They say a bad workman blames his tools, but yet when a good workman, say 17-time Grand Slam winner Roger Federer wins, not one person mentions the racquet which has guided him to victory.
Since turning pro in 1998, the Swiss legend has remained firmly loyal to Wilson, the manufacturer of his racquet, and has certainly inspired many more to use the US brand. But how much have they evolved over the years Federer has been a pro?
Well, a considerable amount.
The brand are now one of the biggest brands in tennis, with not only Federer, but also the Williams sisters and Kei Nishikori use the brand, and have become some of the best equipment in the sport.
And with the 2015 season underway, we look at Federer’s racquets throughout the years as he looks to add to his Grand Slam collection, and finish the year back in the number one spot.
The Pro Staff 85 6.0 Mid-Production Chinese
Roger Federer is 10/3 to win a Grand Slam this year with Sky Bet, however back in 1998 when he was using the Pro Staff 85, the odds would have been stacked against the young man from Basel.
His first racquet was used between his debut as a pro until 2001, when he beat Pete Sampras knocking the legend out in the Quarter Final of Wimbledon. Ironically, Sampras was using the same piece of kit at the time.
Hyper Pro Staff 6.1
Federer only used this racket in the early stages of 2002 and was the move to a bigger head than 85 inch square. He only used it at one Grand Slam, the Australian Open, which he got to the fourth round.
Later in the year he changed to the 90 square inch 6.0, the head size he’s stayed with ever since. Read the rest of this entry