After winning his first ATP title at the 2020 Argentina Open, Casper Ruud has established himself on tour, winning six more titles since then, and solidifying his spot in the top 10 rankings.
The Norwegian is known for his colossal forehand and performances on clay, where his heavy topspin game allows him to push players deep behind the baseline.
But what racket and string does he use to help him generate such significant revolutions per minute on that fuzzy yellow ball? Let's take a look.
What Racket Does Casper Ruud Use?
Casper Ruud is a fully Yonex sponsored player, using their racket, strings, footwear and clothing on the court. The specific racket he endorses is the Yonex EZONE 100.
However, he uses the Yonex DR 100 Plus, which isn't too dissimilar to the frame he endorses, it's a slightly earlier model, and the plus means it is extended in length.
I've written about extended or so-called long body rackets in-depth. They're relatively popular in the men's game due to the power advantages without increasing static weight.
What Specification is Ruud's Racket?
Ruud's exact racket specs are not in the public domain. Unfortunately, some racket manufacturers are cautious about revealing players' specs as they're so far removed from the retail rackets.
As a result, they're scared that this knowledge will hurt sales of the racket they are trying to promote.
However, we know that Ruud uses an extended racket just over 27.5 inches in length. This gives him increased leverage and helps generate a ton of power.
He also uses quite a bit of lead at 3 and 9 on the racket, two strips from the 3rd cross string to the 11th cross string, increasing the swing weight and power. This extended setup with lead is possibly one reason he's had a few wrist problems recently.
As for weight, his rumoured specs are 330g strung, with a balance of 33.5cm, but this is unconfirmed.
|Head Size||100 in²|
|String Pattern||16 x 19|
|Dampener||Yes (Yonex Vibration Stopper 5)|
|Grip Style||Leather Grip + Overgrip (Yonex Super Grap)|
What String Setup Does Casper Ruud Use?
The gauge is 1.25mm for both strings, and he typically plays with uniform tension of 54lbs (24.5kg) on both mains and crosses. This, however, can change depending on conditions and weather.
Has Ruud Changed Rackets in His Career?
Ruud's idol growing up was Rafael Nadal, so it's no surprise to learn that he used to play with a Babolat Pure Aero when he was competing on the junior circuit.
However, once the word is out that there's a future top 50 or top 20 player on the precipice of success, the sponsorship deals come calling, and he was signed up by Yonex, which is the racket brand he has used since he became active on the ATP tour.
Can You Buy Casper's Ruud Racket?
Unfortunately, you cannot buy Casper's exact racket as it's a pro stock frame based on the DR 100+ and other customisations.
You can, however, get something pretty close by purchasing the Yonex EZONE 100 Plus, which has the following specs:
|Head Size||100 in² / 645.16 cm²|
|Length||27.5in / 69.85cm|
|Strung Weight||11.1oz / 315g|
|Balance||13.38in / 33.99cm / 3 pts HL|
|Beam Width||23.5mm / 26mm / 22mm|
|Grip Type||Yonex Synthetic|
|String Pattern||16 Mains / 19 Crosses|
Got any questions about Casper Ruud's racket? Let me know in the comments, and I will try to answer them.