Casper Ruud and Dominic Thiem showed some big hitting tennis yesterday at Rio Open. This is the highlight reel from TennisTV showing Thiem’s tweener and other highlights from the quarter-finals. I highly recommend tennis nerds to subscribe to TennisTV. I’ve been loyal to them since the start and it really is a high quality product for tennis fans.
Casper Ruud racquet
Norwegian 18-year-old Casper Ruud can hit the felt off the tennis ball and yesterday he beat Dutra Silva in the Rio Open in straight sets, his first ATP World Tour win of 2017. Ruud used to be a Babolat Aero Pro Drive user, but has switched to the Yonex DR 100 racquet with some lead at 12 and strung with a hybrid of Yonex Poly Tour Pro and Yonex Poly Tour Spin 1.25.
Ruud has big potential and for a rather poor country when it comes to tennis success, it would mean a lot for the sport in Norway if he could do his talent justice. Ruud is currently ranked 208 in the world and is coached by Pedro Rico.
I would label Yonex DR 100 as a slightly less powerful and more arm-friendly version of the Babolat Pure Aero (previously called Aero Pro Drive). Just a great option for a wide variety of tennis players.
Yonex DR 100 specs
Head Size: 100 sq. in MP
Length: 27 inches
Weight: Strung — 11.1 oz Unstrung — 10.6 oz
Tension: 45-60 Pounds
Balance: 7 Pts Head Light
Beam Width: 23/26/22mm
Composition: H.M. Graphite/Nanometric DR/Quake Shut Gel
Grip Type: Yonex Super Cushion Grip
Power Level: Low
String Pattern: 16 Mains / 19 Crosses
Mains skip: 8T, 8H
No Shared Holes
Swing Speed: Fast
Swing Weight: 321
Update: Caper Ruud is in continuing his run of form in Rio Open and is now in the semi-finals. An amazing achievement by the 18-year-old Norwegian.