Seemingly out of nowhere, a legend returns. The Wilson Pro Staff 85 is back! Sampras, Edberg, Courier, it’s a racquet icon…
The Wilson Pro Staff 85 is back, but for now only with Tennis Warehouse Europe it seems. I stumbled upon this thanks to tip from other fellow tennis nerds via my Instagram. It took me by surprise, but this racquet seems to resurface every ten years or so. Like the HEAD Pro Tour that was re-issued as the HEAD Pro Tour 2.0, this is one of those racquets that deserves a place in every racquet collectors’ bag.
The price is not €199, which is a chunk of money, but less than most modern models. It’s still a fun racquet to use, but it’s not really viable for the modern game. Yes, the feel and control is sensation and Jim Courier could play Western-grip clay court tennis with it, but you don’t have a lot of margin for error. But as a sweet spot tool or training aid to warm up – it’s excellent.
I still have my re-issue from 10 or so years ago, so I’m personally not in need (and I did review the famous St Vincent version here), but I am happy that other tennis nerds get to try this icon in the game.
The specs of the Wilson Pro Staff 85 seem unchanged from previous versions. I haven’t tried this latest re-issue as it just came out, but I would predict it’s the same as the so-called BLX re-issue that I own.
I do regret selling my St Vincent, however, which played even sweeter according to the purists (the difference is not that big if you ask me).
|Head Size:85in² / 548cm²|
|Length: 27in / 68,5cm|
|Weight: 12.5oz / 354.37g|
|Unstrung Weight: 12.1oz / 342.5g|
|Balance: 31cm / 10 pts HL|
|Unstrung Balance: 30,5cm / 12 pts HL|
|Racket Colours:Black w/Red&Yellow|
|Grip Type:Wilson Leather|
|String Pattern: |
16 Mains / 18 Crosses
Mains skip: 7T,9T 7H,9H
If you’re interested in adding to your collection, check out the new Pro Staff 85 at Tennis Warehouse Europe.