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Pro Equipment: 2005 Australian Open

Russia’s Marat Safin the U.S.’s Serena Williams kicked off the 2005 Grand Slam season in style in January with title wins at the Australian Open. To illustrate the march toward polyester strings, only a handful of male pros in the Top 20 are using natural gut, and all of them use it as part of a hybrid system. Williams is one of the few women pros still using natural gut strings in her racquet. Post this chart in your store, so your customers can check out what their favorite players are using.

Men

Player Racquet brand Racquet model Head size String brand String model Gauge Tension
Roger Federer Wilson nSix-One Tour 90 Luxilon/Wilson Big Banger Alu Power Rough/ Natural Gut 16L 25/23.5
Lleyton Hewitt Yonex RDX 500 90 Babolat/ Luxilon VS Team/Big Banger Alu Power 16L 56
Andy Roddick Babolat Pure Drive + 100 Babolat Pro Hurricane/ VS Team 16 16 73
Marat Safin Head Liquidmetal Prestige Mid 93 Luxilon/Babolat Big Banger Alu Power Rough/ VS Touch 16L -
Guillermo Coria Prince O3 Tour 100 Luxilon Big Banger Original 16 52
Carlos Moya Babolat Pure Drive 100 Luxilon Big Banger Original 16 60
Tim Henman Slazenger Pro X-1 95 Babolat/Luxilon Big Banger Timo 18/ VS Team Natural Gut 18 51.6
Gaston Gaudio Wilson nPro 95 Toalson Cyber Blade Tour Thermaxe 127 1.27 59.5
David Nalbandian Yonex RDX 500 98 Luxilon Big Banger Original 16 64
Andre Agassi Head Flexpoint Radical 107 Luxilon Big Banger Alu Power 16L 66
Joachim Johansson Yonex RDX 500 90 Luxilon/Babolat Big Banger Alu Power/ VS Team Natural Gut 16L/17 -
Guillermo Canas Wilson Hyper Pro Staff 6.1 95 Kirschbaum Super Smash Honey 1.2 -
Tommy Robredo Dunlop 300G 98 Luxilon Big Banger Original 16L 23.5kg
Fernando Gonzalez Babolat Pure Storm + 98 Luxilon Big Banger Alu Power 16L 25/27kg
Nikolay Davydendo Head LM Radical MP 98 Luxilon Big Banger Alu Power 16L -
Mikhail Youzhny Head Liquidmetal Instinct 100 Pacific Polygut Blend 17 17 26kg
Tommy Haas Dunlop 200g 95 Babolat VS Touch -
Nicolas Massu Babolat Pure Storm + 98 Luxilon Big Banger Alu Power 16L 53
Dominik Hrbaty Fischer Pro Extreme FT 95 Kirschbaum Super Smash 17 17 -
Feliciano Lopez Babolat Pure Drive + 98 Luxilon Big Banger Original 16 -

Women

Player Racquet brand Racquet model Head size String brand String model Gauge Tension
Lindsay Davenport Wilson nTour 95 Babolat VS Touch 15L 63/64
Serena Williams Wilson n3 110 Wilson Natural 16 67
Amelie Mauresmo Dunlop 300G 98 Babolat VS Touch 16 57.2
Maria Sharapova Prince Turbo Shark MP 100 Babolat Pro Hurricane 17/ VS Touch 17 17 -
Anastasia Myskina Head Liquidmetal Instinct 100 Luxilon Big Banger Timo 18 18 56/52
Svetlana Kuznetsova Head Liquidmetal Instinct 100 Luxilon Big Banger Alu Touch 16L -
Elena Dementieva Yonex RDX 500 MP 98 Luxilon Big Banger Alu Power 16L 51/48.5
Venus Williams Wilson New Racquet coming soon 110 Wilson Natural 16 65
Jennifer Capriati Prince Tour Diablo 95 Babolat/ Luxilon VS Touch 16/ Big Banger Alu Power 16L -
Alicia Molik Dunlop 300G 98 Luxilon Big Banger Alu Power 16L -
Vera Zvonareva Fischer Pro No. One FT 98 Luxilon Big Banger Alu Power 16L -
Nadia Petrova Babolat Pure Drive Team 98 Luxilon Monotec Supersense 16L 28
Nathalie Dechy Head Liquidmetal Prestige MP 98 Babolat VS Touch Natural Gut 16 -
Patty Schnyder Head Liquidmetal Prestige MP 98 Kirschbaum Super Smash Spikey 17 -
Justine Henin-Hardenne Wilson nTour 95 BDE BDE Performance 16 -
Elena Bovina Head Liquidmetal Instinct 100 Luxilon Big Banger Timo 17 -
Karolina Sprem Fischer Pro Tour FT 98 Tecnifibre X-Tra Dynamic 1.33 16 57.3/55.1
Silvia Farina Elia Prince Triple Threat Graphite OS 110 Luxilon Big Banger Original 16 52/50
Francesca Schiavone Fischer Pro No. One 98 Luxilon Big Banger Timo 18 -
Paola Suarez Prince NXGraphite 100 Prince Tournament Nylon 15L -

A “/ ” denotes differing tensions between mains and crosses. A “-” indicates a tension range on multiple racquets. “NA” means player did not play or no information was available. Tensions above 38.5 are in pounds; 38.5 and below are in kilograms.

 

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