The shortest racket allowed?

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  1. Steyo

    Steyo New User

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    Hello guys and girls.

    What is the shortest length a tennis racket is allowed to be within the ATP rules?
    I know the racket can not exceed 29 inches but what is the min a racket can be?
     
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  2. Rabbit

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    largest head size is 135 sq in
    longest length is 32 inches
    i don't think there's a limit on how short it can be
     
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    32 inches long? wow. I always thought the racket could not exceed 29. Thanks for the tip.

    My current racket is 27 inches.

    But I wanted to play with a shorter length racket, just not sure if this is against the rules. (Not that I am an ATP player lol)..
     
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  4. Lukhas

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    The better question would rather be "what would you gain from having a shorter racquet"?
     
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  5. GBplayer

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    To compensate for long arms?
     
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  6. Steyo

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    No. I am a short player. Not a tall player with long arms.

    The only question I wanted to know, was what is the min requirements on racket length.

    I already know the benefits to myself.
     
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  7. esgee48

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    Max legal length is 29", not 32". Besides the max size of 135 sq in, there's also a max length of mains and perhaps cross. Do a search of the various subforums since this question has been asked before. There are no minimum frame size rules.

    From ITF/USTA rules:
    b. The frame of the racket shall not exceed 29.0 inches (73.7 cm) in overall length, including the handle. The frame of the racket shall not exceed 12.5 inches (31.7 cm) in overall width. The hitting surface shall not exceed 15.5 inches (39.4 cm) in overall length, and 11.5 inches (29.2 cm) in overall width.
     
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    From UTSA's 'Friend at Court:
    b. The frame of the racket shall not exceed 73.7 cm (29.0 inches) in overall length, including the handle. The frame of the racket shall not exceed 31.7 cm (12.5 inches) in overall width. 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.​

    Link: http://assets.usta.com/assets/1/15/2011FAC-Kaufman.pdf

    Starts at page 29.
     
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  10. Steyo

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    Thanks guys. I have the answer I need now.

    Cheers for all helpful replies.
     
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  11. prjacobs

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    Shortest tennis player allowed - Michael Chang :) .
     
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  12. neverstopplaying

    neverstopplaying Professional

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    ATP rules changed for non-professional play in 2000:

    "For professional play, the frame of the racquet shall not exceed 29 inches (73.66 cm.) in overall length, including the handle, as from 1st January 1997. For non-professional play, the frame of the racquet shall not exceed 29 inches (73.66 cm.) in overall length including the handle, as from 1st January 2000. Until 1st January 2000, the maximum length of a racquet for non-professional play shall be 32 inches (81.28 cm.). The frame of the racquet shall not exceed 12 1/2 inches (31.75 cm.) in overall width. The strung surface shall not exceed 15 1/2 inches (39.37cm.) in overall length, and 11 1/2 inches (29.21 cm.) in overall width."
     
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