Dan Evans- could use a more powerful racquet?

Think he could use some free power, the wilson six one 95 he uses now has moderate power, but watching his match against alcaraz right now exposed his lack of power, perhaps also due to his slighter stature and maybe even his forehand technique isn't perfect. There are other racquets such as the Prince Ripstick which also take slice very well but are significantly more powerful, perhaps to start winning against the top players more regularly he could make a switch.
 

McGradey

Professional
Could benefit him to use something easier, but the 6.1 has been a very reliable tool for serve & volley and slicing for more than 20 years—and that's Evans' game in a nutshell. Alcaraz on a good day can easily bully anyone from the baseline, whether they carry a classic player's stick or a modern racquet.

Interesting thought but pretty risky for a guy DE's age.
 

Zoid

Hall of Fame
Evans' game is built on variety, movement, and attacking the opponent by taking time away. If you watched the Alcaraz match Evans actually had both sets in the bag if not for one or two points.

Technically he is a very good player: extended wrist on the forehand and backhand, great footwork, and takes the ball early. He serves well for his stature as well.

The prince ripstick is an even balanced tweener stick that wouldn't work for his long forehand swing. Need something very headlight for his swings. The wilson 6.1 is legendary and used by heaps of top pros for a reason. It's a beast.

Alcaraz is a phenom, no shame losing that one when he had plenty of chances.
 

stingstang

Professional
IDK why people think the 6.1 is a low power frame? Every version packs a serious punch. The PSC, K and Hyper versions were raw and brutally powerful, especially as 16x18.

It’s the hairy chested, big block V8 of tennis rackets.
 

Antónis

Professional
The strange thing here is a bunch of people thinking they know better than a pro player what racquets suits him better…
Do you think you know more about gear than him? Or what feels ok when he plays?
Do you you think he doesn't test stuff, like strings or whatever? Even other racquets?
So, why does he keeps playing with (supposedly) the N-Code 6.1 18x20 ?
Or, on another level, Murray with his trustful PT57A, or a bunch of similar examples?
Very simple: because that's what they are used to, and it keeps other variants out of the equation.
They are creature of habits, and some of them just can't change gear
 

Booger

Hall of Fame
The strange thing here is a bunch of people thinking they know better than a pro player what racquets suits him better…
Do you think you know more about gear than him? Or what feels ok when he plays?
No, I feel it's the opposite actually. Most pros are probably using suboptimal setups because they choose equipment based on superstition, stubbornness, or just want to avoid the adjustment curve at all costs.

It's a very difficult thing, psychologically, to be objective about equipment. Your brain ties itself to certain setups and it's hard to break that connection, even if there's something that might be better. I know a former D1 singles player, arm hurts so bad he can only play 1x/week now. Refuses to use anything except an APD with Luxilon Alu @ 62 lbs.
 

Antónis

Professional
No, I feel it's the opposite actually. Most pros are probably using suboptimal setups because they choose equipment based on superstition, stubbornness, or just want to avoid the adjustment curve at all costs.

It's a very difficult thing, psychologically, to be objective about equipment. Your brain ties itself to certain setups and it's hard to break that connection, even if there's something that might be better. I know a former D1 singles player, arm hurts so bad he can only play 1x/week now. Refuses to use anything except an APD with Luxilon Alu @ 62 lbs.
You have the other size of the question: how many change racquets, even brands, somewhere mid careers and they do well, or better?
Like JL Struff...
Medvedev moved to Tecnifibre not long ago. Roublev from Wilson to Head too. Shapovalov to Yonex..... All young guys, with the older guys it's harder...

I mean, RF changed, took him about 2 years to learn how to play with the bigger racquet, Novak changed, but still the same racquet with easier specs, Murray was testing not long ago, Rafa was adding weight a couple years ago...
They are creatures of habits, just that
 

am1899

Hall of Fame
More often than not, it’s not a good move for a player like Evans. Evans is never going be a take the racquet out of the opponent’s hand kind of player.

Chang tried something like what you’re suggesting - he switched to a longer racquet to get more pop on his first serve. He got more pop. But his 1st serve percentage plummeted. Didn’t exactly pan out. Ferrer switched to a Pure Drive. That didn’t pan out either.

Not saying Evans can’t switch. But to me the best parts of his game really aren’t suited to a stiff, powerful frame.
 

ichaseballs

Semi-Pro
isn't the blade the modern version of the classic players racquet?
that seems like it would be the logical jump for him if he switched.
would be exciting to see him use a yonex...
 
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