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