Alexander Zverev is one of the most successful players outside of the ‘Big Four' and has four ATP Masters 1000 titles to his name.
While his trophy cabinet so far lacks the all-important Grand Slam, it's already full of accolades, and he also became the youngest winner at the year-end ATP championships in a decade after taking down the round-robin tournament in 2018
The German has been a HEAD contracted player since he turned professional, but which racket in their lineup is he using?
Is it a retail model, or like many other professional players, is he using a pro stock frame? Let's take a look.
Sascha Zverev's Racket
Zverev is the poster boy for the Head Gravity line of rackets, along with Andrey Rublev and Ash Barty.
Sascha originally used a Head Speed racket until 2019, but he collaborated with Head to produce the Head Gravity Pro, which was specifically made for him, and he was the first man to use it on the pro tour.
His current frame is the TGT344.3 which is the pro stock code for Head Gravity Pro, and this is near identical to the retail racket, which we can all buy in the stores.
What Specification is Zverev's Racket?
Zverev's racket is the Head Gravity Pro with an 18 x 20 string pattern.
It packs Head's Graphene 360+ technology, a combination of Graphene 360, designed for energy transfer and their spiral fibres to boost flex and feel. You can see his specs below:
|Head Size||100 in²|
|Unstrung Weight||~325 g|
|Strung Weight||343 g|
|Swing Weight||~360 kg.cm2 (strung)|
|String Pattern||18 x 20|
|Dampener||Yes, Head Zverev Dampener|
|Grip Style||Hydrosorb Pro|
|Grip Size||L3 (4 3/8)|
The pro stock code for Zverev's frame is TGT344.4 which is virtually identical to the retail frame.
The only difference is that the TGT344.4 will be lighter than the commercial frame and is instead weighted by Head's Pro Room technicians to meet Zverev's specs using a combination of silicone in the handle and lead in the hoop.
Has Zverev Changed Rackets in His Career?
Zverev has been a Head sponsored player since his junior days, and that probably stems from his older brother Mischa who uses the Head PT113B, an old mould based on the Head Radical MP, which Novak Djokovic also uses.
Before switching to the Gravity, Zverev used the Head TK263, the YouTek IG Speed MP, and this is almost identical to his Gravity Pro racket with the same 18 x 20 string layup/spacing.
What String Setup Does Zverev Use?
Like many players on the ATP tour, Zverev uses a hybrid string setup.
In the mains, Zverev uses Head Hawk Touch 1.25, usually at around 24kg. In the crosses, he uses a natural gut, Babolat VS Touch 1.30 at 25kg.
The Hawk Touch is a monofilament string that uses Head's Crystal Core technology; this is a fairly firm polyester string for advanced players who want plenty of spin and control.
Having that in the mains means the spin and control characteristics of the string bed are more dominant, but the natural gut in the crosses offers a little bit of added power and comfort.
Why Does Zverev Use The Head Gravity Pro?
When looking at other pro rackets and their specs, it's easy to pick out a specific attribute of the frame tailored to their game.
For example, Andy Murray's swing weight is off the charts. That's because he doesn't have huge racket head speed, and his forehand isn't really capable of generating big power due to his technique, so the weight in the frame assists him.
With Zverev, there are no real stand out or outlier specs, and it's not a heavily customised frame. So you could really give him any 100 square inch racket of similar weight, and he'd be able to play well with it.
Like many modern players, he uses an 18 x 20 string pattern for control, and he's got enough mass there for attacking the ball from the baseline, which is his biggest strength.
Head markets the Gravity Pro as a frame that brings optimal comfort, stability and control to the court, and those attributes suit Zverev's solid, heavy-hitting baseline game.
Can You Buy Zverev's Racket?
Yes, you can; Zverev's racket is identical to the Head Gravity Pro that is readily available online and at your local tennis store if you're lucky enough to have one.
The frame's specs are below, and while slightly lighter than Zverev's match racket, with some light customisation work, you will be able to match his exact specification.
Head Gravity Pro Retail Specification
|Head Size||100 in / 645.16 cm|
|Length||27in / 68.58cm|
|Strung Weight||11.7oz / 332g|
|Balance||12.75in / 32.39cm / 6 pts HL|
|Beam Width||20mm / 20mm / 20mm|
|Grip Type||Head Hydrosorb Pro|
|String Pattern||18 Mains / 20 Crosses|
|String Tension||48-57 pounds|
What do you think of Zverev's racket? Have you hit with the Head Gravity Pro? Let me know in the comments.