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Andrey Rublev’s Racquet

The hard hitting Russian has become a dominant force especially at ATP 500 level, but what racquet does he use?

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

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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?

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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
Length 27 in
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)
Stiffness 64

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?

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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?

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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

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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?

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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.

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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18 Comments

  1. First?
    With Riublev the more important question is, which drugs he uses? Maybe another post series, Jonathan like Federer’s doping, Djoker’s doping, Rafa’s doping a.s.o. ;)?

    1. I don’t suggest, any of Big3 have used or is using doping, but who knows? Maybe you?
      Es to Rublev, Medveded and Karatsev I would risk with the assumption. Or they are all wonders of nature. Like Sharapova. Like so many athletes, that Russia can’t participate in Olympics, only individual athletes under Olympic Flag.
      Andrey is likeable guy and I know, they are friends (kind of) with Thiem. But Thiem is naive like a kid. He cannot imagine his opponents not (always or never) playing fair.
      Fed’s of course uses doping all his career. It’s unlimited love of fans. Should be banned, no?

  2. Off-topic again, Jonathan,
    You told in our vaccine debate, players should reject bubbles and other restrictions. This is what just Thiem is doing. The foot. The knee. Are only pretexts to skip one tournament after another. Yes, he still wants to play (and win) Paris and will play Madrid and Rome as preparation. But Paris is right now his only goal on tour. Meanwhile he gets involved in natur saving actions, right now in an action to protect bees. He is maybe the biggest mental victim of the pandemic life on tour. But I heard, Djoker says, there are many deeply affected and we can see this in weird results in tournaments. Some are absent, others not motivated.
    But where’s the solution? Reject bubbles and what then?

    1. I believe many players hate bubble life. Of course, they cannot really speak out as they will get trashed in the media, lose sponsors etc because it is against the narrative. So they either say it’s fine or say nothing at all.

      The bubble in tennis is just a microcosm of what is happening across the world.

      The only solution as I see it is that a large enough % of the population (and therefore a large enough % of the tour) needs to reject the restrictions, the infringement on civil liberties and all the other nonsense that has been placed upon them. Things will quickly get back to normal, but there will need to be changes, more decentralisation, smaller governments, less crony capitalism.

      I see the pandemic as completely overblown and it has so many inconsistencies it’s untrue. Planned? I am not sure on that as I am sure someone would have broken rank by now, but there are certainly a number of power players, each acting as convergent opportunists with their own agendas to either create or prolong this mess.

      All I say to people who get all emotional about and say “look at all the people dying” is, look back to January 2020 when we saw people dying on the streets in Wuhan. What the hell happened to that and why did it happen nowhere else in the world? You then have a starting point to start asking some questions.

      Wolfgang Wodarg uncovered the fake 2009 pandemic. Who knows what happens with this one. Honesty is the only means to fight the plague.

      1. Ah, you are conspiracy theorist? You of course know, you find a person and a name (professor or something) standing for this or other conspiracy theory. But how can you tell, his/her arguments are good enough?
        I’m a lover of conspiracy theorists if they are smart enough. But I cannot take for proven every single conspiracy theory (if it’s not mine :)).
        In any case I take into account these two hypotheses: it’s some global conspiracy and either the virus does not exist or was produced by humans or is just a virus and politics+business are making use of it and we all are fooled. Maybe. But globally it does not care so much, what is true, but rather, who has the power to decide, what’s true. According to old good propaganda theory of certain Goebbels. Maybe he was not the original author but he used to say: “tell a lie million/thousand/… times and it turns truth.
        What can YOU do? Or this or that tennis player or even all Top10 or Top50 or Top100? You can reject the whole thing and go to save bees or oceans, which is what Thiem actually is doing. Very nice and I’m happy for him. And he wants still necessarily win Paris and then change his life definitely and change the role of tennis in his life. I like it. Even if will need to accept, the tennis story for me is over, because Fed is close to the finish-line and maybe Thiem too. I don’t care much about other tennis players (but I think, Nadal and Djoker will do something similar, maybe simply retire after having reached some ultimate goal (if it goes). All the rest, including Tsitsipas, Rublev or tens of younger clones are not playing tennis and I will like to forget them all.
        I have no such guess about Fed. His situation is both easier and harder. But my guess about Thiem is – whatever happens, maybe pandemic and bubbles and the whole thing is over in 1-2 years, he will never go back to dealing with tennis like before the whole thing. His further plans for now for this season are: French Open, Olympics, Laver Cup, Big exhibition in Boston (why the hell with Rublev? why the hell not with Kyrgios?) and the US Open. Period. No word about London, fighting to qualify a.so. It looks, this whole attitude of him is over. And I don’t see him making restart after pandemic is over in terms of how tournaments, travels a.s.o. look like.
        I think, this is honest, genuine and smart solution and it can be changed any time, whatever ATP says. I think, he starts to feel now to be free man. So maybe the whole Covid-thing was a good starter to new life for him.

      2. What even is a conspiracy theory, though? It’s not a conspiracy theory if they’re openly telling you what they’re doing. “you will own nothing, and you will be happy.”

        For example, vaccine passports were a conspiracy theory until a few months ago; vaccines causing blood clots were also a conspiracy theory until March. Now? Not so much.

        Swine Flu in 2009 was a completely manufactured pandemic, a complete fake. So it’s not exactly a conspiracy theory to think this, too, is following a similar playbook.

        “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State”

        All I can do is lead by example, and that is what I try to do. I don’t follow restrictions; I don’t wear masks, I don’t blindly believe everything I’m told.

      3. You don’t wear a mask and think, you are getting free this way from the power of State and Business? If wearing masks makes you feel you are not free, it only means you are actually not free, because you not wearing the mask maybe just what the State and Business want. It’s very popular in Poland to never believe what politics and media say. It comes from times, where Poland was under occupation = since ages. So we have it in genes and blood. So a smart politician tells the nation to wear masks, when it wants them to not wear masks. This way the State gets what it needs and people are happy, thinking they are free.
        BTW – wearing masks makes the whole face recognizing technology a crap. And this technology is an instrument of executing power of the State – monitoring people everywhere.
        But there are other ways – like mine (I know, not for everyone, lust like freedom – freedom must be in your mind and spirit, not in what you do or you don’t do). If I’m wearing mask when going to places, where I must meet other humans, I’m at least protected from all the vapors they emit, additionally from the smog a.s.o.
        I feel free to wear the mask or not. I feel free to go to the market or not.
        If the State wants to make me a slave, it doesn’t need such things like masks or vaccines. I’m living in a free world of my ability to think and choose. I’m (in popular terms) limiting myself and my life to things, where I can decide about everything, but I must not.
        This I would call freedom.
        If I’m “recommending” others to take the vaccine, it’s only for them to be free from worst powers of the State, may the virus not exist or vaccines cause atrophy of the brain.
        I understand and accept your concept of demonstrating your freedom, but this is not freedom itself. To get people protesting against everything is the worst way to make them completely dependent.
        Why don’t you assume, the State wants you to wear mask because of your fears or not wearing it because of your other fears, you are trapped.
        Why don’t you use your freedom of not reading or hearing media? While you read and hear and watch media, you get the hidden message, not being aware of it. The most important things go via hidden messages.
        In 80-ties we had so called “state of war”. One of very characteristic things was, when you tried to get a phone connection (only analog telecommunication was available by then), you heard every minute (but not from your communication partner or yourself) “The conversation is controlled”. Of course the goal was you believe, it’s really controlled and you don’t speak about how to topple the State. What can you do, to remain free? You can do business as usual. Is it business as usual to try to topple the State? If you are this way forced to think and talk about how to topple the State, the State just won the game.

      4. You common sense and sober assessment will not be welcome here. The world has gone mad.

  3. Correction: “I’m a lover of conspiration THEORIES” (not theorists – but some of them, why not? 😉

  4. Your news aboiut Medvedev testing negative next day was fake. Medvedev was caught with doping and got silent ban until French Open. Two guys were pushing WADA to ban him. Guess who 😉
    WJ

  5. Ever seen Rublev not on drugs? Watch highlights or some fragment (and stats) from his today’s loss to Sinner. More than the loss tells about drugs his face. I can hardly recall, when I have seen his normal face during the game.
    If they really stopped Russians with using doping, we will see them both (or all 3) falling in the ranking or being officially suspended.

  6. Karatsev dismisses Novak Djerkovic after 3,5 hours in his hometown tournament in Belgrade.
    Aslan is a teammate and buddies of his ATP cup teammates Medvedev & Rublev, came out of nowhere this year at the age of 27 and is now getting a big thing…
    I guess “all the hard work finally pays off” 🤫🤫🤫

    1. Yeah, especially hardcore work with some drugs. The calves Karatsev has, you can only “raise” using special drugs for bodybuilders. Then you probably don’t need to use drugs daily (like Mr. M. and Mr. R. do” 😉
      Thanks God, Berrettini was able today to defeat Karatsev 🙂
      BTW – I had here quite intensive discussions with Jonathan about Covid, tour restrictions a.s.o. Spain has still some lockdown, but today in Barcelona (final Nadal vs. Tsitsipas) the house was full. Looks like you could lock down everyone in Spain but not Nadal. And he needed badly the huge support, because of being just not in a big shape (like Djoker too).
      BTW – Spanish crowds are the best I have seen all over the world. Even Rafa gets louder clapping, when he just played something exceptional. They have applauded equally exceptional shots of Tsitsipas.

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