Casper Ruud’s Racquet

by Jonas Eriksson

Norwegian 18-year-old Casper Ruud can hit the felt off the tennis ball and yesterday he beat Dutra Silva in the Rio Open in straight sets, his first ATP World Tour win of 2017. Ruud used to be a Babolat Aero Pro Drive user, but has switched to the Yonex DR 100 racquet with some lead at 12 and strung with a hybrid of Yonex Poly Tour Pro and Yonex Poly Tour Spin 1.25.

Ruud has big potential and for a rather poor country when it comes to tennis success, it would mean a lot for the sport in Norway if he could do his talent justice. Ruud is currently ranked 208 in the world and is coached by Pedro Rico.

If you’re interested in the excellent Yonex DR racquets, check out this post. If you’re interested in buying a Yonex DR 100 you can check out Amazon or Tennis Express (new website design).

I would label Yonex DR 100 as a slightly less powerful and more arm-friendly version of the Babolat Pure Aero (previously called Aero Pro Drive). Just a great option for a wide variety of tennis players.

Yonex DR 100 specs
Head Size: 100 sq. in MP
Length: 27 inches
Weight: Strung — 11.1 oz Unstrung — 10.6 oz
Tension: 45-60 Pounds
Balance: 7 Pts Head Light
Beam Width: 23/26/22mm
Composition: H.M. Graphite/Nanometric DR/Quake Shut Gel
Flex: 66
Grip Type: Yonex Super Cushion Grip
Power Level: Low
String Pattern: 16 Mains / 19 Crosses
Mains skip: 8T, 8H
Two Piece
No Shared Holes
Swing Speed: Fast
Swing Weight: 321

Update: Caper Ruud is in continuing his run of form in Rio Open and is now in the semi-finals. An amazing achievement by the 18-year-old Norwegian.

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Martyn Collins February 24, 2017 - 02:16

I think Ruud posts with the DR100

Tennisnerd February 25, 2017 - 08:57

I stand corrected! It is a DR 100 and he’s playing great tennis with it right now in Rio. Thanks!

Ole Olsson March 14, 2017 - 18:55

Well,, Full name of the raquet is Yonex Ezone DR100. It’s a really good stick with the isometric shape. My daughther plays with it and she loves it. The head size is from 98 to 108 and from 285 to 310 gr.

Tennisnerd March 14, 2017 - 21:37

Hej Ole,
Thanks for your comment. You are a hundred percent correct. It is indeed a great line of racquets that Yonex has created. Cheers / Jonas

J June 17, 2017 - 18:30

That is an interesting hybrid string pair. I did not think of it, but when I read this it looked like an obvious synergistic combination. What tension does he use with each?

And in general, how much tension difference can one have between the mains & crosses?

Tennisnerd June 18, 2017 - 09:48

I don’t know Ruud’s tension, but will try to find out! I think you should be careful not to have too much difference, I think around 1,5-2 kg is good number. Cheers /J

Ole Olsson November 22, 2017 - 21:27

Update.. Casper Ruud is now playing with the new Yonex EZONE

Check out the video:

Tennisnerd November 23, 2017 - 09:27

You sure it’s not just a paint job and he’s playing with his old racquet? Cheers / Jonas

Ole Olsson January 16, 2018 - 15:57

Another update, refering to the previous post. No it’was not a paint job, it was the new Ezone. Starting the 2018 season, Casper went back to the DR100 again, but now he is using the extended lenght version – Yonex DR100 Plus which gives him more power on all ground strokes including his serve. Watching Australian Open now, he plays great, ready for second round :-)

Tennisnerd January 16, 2018 - 19:40

Thanks for the update Ole! Appreciate the info and extended frames are interesting to try for sure. Doing it myself at the moment. Cheers / Jonas

James Moller August 21, 2019 - 03:02

TW list the racquet as 4 points headlight is your source a strung weight?

Tennisnerd August 22, 2019 - 14:01

4 pts head light is strung, my specs are unstrung…


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