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Racquet Releases in 2024

by TN

Let’s speculate about some exciting racquets releases in 2024. I am keen to hear what you look forward to the most.

Racquet releases in 2024

I don’t have the full calendar of racquet releases in 2024, but based on the tempo of racquets released yearly, we can make some strong predictions.

Most racquet brands have 2-3 years in between each silo/model update. Smaller brands might not be able to keep up the pace in the same way, but this is generally the rhythm to expect.

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HEAD

From HEAD, we are due a new Speed, as detailed in my conversation with Chris Edwards on the podcast. The Speed 2022, which included Auxetic for the first time, was a solid update, and I especially enjoyed the HEAD Speed Pro. Let’s see how they can move things in the right direction. HEAD usually makes more minor, incremental updates to their successful racquet lines, and the Speed, much thanks to Djokovic and perhaps Sinner, is their bestselling line.

We can expect the new HEAD Speed 2024 sometime early in January. Tennisnerd members get first impressions.

Besides the Speed, we can also expect a Boom update. The HEAD Boom was released in 2022 and was a completely new line from HEAD with the morph beam, which is supposed to offer larger sweet spot. We did enjoy the Boom Pro a lot but the MP also offered excellent playability.

What else from HEAD? Gravity, Prestige and Radical were all recently updated. A new Extreme after summer perhaps, but not sure what is going on with the Instinct these days.

Wilson

We have already seen pictures floating around about the Blade V9. The Blade V8 is everywhere. It is definitely a top racquet line in terms of popularity among club players worldwide.

The Shift was recently released and the Pro Staff V14 came out in 2023. As did the Ultra. That leaves the Clash. Will we see a Clash V3 towards the second half of the year? It seems probable.

But Wilson are quite good at coming up with new ideas from their Pro Labs, so we might see something new.

Babolat

The Pure Aero was updated last year, so we most likely have two lines to look forward to in 2024. The Pure Strike is WELL overdue an update. It’s been four years since the previous edition.

What about the Babolat Pure Drive? It was updated in 2021, so it’s time according to the 3-4 year arch of Babolat products. I must say that I think fewer updates is refreshing in a time where it’s all about pumping out as many racquets as possible.

Pure Strike early 2024 and Pure Drive towards the end of Summer? I feel like the scheduling for Babolat releases is a bit off since the pandemic, so we will see.

Yonex

The new VCORE and Percept racquets were released in 2023. This leaves the new Ezone for early 2024. As you might know, I was a big fan of the Ezone released in 2022, so there are high hopes for the Ezone V8. Yonex usually make quite big changes to their racquets, but since the Ezone 2022 was so good, I hope they don’t too much to it. Although, I do applaud the effort.

Dunlop

Dunlop updated their FX line (power) in 2023 and their SX line (spin) in 2022. However, the CX (control) line is due in 2024. The 2021 CX racquets were excellent, so this is an exciting release for fans of control racquets.

Tecnifibre

We recently saw an update to the Tfight line and the TF40 and with the signing of Corentin Moutet to the TF-X1, which is their power and spin racquet, I am expecting an update, perhaps with some new models added.

The first generation of TF-X1 was good, but I think there is potential to make it even better as it had a little much of everything. I’m curious to see where this goes.

Summary

Those are some racquet releases to expect for 2024. There are other brands to consider, such as Volkl, Solinco and ProKennex. But I am not as familiar with what to expect from them. If you have any insight, let me know in the comments.

Which racquet update are you the most excited about?

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11 comments

Kevin November 24, 2023 - 17:07 - 17:07

What about Prince? Tour is from 2022 and Vortex 2021. TWE was selling them cheaply. Phantom is due as well.
Prince Japan shows a different Beast, Phantom and Tour as well as an Emblem and X which I never heard off.

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Alec Wasa November 24, 2023 - 19:12 - 19:12

Volkl will soon release their “Vöstra” racquets. Seems like an update to the material used. The name Vöstra apparently was the name of the company 100 years ago when the company started. Let’s hope the Vöstra lineup is good….

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Tony November 25, 2023 - 22:26 - 22:26

Thanks for that information. I love Volkl but would love a bit more power from them.

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Dusty December 12, 2023 - 17:41 - 17:41

You mentioned the TF40 was recently updated, but that was early 2022… is it not due for an update from this spring?

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TN December 13, 2023 - 10:09 - 10:09

Could be! Time moves too fast and it is hard to keep up :)

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Francisco S. December 23, 2023 - 03:26 - 03:26

Yonex will release a new Ezone December 27th. Oh it’s black now. :)

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TN December 23, 2023 - 19:07 - 19:07

I have heard it is the same racquet but a new cosmetic.

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JackLovelock December 27, 2023 - 09:01 - 09:01

That wouldn’t be such a bad thing – I agree with you, TN, that the 2022 iteration was a great racquet. Looking forward to seeing it in black. Love a bit of stealth mode ?

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Adam January 4, 2024 - 10:46 - 10:46

Need new prince phantoms for sure. Love the 93,97, and 100p. However, I’d love to see the 97 and 100p in 18×20. I don’t like how they thickened up the beam on the X line so I hope they don’t do that do the P line.

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Jeroen January 26, 2024 - 20:15 - 20:15

Tjena! Anything on ProKennex rackets? Heard some rumors on black ace line updates this year (still loving my black ace pro).

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TN January 28, 2024 - 21:38 - 21:38

Tja, I have heard nothing so far, but I guess they should update something :)

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