It’s about time I tell you my thoughts around the gear of the year. Here are the best racquets of 2020.
Despite 2020 being a strange and challenging year, I managed to play a lot of tennis and review a lot of racquets (strings to come in the coming days). Although the ATP and WTA tours took a break for a while, racquets were still released from various tennis brands with some regularity. I have decided to split up the best racquets of 2020 into different categories:
- Power racquets
- Spin racquets
- Modern player racquets
- Control racquets
The categories kind of speak for themselves except for the “modern player racquets”. A so-called “player racquet” used to be a racquet focused mainly on control and feel, but these days as tennis gets increasingly fast-paced and spin-oriented, even advanced player racquets offer a blend of control, power, and spin. Another thing that unites them is that they are usually heavier than the frames in other categories.
My favorite category in this gear of the year post is “control racquets”. These are the frames I most enjoy to play tennis with, although I might get better results with more modern style racquets. Since I have suffered from some arm issues this year (and I am far from alone), I have decided to put arm-friendliness as a key factor for my picks. But this doesn’t mean that I have completely disregarded stiffer racquets. The truth is that I have played some of my best tennis with more powerful and stiffer racquets, but in the end, had to put them away due to the stiffness bothering my arm.
The Best Racquets of 2020 – The video
I have compiled a video where I go through the best racquets of 2020. In the end, I decided to stick to a very control-oriented racquet as my main match frame for 2021. The reason being that I want to improve my footwork and the racquet, in this case, the HEAD Pro Tour 2.0, forces me to focus more on that. I get easier depth, more spin, and pace with other racquets, but I also don’t feel quite as confident swinging them in high-pressure situations. The HEAD Pro Tour 2.0 puts it all on me, which is a thing I like a lot. The racquet is truly an extension of my arm and gives me exactly what I put into it.
It will not be the right racquet for most players reading this post, but I think many will appreciate it as a racquet to pick up and practice with from time to time. It keeps you honest!
I will update this post with the various categories in the coming days, but for now, you will have to make do with the video.
I hope you like it! Thanks for reading Tennisnerd and I wish you all the best in 2020!