Angelique Kerber is playing great tennis during the Australian Open, but many wonder what her blacked-out racquet is. Is it a new line from her racquet sponsor Yonex?
Angelique Kerber is endorsing the Yonex VCORE SV 100 but has been using the Yonex VCORE 100S for years and the talk on the forums is that what she is using is probably just the VCORE 100S in blacked-out paint. Fellow tennis nerds go to great depth to investigate racquets, just look at the pictures below from poster “moon shot” on the TW forums:
As you can see the throat is the same in three different paint jobs and judging by the pictures from the Australian Open 2018, she's still using the VCORE 100S racquet with VCORE SV 100 text on the frame. Not sure if there's a new paint job/line coming out from Yonex or what the reasoning is behind the paint job is, since you can't buy a blacked-out racquet from Yonex.
The allure of blacked-out racquet doesn't seem to fade either. When Wilson released the black version of the Wilson Pro Staff RF 97 Autograph (read my review here) tennis players who already owned the previous black/red version went nuts. Wilson has learned from this and is now releasing a NOIR series that look like this:
Black is cool right? Maybe Yonex will do this too with an update to the SV line? The Prince Phantom line is already black, sleek and cool and if you're interested in how the Prince Phantom Pro 100P plays, you can read my first impressions about the racquet here.
But back to Angelique Kerber who looks ready to win another Australian Open trophy unless she's stopped by Simona Halep. I don't have her current racquet specs, but she's using Yonex Poly Tour Fire string with Babolat VS Touch natural gut in the mains.
What do you think of Kerber's chances of winning another Australian Open? Please comment below!
Let's look at the specs of the Yonex VCORE SV 100 Kerber is endorsing vs the specs of the Yonex VCORE 100 S that she's using? As you can see below they're not that different.
YONEX VCORE SV 100 SPECS
|Head Size: 100 sq. in. / 645 sq. cm.|
|Length: 27in / 68.58cm|
|Beam Width: 25mm / 25mm / 22mm /|
|Composition: H.M. Graphite/ Black Micro Core/Nanometric XT|
|Power Level: Low-Medium|
|Stroke Style: Full|
|Swing Speed: Fast|
|Racquet Colors: Black/Red|
|Grip Type: Yonex Synthetic|
|String Pattern: 16 Mains / 19 Crosses
Mains skip: 8T,8H
|String Tension: 45-60 pounds|
YONEX VCORE 100 S