Felix Auger-Aliassime is one of the biggest talents on the ATP tour right now. Current ranking: 18. But what is Felix Auger-Aliassime's racquet?
Felix Auger-Aliassime's racquet used to be the Babolat Pure Strike 16×19 strung with Babolat RPM Blast, but he later moved to the Babolat Pure Aero VS (same string, so a setup not too far from Rafael Nadal). Thanks to @mptennislab on Instagram, we found his unstrung specs to be:
Auger Aliassime's Racquet – Unstrung Specs
Head size: 98 sq inches
Length: 27 in
Balance: 32 cm
Swing weight: 308
Strung specs should be around:
Balance: 33 cm
Swing weight: 338
Auger-Aliassme hits with a lot of spin on both wings but especially his forehand. The idea with the Aero line of racquets is that the aerodynamic beam will help to generate faster swing speed. Just watch Felix's forehand, and you will understand how his game benefits from a spin-friendly and fast frame. His swing weight is also pretty low for a player on the ATP tour, where the average has generally been around 350.
So I think Auger-Aliassime is an excellent example of a player who is using a racquet that is like made for him. The Babolat Pure Aero VS is a controlled spin machine thanks to the smaller head size and the tighter pattern (16×20) than the regular Pure Aero (click to read my review), which has a 100 sq inch head size and a 16×19 string pattern.
Babolat will soon release an update to the Babolat Pure Aero VS. I am not sure what new technology they will bring, most likely Cortex Pure Feel, which you will find in the latest versions of the Pure Drive and Pure Aero.
Watch Auger-Aliassime play
I was fortunate to watch Auger-Aliassime up close during last year's edition of the Mercedes Cup. It is clear that this guy has massive potential. He moves well, hits hard from both wings, and is tall enough to have strong serve. If he is ranked in the top 20 before he turns 20, he should have more than a bright future.
Can he go all the way to win some slams and perhaps be number one in the world? Please comment below.
PS. If you want to find out what racquets other ATP pro's use – check out this page. Ps.
Re: Felix’s string according to article is RPM Blast.
Photo above sure looks like some sort of hybrid:
Black mains and light colored crosses….
It looks more like the pure aero vs from the picture. The string pattern is 16 x 20
Felix Auger Aliassime uses the New Pure Aero VS (or VS Tour), you can even see it on the picture.
Please change it
Thanks! It is changed.
Does anyone know his specs? Static weight and balance?
His racket looks like a babolat aero storm.
Yes, the Pure Aero VS is based on that mold. Good for control, but you need to string low for the racquet not to get too boardy.
What racquet is he using right now (2019)
Pure Aero VS.
I mean if he using exactly the same Aero drive that tennis pages sell?
Not sure if his racquet has a lower stiffness, but it is a Pure Aero VS.
Hi! How would this racquet compare with Wilson Ultra Tour 97? I’m looking for some more spin in my shots cause right now, especially on my fh, I hit slightly more towards flat than towards spin. Also Ultra Tour gives me some shoulder pains. I also had the new Wilson Blade which I didn’t like and sold after a couple of matches. Same with Angell K7.
Did you catch what the grip size is on that?
The specs that you have here on Felix’s racket, are they with/without overgrip? Thank you
Hi Bernie, with overgrip. Cheers / Jonas
I saw where you said Felix used an L2 grip but the picture above shows an L4 grip. Can anyone confirm for sure?
Seems like my previous comment/question was posted then deleted for some reason. Weird.
Anyway, I see where the question on grip size was asked and it was stated Felix uses an L2 grip, but the picture of his butt cap above shows it to be an L4 grip. Anyone know if he’s recently moved down to an L2 grip or does he still use an L4?
I have not deleted any comments, so that does sound weird. Not sure about FAA’s grip size, maybe someone else knows?