Andrey Rublev first broke into the top 10 of the ATP Tour in October 2020, and since then, he's been on a dominant run of form, turning himself into a player that nobody wants to face when they see the draw sheet.
The Russian is a newly announced HEAD contracted player, and for the first time at the 2021 Monte Carlo Masters took to the court with a Head Gravity Pro racquet in its full paint job.
But which Head racquet is the hard-hitting man from Moscow using to spank the ball off both wings? Let's take a look.
Andrey Rublev's Racquet
Rublev is the latest poster boy for the Head Gravity line of racquets and joins Alexander Zverev and Ash Barty to form a trio of marquee players using racquets in the Gravity Lineup.
Rublev's exact racquet is the Head Gravity Pro, and his frame is made from the TGT344.4 mould. This is a 100 square inch frame designed to be a forgiving, soft, control orientated racquet.
Rublev has been using this racquet for almost two years, although primarily a blacked-out model, as he was still under contract with Wilson until the end of 2020.
What Specification is Rublevs Racquet?
The Head Pro room customises Rublev's racquet, and the biggest addition is silicone into the handle. You can see his purported specs below:
|Head Size||100 in²|
|Unstrung Weight||340 g|
|Strung Weight||~358 g|
|Strung Balance||9pts HL|
|Swing Weight||~335 kg.cm2 (strung)|
|String Pattern||18 x 20|
|Dampener||Yes, Tourna Vibration Dampener|
|Grip Style||Hydrosorb Pro|
|Grip Size||L4 (4 1/2)|
Rublev's swing weight is one of the lowest on tour, at around 300g unstrung, and you can see those specs translate into how he plays with his all-out attack game plan.
The tradeoff is slightly less stability in the racquet's hoop, so it's no surprise to see a defensive play or the return of services are the weaker parts of his game.
Why Does Rublev Use the Gravity Pro?
The Head Gravity Pro is a thin 20mm beam racquet but comes in quite soft on the RA stiffness scale. Head bills the racquet as one that blends comfort, feel, and spin potential, and I think it delivers on those marketing promises.
In some ways, it's more of a frame you'd see intermediate type players using, with advanced players gravitating towards the Prestige or Radical line as they want more stability.
So while not in the same league as the Pure Drive in terms of its forgiveness or power, the Gravity Pro falls into the more ‘forgiving players frame' category.
Rublev is far from an intermediate, but he clearly likes this racquet, and it pairs well with his goal of trying to hit the felt off the ball off both wings.
The Gravity Pro with this low swing weight allows you to take huge swings without your arm tearing off in the process.
The rounder teardrop frame shape also moves the sweet spot higher in stringbed, resulting in a more responsive and spin-friendly contact zone.
Has Rublev Changed Racquet Specs During His Career?
Like his fellow countryman Daniil Medvedev, Rublev started life on tour using the hugely popular Wilson Six One 95 racquets.
The Six One 95 is a classic players frame that's head light in balance and a great control racquet for advanced players and used by Dan Evans, Kyle Edmund and Grigor Dimitrov.
Rublev also experimented with two other Wilson frames, the H22 and H19. He would often switch racquets during matches and seemingly had a bit of a confidence crisis in his equipment.
That came to a head, excuse the pun, in 2019 when Rublev took to the court with a blacked-out frame. Fans quickly spotted that it was a Head racquet due to the shape.
He used this for around 18 months, and once his contract with Wilson expired at the end of 2020, Rublev was unveiled as a Head brand ambassador, and his racquet began sporting the Gravity Pro paint job.
Rublev's String Setup and Tension
Rublev strings with a full bed of Luxilon Adrenaline 1.30 at around 26kgs. This a lively polyester string aimed at players who take full, fast swings at the ball so you can see how it works for his game. The Russian has a 2 piece string job like most players and uses a dampener.
Fans on the Talk Tennis forum reported that Rublev briefly switched to Head Lynx Tour in 2020, which makes sense given he switched to the Gravity Pro and sponsors much prefer to provide both the racquet and string. However, based on his recent string jobs in Miami, he's back using Luxilon Adrenaline.
Can You Buy Rublev's Racquet?
You can, Rublev is using the Head Gravity Pro, and this racquet is available via retail.
Aside from customisation by the Head Pro Room and the inevitability of players receiving a higher level of quality control, this is the frame he's using.
To match his specs, you'll need to bump up the weight in the handle. Rublev uses silicone, but I'd recommend using putty instead as this is easier to remove should you need to change it.
What do you think of Rublev's racquet? Are you a fan of the Gravity line from HEAD? Let me know in the comments.