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Alex de Minaur’s Racquet

by Tennisnerd

Aussie youngster Alex de Minaur is making waves in the Brisbane ATP tournament after beating Raonic, Johnson and Mmoh. But what racquet is he using?

18-year-old de Minaur uses a blacked-out Wilson pro stock racquet similar to David Ferrer. It’s a pro stock version of the Wilson Steam 99 with a 16×18 string pattern. He uses Luxilon 4G strings.

Alex de Minaur doesn’t have a massive power game, but has a smart tennis mind and fights for every point. With this game style it’s ideal to have Lleyton Hewitt as your coach so de Minaur can for sure be a top 20 player in a few years if he keeps this up. If he can go further than that is hard to say, based on his game, I would say it might prove difficult unless he does big strides with both technique and physique.

Do you want to know what other racquets the ATP pros use? Check out this post.

What is so special about this Wilson Steam 99 mold then? It’s hard to say. It is a powerful racquet with a high stiffness rating, but obviously with a pro stock mold this might be lowered to suit players like David Ferrer and Alex de Minaur. Below are the specs of the retail version of the Wilson Steam 99.

WILSON STEAM 99 RACQUET SPECS

  • Head Size: 99 sq. in
  • Length: 27 inches
  • Weight: Strung — 11.3 oz Unstrung — 10.7 oz
  • Tension: 50-60 Pounds
  • Balance: 2 Points Head Light
  • Beam Width: 24 mm
  • Composition: Basalt
  • Flex: 70
  • Grips Type: Wilson Sublime
  • Power Level: Low-Medium
  • String Pattern: 16 Mains / 18 Crosses
    Mains skip: 7T, 9T, 7H, 9H
    One Piece
    No Shared Hole
  • Swing Speed: Medium-Fast
  • Swing Weight: 328

There is actually a pro stock Steam 99 on prostocktennis.com, but it’s been sold. Here are the specs of that racquet:

Specifications

State:
Pro stock
Brand:
Wilson
Condition:
New
Head size:
99 sq. in. / 639 sq. cm.
Length:
27 in. / 68.6 cm.
Unstrung weight:
10.8 oz. / 306 gr.
Unstrung balance:
319 mm (plastic on the handle)
Stiffness:
64
Grip type:
Wilson Synthetic (plastic on the handle)
String pattern:
16 Mains / 18 Crosses
Pro stock code:
n/a (GR277A / Steam 99 pro stock)
Paint:
Blacked out
Silicone:
Yes (partially removed by player)
Lead:
No (at least not visible)
Pro stock code printed in throat:
Yes (GR277A)
Sticker player code in throat:

Head size: 99 sq. in. / 639 sq. cm.
Length: 27 in. / 68.6 cm.
Unstrung weight: 10.8 oz. / 306 gr.
Unstrung balance: 319 mm (plastic on the handle)
Stiffness: 64
Grip type: Wilson Synthetic (plastic on the handle)
String pattern: 16 Mains / 18 Crosses
Pro stock code: n/a (GR277A / Steam 99 pro stock)
Paint: Blacked out
Silicone: Yes (partially removed by player)
Lead: No (at least not visible)

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4 comments

Daniel January 6, 2018 - 1:05 pm

So, his association with Technifiber is finished?

http://www.tecnifibre.com/athletes/tennis/men/alex-de-minaur

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Tennisnerd January 7, 2018 - 6:12 pm

It does seem like that? Or maybe he’s just flirting with Wilson racquets. I think by Australian Open we will know! Cheers / Jonas

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Aaron January 9, 2018 - 4:24 am

De Minaur just got sponsored by Wilson now, he’s rocking the racquet with a wilson stencil and a wilson bag (rather than his tecnifibre racpack pro) against todays game against verdasco, ferrer seems to be have sponsored by wilson now too has he has the pj and stencil

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J January 9, 2018 - 10:39 pm

That tecnifibre link now comes up as an error!

A few years ago when I had shoulder trouble and I was looking for something lighter I switched to the [retail] Steam 99. However, I could not play consistently with it and I switched again as soon as I could find something else. Not a great frame in my experience.

What I find more intriguing is the Luxilon 4G. It was used by Ostapenko in her first slam win last year, and now by Svitolina who has been winning tournaments. I have noticed it used successfully by a few other players who have slipped from my mind — and now de Minaur. Yet the TW review for 4G is not glowing, and the ratings over on stringforum are decidedly mediocre. Perhaps it is just a coincidence. Have you tried 4G?

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