is there a limit to racket head size under atp/itf rules?

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  1. Tennisfan1000

    Tennisfan1000 Banned

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    someone mentioned that the biggest racket head size u can use in atp and itf competitions is 135 sq/in
    is this true?
     
  2. woodrow1029

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    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.
     
  3. Tennisfan1000

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    so that would be 135 sq/in right?
     
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    calculator shows 178.25.
     
  5. Tennisfan1000

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    ouch. came to the same conclusion but i thought thats impossible
    178 sq/in???
    thats big
     
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    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.
     
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    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. ;-)
     
  8. Snuh

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    Why was that Gamma Big Bubba racquet banned then? Seems to fit in those lines
     
  9. Tennisfan1000

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    do all super-oversize rackets exceed the limit? 125 sq inches?
    i know the head ti.s7 is not legal
     
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    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.
     
  11. zidane339

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    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..
     
  12. jacklsw86

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    u are calculating it as if the racquet head is square in shape:p
     
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    If it were a rectangle, yes.
     
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    wow i typed some crap in this post before
     
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    I thought the BB32 head size was 137 sq. in. :confused:

    Is the legal limit 135 sq. in.?
     
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    there is no limit to actual head size, just length/width dimensions
     
  17. Bud

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

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    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.
     
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  21. Bud

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    Under which rule would they be illegal?
     
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    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.
     
  23. Bud

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    No, that is the measurement of the string surface.
     
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    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?
     

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