I have not had the pleasure of hitting with the Mantis 285 yet. I am a fan of Mantis tennis racquets, I think they are something special. I have playtested the Mantis Tour 305, and I believe that is one of the better tennis racquets available for all levels of play right now. The Mantis 285 however, is finding popularity in Eastern European countries right now, like Greece and Cyprus.
Tennishead Magazine has named the Mantis 285 as the best tennis racquet for baseline hitters:
It is very hard to believe that in 2008 the company was not Mantis. At 3 years of life of the British company moved with lightning speed and now with the Mantis 285 literally stood out from the competition. With the perfect balance Mantis 285 is particularly agile at the net and the game from the baseline, even having excellent feeling and volleys.
When someone tried the racket of the company, it is difficult to understand why so quickly has fans. The magazine’s testers tennishead June 2012, found the Mantis 285 different from other bats nested in two thousand and twelve REVIEW INTERMEDIATE Racket . From the first ball made them “smile” so easily won the award for best game of racket baseline test.
So after the Mantis 300 that won the award for “Testers’ Choice – Best Value for Money, Advanced Rackets” series is the lightest Mantis 285that the distinction “Testers’ Choice – Best for Baseliners, Intermediate Rackets” marks once again the philosophy is “To produce high quality products at normal prices”
It’s true, the Mantis 285 is priced at a very reasonable $149, which is far less than the average $190 new racquet prices. I can imagine that the Mantis 285 would be easy to customize as the Mantis Tour 305 is. If you have not tried a Mantis tennis racquet, you should absolutely start with the Mantis 285 or Tour 305.
The Mantis 285 was introduced to Greece by Petros Biris, owner of racketspecialist.gr. Petros knows his tennis, he has been a stringer and racquet customization specialist with countless awards for nearly a decade and a half. Petros has strung at Wimbledon, French Open, Olympics, several Masters 1000 events, and countless other tennis tournaments.