Best Tennis Racquet for Advanced Players

Tennis racquet technology is changing fast making it hard to keep up with what racquets might best fit your tennis game. We’ve researched all the major racquet brands to find the top 6 racquets for advanced skill level tennis players.

Whether you play singles and hit heavy groundstrokes from the baseline, or play doubles and like to serve and volley, below you will find the best tennis racquet for you.

Before we get into the reviews, here are our top 6 advanced tennis racquets.

Our pick for the best tennis racquet for advanced skill-level players is Babolat's Pure Drive.
Read Our Full Pure Drive Review Here

How to Choose a Tennis Racquet for Advanced Players

At the end of this guide, you should have a clear picture which type of racquet is right for you. Before we get into the specific racquets, let’s make sure you’re in the right place.

How Do I know if I’m Ready for an Advanced Tennis Racquet?

Here is our description for an advanced player. If this sounds like you, then you will be able to find the perfect racquet below!

Advanced players play regularly. They control shots with placement, spin, and power. They also serve with spin and power too. This would be 4.0 rating or higher on the USTA scale.

If you feel like you need a beginner or intermediate racquet, see our reviews on those racquets below.

Professional tennis player Steve Johnson serves at the Geneva Open

Professional players, like Steve Johnson, use racquets with more control since they can naturally generate power.

Tennis Racquet Specification Chart

This chart below should give you an idea of what type of racquet you should look for based on your skill level.

A general rule is that advanced racquets are smaller than beginner racquet, giving them better control for a more fast paced tennis game.

Beginner Players Only

Intermediate & Some Beginner

Advanced & Some Intermediate

Racquet Size (Sq. Inches)

107 - 115

100 - 110

95 - 100

Racquet Length (Inches)

At least 27.5

27 - 28

27 - 27.5

Racquet Weight (strung)

Under 10 Ounces

10.1 - 11.2 Ounces

Over 10.5 Ounces

Price

Under $100

$75 - $200

$120 - $250

Power vs Control

More Power

Balanced Racquet

More Control

Here are a few questions you can ask yourself to determine the type of racquet you might need.

Do You Have a Fast or Slow Swing? Short and Compact vs Long Swing Style?

For players with faster or longer swings, you’ll generate plenty of power because the racquet head will have more speed when you make contact. This means you can use a smaller frame that will provide extra control and accuracy on your shots. The best options below will be the Wilson Pro Staff and the Prince Textreme 95.

However, if you’re swinging faster to generate lots of spin similar to Rafael Nadal, then you can choose a larger racquet. In this case, your groundstrokes are swinging low to high, creating spin but not necessarily as much power since your not hitting through the ball as much. Nadal’s Pure Aero is reviewed below.

For players with slower or shorter groundstrokes that are more under control, then choose a more powerful racquet like the Pure Drive or Pure Aero below.

Do You Hit More Topspin or Flat Groundstrokes?

If you like to hit more topspin then you should look for a racquet that accentuates this strength. Tennis racquets with more open string patterns grab the ball more and will help you create spin. This means the strings will be more spread apart. Also there are different types of strings that you can use to create even more spin on your shots.

For players who have flatter groundstrokes, we recommend a tighter string pattern with a smaller racquet head. Anything between 95 and 98 square inches will be a good fit for advanced players who don’t rely primarily on spin. This will help you control your shots because the extra string density will control the ball better.

Do You Play at the Net or From the Baseline? More Singles or Doubles?

Some racquets are better for groundstrokes than volleys, so you should consider what you’ll be doing more of. If you like to play from the baseline and hit groundstrokes, then you may be able to use a racquet that sacrifices some versatility for a bigger sweet spot with more spin and power.

For doubles players who spend more time at the net, you will need a racquet that has good mobility. Especially if you’re playing at a USTA level of 4.0 or higher. The game is faster in doubles at this level so you have less time to react. Racquet heads under 100 inches will not only have more versatility, but also more control to place your volleys.

Top 6 Advanced Tennis Racquets

Here are the reviews for our top six picks for advanced level tennis players.

Babolat Pure Drive

We consider this to be the best overall racquet on the market. It is widely used by beginners and advanced players, especially those baseliners seeking more power, spin and feel. This racquet is used by many pros including Andy Roddick when he played on tour.

The 100 square inch frame makes it a bit larger than many advanced racquets on the market giving it better feel. This also means it can be a great option for beginners. The wide frame and string pattern give it the best power and control combination in tennis. This is the perfect racquet for hitting controlled groundstrokes from the baseline for advanced players. Also, you don’t have to sacrifice mobility if you are a net player in doubles as it is still relatively lightweight.

This racquet doesn’t have as much control as other racquets on the market if you do miss the sweet spot. However there’s not racquet with more control that doesn’t sacrifice power or spin.

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USTA Rating | Any skill level

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    Great for all skill levels
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    Perfect balance of power and spin for groundstrokes and serves
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    Excellent spin due to the open string pattern
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    Great feel with a big sweet spot
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    Solid but not the best option for control

Wilson Pro Staff 97 Countervail Black

If you play a lot of tennis and have a compact smooth swing, this might be the racquet for you. Some of the best players in the world use this racquet to control the point from anywhere on the court. In fact, Roger Federer uses a model of this same racquet.

The smaller frame and surface area (97 sq inches) give it a smaller area to make contact. But if you play a lot and can hit this sweet spot consistently, the string pattern (16x19) gives it great feel and spin. Also the racquet’s 11.6 ounce weight allows for you to generate power as well.

This racquet is great for intermediate to advanced players who play a lot tennis. You will find it has great mobility and all around use for singles and doubles.

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USTA Rating | 4.0 and higher only

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    Great control for groundstrokes and volleys
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    Excellent spin and comfort with solid power
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    Very precise when you hit the sweet spot
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    Mobility is good at the net
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    Small sweet spot - mishits can be inaccurate for inconsistent players
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    Heavy for advanced racquet - need to be physically fit to use this racquet

Head Graphene 360 Speed Pro

This is out only Head racquet on this list for advance players, but it's a good one. The Graphene 360 Speed Pro is a player's racquet, ideal for people looking for something balanced.

The 18 x 20 string patter will give you great control of your shots. Since the head size is 100 square inches, you will be able to generate good power and spin from your groundstrokes as well. High level intermediate and advanced singles players will love this racquet used by Novak Djokovic.

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USTA Rating | 4.0 and higher only

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    Great combination of control and power
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    Good spin and feel
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    Balanced racquet
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    Easy to handle in singles & doubles
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    Other racquets offer more power
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    Not great for beginners or doubles only players

Prince Textreme Warrior 100

One of the best all around racquets on the market, this racquet provides a unique combination of power, spin, and feel to player of all levels.

It’s string bed of 100 sq. inches means it’s okay if you don’t hit the ball in the exact same spot every time. The advanced technology prince has put into this racquet, along with the design allow you to get extra power on groundstrokes and serve. The 16x18 string pattern will help you hit better topspin and kick serves. The racquet is also only 11.14 ounces and which allows for more mobility in doubles.

This racquet makes an excellent choice for almost any skill level. It is an all around great racquet but doesn’t excel in one area with the possible exception of the spin and feel combination.

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USTA Rating | 2.5 to 5.5

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    Good power and spin for groundstrokes and serve
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    Great feel with a large sweet spot
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    Easy to swing
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    Good for all skill levels
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    Not excellent for control
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    Not great for fast paced doubles

Babolat Pure Aero 2019

Made popular by Rafael Nadal, this racquet by Babolat has spread around the tennis world over the last several years. Babolat has now released a 2019 edition. It is for big swingers who want to control the point from the baseline with more spin and power.

The frame is 100 square inches for a bigger hitting area and is also built with aerodynamic technology to cut through the air. This all help you generate more racquet head speed, and therefore spin on the ball. The recommended string tension is in the low 50’s so you can create tons of power on your serve too.

This racquet is great for baseline players who want to spin their opponent off the court with groundstrokes or hit powerful serves for aces. We don’t recommend this racquet for net players or players who need help with control.

See our full review of the Pure Aero here.

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USTA Rating | Any skill level

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    Best racquet for power and spin on both groundstrokes and serves
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    Good feel and comfort with a large sweet spot
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    Good for all skill levels
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    Not great for control

Wilson Blade 98 Countervail

This is a version of Serena Williams' racquet. Wilson made this racquet for players who want spin, comfort, and control.

This racquet is a balanced all around tennis racquet. The 11.3 ounce weight makes it good for intermediate to advanced players. The open string pattern (16x19) will help you generate spin on groundstrokes from the baseline. The Blade's stable frame will also give you a very comfortable feeling on contact with your serve, groundstrokes, and volleys.

If you seek more control and spin, but don't need as much help with power, this racquet is a great option. For players looking for more power, check out the Blade 104 (Serena's racquet).

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USTA Rating | 4.0 and higher only

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    Great for control & comfort
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    Good spin and feel at the net
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    Good sweet spot for players who can't play every single day
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    Does not generate a lot of power
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    Not for beginners or low level intermediate players

Conclusion: Our Pick for Best Advanced Racquet

All the racquets above are great options, and you’ll need a specific racquet depending on the type of tennis you play. However, the best all around option is Babolat’s Pure Drive.

Although it is known for power, spin, and feel, it does have great control for fast paced tennis and lightweight mobility even for doubles, making it the best tennis racquet overall​​​​. Any type of player would find it to be an excellent option for their game.