermediate player, you will be benefit more from the Pure Drive than the Pure Aero.
I would recommend this racquet for intermediate players that have an aggressive play-style, as you can generate a lot of hitting power with the Pure Drive.
- Endorsed by Dominic Thiem
7. Yonex EZONE 98/100
The Yonex EZONE is one of those racquets that have increased in popularity the most recent years. A couple of years ago, there were very few tennis players that even knew about the Yonex Brand , today, it’s one of the most popular racquets among pro players.
World class players like Nick Kyrgios and Naomi Osaka are the main endorses of the Yonex EZONE. Apart from them, players like Alexander Bublik, Marton Fucsovics, Casper Ruud and many more are currently playing with this racquet.
What players like about the Yonex EZONE mainly comes to control and spin. It’s far from being beginner-friendly, but for more advanced players, the Yonex EZONE is a very rewarding racquet. You need to create most of the power yourself, so you should play tennis at a somewhat good level to benefit from this racquet.
- Not Beginner-Friendly
Here is the full list of the most popular tennis racquets