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Wimbledon 2022: How many raquets do professional tennis players use in a single match?

Professional tennis players get a lot of perks with their sponsorships. One of those perks is unlimited access to tennis rackets, but how many do they need?

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Professional tennis players get a lot of perks with their sponsorships. One of those perks is unlimited access to tennis rackets, but how many do they need?
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If you have ever played tennis in any serious capacity, you know that it is not one of the most inexpensive sports. Most of the time there are either court fees or membership fees that give you access knock the ball around. Then you have to pay for the racket, unless you are a pro who gets sent rackets by their sponsors.

No limit to rackets on court

It’s every tennis players dream. An unlimited supply of $200-$300 rackets, but you have to get to professional status to start getting your rackets paid for. And since the rackets are paid for, the pros have no problem bringing not just a handful of them on court with them, but a who suit case full of them.

Well it may not be your typical suit case you see being dragged through the airport on a gimpy wheel. The top tennis players in the world have their sponsors send them bags that will allow them to bring the appropriate amount of rackets to each match.

There is no exact amount of rackets players take to the court, nor is there a limit to the number of rackets a player can take to the court. The bags however can range anywhere from three pack bags, to 12 pack bags although the standard is a six pack bag.

Rackets in bag depend on conditions and opponent

Most pros bring the six pack bag courtside and have their favorite, and then five others. Maybe a back up or two for of that same racket they are using at the beginning of the match, incase the strings break.

They will generally have a racket with tighter and looser strings than their normal racket. Often times a player will change to a tighter racket when there is a change of balls, as the tighter strings provide more control. The looser strings give more speed off the racket, but with more speed comes less control. There can also be a variation of grips on the rackets they take to court.

Players don’t usually go changing from racket to racket throughout a game. Many pros are creatures of habit, and their racket is their racket.

Baghdatis may have needed a few more

There is however the occasion rush of blood to the head where someone takes their frustration of the match out on a racket, or four, like Marcos Baghdatis did at the Aussie Open a decade ago.

The amount of rackets used by a particular player depends on the player and depends on the circumstances.

I stumbled across this gem of an article from ESPN’s Darren Rovel where spoke with Roger Federer’s racket stringer, Nate Ferguson. Ferguson owns his own racket stringing service and has been Roger’s main man since 2004.

Fed’s lasted 10 games

He accompanies Federer during all four Grand Slams and the eight other biggest tournaments of his season. He and his parter Ron Yu would string 10 rackets in preparation Roger’s first round match in a Grand Slam.

Federer’s rackets are said to last about 10 games. So depending on the match, he could be using up to five or six of those rackets.

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