Flashy and feisty Frenchman, Corentin Moutet, has made the switch from his Wilson Ultra. What is Corentin Moutet’s racquet?
Corentin Moutet’s racquet
Corentin Moutet used to play with the Wilson Pro Open for many years. A 100 sq inch, 16×19 racquet. He is not the tallest or most powerful player, but he compensates with great hands and a crafty, lefty game. His enemy has mainly been his own head, as he has been known to throw a temper tantrum or ten over the years. Even in his first match at the French Open 2023, he got into it with the umpire, and the crowd was firmly on his also-French opponent.
Corentin and Tecnifibre announced just before the tournament that Moutet is now playing with the Tecnifibre TF-X1 (click for my review). I am not familiar with the string and since they have not said anything about the string, he might still be with Luxilon.
This racquet offers loads of power and spin and although I loved it on serve, I did struggle to control it on groundstrokes. But I don’t hit with the kind of racquet head speed and top spin that a player of Moutet’s caliber does. You can check the Tecnifibre TF-X1 out at Tennis Warehouse, for example.
Moutet has struggled with an injury to his non-dominant hand and has been seen in practice hitting one-handed backhands (his standard is a two-hander). In his first match at the French Open, he hit almost exclusively slice backhands but still managed to beat his young opponent (Cazaux).
He did hit a couple of one-handers, but it was obvious that he feels more safe just slicing the ball for now. With that in mind, it was impressive that he managed to win.
We will see if Moutet can recharge his career with the TF-X1, but against Rublev in round 2 of the French Open, I think he will lose.