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Surprising pro player changes

by Jonas Eriksson

There are more surprising pro player changes when it comes to racquets for the start of 2023. Watch my video below for a quick recap.

Surprising Pro Player Changes

Tennis is in full motion again with Australian Open quallies, as well as ATP and WTA action in the lead up to first slam of the year. There are some things to note in the fascinating world of pro player gear and sponsorships.

Rafa’s racquets

First of all, Rafa is again practising with the Pure Aero Rafa cosmetic from 2021. He has left the new Aero for now. As you might know, the changes are just cosmetic. But paint can affect how a racquet plays and it can also play mind games with the players. Like most tennis players and probably more than most, Rafa is superstitious. Two losses with the new cosmetic might be enough for him to play the Australian Open with his old racquets. We will see how this story unravels.

Brooksby with a Dunlop Blade?

As reported in a previous video about gear changes, Jenson Brooksby is now with Dunlop. By the looks of it, he is using a Dunlop CX 200. But if you zoom in, you can see that this is not a CX 200. By the mold, this looks exactly like a Blade 98! Is this Dunlop’s pro stock version of a Blade or have they just painted one of his old racquets.

As you might recall, this is similar to what was going on with Alycia Parks CX racquets, that had the shape of her previous VCORE Pro.

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BIG CHANGE for Tommy Paul

Tommy Paul has moved from his Wilson Blade 98 to what looks like a new Yonex VCORE 98! This is a huge change for a pro as the racquets play completely differently. He still seems to be using a Alu Power, Gut hybrid setup. Will this change last? How will it affect his play and results? It’s an interesting change also because Paul had a great season 2022. He started the season by defeating Christopher O Connell without losing serve, so so far, so good.

The mullet game is still going

When JJ Wolf shaved off his mullet I thought we would not see this 80s-inspired hairstyle on the tour in quite a while. I was wrong. Aussie Dane Sweeny has now taking over the mantle as mullet man. What do you think of this hairstyle? Should it get back inside the time machine?


On the apparel side of things we have Ben Shelton with New Balance, Mackenzie McDonald from FILA to Penguin and Emil Ruusuovuori to HEAD apparel instead of Asics.

That is all for now, thanks tennis nerds on Instagram for keeping them coming, Matvey, Kostas, and Catching details.

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António January 11, 2023 - 00:32

Alexei Popyrin changing from PT57A to a Dunlop Fx 500, at least a PJ, has to be one of the biggest and drastic changes in recent times. I mean, they are completely different racquets, I just can’t see how Dunlop can built something similar to a PT57A from a FX500 mold.

From a 200 series I wouldn’t be surprised, but from a 500? That’s a Babolat style of racquet, build for heavy spin. The guy doesn’t seem to lack power, why he did that choice is a mystery for me…


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