Former world number 3 David Ferrer played the longest match of the French Open 2017 so far when he beat Donald Young after 4,5 hours. But what blacked-out racquet did he use?
Tennisnerd previously reported about Ferrer’s move from his Prince Exo Tour 100 to a Babolat Pure Drive Plus, but yesterday he showed up with a blacked-out racquet that didn’t look very much like a Babolat Pure Drive and the Wilson butt cap gave it away – Ferrer is testing a Wilson racquet during the 2017 season.
This is not the first time Ferrer is playing with a Wilson racquet – in his early career he used to swing a Wilson Six One 95 (this line of racquets returns this year). If you want to know what other pro’s use Wilson Six One 95 or other racquets – check out this post called The Racquets of the ATP Professionals.
So what Wilson model is Ferrer playing right now? It’s actually the Wilson Steam 99. There is a clue in the picture below: the red Wilson butt cap they’ve tried to tape over. The string pattern on the Wilson Steam 99 is 16×18, a pattern Ferrer is familiar with since it’s the same of his old Prince Exo 3 racquet (pro stock model with extended length) which makes me think Ferrer’s Wilson Steam 99 is also extended).
It will be interesting to see how Ferrer performs with his blacked-out Wilson Steam 99 racquet. His period with the Babolat Pure Drive wasn’t very successful, but now he seems to have found his steam again (ha-ha). Some experts wonder why he doesn’t go back to his Prince racquet. Well, it could be that he wants more power or it could also be that he wants more money. Prince hasn’t been doing well in the bank lately and we’ll see if they can avoid bankruptcy. What this would mean for their stars Bryan Brothers (who recently launched a limited edition Prince racquet), Lucas Pouille and John Isner is hard to predict – but I wouldn’t be surprised if at least Pouille and Isner starts 2018 with a new racquet in hand.
For you who are interested in the Wilson Steam 99 racquet, below is a pic and specs:
WILSON STEAM 99 RACQUET SPECS
What do you think of Ferrer’s racquet situation? Should he go back to Prince and ignore a lucrative deal with Wilson or do you think he’ll do well with his new Wilson racquet? Please share your thoughts in the comments.
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