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Best Tennis Racquets 2019

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I get a lot of questions about the best tennis racquets 2019. It is always fun to update your gear but you want to make an informed decision. This is where Tennisnerd can help.

It is not easy to talk about the best tennis racquets 2019, because there have been many good ones. If you are specifically interested in arm friendly tennis racquets or arm friendly strings, click the links. If you, like me, suffer from wrist or elbow pain, I always recommend working on a strength and conditioning program.

Choosing a tennis racquet is highly personal. It depends on your level of tennis, playing style, your fitness, and your age/weight/height and so on. There are plenty of articles on Tennisnerd and if you want to receive specific content about this weekly, make sure to join our newsletter. Be aware that this list is subjective and cannot cover everything around tennis racquets, but I try to cater for various playing styles and levels. If you need help you can become a patron or get racquet or string advice via e-mail or skype/Whatsapp.

Best Tennis Racquets 2019 – Beginners to intermediate

Wilson Clash Tour Racquet Review

There are a few releases in 2019 that work exceptionally well for beginners to early intermediate players. What you should look for:

  • Large head size, not smaller than 100 sq inches
  • Lightweight, not heavier than 300 grams unstrung
  • Open string pattern – 16×19 gives you better depth than 18×20
  • Comfort: Make sure the racquet offers good dampening or a lower stiffness rating (RA below 66 strung)

Below are some suggestions for beginners to intermediate players. The links lead to Amazon (affiliate), but you can also check them out at one of our other affiliate shops.

Wilson Blade 100L or Wilson Clash 100L
The L stands for light and these racquets are really easy to swing and use. The Blade is a bit crisper and faster through the air, while the Clash leads the race in arm-comfort. If you are more advanced you can also customize these racquets and make them play more stable and powerful.

Wilson Clash Tour Racquet Review

HEAD Graphene 360+ Gravity S or HEAD Speed X Limited Edition S
The HEAD Gravity line is excellent for arm comfort and the HEAD Speed line is fast through the air and packs a bit more power. Both racquets are easy to use and offer a nice blend of properties.

HEAD Graphene 360 Speed X MP

Prince Textreme Tour 100 (290)
The Prince Textreme Tour 100 is an excellent racquet for intermediate players looking for a good blend of power and spin. It swings a bit heavier than the racquets above.

If you would be open to a slightly smaller head size – check out the Dunlop CX 200 LS.

Prince Textreme Tour 100 310 Racquet Review

Best Tennis Racquets 2019 – Intermediate to advanced

Yonex VCORE Pro 97 HD

If you can generate more power on your own, you might want a more low-powered and control-oriented racquet. There have been quite a few excellent racquets released in this category in 2019.

Tecnifibre Tfight TF 40 (read my review of this racquet here)
The TF40 offers a great blend of control, power, and feel. It is stable on contact, has a tight string pattern that still delivers spin and has found a good balance between comfort and being able to generate some free pop. One of the best racquets of the year. Buy it on Amazon or at one of our other affiliate shops.

Yonex VCORE Pro 97 HD (read my review of this racquet here)
This racquet is a throwback to the days of flexible racquets with a lot of feel, but not a lot of free power. Still, it does give you more pop than you would imagine and does pretty much everything well. Could be my next racquet of choice.

Yonex VCORE Pro 97 Racquet Review

Wilson Blade 98 V7 (read my review here)
Perhaps the best Wilson Blade of all time. Controlled and soft on the arm, stable and it gives you good power despite a low stiffness rating.

HEAD Graphene 360+ Gravity Pro (read my review here)
The Gravity line was a nice step back to the good old days of arm-friendly HEAD racquets offering great touch and feel. This one does most things well and offers an above-average sweetspot.

HEAD Gravity Racquet Review

Angell K7 Lime (read my review here)
The K7 Lime is another racquet with an old-school feel and top-of-the-line comfort. If you sensation of a racquet flexing on impact and being able to place the ball on a dime, you should give the K7 Lime a test drive. Buy the Angell K7 Lime here.

Angell K7 Lime Racquet Review

What is your favorite racquet of 2019? Please comment below.

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John October 21, 2019 - 11:24

Jonas,,more great info on racquet frames you have actually hit with.
A reviewer like yourself with hands on e experience ,you give some specs but you do not mention if any of these frames are XL model racquets, that is racquets that are longer than standard 27 inches in length. And now many pro players seem to want say an extra half inch in frame length.
By adding the XTP Xtended Tennis Product any of these frames can be turned into a XL model.
Yes as the inventor of this Patented product I’m a bit biased but with users now finding out about this very easy way of customizing ANY racquet it proves the point that XL racquets can in fact be beneficial to ANY level player..

Pedro October 24, 2019 - 16:59

What makes HEAD Graphene 360+ Gravity Pro better than HEAD Graphene 360 Speed Pro?
I’m a casual player (3 or 4 times a week), full western back court hitter.

Tennisnerd October 26, 2019 - 06:12

Hi Pedro,
For me, the Gravity Pro offers better feel and comfort. I did experience some wrist pain with the Speed Pro after a while, despite playing some good tennis with it.

Regards / Jonas

Nick November 3, 2019 - 16:37

Hey Jonas, my brother and I are upcoming juniors and have started playing itf juniors recently and my brother switched to the new Gravity MP however he tried both the MP and PRO but felt as if the Pro had a larger headsize then the MP even though they both are listed at 100. Let me know if you had the same feeling or if it’s just mental.

Tennisnerd November 5, 2019 - 08:15

That is strange, but could be because the beam is thinner and that can perhaps create the illusion of a larger head.

I did not have the same feeling though, so probably mental 🙂

Regards / Jonas

Alex November 14, 2019 - 16:15

Hi Jonas!

Cool selection, what are your favourite one handed backhand racquets? Would you reccommend the Tf-40?

Tennisnerd November 15, 2019 - 09:41

Hi Alex,
The TF40 and the Prince Textreme Tour 310 are my favorite one-handed backhand racquets 🙂

Regards / J

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Anna November 20, 2019 - 17:08

What about Head Graphene 360 Instinct S Reverse or Head Graphene 360 Instinct S? I’m not advanced as you guys.. They recommended me Instinct line Lite based on my looks but I know I want heavier. Wilson 100L appeals to me but I’m afraid the racquet would be too difficult. Any comment? 28 female.

Tennisnerd November 20, 2019 - 17:11

Hi Anna,
Don’t be afraid to go a little heavier. It will help with stability and the idea is to work on swinging thanks to the rotation of the body and not just using the arm anyway. I think the Wilson Clash or HEAD Instinct MP could be good choices. Don’t go above 300 grams, but anything around there should be fine.

Good luck!


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