Pro's (Past and Present) That Have Swung a Wilson 6.1 [Includes major winners]

gino

Legend
Paint jobs are prevalent on all professional tennis circuits (WTA/ATP/ITF). None of them is as widely disguised in different paint as the Wilson 6.1 95 mould (16x18 and 18x20 variants). Here, we appreciate that legend of a frame and pray for it's return to the Wilson catalog (as of Sep 2022).

WILSON BRING BACK THE 6.1 to the standard catalog in 16x18, 18x20, and 18x16!
This list displays former and current ATP Tennis Professionals who used the Wilson 6.1 95 mold in some capacity during competitive tournament play.

*... Thanks to @macattack for the inspiration to create this thread. A very special thanks to @moon shot for taking the time to organize each of the players by titles won, time period used, and general strength of talent. All of us 6.1 junkies appreciate that mate. Thanks again. Also, Thanks for the help @Arti, @Seth & @vsbabolat ).

















Per TW-Europe: "The 6.1 is a true player’s racket with a proud history on the pro tour. With its heavy weight (approximately 357 grams strung), this racket is not only remarkably stable, but it crushes the ball and provides impressive power on full swings. The head light balance adds some welcomed maneuverability and speed to the 6.1 Classic. Compared to the Original Pro Staff 85, this stick has a thicker beam, making it play firmer and livelier than many of the classic player’s rackets from the 80s. Wilson’s braided graphite layup helps the 6.1 Classic retain the amazing feel and response for which the vaunted Pro Staff franchise is known. From the baseline this racket feels solid as a rock. Big hitters will appreciate the amount of weight (and power) this racket puts into the ball. The 95sq inch head provides surgical control on full swings, along with amazing feel and responsiveness on shorter strokes and touch shots. At net this stick feels extremely solid and redirects heavy pace with ease. Aggressive servers who can get this racket moving fast will be rewarded with an awesome combination of power and accuracy (along with plenty of “free points”). Wilson has resurrected one of the game’s great player’s rackets. The 6.1 Classic not only deserves a spot on your wall, but it deserves a spot in your tennis bag."

Current users are denoted by RED TEXT

Singles: Six.One Slams

001 Juan Martín del Potro 18x20
USO:2009
GS Finals USO:2018

002 Gaston Gaudio 18x20
RG:2004


Singles: Currently Use a Six.One
013 Roberto Bautista Agut 18x20 TITLES: 11 SGL
021 Leonardo Mayer 18x20 TITLES: 2 SGL 1 DBL
021 Thomaz Bellucci 18x20 TITLES: 4 SGL 1 DBL
026 Lukas Rosol 18x20 TITLES: 2 SGL 3 DBL
040 Kyle Edmund 18x20 2 SGL 1 DBL
053 Daniel Evans 18x20 1 SGL
057 Dušan Lajović 18x20 TITLES: 1 SGL 2 DBL


Singles: previously used a Six.One
006 Marin Cilic 16x18 PRE-TOUR
007 Dominic Thiem 18x20 PRE-TOUR
007B Daniil Medvedev 18x20 2014-2016
044 Steve Darcis 18x20 TITLES: 2 SGL
238 Denis Shapovalov 18x20

Singles: Retired players who used a Six.One on Tour

001 Juan Martín del Potro 18x20
USO:2009
GS Finals USO:2018
002 Gaston Gaudio 18x20 TITLES: 8 SGL 3 DBL

004 Mats Wilander 16x18 briefly in 1993
004 Nicolas Kiefer 18x20 TITLES: 6 SGL 3 DBL
004 Richard Krajicek 18x20 TITLES: 17 SGL 3 DBL
006 Aaron Krickstein 18x20 TITLES: 9 SGL
007 Mardy Fish 18x20 TITLES: 6 SGL 8 DBL
008 Guillermo Cañas 18x20 TITLES: 7 SGL 2 DBL
009 Alex Corretja 16x18 TITLES: 17 SGL 3 DBL
013 Philipp Kohlschreiber 16x18 TITLES: 7 SGL 7 DBL
016 Jarkko Nieminen 18x20 TITLES: 2 SGL 5 DBL
020 Stefan Koubek 18x20 TITLES: 3 SGL 1 DBL
025 Fernando Meligeni 18x20 TITLES: 3 SGL 7 DBL
029 Fernando Vicente 16x18 TITLES: 3 SGL 2 DBL
035 Igor Kunitsyn 16x18 TITLES: 1 SGL 1 DBL
041 David Sanchez 16x18 TITLES: 2 SGL
042 Michael Berrer 18x20 TITLES: 1 DBL
069 Jesse Levine 18x20
069 Robert Kendrick 18x20 TITLES: 1 DBL

Doubles: Six.One Slams

001 Daniel Nestor 18x20
AO: 2002
RG: 2007 2010 2011 2012
WMBL: 2008 2009
USO: 2004

001 Max Mirnyi 18x20
RG: 2005 2006 2011 2012

USO: 2000 2002

001 Jonas Björkman 18x20
AO: 1998,1988,2001
RG: 2005,2006
W: 2002,2003,2004
USO: 2003

001 Mark Woodforde 12x16
AO:*1992,1997
RG:2000
WMBL:*1993,*1994,*1995,1996,1997,2000 USO:*1989,*1995,1996
...plus another five mixed doubles slams

001 Todd Woodbridge 18x20
AO: 1992,1997,2001
RG: 2000
WMBL: 1993,1994,1995,1996,1997,2000,2002,2003,2004
USO: 1995,1996,2003

001 Jim Grabb 16x18
RG:1989

USO:1992
002 Bruno Soares 18x20
AO: 2016

002 Horia Tecau 18x20

WMBL: 2015

003 Daniel Vacek 18x20

RG: 1996,1997
USO: 1997

004 Kevin Ullyett 18x20
AO: 2005

USO: 2001

004 Vasek Pospisil 18x20

WMBL: 2014

007 Simon Aspelin 18x20
USO: 2007

019 Andy Ram 18x20

AO: 2008

Doubles: Currently Use a Six.One

004 Vasek Pospisil 18x20 TITLES: 6 DBL
008 Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi 18x20 TITLES: 11 DBL
057 Dušan Lajović 18x20 TITLES: 1 SGL 2 DBL


Doubles
: previously used a Six.One
043 Teymuraz Gabashvili 16x18 TITLES: 1 DBL
057 Gastão Elias 16x18
038 Chris Guccione 18x20 TITLES: 5 DBL
115 Tennys Sandgren 18x20

Doubles: Retired players who used a Six.One on Tour
001 Jim Grabb 16x18 TITLES: 2 SGL 23 DBL
001 Jonas Björkman 18x20 TITLES: 6 SGL 54 DBL
001 Mark Woodforde 12x16 TITLES: 4 SGL 67 DBL
001 Jim Grabb 16x18 TITLES: 2 SGL 23 DBL
001 Todd Woodbridge 18x20 TITLES: 2 SGL 83 DBL
001 Daniel Nestor 18x20 TITLES: 91 DBL
001 Max Mirnyi 18x20 TITLES: 1 SGL 49 DBL
002 Bruno Soares 18x20 TITLES: 23 DBL
002 Horia Tecau 18x20 TITLES: 29 DBL
003 Daniel Vacek 18x20 TITLES: 25 DBL
004 Kevin Ullyett 18x20 TITLES: 34 DBL
007 Simon Aspelin 18x20 TITLES: 12 DBL
010 Dick Norman 18x20 TITLES: 4 DBL
017 Andre Sa 18x20 TITLES: 10 DBL
037 Igor Sijsling 18x20 TITLES: 1 DBL
151 Chase Buchanan 18x20

Singles majors won: 2
Doubles majors won: 25
Tried to update the OP to the best of my knwoledge. Please let me know if I missed anything
 

gino

Legend
Yes, 6.1 Classic and its descendants. The 6.0 85, 6.0 95, and Tour 90 are all great frames, but not part of the 6.1 family.

Before anyone jumps on my case, I know everything descended from the 6.0 85 and that makes them "family" but this thread's purpose is to celebrate and educate newer tennis fans about the 6.1 line.

One bit that bears mentioning is that the 6.1 Classic did veer from its 95 headsize when Wilson created the 6.1 Classic Oversize. It had a 110" head.

There was also a Hyper ProStaff 6.1 Stretch Oversize. 27.5" in length and 106" headsize. This one even had a crossbar a la the POG.
This so eloquently puts the purpose of this thread man
I'm speechless, but I can still type so ... huh? This makes my head hurt.
Need to add this to the OP
 

gino

Legend
that's a 16x18? is he the only one using that string pattern now?
i think its 18x20 but I could be wrong there. Need to count again haha

to my knowledge kohlschreiber was really the only modern player to use the 16x18 on tour
 

gino

Legend
Paintjobs are prevalent on all professional tennis circuits. Few of them are as widely disguised in different paint as the Wilson Pro Staff 6.1 "Six.One" 95 mold (16x18 and 18x20 variants).

Del Potro famously used the Hyper Pro Staff 6.1 under K-Factor paint from 2007-2015 (8 years!) and in many other paintjobs throughout his career (BLX Pro Open, Burn FST, Pro Staff 97, etc). Roberto BA, Opelka, and Dan Evans among others currently use the Wilson 6.1 95 while endorsing other Wilson frames through paintjobs.

Here, we chronicle the ATP usage of this legendary frame.

TW-Europe: "The 6.1 is a true player’s racket with a proud history on the pro tour. Compared to the Original Pro Staff 85, this stick has a thicker beam, making it play firmer and livelier than many of the classic player’s rackets. Wilson’s braided graphite layup helps the 6.1 Classic retain the amazing feel and response for which the vaunted Pro Staff franchise is known. The 6.1 Classic not only deserves a spot on your wall, but it deserves a spot in your tennis bag."


WILSON PLEASE BRING BACK THE 6.1 to the standard catalog in 16x18, 18x20, and 18x16!
This list displays former and current ATP Tennis Professionals who used the Wilson 6.1 95 mold in some capacity during competitive play. Duration of use varies wildly, with Del Potro using the same frame his whole career and Mats Wilander using the frame for only one year.

*... Thanks to @macattack for the inspiration to create this thread. A special thanks to @moon shot for taking the time to organize each of the players by titles won, time period used, and general strength of talent. All of us 6.1 truthers appreciate that mate. Thanks again. Also, Thanks for the help @Arti, @Seth & @vsbabolat ).


The most famous and loyal 6.1 user of all time - Juan Martin Del Potro












Gaston Gaudio - 2004 French Open Champ (d. Enquist, Hewitt, Nalbandian, Coria)






Fish



Bjorkman



Max M



Nestor



Opelka



Kohlschreiber



Kohlschreiber



Kohlschreiber



Keifer



Thiem



Medvedev



Cilic



NOVAK DJOKOVIC (Provided by our friend moonshot)

For my 5000th post on this forum, I wanted to do a little tribute post to this thread. The 6.1 is my favorite racquet franchise and one I believe will age well as a timeless Wilson option.

I've been really happy to see this one evolve over time and have to thank a few key members for their contributions and efforts towards keeping the 6.1 story alive:

@macattack thanks for the inspo to start this thread up

@Seth the steadiest contributor and my 6.1 brother in arms. I think we both have similar 6.1 roots so that makes for great bond over the 6.1 loyalty

@moon shot consistent high quality posts over all of the pages of this thread & so much good analytical work. Thanks for all the deep dives and 6.1 loyalty

@Arti thanks for the constant contributions and insight. Your posts have been excellent and your 6.1/del po loyalty rivals us all

@Capulin Zurdo awesome photographic and steady contributions. Appreciate the 6.1 loyalty friend

@vsbabolat for adding consistent and the informative posts not only here but across all racquet sub-forums

long live the Wilson 6.1

 
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moon shot

Hall of Fame
i think its 18x20 but I could be wrong there. Need to count again haha

to my knowledge kohlschreiber was really the only modern player to use the 16x18 on tour
Olpelka took the baton


You can see the middle is about twice as dense as the upper.
 

gino

Legend

Seth

Legend
Did he use the Ncode sixone 95 or was it the Pro staff 6.1 classic 95?
believe was the Hyper Pro Staff 6.1 Stretch
He definitely used the cosmetic of the Hyper ProStaff 6.1 Stretch. There are images on Getty where you can see the bridge says “Midplus Stretch”. However, the throat is solid black instead of semitransparent to show the braided graphite (as was present on the retail frames). The solid black throat is indicative of a PJ, so I’d say he was using the Classic 6.1.
 

aus89

Rookie
He definitely used the cosmetic of the Hyper ProStaff 6.1 Stretch. There are images on Getty where you can see the bridge says “Midplus Stretch”. However, the throat is solid black instead of semitransparent to show the braided graphite (as was present on the retail frames). The solid black throat is indicative of a PJ, so I’d say he was using the Classic 6.1.
Yeah probably 6.1 classic stretch then (believe Magnus Norman and others used the same)
 

gino

Legend
Did he use the Ncode sixone 95 or was it the Pro staff 6.1 classic 95?
I think he’s actually a hyper pro staff user as others have stated, but I like Seth's theory based on throat section. Makes a lot of sense
 
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I think he’s actually a hyper pro staff user as others have stated, but I like Seth's theory based on throat section. Makes a lot of sense
El Gato... What a backhand he had... Yes makes sense, you are right. He payed with the HPS 6.1 95 initially and likely went on with it under various PJs..
 

gino

Legend
El Gato... What a backhand he had... Yes makes sense, you are right. He payed with the HPS 6.1 95 initially and likely went on with it under various PJs..
Amazing backhand. Wish he kept his form after 2004-2005c was a quick fall from grace
 

gino

Legend
Watching next gen finals… Think I found a new 6.1 convert. Jiri Lehecka seems to be playing with the 18x20 pro labs 6.1

what’s more amazing - I think he came from a pure drive and then a blade pro….

can anyone confirm? @Arti @Seth @moon shot ??
 

gino

Legend
Watching next gen finals… Think I found a new 6.1 convert. Jiri Lehecka seems to be playing with the 18x20 pro labs 6.1

what’s more amazing - I think he came from a pure drive and then a blade pro….

can anyone confirm? @Arti @Seth @moon shot ??
rarely hear of a guy moving down in headsize and it working. He’s cut 5 inches over 5 years
 

moon shot

Hall of Fame
Watching next gen finals… Think I found a new 6.1 convert. Jiri Lehecka seems to be playing with the 18x20 pro labs 6.1

what’s more amazing - I think he came from a pure drive and then a blade pro….

can anyone confirm? @Arti @Seth @moon shot ??
it has all the visual markers of a 6.1 95 18x20 + visible lead. Seems like it may be alu power.




 

Seth

Legend
Watching next gen finals… Think I found a new 6.1 convert. Jiri Lehecka seems to be playing with the 18x20 pro labs 6.1

what’s more amazing - I think he came from a pure drive and then a blade pro….

can anyone confirm? @Arti @Seth @moon shot ??
it has all the visual markers of a 6.1 95 18x20 + visible lead. Seems like it may be alu power.




Agreed. I wonder if he’s really using a Pro Labs, or if he prefers a different 6.1.
 
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