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Adrian Mannarino’s Racquet

by Jonas Eriksson

French player Adrian Mannarino is a player with a crafty lefty game. He is currently ranked 25 in the world. What racquet does he use?

Mannarino quite famously asked his Twitter followers if any company still had stock of his racquet of choice, the Babolat Aero Pro Drive 2013 edition. 

According to the Babolat rep on TW Forums, Mannarino they tried to make him switch to the Babolat Pure Aero or get him to use a paint job, but he didn’t like it for some reason. Even the Babolat stock of the Aero Pro Drive was nonexistent. Quite a curious situation for a player ranked in the top 30!

Mannarino has been seen arriving to matches with two Babolat racquets in Nike bag, which is pretty much unheard of for ATP pros. Yes, even us racquetholics (I’m starting Racquetholics Anonymous – “RA” – let me know if you want to join!) bring more branding and gear onto a tennis court!

But if you remember the situation with Juan Martin Del Potro (read about Delpo’s racquet here), it was similar. Del Potro wanted to play with his Wilson Hyper Pro Staff 6.1 in K-factor paint job and didn’t like any new paint jobs offered by Wilson and claimed they played differently. So he ended up playing with his old racquets until there weren’t much left of them. Now he’s gotten used to a Burn FST 95 paint job for his Hyper Pro Staff 6.1s, but that’s still not a current model! An interesting situation for Wilson who obviously wants to advertise new models with their best players.

Does a paint job make a racquet play differently or is it all in the players’ head? Yes, paint can affect playability and feel of a racquet, although it’s very slight, particular players might make the difference even bigger in their head and suddenly you have a player who doesn’t want to use the racquets the manufacturer sends them.

I previously mentioned Mannarino in a post about changing your strokes since he had to adjust his forehand due to pain in his left hand. This is also similar to Del Potro’s injury where his backhand technique has been hurting his left hand. These kind of injuries are becoming more and more common on the ATP tour as the pace of the game increases due to technology and increased focus on fitness. Just look at what happened last year where 5-6 top players were gone several months of the season. This is definitely something the ATP needs to keep their eyes on and find solutions to, since it’s not fun to follow a “limping” tour and more and more matches are won through retirement of an injured opponent.

Anyway, back to Mannarino, who as you’ve understood by now, uses retail Babolat Aero Pro Drives. He strings them with Luxilon Alu Power at around 24 kg depending on the conditions.

Ps. Mannarino has the good taste to live on the same island as Tennisnerd: Malta! DS.

It’s always fun to watch Mannarino play, he has tricky and “wristy” style and can play pretty much any shot. What do you think of Mannarino and his racquet woes? Please comment below!


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Anthony February 8, 2018 - 10:41


Mannarino doesn’t string its Alu Power at 24kg but at 16kg. It can change 2 or 3kg depending on the conditions.


Tennisnerd February 8, 2018 - 14:28

Hi Anthony,

Wow, I heard he strung it much higher than that. How do you control a Babolat APD at 16 kg! Have you heard this from a stringer?

Cheers / Jonas

Benicio February 8, 2018 - 12:16

manufacturers uses standard curve for targetin mass comsume
Maybe it’s time to use big data and deep learning to make ‘humanized’ racquets?

Tennisnerd February 8, 2018 - 14:35

I agree that we will probably see data impacting our gear more and more the coming years! Maybe truly “custom” racquets based on your style and body will arrive using advanced sensors?

Anthony February 8, 2018 - 19:49

Yeah, it’s pretty low ! And I don’t know how he can keep his great touch as well… But he has pretty short swings, sometimes it’s like he’s only caressing the ball.
I read that directly from him in an interview a year ago.

YoBro February 22, 2018 - 03:25

Heard a rumor Mannarino has been testing out the new Dunlop Srixon Revo 3.0 as a replacement for APD

Tennisnerd February 22, 2018 - 13:28

Smart move by Srixon Dunlop if that’s the case!

Luis G February 26, 2018 - 07:47

no one loves the Head Extreme? lol

Jonas, go find him and hit with!

Marcus March 1, 2018 - 07:17

Jonas, if you bump in to him on Malta, tell him he can buy mine. It is in mint condition!

Tennisnerd March 1, 2018 - 15:11

I hope to bump in to him and coax him into a hit! :)

Lyndon June 29, 2019 - 04:43

Mannarino is now at 13.8kg at Wimbledon right now. That’s less than 31 pounds, boy has some skills. :)

Tennisnerd August 12, 2019 - 10:41

Yeah, he has a wristy technique that seems to handle the ultra-low tension pretty well!

Chris Sharp June 29, 2021 - 18:43

I noticed how much power he was getting on his shot with such slow short swings so i googled it to see how loose it was. Not surprised at all to learn its as low as the comments suggest. Sooo much easier to time the ball when you can swing so slowly.

Gonzalo September 28, 2021 - 20:41

Diadem already customize racquets for its retail customers in its technology center.

Robert January 23, 2022 - 05:59

Just heard during the Nadal/Mannarino Australian Open match that Mannarino strings at 25 lbs

Talk about bringing a slingshot to the match!


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