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Casper Ruud’s Racket

What tennis racket does the Norwegian use to hit the highest levels of top spin on tour?

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 yonex

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 ezone 100

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
Length 27.5in
Strung Weight Unknown
Balance Unknown
Swing Weight Unknown
String Pattern 16 x 19
Dampener Yes (Yonex Vibration Stopper 5)
Grip Style Leather Grip + Overgrip (Yonex Super Grap)
Grip Size Unknown
Stiffness Unknown

What String Setup Does Casper Ruud Use?

casper ruud string setup

Like many players on tour, Ruud uses a hybrid string setup. However, rather than the famous natural gut + polyester hybrid, he has opted for the modern poly/poly hybrid.

Ruud uses Yonex Polytour Spin in the mains, a firm polyester monofilament. He pairs this with Yonex Polytour Pro in the crosses, a softer polyester monofilament that gives more of a pocketing feel.

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 babolat pure aero

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?

ruud ezone 100

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
Swingweight 335
Stiffness 70
Beam Width 23.5mm / 26mm / 22mm
Composition M40X/HM Graphite
Racquet Colors Blue
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.

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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7 Comments

  1. Not about the racket but the topspin. I was not aware of him hitting such a heavy topspin, but can recall him to speak about Nadal and Thiem being the two, to whom he is looking up. Is his topspin heavier than Nadal’s or Thiem’s?

      1. Thanks 🙂
        2021 maybe not representative for Thiem and Nadal but Ruud also had a break since August – can’t recall, why

      2. TBH I don’t care, how heavy his topspin is. You may know better, but I would imagine, he did play heavier topspin before Massú switches him to hard courts and he started to hit more flat, changed the serve to shorter backswing and now, after the wrist injury, I would expect him to hit even more flat – if I’m right, that topspin means more load on the wrist than flat?

      3. Me neither, RPM does not really correlate to results (although it probably does on clay). Look at Medvedev’s rates.

        Thiem definitely does hit flatter under Massu, his average RPM dropped from the 2018 period.

        The wrist shouldn’t be more susceptible to injury for those who are hitting with big spin, as it’s not the wrist that generates it. But I guess the fact it means you will use stiffer strings because it lets you hit harder while keeping the ball in can put more strain on the joints.

      4. To get back to heavier topspin Thiem would need to get back to his old technique with full backswing and long follow-through, but don’t see any advantage, if it’s neutral to the wrist. It made sense, when he was almost 100% clay courter and his perfectly learned but not natural hitting technique was meant to give him power, which he didn’t posses because of tiny body build.
        Do you know, if Nadal plays flatter on hard courts or grass or replaces heavy spin with lifting?

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