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Alexander Zverev’s Racquet

The German has been a permanent fixture in the top 10 since 2017 but what racquet does he use?

Alexander Zverev is one of the most successful players outside of the β€˜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 racquet 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 Racquet

head gravity zverev

Zverev is the poster boy for the Head Gravity line of racquets, along with Andrey Rublev and Ash Barty.

Sascha originally used a Head Speed racquet 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 racquet, which we can all buy in the stores.

What Specification is Zverev's Racquet?

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Zverev's racquet 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 inΒ²
Length 27 in
Unstrung Weight ~325 g
Strung Weight 343 g
Balance 33cm
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)
Stiffness 64

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 Racquets in His Career?

zverev old frame

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 racquet with the same 18 x 20 string layup/spacing.

What String Setup Does Zverev Use?

head hawk zverev

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?

head gravity pro zverev

When looking at other pro racquets 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 racquet 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 racquet 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 Racquet?

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Yes, you can; Zverev's racquet 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 racquet, 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
Swingweight 332
Stiffness 62
Beam Width 20mm / 20mm / 20mm
Composition Graphene 360+/Graphite
Power Level Low
Stroke Style Full
Swing Speed Fast
Racquet Colors Black/Yellow/Purple
Grip Type Head Hydrosorb Pro
String Pattern 18 Mains / 20 Crosses
String Tension 48-57 pounds

What do you think of Zverev's racquet? Have you hit with the Head Gravity Pro? Let me know in the comments.

Jonathan

Huge fan of Roger Federer. I watch all his matches from Grand Slam level right down to ATP 250. When I'm not watching or writing about tennis I play regularly myself and have a keen interest in tactics, equipment and technicalties of the sport.

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  1. Did you see video from Fed’s first practice in Halle? Looks like he was on the court just by a mistake πŸ™

    1. He said in press “no movement yet as still recovering from Paris”

      I suppose to a degree this could be theatre, as given how his withdrawal caused an uproar, to see him flying around the court 4 days later would have brought it to the fore again.

      1. He could have told the press “Still in withdraw-mode” πŸ˜‰ But yes, maybe a special show for media πŸ˜‰
        Should it be “real”, I would recommend to withdraw from Halle and let Stricker play on his account – quite a nice player on grass (have watched him first time in Stuttgart. almost defeating Querrey.
        Is Koepfer (hahaha) set to play in Halle?

      2. “I am optimistic that I will feel okay for the next few days. I am very positive that the knee would not show any negative reaction to the change from clay court to grass tennis.”

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      1. Yes. It could be just the image, but I have seen this in him consequently since Lyon. https://www.instagram.com/p/CPGvk2EMVOZ/
        It looked similar also before, in Australia, where the Kyrgios match took him everything he had.
        I’m quite sure, he is still sick and no training at all since weeks.
        I don’t expect him to be ready for the come-back soon πŸ™

      1. Tsitsipas has more tools and his game is more flexible. Zverev must be untouchable on serve and go more to the net, if he wants to win.

      2. Tsitsipas to win the whole thing over a Djokovic exhausted from dumping out Nadal in five grueling sets.

        No one’s ever beaten Nadal and gone on to win the title at RG, it’s just too draining mentally and physically. I think only Federer will ever have any chance of so doing, since he defeats his opponents by outplaying them and not outgrinding them.

      3. Nice speculation, Steve. I think you may be half right, and hope on the full – A dream long going Fed beating Rafa on clay…

  2. @Steve,
    Yes ,agree Stephanos must fancy his chances now.I thought Djoker won in four sets?
    Whatever ,it was a monumental effort,a moment of tennis history,which I didn’t see as the darned television chose that set to play up.
    Have to admire Djokers courage and resolve.

    1. Thanks muser and Annie, I was off by one set regarding the result of the semi, but my pick for the title remains the same.

      Tsitsipas is a dangerous opponent when he has time on the ball–as Nadal found out to his chagrin in Melbourne. If he gets into the zone, he just starts flying around the court and pulverizing the ball without having to consciously think about it. At that point it’s really hard to bring him down to Earth.

      The only way to stop him is to break his “riddum” (as Federer pronounces it), and I don’t think Djokovic has the all-court variety to do so. This is not Rod Laver Arena where Djokovic wins almost automatically, he’s a little bit less confident on clay. If it devolves into a baseline slugging match, Tsitsipas has a narrow edge. Punch for punch, he can just hit Djokovic off the court.

      Djokovic was in perhaps the best form of his career when he made the final in 2015, but fell to Wawrinka. Tsitsipas, like Wawrinka, is an explosive, aggressive baseline player with a powerful one-handed BH. And Djokovic has less than two days to recover from the enormous expenditure of physical and mental energy required to dispatch the clay Beast on his favorite surface.

      Of course, there’s more to tennis than just pure talent, mental aspects come into it as well, especially in a Slam final. Tsitsipas might not recover as well as he should from his semi, he could crack under the pressure of the moment, he might make some rookie mistakes that allow Djokovic an opening. But I think there’s a decent chance he’ll be able to find his best tennis, and if he does, I don’t think there’s much Djokovic can do to stop him on this court.

  3. Tsitsipas would maybe have some chance against Nadal but not over Djokovic.
    Tsitsipas wins maybe first set, which is mostly the first step to lose against Djokovic.
    Djokovic has not only mental superiority (over everyone in tennis) but is able to deal with different styles – big server, hard hitter, whatever. He will not be exhausted physically or mentally on Sunday. Stef will be pumped, but to be pumped is not enough. There are not many able to win the first final appearance in slam. It’s not totally impossible, but given Djoker’s experience in slams and slam finals, he will have a big mental age, like he did many times before. Against Thiem in Australia, with Thiem leading 2:1 and playing better than Djoker. Against Federer as well. Now also against Nadal in Paris. I would wish Stef the win, but everything he can left on the court is not enough. Imagine, how it looks like, if Djoker decides to leave it all there. Then it is a short affair in straight sets. If it is normal Djoker’s scenario, Stef wins the first and gets pumped to implode.
    Remember what Dolgo used to say about “Djoker playing dead spider but then all of a sudden unfolding his all thousand legs and running toward you”? This is still valid.

    1. Yes Dolgo very precisely saying, seen this many many times of many many matches final results. With Musetti even after first 2 sets Musetti winning. But Tsitsipas HAS won 2 times – a few years ago though. Yes – the hope for him sunday is barely alive…we’ll see. Where’s Dolgo by the way…? Miss him

      1. Dolgo retired this year or a year ago. Tsitsipas won when Djoker was just in a deep low and about to end the career.
        Tsitsipas to defeat Djoker must do more than Djoker’s done to beat Nadal. And have tons of luck. Beating Zverev is no way comparable and this was still a big success. But you can start to prepare another article “I had a dream”.

      2. Dolgo did some huge feats, performed passionately, but wasn’t throughly consistent. Sorry he has retired. One of my favorites

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