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The Many Racquets of Roger Federer

A closer look at the racquets and paint jobs Federer has used since turning pro

Inspired by a recent comment from a reader I thought I'd look into the various models of racquet Roger Federer has used since he went pro way back in 1998.

At the moment we all know that Federer uses the Wilson Pro Staff RF 97 Autograph and has done since 2014. But before that, he used a 90 square inch frame for most of his career.

While it's now agreed that the retail version of the RF97 is almost identical to the one Federer uses, his previous racquets were always hotly debated on the forums and fans wanted to know if Roger used the racquet that we could buy in the shops and carried his signature.

Some fans believed that Roger used a custom version based on the Pro Staff 85 that was sprayed up to look like the latest model. Some were reasonably confident the retail specs were very close to his own, and there were even some who refused to believe he'd ever moved from an 85 square inch frame πŸ™‚

What we do know for sure is Federer didn't get a new Pro Staff 90 every time Wilson updated it. So he was using a Pro Stock variant of 90 sq” model with some subtle differences compared to the retail version – the weight, handle thickness, balance, swing weight, lead tape etc. were to his taste. All of which was handled by Priority 1, his racquet customisation house of choice.

Federer and Wilson

Federer All His Racquets

Federer has used a Wilson racquet for all of his career, playing the majority of it with a 90 square inch racquet head that had a 16 x 19 string pattern with natural gut on his main strings, Luxilon Alu Power Rough on his crosses Along with some string savers which add durability and power pads.

Before that, he used a Pro Staff 85 square inch racquet that used Babolat all-natural gut strings on both crosses and mains.

Let's take a look at the different models that Roger has used, and Wilson have marketed as his weapon of choice since the start of his career.

The image above is from Geoff Browne who has every model Federer has used, quite the collection!

Pro Staff 85 6.0 Mid-Production Chinese

Pro Staff 85 6.0 Mid Production Chinese

Years Used: 1998 – 2001

This is the racquet that Federer was using when he first burst onto the scene and is the one he used to beat Sampras at Wimbledon way back in 2001.

Ironically it's the same racquet used by Sampras himself, so he was dismantled by his own weapon of choice that day.

Federer Wimbledon 2001

Unlike all Roger's later racquets which are all 90sq” this one is an 85 square inch head, which by today's standards is very tiny. You won't see many any pros using a racquet this size and can you imagine Nadal playing on clay with something like this?

Pro Staff 85 6.0 Mid-Production Chinese

Roger used this racquet between 1998 and 2001 in which he featured in the main draw of 10 Grand Slams. It was also the racquet he was using when he decided to dial down his on-court temper after losing in Hamburg against Franco Squillari. Roger smashed his racquet up badly that day after losing in the first round but decided from there on in he had to control his behaviour as it cost him matches.

Pro Staff 85 6.0 Retail Specification

  • Head Size: 85 sq. in. / 548.39 sq. cm.
  • Length: 27in / 68.58cm
  • Strung Weight: 12.5oz / 354.37g
  • Balance: 10 pts HL
  • Swingweight: 321
  • Stiffness: 62
  • Beam Width: 17mm / 17mm / 17mm /
  • Composition: 80% Braided Graphite 20% Kevlar
  • String Pattern: 16 Mains / 18 Crosses

Hyper Pro Staff 6.1 Silver W

Hyper Pro Staff 6.1 Silver W

Years Used: 2002 up until the French Open

This was the racket of choice for Roger at the start of the 2002 season, but it was merely a paint job over his Pro Staff 85.

The retail specifications state it was a 95 square inch head, but as we know, Roger has never used above a 90 sq inch head. To jump from an 85β€³ to a 95β€³ is unlikely anyway.

Hyper Pro Staff 6.1 Silver W

As far as I'm aware Roger only used this racket at one Grand Slam which was the Australian Open in 2002, he then changed to a 90 square inch racket after the early American Hard Court tournaments of Miami which was called the NASDAQ-100 Open back then.

Hyper Pro Staff

Hyper Pro Staff 6.1 Silver W Retail Specification

  • Headsize: 95 square inches / 613 sq. cm
  • Length: 27 inches / 68.6 cm
  • Weight (unstrung): 11.7 oz / 332 grams
  • Weight (strung): 12.2 oz / 347 grams
  • Swingweight (strung): 325
  • Beam width: 22 mm
  • Composition: Hyper Carbon / Kevlar / Graphite
  • String Pattern: 16 Mains x 18 Crosses

Hyper Pro Staff 6.0

Hyper Pro Staff 6.0

Years Used – 2002

At the French Open 2002, Federer used the Hyper Pro Staff 6.0 Yellow W, which was the first time he had used a 90 square inch frame. This racquet was painted up again to look like the 95 square inch model, but of course, it wasn't.

After that Roger used the Hyper Pro Staff 6.0 from Wimbledon 2002 up until the start of the 2003 season.

Federer Hyper Pro Staff 6.1

The retail specification of this model is the same as the one above. In terms of the racquet Federer was using, it was a Pro stock 90 sq” racquet sprayed up to look like the Hyper Pro Staff 6.0 model which was a 95 square inch model.

Pro Staff Tour 90

Pro Staff Tour 90

Years Used: 2003 – 2004

This was the racquet Roger used when he won his first Grand Slam title in 2003 at Wimbledon when he defeated Mark Philippoussis in straight sets.

Pro Staff Tour 90

It was used in 4 Grand Slams in total right up until the French Open of 2004 where he switched to use then newly released nCode design.

Federer Wimbledon 2003

Pro Staff Tour 90 Retail Specification

  • Length: 27 inches / 69 centimeters
  • Head Size: 90 square inches
  • Weight: 12.7 ounces / 360 grams
  • Balance Point: 12.375 inches
  • Composition: 80% Graphite / 20%Kevlar
  • String Pattern: 16 Mains / 19 Crosses

Wilson nSix-One Tour 90

Wilson Nsix One Tour 90

Years Used: 2004-2006

The red and white paint job on all Federer racquets started with the nSix-One Tour racquet which was part of the nCode range they brought out.

Wilson nSix-One Tour 90

Roger used this to defend his title at Wimbledon using it in a total of 11 Grand Slams between 2004-2006, some of his best years on tour.

Federer NCode Racket

Wilson nSix-One Tour 90 Retail Specification

  • Length: 27 inches / 69 centimeters
  • Head Size: 90 square inches
  • Weight: 12.4 ounces / 352 grams
  • Balance Point: 12.375 inches
  • Construction: 17 mm Straight Beam
  • Composition 10% nCoded Hyper Carbon / 70% nCoded High Modulus Graphite / 20% Kevlar
  • String Pattern: 16 Mains / 19 Crosses

Wilson K Factor Six One Tour 90

Wilson K Factor Six One Tour 90

Year Used: 2007 – 2009

The legendary racquet that won Roger the French Open in 2009 and then a marathon Wimbledon final against Andy Roddick a month later.

Wilson K Factor K SixOne Tour 90

I used to own one of these, and in the strike zone it was a beauty to play with, tricky on higher balls and it was heavy so rather unforgiving but I bought it as I just loved the design.

Federer K Factor 90 Racquet

Wilson K Factor Six One Tour 90 Retail Specification

  • Length: 27 inches / 69 centimeters
  • Head Size: 90 square inches
  • Weight: 12.5 ounces / 354 grams
  • Balance Point: 12.375 inches
  • 9pts Head Light
  • Construction: 18 mm Straight Beam
  • Composition: nCoded High Modulus Graphite / Carbon Black
  • String Pattern: 16 Mains / 19 Crosses

Wilson Six.One Tour BLX

Wilson Tour Blx

Years Used: 2010 – 2011

I was never a fan of the design of this racquet, and that was justified as in terms of slam victories this it performed the worst of them all. Roger only managed to win the Australian Open in 20120 with the BLX.

Wilson Sixone Tour 90 BLX

It featured in 8 Grand slams from Australia 2010 up until the 2011 US Open, so basically, this was the stick that in Federer's hands when he lost both matches against Djokovic in New York despite having match points! Ouch!

Federer SixOne Tour BLX

Wilson Six.One Tour BLX Retail Specification

  • Length: 27 inches / 69 centimeters
  • Head Size: 90 square inches / 581 square centimeters
  • Weight: 12.5 ounces / 354 grams
  • Balance Point: 12.375 inches
  • 9pts Head Light
  • Construction: 17.5mm Straight Beam
  • Composition: Karophite Black / Basalt
  • String Pattern: 16 Mains / 19 Crosses

Wilson BLX Pro Staff Six.One 90

Wilson Blx Pro Staff 90

Years Used: 2012 – 2014

The racquet that took down the Wimbledon 2012 trophy for Roger and an all-time classic design. Looks quite similar to the K Factor.

Federer Pro Staff Six One 90

Wilson BLX Pro Staff Six.One 90 Retail Specification

  • Length 27 inches 69 centimetres
  • Head Size 90 square inches 581 square centimetres
  • Weight 12.6 ounces 357 grams
  • Balance Point 12.5 inches
  • 32 centimetres 8pts Head Light
  • Construction 17.5mm Straight Beam
  • Composition Karophite Black / Basalt
  • String Pattern 16 Mains / 19 Crosses

Wilson Pro Staff Blacked Out Prototype

Federer Prototype

Years Used: 2013 in Hamburg and Gstaad

The big change to Roger's racquet came after his shock second-round loss to Stakhovsky at Wimbledon in 2013. Roger added both Hamburg and Gstaad to his schedule and then announced he would be playing with a brand new racquet.

This was a prototype model, and there's not a whole lot know about it. It's said Federer tested out a few different frames, including a 98 square inch racquet, probably the H22 which is relatively similar to a Blade 98. 

However, after suffering tough losses on the European Clay due to a bad back, he reverted to the Pro Staff 90 for Cincinnati and used it until the end of the year.

Wilson Prostaff RF97 Autograph

Pro Staff RF97 Autograph Racquet

Years Used – 2014 – 2016

Although Federer reverted to his 90 square inch model to see out 2013, the switch in racquets was still part of his plan.

The prototypes he had used in the summer of 2013 were sent back to Wilson for some tweaking, and a few iterations later saw Roger take to the court in Brisbane, January 2014 with the new Wilson Prostaff RF97 Autograph.

This was a 97 square inch head racquet with a 16 x 19 string pattern. In many ways, it was a blend of the things Federer liked about his 90sq” racquet in terms of string pattern, weight, box beam design etc., with a larger head size to be that bit more forgiving.

Federer using RF97

Wilson Prostaff RF97 Autograph Retail Specification

  • Length: 27 inches / 68.58 centimeters
  • Head Size: 97 square inches / 626 square centimeters
  • Weight: 12.0 ounces / 340 grams
  • Balance: 30.5 centimeters / 12pts Head Light
  • Construction: 21.5mm Flat Beam
  • String Pattern: 16 Mains / 19 Crosses

Wilson Pro Staff RF97 Autograph 2017 Model



Years Used: 2017 – 2019

2017 saw the launch of the matte black Wilson Pro Staff RF 97 Autograph. It had the same specs as the original RF97 model but packed a black matte finish, and a small silhouette of Federer plus some laser engraved graphics. It also had a new textured feel as per Federer's request.

RF 97 Autograph Racquet 2017

The racquet saw instant success as Federer won the Australian Open, the Sunshine Double, Wimbledon, Shanghai and Basel in 2017.

Wilson Prostaff RF97 Autograph 2017 Retail Specification

  • Length: 27 inches / 68.58 centimeters
  • Head Size: 97 square inches / 626 square centimeters
  • Weight: 12.0 ounces / 340 grams
  • Balance: 30.5 centimeters / 12pts Head Light
  • Construction: 21.5mm Flat Beam
  • String Pattern: 16 Mains / 19 Crosses

Wilson Pro Staff RF97 Autograph 2018 – Tuxedo Frame

Wilson Rf 97 Tuxedo

Years Used: 2018 Grass Court Season

First seen at the start of the grass-court season in 2018, the tuxedo frame was identical to the matte black frame in terms of specs, but had the new paint job.

Roger named it the Tuxedo racquet, but it didn't last long, as after Wimbledon he elected to go back to the all-black frame, probably for psychological reasons more than anything else.

Wilson Pro Staff RF97 Autograph Tuxedo Specification

  • Length: 27 inches / 68.58 centimeters
  • Head Size: 97 square inches / 626 square centimeters
  • Weight: 12.0 ounces / 340 grams
  • Balance: 30.5 centimeters / 12pts Head Light
  • Construction: 21.5mm Flat Beam
  • String Pattern: 16 Mains / 19 Crosses

Wilson Pro Staff RF97 Autograph 2018 – Laver Cup Special Edition


The second edition of the Laver Cup saw Wilson launch an all Red Special Edition RF97 Autograph and Roger used it all his matches in Chicago during the weekend. 

It's not been used by him since, and he's unlikely to use it again as I assume most were auctioned off or given away to Charity.

Wilson Pro Staff RF97 Autograph 2019 – Laver Cup Special Edition

Pro Staff Rf97 Geneva

Following the trend from the Laver Cup in Chicago, Wilson launched another limited edition model for Geneva, this time an all-blue model. Same specs, just a new paint job.

Wilson Pro Staff RF97 Autograph V13

Rf97 V13

Years used: 2021 –

Launched in 2020, the Prostaff RF97 V13 features the exact same specifications and composition as Federer has used since 2014. However, the design language has changed to pay homage to the original Pro Staff from the 1980s.

It features a black elastic base, exposed carbon fiber weave with gloss finish at the tip above the 3 & 9, and two-toned pinstripes along the throat.

Wilson Pro Staff RF97 V13 Specification

  • Length: 27 inches / 68.58 centimeters
  • Head Size: 97 square inches / 626 square centimeters
  • Weight: 12.0 ounces / 340 grams
  • Balance: 30.5 centimeters / 12pts Head Light
  • Construction: 21.5mm Flat Beam
  • String Pattern: 16 Mains / 19 Crosses

Check out my full Wilson Prostaff 97 V13 review.

Quick Recap of the racquets used by Federer since the start of his career:

  • Pro Staff 85 6.0 Mid-Production Chinese
  • Hyper Pro Staff 6.1 Silver W
  • Hyper Pro Staff 6.0 Yellow W
  • Pro Staff Tour 90
  • N90
  • K90
  • BLX90
  • Pro Staff SixOne 90
  • Wilson Prostaff RF97 Autograph
  • Wilson Prostaff RF97 Autograph All Black
  • Wilson Prostaff RF97 Autograph Tuxedo Racquet
  • Laver Cup Limited Edition RF97 2018 Chicago
  • Laver Cup Limited Edition RF97 2019 Geneva
  • Wilson Prostaff RF97 V13

So as you can see, Roger's racquet specification hadn't changed over the years up until 2013 when he made a big change to a 97 square inch racquet head size we see today.

I'm sure he has experimented with different grips, weights, lead tape, strings over the years but the 90 square inch head with a 19 x 16 string pattern had been ever-present until he decided he needed to change his equipment to try and compete with Djokovic and Nadal.

Federer Discusses His Racquet

Which racquet is your favourite out of all the models he has used and why? And if you play, which racquet do you use? Let me know in the comments below.


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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  1. I have the Pro Staff 85, N 90, K 90, BLX 90 and 95 and, the Pro Staff Six One 90 πŸ™‚

    I feel the K 90 is the best. The BLX 90 plays almost the same though.

      1. A little correction. I “had” the Ncode but it was not the 90 sq in. I think it was probably 100+ (my first ever racquet). Anyways, I lost it at a public court because the lights went off and I forgot to put in the bag (in 2008).

    1. Love the k factor i own 2 95 ones myself.. I played with the blx and ncode i gotta admit the ncode is really stiff, not a lot of control when i slice but what it lacks in control it makes up in power, as for the blx its a neat racquet although the k factor is my weapon of choice, great control and power.

  2. Hey man…. a BIG THANKS for answering my question. You have clearly gone quite indepth look at this. Wow i didnt realise Feds changed his raquet that many times. I think u may be right in that the raquets what the public buy may differ from Feds actual one. So recently correct me if am wrong, Djokovic and Nadal have changed their raquets. I dont know about Murray. This i think is a very interesting debate. Surely the tech the players use ie strings can be a huge factor.
    I myself have played with four different raquets. My best raquet was what J Mac used the Dunlop Max 200G. The hitting/weight/tension was absolutely fanstastic. Then i upgraded to the newer graphite compo Slazenger and then Head. Me personally even though the newer raquets had more power the Max200G had the best feel when striking the ball. People who play know that although it depends on ur talent, the raquet u use makes a big difference on ur play.
    I am defo going to buy a Wilson what fed uses. Again a big big Thanks for this Jonathan. Much appreciated. Serajul. πŸ™‚

    1. Hey man,

      Yeah you were my inspiration for this post if you hadn’t guessed πŸ™‚

      Djokovic changed to Head in 2009. He used Wilson before.

      Nadal always used Babolat but apparently he is using a new model now with different string that aids top spin and power. It will play like a toy.

      I think string is a big factor, the synthetic stuff can be manufactured to have all sorts of angles on it that helps keep the ball in play. You can get some that’s like a pyramid shape that imparts a crazy amount of spin on the ball. Kick serves like never before.


      1. Regarding the pyramid style and shaped strings, doesnt that slightly constitute to unfair advantage or (cheating). The strings u use r one of most important things. It will be like me playing with Borgs raquet versus the new Babolat. I mean is it me or technology changing too much for certain players. Look what happened when J Mac used his Wooden raquet against K Curren with his graphite raquet. He got blown away literally.
        I think their should b some sort of level playin field with new tech. comming in???.
        Nice one

  3. I use the Prostaff six one 90 and 95 currently, before I used a modified version of the K90 which was about 50 grams lighter than the actual one but still with the 90 head size. I wonder – the n90 racquet, did Wilson design it for Roger? Since the colours are of the Swiss flag.

    1. Hi Conal.. When u use ur Prostaff do u use a shock absorber in it, or do u just play with just how it is. I ask this cos a dampner/shock absorber makes a big diffetence on the shot. You can feel and hear the difference on all the shots u play. Try it if u havent and let us know if possible. Ok cool!!!!

      1. I don’t use a shock absorber on my current racquets, I know it kinda reduces the vibrations of the racquet and gives slightly better control, but I think its ok without them on 90 and 95 racquets since they are a lot heavier then 100 head Babolat toys. Maybe I will try using one, we’ll see. I don’t think Roger has ever used a dampener since he went pro. Dampeners fall off easily as well, so its pretty annoying. I wonder if Jonathan uses one.

      2. I had one but it fell off and I lost it, didn’t bother to replace it. I only ever hit the ball from the middle of the racquet anyway πŸ˜›

      3. Jonathan, then try moving the dampener from the middle to somewhere near the bottom of the frame. That should fix it ;-p

    2. Dunno man on the N90, Wilson seem to chose that colour scheme quite often for all their rackets.

      How do you interchange between a 90 and a 95? I guess moving up from a 90 to a 95 is easy, but coming down is quite a jump…

      1. It ain’t bad at all – wasn’t for me. I had a mega monster 120 sq. inch head (from when I was in my early teens) and switched to the BLX and it didn’t take me long to adjust at all. First hit with it I was better than ever.

      2. As Kyle said, its not really not that bad at all. The 90 is heavier of course. I started mis-hitting more shots, but thats it.

  4. I’m getting the Pro Staff 90 as soon as spring rolls around. Maybe also Stan’s Yonex. My favourite Fed racquet ever is the n90. And as for the paintjob theory, I’ve always been against that. Overall, they are all tennis racquets – it’s like coming out with a new shoe – it’s still a shoe, but there are minor changes to each version. Of course Roger’s own racquets are customized to his liking but the retail racquets and the ones he has used and is using are the same thing.

      1. Not saying they are exactly the same. Different in some ways I’m sure, but I don’t think it’s as drastic as some think. I’ve even heard some say that he plays with the one he used in 2003, and that to me is just absurd.

      2. Fed’s racket has the holes in his racket drilled in slightly different places towards the middle for spin, read this on tennis warehouse forums or somewhere like that. (Someone had the pictures of Federer’s BLX Tour 90). Federer does indeed still use the old Pro Staff 90 the only thing the same on the current Pro Staff is the paint job.


    1. Correct me if this stat is wrong, but I think all the titles Fed won with the BLX were on hardcourts. It was horrible on grass though!

      1. Think you’re right Conal.

        Did poor on Clay and on Grass both at Halle n Wimbledon.

        Suppose it did crush Dull at the WTF though like Kyle said.

    2. Wait till Dopal comes with his brand new upgraded toy πŸ˜‰ Without that cowardly stick, he is nothing but a journeyman.

      1. Dopal…haha I couldn’t help laughing.

        Boy! You guys know a lot about Fed’s rackets. You can really tell ‘the BLX did well on hard courts, poor on clay and grass’, stuff like that? Had no idea. All I can say is ‘I like the design of the 90’ uselessly.

        I wonder how ‘Dopal’ plays with Roger’s racket and vice versa?

      2. Hey,

        Well the BLX was used all through the Roger 2.0 period where he kept losing tough matches. Nothing really to do with the racquet but he just so happened to be using that. Maybe it was a bad luck charm!

        Nadal plays with a 100sq inch racket which is huge. He couldn’t played with Feds racket in a million years.

      3. Dopal and Cvacovic will be like fish out of water if they try Roger’s racquet. On the contrary, Roger can surely adapt to a bigger frame if he wants to. But he won’t.

        Pete Sampras once said that if he had not been stubborn and switched to a bigger frame, he could’ve won a couple of more slams. Good thing is, Roger still has plenty of time to think about it.

        By the way, did you know that in their classic 2001 Wimbledon meeting, both Roger and Pete were using the Pro Staff 85?

      4. Hahaha…love that twitter pic, Jonathan.

        RIP big racquet. You have served Dopal well πŸ™‚

      5. You’re right Jonathan. You did mention the 2001 Wimbledon game vs Sampras. I sort of missed it when skimming through your post πŸ™‚

    3. I was never a fan of the design of this racquet and that was justified as in terms of slam victories this it performed the worst out of them all as Roger only managed to win the Australian Open in 20120 with the BLX.

      Guys I think/hope Jonathan was being drole when he said that! Paintjobs don’t actually make a difference!

      I use the BLXT90. Love it. Have two in my bag, one always strung at 52ish with synthetic gut/poly hybrid and one with all poly strung at 50 or below.

      What string set ups do my fellow Wilson90 users have?

      1. Haha yeah I was messing! BLX paint just not got great memories.

        I string with gut crosses and big banger mains, same strings as Fed just the opposite way around.

  5. I have to be honest, all this technical stuff goes way over my head.
    I just know Roger plays great and perfect, but my knowledge about rackets ?????


    Ps: I would have loved if Tsonga would play further, but………… he lost to Igor Sijsling.
    We Dutch people are…………………….happy !!!

    1. Hi Katyani, same here! No idea about the rackets just like about the cars. I go as far as ‘I love to have a black convertible BMW but hate a red Ferarri’….haha, pathetic, aren’t we women?

      1. Hi Wanda, no we are not pathetic, we have…………….other interests !!!
        That is a polite way of saying that, right?
        I have to say this honestly too, I did not even read the whole article Jonathan has wrote,
        I don’t understand it (am thankfully smart about other things !!).


        Ps: Thiemo de Bakker won today. I have to be honest, I would have loved if Youzhny would have gone through. I think he is so funny, especially when he plays Roger. Remember at Wimby what he asked Agassi.
        But still, two Dutch guys going through (to bad for Robin Haase).

        They are both suppose to play Roger, right??
        As much as I love my country, that is where I draw the line. I applaud them for winning to anyone, but they better not defeat Roger !!!

      2. Wanda, good choice on the BMW convertible. I totally love it! πŸ™‚

        Roger’s a Merc guy though πŸ™

    2. Hi Katyani… Are you going to watch Federer live at the Ahoy Stadium. I ask cos i think u said u r from the Netherlands and are not that far from the venue. I wish i could go, i have seen pictures and You-tube highlight matches. The venue looks fanstatic and with Federer their the atmosphere will be arwsome just like last year!! Federer has great chance of retaining his title. Come on Fed!!!! Ok greetings from Serajul.

      1. Hi Serajul, the final was sold out I think in December or before, but I have two tickets for the semi’s. I did not know which one he was going to play, so I am going to both. How is that for a die hard fan, huh?
        If I find out Roger will play Rotterdam next year, I will buy the ticket for the final this year in July or something !!! My collegae is not able to go with me, but we already made plans to go next year.

        But………. Roger has to make it so the semi’s, otherwise what is the point in going???

        O by the way, you have to bring a big and fully fulled wallet if you want to see a match. They are not exactly cheap, but I think the tickets for the 1000 tours and GS are more expensive.

        Roger is playing tomorrow. My work is less than an hour away, but when you have to work, what can you do besides hoping Roger will go trough without much energy spilled.
        If I am not mistaken, he has to play every day from Wednesday to Sunday.

        Serajul, where do you live? Is there a tour too?

        Greetings from Katyani

      2. Hi Katyani… Yep just buying tickets today costs an arm and a leg!! And u r right the Masters1000 and GrandSlams r more expensive. You r certanly taking no chances by having both semi-final tickets. Hopefully u will b ok and see Fed in the semis.
        I live in the UK and have been to Wimbledon once. But nowadays i watch either on the internet or t.v.(sky). Anyway hope u have a great time and take ur camera and a pen an paper for his autograph. Just in case and please dont faint or get tongue twisted if u happen to see him up close. Enjoy the tournament. πŸ™‚

      1. Hi Sid, you did not offend me, trust me I can take a joke, but……………
        if you want to see or read my bad or dark side, try (don’t try !!!) saying something untrue and mean about Roger !!!
        I am from Holland and Roger will play two Dutch guys, and still I want Roger to win.
        That says a lot about me, huh?

        Looking forward to more of your comments.

        Greetings from a happy Katyani, now that Roger won the match.

      2. Glad to hear that unlike the Spaniards and Serbs with their undying love for the not so beautiful playing styles and demeanor of…ahem…Dopal and Cvakovic, you know what beautiful tennis all about.

        Now, I also know a way to get on your nerves. Will make a note of that. Consider yourself warned :-p

  6. Hi Conal… Yep i hav had the same problem with my dampner/shock absorber falling out. But i also did what Aggasi used to do? I got elastic rubberband cut it in half then weaved it in at the bottom of the strings and tied both ends of rubberband. This did the same job as a dampner and solved the problem of droping or comming off the racquet. Plus it worked just as good if not better!!
    I think Jonathan just like Sid has all the previous models of racquets. Please you are more than welcome to send me one for a road test. Ha ha only joking. Ok Thanks Serajul.

    1. Yeah Agassi was the rubber band merchant. Don’t see that anymore.

      I’ve only had 1 model of Fed’s racquet – K Factor K90.

      Sid is the connoisseur here. Has a walk in wardrobe full of tennis apparel and racquets. He even does paid tours πŸ˜‰

      1. I heard that Jonathan…hahahahhaha! Where do you think Roger sends his racquets for an initial test on playability? Ok, you may think I’m crazy but what about those guys who have tons of flavors of gaming consoles?

        But no, it’s fun trying out different racquets. I love the Pro Staff 85 too much. I just don’t have the talent to wield it. I’ll give it another try this week, since I’ve been standing very close to the baseline these days. So help me God!

    1. It may seem going from 90 to 85 is not a problem. But it is. If you’re just doing rallies, it’s not a problem. Trouble begins when you’re under pressure. Especially if you have a one handed backhand. Remember, that 85 is 10 points head light, so you better have a very good swing and timing or you’re toast.

      The service, where the margins are less, will be even tougher.

      Try it out for fun πŸ™‚

      Going from 120 to……wait a minute, who the heck is using a 120? πŸ™‚

      1. Couldn’t you get a demo for a week? Over here, some sporting goods suppliers allow you to demo multiple racquets for a small price. I almost always do that before buying.

      2. Hi Sid.. It seems to me ur Pro Staff 85 reminds me of my Max200G this also had a small head. U r also right u have a good swing to connect properly as the sweet spot hitting zone is smaller.
        Personally with myself when i played i could play both single and double handed backhand. But that was cos i would forget all the time if i was single or double handed player. By having this luxury it gave me flexablity of doing more shots. Not that i am an expert or pro or anything in all shots. Most of the time my imagination would show me doing all the correct shots and winning like Federer. In reality whats that saying” a bad workman blames his tools!!” thats me now when i play now.

    2. One of my hitting partners plays with a Pro Staff 85 and it isn’t massively different but you’d be advised to hit anything remotely short and approach, where at the net it is a scalpel. Getting drawn out into long baseline exchanges with it is not going to end terrible well against a good club player and their inevitably bigger racket head and lighter set up.

      Tbh I like it for the same reasons I like the T90 but the T90 just gives you more spin and room for error i.e. you can baseline with people if you so choose.

      Benefits of the 85 don’t outweigh the negatives imo.

      1. It is superb in the front court and it’s just not possible to stay consistent in the rallies, specially after an hour or hour and half when fatigue starts creeping (depends on how fit you are). Good racquet for doubles, great control.

        You’re right. The benefits of the 85 do not outweigh the negatives.

  7. Hi Sid,

    Thanks for replying to me earlier. Since reading ‘Sampras said if he had not been stubborn and switched to a bigger frame, he could’ve won a couple of more slams’, I’m wondering do you think there’s any chance of Roger considering changing to a bigger frame? Then Katyani’s 25 slams wouldn’t be so crazy idea!

    1. Hey,

      I doubt it. There was a rumour he considered it but not sure if it had any truth behind it…

      I’d say he is too stubborn and will stick with what he knows on that front. It’d be a big change.


      1. Wanda, it’s not just about the frame size. A lot of it has to do with the court speeds these days. Roger will have to fundamentally alter his game, physically more than anything else, if he goes for a bigger frame.

        His 90 gives him the control and maneuverability close to the baseline (no secret there). So, he will need a drastic change in playing style. Like Jonathan said, he will stick with what he knows.

        The case for Sampras is different. The court speeds were fast in those days. During his last few years, the game could still be played in the front court. A bigger frame would’ve helped him finish better. At least that’s what Pete thinks.

      2. He’s quoted as saying that he tried a few of them out in the past but don’t think he’s ever taken to any of them.

  8. Many thanks both Jonathan and Sid!

    Great that I’m learning and understanding a lot about Roger and tennis in general from you guys thanks to the blog.

  9. I enjoyed reading this article. It was very informative and interesting.

    I would have to say my favorite racquet is the Pro Staff SixOne 90 because I really like how it is designed.

    1. The Pro Staff Six One 90 is my sentimental favorite because Roger won Wimbledon with it at age 30.

      But my all time favorite is the Pro Staff 85 that Roger used when he beat Sampras at Wimbledon 2001, and announced to the world that the GOAT had arrived πŸ™‚

  10. I can only say that my K Six-One Tour is probably the best thing I’ve ever had (and bought). I spent almost two years trying to find it on the internet, but by that time it was so likely to be nothing but an old relic. Fortunately, I came across a remaining one that eventually turned out to be my beloved little child.
    And so far, it’s so good. I simply love the way it feels to play with such a great tool.

    Jonathan, your choice looks like mine. We both know what it’s like to hold it firmly in the hands. I’m sure you actually enjoy it as much as I do.

    Nice post, by the way. Pleasure to read.

  11. I don’t believe he has used all of these racquets.

    He has maybe changed racquets once or twice (from 85 to 90) then just uses a paintjob of the k-factor perhaps?

    This is just rumour, none of us will ever know. And it’s not like he will tell anyone..

  12. Hey,

    Yeah, it’s tough to know what he actually uses!

    Somebody needs to sneak down to the court and take one out of his bag next time they are watching live.

    Any volunteers?

    1. I heard that Federer is actually using the retail racket. Told by the people who string his racket at the dutch tourna,ent where Federer paften plays. With the earlier rackets he did use a paint job with older rackets, but no he actually uses the one you can buy. Nice to know Isnt it?!

  13. Thanks for posting this. I have been looking for a post like this for a while now, and it couldn’t get more comprehensive than this. Good job!

    P.S – I have the pro-staff 85, 2 K90’s and BLX 90. Plan on expanding the collection to include all the above racquets at some point. πŸ™‚ My favorite among these is the 85. It feels like a steel pipe but the control and power is ridiculously good.

    1. Cheers Shre,

      I have a K Factor, although getting pretty beat up as I’ve had it 2 / 3 years.

      Never used an 85, but I’d like to give it a go!..


    2. Warning: Equipment discussion ahead.

      Doru, your collection is almost similar to mine. I have the PS85, two BLX 90’s and one PS90. Of course I gave away two of my BLX 95’s to friends. I’ve realized I can’t handle players much better than me when I use the 90, so, help me out with making one of two choices: –

      a) Stay with the 90 sq. in. for another year, and play with players who are right about my level or slightly better. Will need a lot of patience.
      b) Cheat: Go to a 95 or 98 sq. in. frame so I can be competitive with players well about my weight. Instant gratification πŸ™‚

      I’ve tried out the PS95, Blade 93, Blade 98 recently and will be getting a Yonex 97 demo this week.

      1. I meant, Shre, not Doru πŸ™‚ Where are you from Shre and what’s your level? I’m in the States and would be considered a decent USTA 4.0.

  14. when I started playing tennis I’ve used a Babolat AeroPro Drive but i’ve broke I’m using a ProStaf six one 90 and it’s a big step for me because the ProStaff has a smaller head you think I can do something to improve my game with the ProStaff or I should go back to a bigger head size racquet?

    1. Hey,

      Well I would say play with whatever you feel comfortable with. Going from a Babolat that’s like 100 sq inches to a Wilson 90 sq inch racquet is a big big jump. Depends how long you have been playing but I think it will be tricky to make such a big adjustment. Maybe try somewhere in the middle?

      You can demo racquets, rather than buy outright so could be your answer…

      Hope this helps.


      1. it’s a little bit tricky for me cuz I’m playing since 2011 but it feels great.such a good racquet.I think I’ll try the new Head Graphene Speed !

        thanks !

      2. The trouble begins once you start playing really good players, well above your weight. They give you so little time, there is no way you can prepare early and get the swing speed the 90 sq. in. (or 85) requires. Perhaps you are well established and always get a good swing. At least I figured I just couldn’t prepare that early for fast swing speed so I’m switching to a either a Blade 93, Pro Staff 95, Yonex 97 (needs fast swing speed but at least is forgiving), or Blade 98, depending on which works well at the net too.

        The 90 sq in felt great for me too, that is until, as I said, I started playing with the big fish. They have zero respect for my serve, utter disdain, so I was forced to switch to a powerful racquet πŸ™‚

    2. Doru, my personal recommendation, since you’ve been using a 100 sq. in., try not to go below 95 sq. in. unless you have the talent to make that huge an adjustment to your game. I went from 100, to 95, to 90, and going back to 95 or 98 soon so I can swim with the big fish πŸ™‚

      1. don’t know if I got the talent but as I said above it feels great.Had some problems at the beginning because it’s a bit heavier but got used to it.Im still trying to get used to it completly.


  15. Time to update the article πŸ˜‰
    Cant believe this actually happened, cant wait to see today match vs Brands. I guess Roger decided to play Hamburg and Gstaad just to get used to new rocket before HC season.

  16. Can anyone give me some advice on whether to get prostaff 95 or 100, im a defensive baseliner who likes to wear down the opponent then finish him off with one fatal blow. : P i currently have have a tour blx ( as used by justine henin) and im looking for a racquet that will compement it well. My second serve is my biggest area of weakness.
    Thanks for the advice!!!!!

    1. Hey Seyi,

      I am no expert but I think for a defensive baseliner a 100 sq inch racquet will suit you better – Nadal, Djokovic etc all use 100sq inch racquet heads.

      I am sure other readers will also give you some advice too.


  17. I have owned and played with the Original Pro Staff 85 (but mine was a St. Vincent model), the nCode 90, and the KFactor 90. I have hit with the Six.One BLX Tour a few times. The nCode was one of the worst racquets I have ever played with. It had no control, little power. It was a shame to even sell that thing to the public. For a while, I played with both the original 85 and KFactor 90. Depending on my play on a given day, I would switch out from one to the other. I found them similar, with the Kfactor have a bit more power, but less control. Both fantastic racquets. The BLX I played with just felt too stiff, without any feel.
    Anyway, that’s my breakdown. I now play with the Kfactor 88. It plays like an in between of the original and the Kfactor. I don’t see myself switching for a while now.

  18. Both my six one pro staff 95’s (less than a year old) have begun to vibrate loudly when I hit a ball just above the sweet spot. Not only can I hear it I can feel it more and more in my arm. A pro told he thought there was an internal crack but I don’t see any issue with the racquet. Any thing like this happen to you? Thanks,

    1. Hey Steve,

      Nothing I heard of before but I don’t have a 95, seems weird that they would both do it though? Faulty batch?

      You tried a dampener or anything to see if that helps?

      Just above the sweetspot is quite close to the top of the frame though, off centre hits are pretty unforgiving on racquets like that…

      Maybe someone else here knows.. Paging Sid.


    2. Hi Steve.
      I know that It’s been a while since your message right here (more than 7 years lol), but I have some information that can answer your question and can help the people in the future that face the same issue.
      I just bought a Wilson K Factor Six One Tour 90 with so little use by It’s old owner (He said that his arm couldn’t handle the racket as It requires). When I got It, I realise a strong and loud vibration when I hit above the sweet spot, just like you said. So I tried to google this issue but I just found something right here and wasn’t answered.
      So I asked for a few friends about it and the guy who changes the strings for me answered me that It’s a common issue when the bottom racket grip cover, which have the ‘Wilson’ logo, is a little loose. So I used a Water blocking tape to fix it and the issue was gone like magic. The noise and the vibration is gone just by doing It.
      I hope this help someone in the future as It helped me.

  19. I play with a K factor Six.One 95 18 x 20 and have never hit something sweeter. I don’t understand why Federer went from a 90 to a 98 instead of a 95.

  20. I have played with and own(ed) every racquet Fed had used. Dont have all of them now because had to sell a lot of them for cash that I needed at the time I sold them. The best one I loved was the nCode. It played the best among all that were marketed at different times. The Sampras frame has the best feel when used with gamma TNT 19 gauge string.

    1. Hey Hassan,

      Cool! I’ve only owned one the K Factor 90, now I use the PS 95. I’d love to have a hit with some of the older ones like the PS 85.


  21. Hello,

    I’ve only played with basically 2 racquets in my life and I had a question regarding the effectiveness of different racquets. I always hear that people notice huge differences between different types of racquets and strings and state that they vary with control and power.
    My first racquet was 100 sq. inch Wilson (about 10 years ago, got it as a present and have no idea what it even was even though I still have it). Last year I was looking for a racquet and decided on the Wilson PS 6.1 90. I have played with it over a year and the only difference I feel is that it’s slightly heavier (I’m around a 4.0). A tennis pro at a club one time laughed at me when he found out that I was using it because he said he would never recommend it to anyone. I’m assuming because it was so difficult to hit with? Yet, I still don’t feel a difference at all.
    So, I guess my question is how much do racquets really impact the play of the person? I read most of the comments in the thread and have read more on tennis warehouse and there are so many opinions and I just can’t fathom them because in my mind I have used two really different racquets and don’t even notice a difference. Due to this I just figure if I’m playing poorly its because of my technique, but when I hear other people complain it’s always that their strings are wrong or should have been changed or they need a new racquet. For example, I believe they came out with a Wilson Juice that was supposed to add more power. Is there a difference between how much more power a person can generate that can already generate power compared to someone who can’t? Once you reach a certain skill level is it more about what feels good opposed to what you can or can’t do with the racquet?
    I’m just curious since I really don’t understand all this string and racquet talk.

  22. Hey All, From Sunny Wales
    Love the Fed too. Najinski,Singer-Sargent,Gandhi all rolled into a tennis pro ! As to the raquet size debate. You lot choosing the Wilson Pro stuff etc. all seem to be obsessed with copying the pro’s. They have hit a ball all day every day for years and can cope with and have a honed technique to cope with a raquet that weighs 350g and more. I suspect you hav’nt however strong you might be. Sounds very much like you need a raquet that weighs around the 280g + range. As this will encourage raquet head speed through a stroke and give you way more feel and, more importantly, time to prep and swing. I’d also encourage a headsize increase with a bigger beam for extra stability.
    A raquet with 102 sq head answers most questions and still gives POP. I use a Tecnifibre T-Feel 300g,102 sq and I find it gives me good support when up against the better players while still allowing me the feel beat up the lesser opponents.

    Good Luck All and Keep the Head Down !


  23. Hi everyone, I myself have had the pleasure of owning and using the ncode 90 and the blx 90 but I still revert back to the k90, this is my ultimate racket, however, it has been modified, ( personal touches). Firstly, the strings, luxilon savage white mains and Wilson sensation comfort crosses. On my 3 rackets all strung to different tensions. Racket 1: mains 42lbs. crosses 52lbs, for warming up and starting matches. Racket 2: mains 40lbs. Crosses 50lbs, for use after about 5 games once feel is obtained and more power is needed. Racket 3: mains 36lbs. Crosses 46lbs, after another 5 games or so, time for the big guns. Now for the interesting mods, I have added weight to the butt of the rackets and built up the butt (a bit like Richard gasquet but larger) it has transformed the racket quite a bit and oh how it strikes sweet. The balance point of these is now 270mm, a bit different from the original setup you will notice. And the weight of this magnificent tool is now 450 grams, and what a tool it is, because of the added weight, it makes returning a big serve more stable, and because the balance is now more in you’re hand than the other end there is even more power to be gained ( have been clocked at 130 + mph on the serve, only counting the ones that went in) and I’m only a first team club player, so people don’t be scared to try and tune you’re rackets, you never know what you may discover.

    One ball at a time.

  24. Damn! The only Wilson gear I have are 3 wilson pro overgrips on a Dunlop, a Head and a beginner’s Babolat.
    I guess that throws me out of any Fed fan club out there, right? πŸ™‚

      1. Nah, it’s a Pro Open, 2015 version, only available in EU for now. 300 g unstrung, 7 pts HL, not too stiff, so just about right for my limited skills. You might want to take a look in TWE.
        I’d rather not venture myself into trying to wave such a heavy frame like the RF97 is, and I’m not collecting champs items. Not yet…
        The farthest I was prepared to go would be the PS97.
        (I had a nice chat with Jon about this a couple of weeks ago)

  25. Jonathan, will you consider doing a similar article with his shoe history? I have looked for this type of article, of his shoe history, but have never found it. Thanks, James

    1. Not something I considered tbh. He’s been wearing the Vapor’s for ages now and aside from colours they’ve remained relatively unchanged. I don’t think it’d be that interesting?

  26. Hi I have all the ones you’ve listed as Federer racquets except the ncode and prostaff tour 90.The K90 is the best for me.I struggle with the 90s(or 85) outdoors but they are scalpels indoors! I currently play with the RF97s outdoors and the 90s indoors.Thanks for your post.

  27. I used to play tennis regularly with Tony Godsick – Federer’s agent – who came to the courts one night with one of Fed’s sticks that he had just pulled out of Fed’s bag in Paris. It was nothing like the sticks that you buy off the rack. It was much heavier and Tony told me that Fed had a climate controlled vault in Chicago with over 200 identical black frames. Whenever Wilson introduced a new model, Fed would ship a couple dozen blank frames to Wilson to be painted with the new graphics. He never actually changed frames until he made the move to the larger head.

  28. Hi there! I have been a huge fan of Federer since he won his first match against Sampras at Wimbledon! I always admired his graceful style and that one had back hand was like watching a new Sampras!

    In 2005-6? I had to buy his Raquet and so bought the NSixOne Tour 90 when he was in his Prime! I dont play tennis but going from a bigger frame to the 90 was so hard lol the sweet spot was so small it took me a whole year to get used to but Absolutely Love it!!!!!

    I think he looked up to Sampras and loved his style also raquet style which is why I can see a the traditional Black with White Over Grip back in the picture.

    But so many great memories with the Nsixone Tour, and his great run for those many years. His best Tennis!!! Unbeatable another level beyond the chasing pack.

      1. Not St Vincent. Just for the US version, I heard there were 360g as the first edition and seems later edition is 340g. Not sure if it is true.

  29. Thanks for the informative article. By some stroke of luck I managed to score the last pair of Tour 90 brand new sitting in storage of the racquet shop in my region a couple of years ago. Hands down the best design out of all of the pro staffs’: yellow/red/sandpaper finishes on the frame along with the matt grey finish of the carbon graphite similar to the OG Donnay Borg Graphite! I won’t hold any other racquet now! NEVER!! πŸ˜…

  30. I have the BLX 90, RF 97A (2014), RF97A (2016) , The blue Laver cup version. My favorite is the black and red 2014 version. The frame shines with gut or multi mains and BAM in the cross.

  31. 2020 and still playing with my Wilson six one tour 90, best racquet ever, can’t figure out what to get next?????

    1. Still playing with my K90’s (since 2008); I’ve played with all of the other 90 versions and to me nothing comes close to the control and power. I also own the 85 St Vincents (x2) – control is off the charts especially on serves but power just isn’t high enough when playing with heavy hitters.

  32. I just want one to use one of Federer’s racquets or invent another racquet for Federer where I can just talk to my racquet and tell it to hit an ace on this serve or hit a winner on this point. Then I can just let my racquet do the talking!

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