Yesterday, Roman Safiullin beat Alcaraz at the Paris Masters for his biggest win in his career. But what is Roman Safiullin’s racquet?
Roman Safiullin’s racquet
Roman Safiullin’s racquet is no real mystery. He is one of the relatively few players who uses what he endorses. The HEAD Gravity Pro is growing in popularity among pro players. Other pros using this racquet mold are Alexander Zverev, Andrey Rublev, and Nikoloz Basilashvili (what is going on with Nikoloz? Has he been injured?), to name a few. I would not be surprised to see players like Ilya Ivashka and Aslan Karatsev move from the low-powered PT57A (HEAD Pro Tour) to the controlled but more powerful Gravity Pro.
Safiullin lives near me and is coached by a friend, so I borrowed a racquet from him some time back. Sadly, I didn’t measure all the specs, but some weight was added at 12 o’clock and silicone in the handle to get the swing weight up to 350 strung. It is not insanely heavy, and I enjoyed playing with it, but over a match, it’s a bit too much for a recreational player.
So, he uses the HEAD Gravity Pro pro stock in an 18×20 pattern. The pro stock code is TGT 344.4. Specs are customized for the pro but are not very far from the retail racquet in this case.
Gravity Pro specifications
|Head Size: 100 in / 645.16 cm
|Length: 27in / 68.58cm
|Strung Weight:11.7oz / 332g
|Balance: 12.75in / 32.39cm / 6 pts HL
|Beam Width: 20mm / 20mm / 20mm
|Composition: Graphene 360+/Graphite
|Power Level: Low
|Stroke Style: Full
|Swing Speed: Fast
|Grip Type: Head Hydrosorb Pro
Safiullin’s string choice
Safiullin varies his tension depending on conditions, but his standard is around 24 kg or 53 lbs. But like I mentioned in the Vienna string tension post, he went down to 18 kg or 42 lbs in Stockholm due to slow conditions and balls.
Safiullin strings his racquets with HEAD Lynx Tour (click for my review).