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 >>
Wilson Six One 100 BLX
THE TECH It's got a similar build to the racquet swung by Roger Federer, but at 10.6 ounces, this is lighter than the Swiss pro's stick, and its weight along with basalt fibers in its frame – said to better connect the player to the ball – is intended to generate more spin.
ON THE COURT "The lightweight head gives it more maneuverability – brush up on the ball and generate topspin," says Leach. "But you won't add power on your ground strokes or your serve."
BEST FOR Players looking for more spin and better ball placement. [$230; wilsontennis.com]
Credit: Plamen Petkov