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Wilson Pro Staff V13 Preview

by Tennisnerd

The Wilson Pro Staff V13 has arrived at the Tennisnerd HQ and I will start testing them next week. Review to come!

I have received the Wilson Pro Staff 97 V13 and Wilson Pro Staff 97 Roger Federer Autograph. I can only say that they look great and I’m keen to take them out on the court. Specs and designs are quite similar to the previous versions, but I don’t know about any potential technology updates. More information to come from Wilson within two weeks. I won’t be able to reveal any designs or specs yet, but as soon as I can, I will. I am really excited about the Wilson Pro Staff V13 racquets and I hope they play as great as they look.

If you are interested in my thoughts about the previous Pro Staffs, check out my Wilson Pro Staff 97 review here and the Wilson Pro Staff RF97 Autograph here.  I am also using them next to one of my vintage favorites, the Wilson Pro Staff Tour 90. I have strung the Pro Staff 97 V13 up with Luxilon Alu Power Rough 1.30 at 52 lbs or 23.5 kg and the Pro Staff 97 Roger Federer Autograph with Luxilon Alu Power 1.30 at 53 lbs.

This edition of the Pro Staffs won’t include Countervail technology, but I’m not sure whether FeelFlex from the new Blade is in the mix.

Ps. the pic is from the Wilson Tennis Instagram Ds.

The Wilson Pro Staff heritage

Wilson Pro Staff 85 Review

One of my favorite racquets of all time is the Wilson Pro Staff 85, with its heritage red and yellow colors on that beautiful box beam graphite frame. I am happy that Wilson has decided to implement some history in the design of these new Pro Staffs. I think a racquet line as legendary as the Pro Staff deserves that. Similar to what HEAD did by implementing some iconic burgundy red into their Prestige update. The Pro Staff and Prestige are two of my favorite racquet lines of all time so I think they deserve a more “royal” treatment.

So without giving away too much, it’s nice to see Wilson nodding to the past. More to come about this new update to the Pro Staff.

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Christopher Harris September 5, 2020 - 5:53 pm

I wish they’d give more options than the RF and the 97. Head and Babolat are doing it with 4+ options (weight, head size) per model.

Bruce Ye September 7, 2020 - 4:39 pm

If only they bring back the original Pro Staff 6.1 Classic 16×18 95sq in. I’d buy three of them straight away.

David September 9, 2020 - 2:50 am

I’ve been playing with the RF 97 for more than a year now and I’ve decided that it’s way too stiff for my liking. I’ve tried dropping the tension (NXT Power 17) down to 53 lbs and it plays with too much power and not enough control & feel. Not sure where to go from here though.

William September 9, 2020 - 9:04 am

What do you know about the new version of the Wilson Pro Staff RF97 Autograph they are supposedly going to release as you say you just received one. As someone who just got pretty pissed that Tennis warehouse pulled their entire stock of them right before I went to buy one, and just now finding out a new update is coming out for the racket. I’m not going to blow $250 on a new stick if they’re about to release a new version of it. Any info you have would be great.

Tennisnerd September 9, 2020 - 9:24 am

I won’t know anything about possible tech updates or so until Sep 14th when the new version is revealed.

jo September 9, 2020 - 3:01 pm

i cannot wait i’d just hope that it will spec wit a low flex , enjoy testing

VINCENT B ESGUERRA September 13, 2020 - 2:57 pm

My guess is based on the picture of the cover (which is weird cause player rackets don’t come with covers nowadays) it will pay omage to the 6.0 85 sq in. The GOAT racket of all time, the legendary racket, because the cover is exactly the same cover as the Wilson prostaff 6.0 85 sq. in.

They never remade the racket with today’s technology unlike they did with the head 280. So this might finally be the one. If it is I will switch as this was my favorite racket of all time, heavy but favorite. Sampras racket was 400g strung! Mine are at 360 with just string.


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