A lot of people wonder how a relatively short guy like Kei Nishikori can get so much power out of his shots. If you’re interested in Nishikori’s racquet this is the post for you.
Contrary to what most people think, Nishikori is not playing with the racquet model he endorses, the Wilson Burn 95, but an older model called the Wilson BLX Tour (review by Tennis Warehouse on the link). Still, the Wilson Burn series of racquets is a very popular line for a reason – it simply gives amateurs to advanced players a lot of power and with the new Wilson Burn Countervail series, it also has a more dampened response for sensitive tennis elbows. I really think the Countervail technology works great, especially in the Wilson Burnsand I can recommend them to a wide group of players looking for some free power.
If you have a bit of a sensitive elbow, I would recommend you to string it up low with a soft poly string such as the Solinco Tour Bite Soft, a Luxilon 4G soft, or a Weisscannon Silverstring. All of them are great strings. And if you want to check out other, more control oriented, racquets in the Wilson Countervail series, I would have a look at the Wilson Blade with Countervail (click for review) – an excellent choice for players who can supply their own power.
Kei Nishikori’s racquet specs
Head Size: 95sq in
Length: 27.25 inches
Strung Weight: 340 grams
Strung Balance: 334 mm
Swing weight: 350
His string of choice is Luxilon 4G which he strings at 24 kg.
Both the Wilson Burn 95 and the BLX Tour are stiff racquets that play fast, so I would recommend a softer string or a hybrid for players who want to emulate Nishikori’s specs. It’s also good to point out the extended length, which requires some getting used to if you’re not already using extended frames.
The specs of the Wilson BLX Tour Limited