Matteo Berrettini’s Racket
The big-hitting Italian has shown pedigree on all four surfaces, but what racket does he use?
Since his breakthrough to the ATP tour in 2018, Matteo Berrettini has gone from strength to strength, making his maiden Grand Slam and Masters 1000 finals in 2021 alongside his first ATP 500 title at Queen’s Club in London.
The Italian possesses a huge first serve and a potent forehand that produces pace, spin and depth. But he’s not all brute force, using the slice effectively on his backhand side, which is why he’s enjoyed success on a surface that many of his compatriots struggle on; grass.
So what racket does he use to fire down serves clocked up at 235 km/h (146 mph) on the speed gun? Let’s take a look.
What Racket Does Berrettini Use?
Berrettini is a HEAD sponsored player, and he endorses the Head Graphene 360+ Extreme MP, a modern player’s racket designed to help produce plenty of power and spin.
Of course, like most players, he’s not using the same racket he endorses and uses a customised Head Graphene XT Extreme Pro carrying the Pro Stock code: TGT285.2.
What Specification is Berrettini’s Racket?
Berrettini has his Head Graphene XT Extreme Pro customised by the Head pro room, which involves some lead under the head guard and silicone in the handle to bump up the static weight and swing weight.
That customisation brings the specs to 350 grams in weight, a swing weight of 353 kg.cm2 and a balance of 33.2 cm.
A 353 swing weight is a very beefy spec, and combined with his string setup below, one of his weaknesses is overhitting from time to time.
Berrettini Racket Specification
|Head Size||100 in²/ 645cm²|
|Length||27in / 63.5cm|
|Strung Weight||12.3 oz / 350g|
|Balance||13in / 33.2cm|
|Swing Weight||353 kg.cm2|
|String Pattern||16 x 19|
|Dampener||Yes, Head Xtra Damp|
|Grip Style||Leather Grip + Overgrip (Head Pro Grip)|
Berrettini’s String Setup
Berrettini has used Signum Pro Firestorm for most of his career, a co-polyester monofilament string designed to offer spin, power, and durability. It also has some additives to make it slightly softer/more comfortable.
However, at the 2022 Australian Open, Berrettini ditched the Signum Pro stencil on his stringbed and used a lighter coloured string, most likely Head Lynx Tour.
The German brand’s Firestorm was soon back in his racket, though, and he used it Acapulco. Once he returns from injury later this year, it will be interesting to see if he sticks with Firestorm or experiments with something new.
Berrettini usually strings at 23 kg or 51 lbs. But he will, of course, make minor adjustments for weather conditions, altitude and surface.
Can You Buy Berrettini’s Racket?
To get your hands on Berrettini’s racket, you have three options.
If you want a racket that looks cosmetically that looks like Berrettini’s frame; you can buy the Head Graphene 360+ Extreme MP. And if you’re going to match his specs, you can add silicone to the handle and lead to the hoop to bring up the weight.
To use the same model he uses under the latest paint job, you can look for the Head Graphene XT Extreme Pro, which is still available at some retailers and used on eBay.
You can see the specs of the XT Extreme Pro below, and although it is not a pro stock frame, it will play similarly and already has some hefty specs at 334g strung.
Head Graphene XT Extreme Pro Specification
|Head Size||100in² / 645cm²|
|Length||27in / 68.5cm|
|Weight||11.78oz / 334g|
|Unstrung Weight||11.11oz / 315g|
|Balance||32cm / 7 pts HL|
|Unstrung Balance||31cm / 10 pts HL|
|Grip Type||Hydrosorb Pro|
|String Pattern||16 Mains / 19 Crosses|
|String Tension||48-57 lbs / 22-26kg|
And finally, if you want to play with his same racket, you’ll need to be lucky enough for Berrettini to give you one of his rackets, find someone else who has one, or hope one goes up for sale on eBay or Pro Stock Tennis.
What do you think of Berrettini’s specs? Do you fancy playing with a 353 swing weight? Let me know in the comments.
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350 g sounds big. Have you ever elaborated top players’ ranking in racket weight and balance?
Like a ranking for static weight and swing weight? No, but I do have them in a spreadsheet. Murray is the highest I know of (although he has been testing a new frame but appears to be back with his old one now) at 370 swingweight. But he has played with 400 in the past. Djoker is 360.
Some specific reason for the two to use such heavy rackets?
Murray because he needs the racket to help him with power. Doesn’t have a technique that generates easy power, especially on the forehand.
Djoker for stability and getting good depth on the ball even when at full stretch.