One of the players most prone to switch racquets on the ATP Tour is Spaniard, lefty, ball-basher, Fernando Verdasco. Most racquetholics usually hover around 3.0-4.5 NTRP rating, but Verdasco has been ranked as high as nr 7 in the rankings (in 2009).
It’s always a joy to watch Verdasco hit his forehand, but too often his head gets the better of him and he has had problems with his serve at times. Whether that’s due to his racquet, his mental ability or something else, remains to be said, however.
Verdasco was a long-time user of Tecnifibre racquets (previously called Major) but is currently using the same mold as Djokovic, a PT113B in a Head Graphene Touch Speed Pro paint job strung with Luxilon Alu Power and power pads. We will see how long his relationship with this racquet remains because not long ago he was using a Head Graphene Prestige Rev Pro (with, I’m sure, obscene amounts of lead tape to make it play more stable).
Here are Fernando Verdasco’s racquet specs:
Head size: 98 sq. in. / 630 sq. cm.
Length: 27 in. / 68.6 cm.
Strung weight: 12.1 oz. / 342 gr.
Strung balance: 317 mm
Grip size: L2 (4 1/4)
Grip type: Head Synthetic Black + Overgrip
String pattern: 18 Mains / 20 Crosses
Paint: Graphene Speed PRO
Pro stock code: PT113B1
The specs and pic above is from the website prostocktennis.com where you can actually buy Fernando Verdasco’s actual racquet! If it’s still there that is.
What do you think of the new Head Speed Graphene Touch Pro paint job? Looks pretty nice to me.