Thanks to a flurry of tech refinements, the new crop of tennis racquets have an edge. To pick the best ones, we recruited tennis consultant Rick Leach, who is a former number-one-ranked doubles player, winner of nine Grand Slams, and a current champ on the 40-plus ITF Senior circuit. He coaches in Newport Beach, California, and instructs current pros Leander Paes and Scott Lipsky. Advising on new racquets is part of his job: "It's a disadvantage for any player if they're not up on the new tech. You can't avoid the fact that our game changes because of it." Launch Gallery >>
Prince EXO3 Warrior 100
THE TECH Prince says the grommet-less structure enhances this lightweight (11 oz) racquet's string response for a more consistent hitting area.
ON THE COURT "There's excellent pop from this one, similar to the Babolat," says Leach. "It generates huge serves and makes tons of topspin. Word of warning: You might have control issues if it's not strung with poly string."
BEST FOR Advanced players looking for a 5 mph bump on their serves. [$190; princetennis.com]
Credit: Michael Pirrocco