Rublev testing Head blackout

haqq777

Legend
Some bad photos I just took from his match vs Tsitsipas. I took these when camera zoomed in. Was on ESPN so can't rewind like I usually do with Tennis TV or Tennis Channel unfortunately. By the time I took phone out to take pics it started to blurr out.

Anyway, he wanted the racquet strung a bit tighter I think. The racquet is behind the umpire chair in these pics. Can't tell head shape here but hoop width definitely seems thin like the Gravity Pro.





 

Lavs

Hall of Fame
Probably Zverev suggested him to try it out while they were paired recently in Doubles
 
Has anyone noticed the string pattern on his racquet is 17x20 i wonder what the string pattern was before with the Wilson.
You just rarely see 17 for main, its always mostly either 18 or 16
 
And all of previous wilson frames are 18x20 even though Wilson Burn doesn't even have 18x20, so you know for sure its a PJ just matter of which
 

rafa_prestige89

Professional
From a trusted source, he is testing head rackets because he was offered a contract. What he is using is a Head Gravity Pro, as Sasha Zverev uses.
Attached images!!!









Confirmed by the person who customizes the rackets. Regards!!!
Any info about his strings? Still Lux Adrenaline or is using Head Experimental?
 

GEGD

New User
I also saw Barty using new blacked out Head racket at the open . is it same model as Rublev's ? or something different ?
Barty uses a pro stock mold of the old Head Youtek Speed IG with the new Speed X Limited paintjob. I would say that they are similar to the mold of my TGT263.3 pro stock.
 

Nostradamus

Bionic Poster
Barty uses a pro stock mold of the old Head Youtek Speed IG with the new Speed X Limited paintjob. I would say that they are similar to the mold of my TGT263.3 pro stock.
are you serious ? she really uses Youtek ? I thought no professional player really used Youtek rackets ?
 

GEGD

New User
are you serious ? she really uses Youtek ? I thought no professional player really used Youtek rackets ?
Many players use such molds, Horacio Zeballos, Basilashvili, Zverev before moving on to Gravity, Kukushkin and a few others that I don't remember now ...
 
I was about to post this here.
The commentators said that he had been testing out 3 different head black frames on a practice session. He would hit some balls and then the coach would give him another racquet.
Apparently the reason is that Wilson couldn't provide him with enough racquets (Wilson 6.1.95), similar to what happen to Delpo.
I thought it would be a head frame with very similar specs to the Wilson but the head size looks noticeably bigger, the frame looks quite thin.

What suprise me the most was that he made the change right after beating Federer in some good old fashion, especially considering how superstitious tennis players are.

I managed to take some screenshots.

 
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bleno567

Semi-Pro
Apparently the reason is that Wilson couldn't provide him with enough racquets (Wilson 6.1.95), similar to what happen to Delpo.
Wait, what happened with delpo? I thought he was still using his 6.1 95 stretch?

Is there any evidence that wilson can't supply these frames to players? How come it's not an issue for a lot of others, e.g. Bautista Agut?
 
I'm not too sure, that's what the commentators said.
Why doesn't Wilson just reissue again the 6.1.95 is it too hard?
I guess if they did no one would endorse the Pro Staff...
 

lidoazndiabloboi

Hall of Fame
As any Wilson players on tour still use the 6.1 95, I don't think its the case that Wilson couldn't provide him rackets, but maybe Rublev was specifying a certain feel that he couldnt replicate. In DelPo's case, he loved how his K95's felt, after being broken in for years. Wilson wasn't able to recreate the same feel of a broken in K95 for DelPo, but now maybe they met in the middle somewhere.
 

Faris

Professional
That might offend some in the Six One 95 cult ;)
Will never forgive Wilson for discontinuing the legend that is the 6.1 95. Also, surprised that Rublev went for such a different feeling racquet. Gravity Pro plays and feels very different from any version of 6.1 95, something Rublev played with for the longest time.
 

dgoran

Hall of Fame
Will never forgive Wilson for discontinuing the legend that is the 6.1 95. Also, surprised that Rublev went for such a different feeling racquet. Gravity Pro plays and feels very different from any version of 6.1 95, something Rublev played with for the longest time.
I think this has everything to do with money and nothing to do with six one 95. I refuse to believe Wilson is unable to bake ANY conceivable racquet to a sponsored player...
 

Faris

Professional
I think this has everything to do with money and nothing to do with six one 95. I refuse to believe Wilson is unable to bake ANY conceivable racquet to a sponsored player...
Yeah for sure. So many pro players still playing Six Ones under different PJs at the moment. I was lamenting the fact that us rec players cant buy Six Ones which is a shame. It is a fantastic racquet. Wasn't suggesting Rublev isn't getting his Six Ones or along those lines. Offcourse he's going to have access to his pro stocks or whatever.
 

haqq777

Legend
Will never forgive Wilson for discontinuing the legend that is the 6.1 95. Also, surprised that Rublev went for such a different feeling racquet. Gravity Pro plays and feels very different from any version of 6.1 95, something Rublev played with for the longest time.
Agreed, I'm a fan of the Six One 95 as well. And yes, it plays very very different from Gravity Pro. Likes and tastes change though, plus Rublev's seeing good results with his black out Gravity Pro so seems he is heading in the right direction.
 
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