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Tennisfan1000
03-12-2009, 08:16 AM
someone mentioned that the biggest racket head size u can use in atp and itf competitions is 135 sq/in
is this true?

woodrow1029
03-12-2009, 08:22 AM
someone mentioned that the biggest racket head size u can use in atp and itf competitions is 135 sq/in
is this true?
The hitting surface shall not exceed 39.4 cm (15.5 inches) in overall length, and 29.2 cm (11.5 inches) in overall width.

From ITF Rules of Tennis.

Tennisfan1000
03-12-2009, 11:21 AM
so that would be 135 sq/in right?

bad_call
03-12-2009, 11:33 AM
so that would be 135 sq/in right?

calculator shows 178.25.

Tennisfan1000
03-12-2009, 02:13 PM
calculator shows 178.25.

ouch. came to the same conclusion but i thought thats impossible
178 sq/in???
thats big

matchmaker
03-12-2009, 03:15 PM
I remember Agassi, of all people (he played with an OS racquet), saying that the reference frames should be reduced.

On another note, what is the maximum allowed length for a racquet? 29 inch?

I feel the ATP/ITF should do something about the materials and even strings to make tennis more attractive, but I guess I might as well go on dreaming.

ReopeningWed
03-12-2009, 03:17 PM
calculator shows 178.25.

That's if you have a square shaped hitting surface. I think it'd be closer to 135 than 178.25 if the racket was round. ;-)

Snuh
03-12-2009, 03:44 PM
Why was that Gamma Big Bubba racquet banned then? Seems to fit in those lines

Tennisfan1000
03-14-2009, 07:54 AM
do all super-oversize rackets exceed the limit? 125 sq inches?
i know the head ti.s7 is not legal

Il Mostro
03-14-2009, 08:53 AM
Why was that Gamma Big Bubba racquet banned then? Seems to fit in those lines

It is 137 square inches. There is also a limitation on total string length, which got at least one of the Head Ti's banned. There was a Big Bubba 32 which gets a double ban, due to the length and head size.

zidane339
03-14-2009, 10:22 AM
I actually strung one of the Head Ti's that is banned. That thing was gigantic! Such a breeze to weave crosses..basically a racquetball racquet..

jacklsw86
03-14-2009, 11:30 AM
calculator shows 178.25.

u are calculating it as if the racquet head is square in shape:P

Mdubb23
03-14-2009, 11:35 AM
calculator shows 178.25.

If it were a rectangle, yes.

MethodTennis
03-14-2009, 01:55 PM
ouch. came to the same conclusion but i thought thats impossible
178 sq/in???
thats big

wow i typed some crap in this post before

Bud
03-14-2009, 02:54 PM
It is 137 square inches. There is also a limitation on total string length, which got at least one of the Head Ti's banned. There was a Big Bubba 32 which gets a double ban, due to the length and head size.

I thought the BB32 head size was 137 sq. in. :confused:

Is the legal limit 135 sq. in.?

ag200boy
03-14-2009, 03:21 PM
I thought the BB32 head size was 137 sq. in. :confused:

Is the legal limit 135 sq. in.?

there is no limit to actual head size, just length/width dimensions

Bud
03-14-2009, 03:52 PM
there is no limit to actual head size, just length/width dimensions

Are you sure about that? Do you have a reference page stating so?

TenniseaWilliams
03-14-2009, 04:16 PM
ITF Racquet Rules (http://www.itftennis.com/technical/rules/equipment/appendixii.asp)

Tennisfan1000
03-16-2009, 05:51 PM
ok lets put it this way.
do the prince speedport platinum (125 sq/in) or the head metallix 10 (124 sq/in)
happen to be illegal? and would those companies make a racket they know is illegal today?

Bud
03-16-2009, 07:41 PM
ITF Racquet Rules (http://www.itftennis.com/technical/rules/equipment/appendixii.asp)

That's about 140 sq. in. using the area of an Ellipse (15.5" x 11.5").

So it may be a bit more than 140 sq. in., using a realistic/traditional shape.

If the racquet head was a rectangle... it could be approximately 178 sq. in.

Bud
03-16-2009, 07:41 PM
ok lets put it this way.
do the prince speedport platinum (125 sq/in) or the head metallix 10 (124 sq/in)
happen to be illegal? and would those companies make a racket they know is illegal today?

Under which rule would they be illegal?

ratm355
03-16-2009, 09:01 PM
That's about 140 sq. in. using the area of an Ellipse (15.5" x 11.5").

So it may be a bit more than 140 sq. in., using a realistic/traditional shape.

If the racquet head was a rectangle... it could be approximately 178 sq. in.



Keep in mind that the sq. in. measurement is just of the stringbed and I bet the ITF rules measures to the edge of the frame. So, it would likely be a little under 140 sq. in. with an ellipse shaped head.

Bud
03-17-2009, 04:04 AM
Keep in mind that the sq. in. measurement is just of the stringbed and I bet the ITF rules measures to the edge of the frame. So, it would likely be a little under 140 sq. in. with an ellipse shaped head.

No, that is the measurement of the string surface.

Tennisfan1000
03-26-2009, 11:35 AM
i have heard that the prince speedport platinum is illegal if u string it all the way through to the throat.
but since u can string it normally (not through the throat) it should be legal. right?
or is the racket banned?