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Pro Equipment: Australian Open 2006

Two veteran players took different routes to the Australian Open singles titles in January. In claiming his seventh Grand Slam championship, Roger Federer held off a challenge by unseeded Marcos Baghdatis in four sets. And Amelie Mauresmo won her first Grand Slam title after her final-round opponent, Justine Henin-Hardenne, had to quit in the second set due to stomach pain. Here’s what the champions, and other top players, used on the Rebound Ace courts Down Under.

Men

Player Racquet brand Racquet model Headsize String brand String Model Gauge Tension
Roger Federer Wilson nSix-One Tour 90 Wilson/
Luxilon
Wilson Natural/Alu Power Rough 16L 21.5/20
Rafael Nadal Did not play
Andy Roddick Babolat Pure Drive Roddick 100 Babolat Pro Hurricane +/VS + Team 16 33
David Nalbandian Yonex RDS-001 MP 98 Luxilon Original 16 29
Ivan Ljubicic Babolat Pure Drive Team + 100 Luxilon/
Babolat
TIMO/VS Team 18/16L 26
Nikolay Davydenko Prince O3 Tour 100 Luxilon AND Polystar Original AND Energy 16 20/19
Guillermo Coria Prince O3 Tour 100 Luxilon Original 16 25
Gaston Gaudio Wilson nSix-One 95 95 Kirschbaum Super Smash 16 27.5
Andre Agassi Did not play
David Ferrer Prince Shark DB MP 100 Luxilon Original 16 23
Lleyton Hewitt Yonex RDX-0010 90 Babolat/
Luxilon
VS Team/Alu Power 16L 23
Nicolas Kiefer Wilson N Six One 95 95 Babolat VS Team 17 NA
Thomas Johansson Dunlop M-Fil 2 Hundred 95 Babolat VS Team 16 27
Fernando Gonzalez Babolat Pure Storm Plus 98 Luxilon Alu Power Rough 16L 25
Tommy Robredo Dunlop M-Fil 3 Hundred 98 Luxilon Original 16 24/23
Robby Ginepri Babolat Pure Storm 98 Babolat Ballistic Polymono/VS Touch 16/16 28
Richard Gasquet Head Liquidmetal Instinct 100 Luxilon Original 16L 24/23
Juan Carlos Ferrero Head Flexpoint Radical MP Tour 100 Luxilon Original 16 26/25
Dominik Hrbaty Fischer Pro Extreme FT 95 Kirschbaum Touch Turbo 17 28/26
James Blake Prince Experimental 95 Luxilon Alu Power 16L 31.5

Women

Player Racquet brand Racquet model Headsize String brand String Model Gauge Tension
Kim Clijsters Babolat Pure Drive Team 100 Babolat VS Touch 16 29
Amelie Mauresmo Dunlop M-Fil 3 Hundred 98 Babolat VS Touch 16 27
Lindsay Davenport Wilson nTour 95 Wilson Wilson Natural 15L 28/29
Maria Sharapova Prince O3 White 100 Babolat Pro Hurricane/VS Team 16L 27/28
Justine Henin-Hardenne Wilson nTour 95 Maillot Savarez HT Tonic First Gold 15L 27
Mary Pierce Yonex Ultimum RD Ti-80 98 Luxilon TIMO 18 28
Nadia Petrova Babolat Pure Storm MP Team 103 TopServe RacquetFuel 16L 30
Patty Schnyder Head Liquidmetal Prestige MP 98 Kirschbaum Touch Turbo 17 25.5/24.5
Elena Dementieva Yonex RDS-001 MP 98 Luxilon Alu Power 16L 23/22
Venus Williams Wilson n4 110 Wilson Wilson Natural 16 30
Francesca Schiavone Babolat AeroPro Drive 100 Luxilon Alu Power 16L 24.5/23.5
Svetlana Kuznetsova Head Flexpoint Instinct 100 Luxilon Alu Touch 16L 26/25
Anastasia Myskina Head Flexpoint Instinct 100 Kirschbaum Super Smash Spiky 17 26/25
Nicole Vaidisova Yonex RDS-003 MP 100 Luxilon Ace 18 NA
Daniel Hantuchova Yonex Nanospeed RQ-7 100 Luxilon/
Babolat
Alu Power/VS Touch Natural Gut 16 22.5/21
Flavia Pennetta Wilson nBlade 98 Wilson Wilson Natural 17 27.5
Dinara Safina Babolat Pure Storm Team 98 TopServe/
Babolat
RacquetFuel/
VS Touch
16L / 16 29/28
Elena Likhovtseva Wilson nSix-One 95 95 Kirschbaum Super Smash Spiky 16L 23/22
Anna-Lena Groenefeld Fischer Magnetic Pro Number One 98 Babolat Xcel Premium/Pro Hurricane 16/17 NA
Ana Ivanovic Wilson nTour 95 Wilson Wilson Natural 17 NA

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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