The Best Tennis Racquets of 2018

A tennis racquet is essentially just an extension of your arm. Choosing a tennis racquet greatly depends on your skill level. For instance, a beginner will need to look for an improved racquet to further develop their stroke, while an intermediate player will look for a racquet that will help them win more games by primarily going for a racquet that will play to their strengths.

On the other hand, advanced players will have the most freedom when it comes to choosing a racquet as they have the experience and have been playing for years. Advanced players will look for a racquet that perfectly suits their playing style as well as their unique weaknesses and strengths. Below you will find the best tennis racquets for 2018 which are categorised for beginners, intermediates, and advanced tennis players.

Beginner Tennis Racquets

Babolat Drive 115 – This is a terrific option for beginners as it offers a larger head size, giving a bigger sweet spot, which makes it more forgiving when ground strokes are taken. Power and spin comes easily, and it makes it easier when volleying.

Wilson Ultra 108 – This is the perfect choice for club and recreational players who want the most out of their tennis session. Plenty of power and easy manoeuvrability, combined with a bigger sweet spot, will provide a phenomenal experience.

Wilson Hope Lite – This is a perfect racquet for beginners due to its lightweight and over-sized head. It plays quite smoothly and is extremely forgiving when you don’t hit the ball 100% thanks to the bigger sweet spot.

Intermediate Tennis Racquets

Babolat Drive Lite – This is a very user-friendly racquet which provides loads of speed along with easy acceleration. It is ideal for intermediate players, but beginners will also find it quite appealing. The Cortex system together with the Woofer technology will minimise vibrations and offer a lively and smooth feel.

Wilson Burn 100S – This racquet offers fantastic comfort from the baseline. It accelerates quite smoothly and is fairly powerful. Those with two-handed backhands will greatly appreciate the shaft, featuring increased feel and leverage.

Head Graphene Touch Instinct S – This racquet absorbs shock extremely well along with reduced vibration due to the Graphene material. It also offers a huge sweet spot and loads of power and manoeuvring.

Advanced Tennis Racquets

Wilson Blade 98 Countervail – This racquet offers a low, dampened vibration feel along with loads of spin and power, making it one of the best racquets for advanced players that want to dominate directly from the serve.

Babolat Pure Drive Wimbledon Edition – This is the perfect choice for intermediate and advanced tennis players. It provides fantastic control and power, which is vital for any baseline player. It’s also highly recommended as its one of the most user-friendly racquets currently available.

Wilson Pro Staff RF97 – This racquet provides a classic feel due to its thin leather grip and includes a braided graphite layout along with a light head balance. There’s a reason this racquet is used by Roger Federer as its one of the best on the market.

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Wimbledon Comes to a Conclusion

Wimbledon this year was one that made history. From the attendance of the royal family to the everlasting matches, the visits and great performances by tennis veterans, and the unpredictable outcomes of the matches. While there is still more tennis to be played by the professionals this year as the Grand Slam is scheduled to happen in the upcoming months, here are a few finishing lines that should be tied before moving onto the next event.

What is Going to Become of Serena Williams?


Why this question may seem ominous, it’s not like the tennis star is just going to go into hiding. If anything, ger grand comeback after spending a few months off of the courts for maternity reason had everyone in doubt if the tennis star would be able to reclaim her title. Though, her constant perforce at Wimbledon proved that she would and that she could. From her powerful serves that broke records and having fierce competition this year, Serena proved that all she needed was a belief that she could come out a winner and after a while, everyone watching started to believe in it as well. She expressed her glee when discussing what she thinks when people talk about her being their favourite player, this happens before Williams reminiscing about the time while she was pregnant and still playing, and winning, too. Despite losing this year’s final Wimbledon match, Serna is still confident that this was a great comeback and that she can only move forward in her career.

Is Andy Murray Going to Return?

Any Murray was looking towards having an exciting Wimbledon performance but sadly had to draw out of the tournament during the early hours before it began due to a bad hip injury. Although, since then the player has tested out his right hip in the best way he knows how – by playing two warm-up events. During his recovery, Murray decided to work as one of the commentators for BBC as it was the best thing to do instead of forcing a speedy recovery.

Since Murray reached the quarterfinals of Wimbledon 2017. The player has only played in three other tournaments since then. At the end of the month, he plans of pulling a move similar to Serna and celebrate his comeback onto the court Washington, D.C., last one this month. Murray has stated that being on hard courts does feel more natural and stabilises him more. He admitted he feels more comfortable on them and from the looks of it – will begin to prefer playing on them to avoid any more serious injuries.

Is Sloane Stephens Okay?


Sloane Stephens had a dramatic Wimbledon as the player collapsed during the opening round. This makes the 2018 Wimbledon the second one in a two-year period where the player was helped to the exit before the match truly began. Her health seemingly just like her career, has seen its fair share of up’s and downs in the last few years. At times, it seems as if the American player find ignite her passion to win and become a beast on the courts, while at other times she seems to fall short. Stephens has the potential to become a strong player, but she lacks the consistency that her fans and her critics are looking for. Though despite her nearly instant loss, she has shown to have a good spirit regarding it as it can be seen in her interviews.

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Serena Williams Heads to Semi-Finals at Wimbledon

Despite having a quick scare at Wimbledon 2018, Serena Williams is going to confidently move to the semi-finals after an impressive victory over the skilled and graceful Italian player, Camila Giorgi. While the 23 times Grand Slam champion lost her cool, which also caused her to lose her first set. Williams came back strongly scoring of 3-6, then 6-3, and 6-4.

While Williams world rank has dropped, Giorgi has steadily climbed halfway up the ladder to reach the 52nd spot. She is known for having powerful hits with her racket, a power that has been commonly seen by Williams during her career. Although, the American based player found an upper step which gained her the needed win. For online tennis betting sites, the changes in player ramkings has an impact in the odds set for upcoming matches, and for Serena, that will likely rise as she gets accustomed to playing again.

This coming Thursday, Williams will be faced off against the 13th seed, the talented and skilled German player, Julia Gorges, in the first semi-finals match. After that, the open competition can range from another German seed who is 11th, Angelique Kerber – who impressively beat the Russian star, Daria Kasatkina with a 6-3 and 7-5 score, the 12th seed who is the Latvian player Jelena Ostapenko who beat Dominika Cibulkova with a 7-5 and 6-4 score.

During the match – William feels the heat

Serena Williams is one of the most prominent American women’s tennis players around. Although despite her fame, when her opponent was asked about how she felt about playing against such a house name, Giorgi simply responded that she does not follow women’s tennis.

While her reaction may have raised a few brows in the audience, she playing skills proved that she meant what she said. She played with an incredible amount of skill which was increased with her nonchalant attitude towards Williams.

During the match, Giorgi played similarly to how Williams would, especially power wise. She skillfully gifted Williams three aces which also went towards her impressive 84% of points. While watching Giorgi was a show, seeing the recently returned player scramble and lose her footing during the first half of the match was something that not many expected. While Giorgi’s average serving speed was higher than Williams, the American player did have the highest recorded speed in the match reaching 122mph.

Despite the rough start, Williams quickly gained her focus back as he roared “come on” to her opponent while blocking her from gaining more points. During the third set, Williams won with a backhanded screw. Although, it was truly Giorgi fitting the net which aided in Williams overall victory in the match.

Does Williams have a chance of winning another Wimbledon Title?

The answer may be in the grey area. While her sister Venus Williams did not make it, she was recorded with having the highest serve speed in the entire game of 123mph. Which was followed by Serena’s serve of 122mph during her last match.

After returning to playing competitively in women’s single, which was followed after the birth of her daughter in March, she showed her dedication to the sport despite dropping in the world rank and stumbling during the first set of her last match.

Her match against Giorgi proved that Williams still had the strength and stamina required to beat the top seed players. During an interview, Williams gleefully stated that she still feels good, and regarding her match with the Italian player, she stated that she did better than usual as she had to.

While Williams has already stated that she feels as if she doesn’t have to win this, she is still putting her all into making sure she gets as far as she possibly can in the game. Even though she is already going down in history, she is the lowest-ranked player to reach the women’s semi-finals at Wimbledon.

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Wimbledon 2018 Update

Currently, Wimbledon 2018 is on day five of the highly anticipated tennis tournament. Although, day five has held more shocking revelations and results that viewers were not expecting in the least. Despite the events of day five, Nick Kyrgios is still the leading name in headlines while Serena Williams alongside Roger Federer is gaining momentum in the courts during their spectacular and attention-grabbing matches.

Here are the top five events that happened on day five of Wimbledon

1. Roger Federer impresses the spectators against the match with Jan-Lennard Struff

All through this Wimbledon, Roger Federer has been impressing people left and right with his flawless skill on the court. It also seemed too flawless since no matter what the German native, Struff threw at Federer – he always seemed to have the best reaction. While the Swiss player, Federer needed another hour and 34 minutes to win the match, he seemed to be bouncing with excitement as he increased his ongoing winning streak to 29 during this Wimbledon.

2. Venus Williams is the latest tennis star to fall short during the tournament

During this year Wimbledon tournament, Venus Williams, Serena’s Williams sister who was another top seed has fallen out of the tournament. Meaning that currently, after Venus Williams fell out, eight out of the top 10 seed players in the women’s singles did not make it through the last 16. A former Aussie semi-finalist has commented on this development by stating that one of the major reason for this is due to the players not having adequate planning when the match isn’t going as desired. While Venus may be out of the Wimbledon, the other Williams sister, Serena is still in the competition.

3. Serena Williams is Showing Constant Improvement

While her competition may be falling behind, Serena is showing that she knew how to hold her own in a competition. Trough each one of her matches, she is showing that she definitely deserves her place as one of the higher level seeds in the tournament. Despite doing so well, Serena has commented that her making it to the round of 16 twice during the competition is not a bad deal. Although, the star player knows that she can do better if she tries a bit harder and pushes herself a bit more.

4. Serena Williams makes her way into the fourth round

As Wimbledon reaches its fifth day, the fourth round of matches is ending. While Williams is playing a singles woman match during this year’s tournament, she is becoming one of the few remaining as eight of the top ten has already been dropped. Williams other competition, such as the doubles matches with Cameron Norrie and Jay Clark. While the duo may not have been as successful as originally planned, watching them stay energised during a five-hour match proved to be one of the most exciting parts of day five.

5. Nick Kyrgios is the Headliner of the Day

During last year’s Wimbledon, Kyrgios caused a bit of online controversy due to his harsh remarks. The same behaviour is taking place this year as the player, he has received a code violation for using foul language, has been in a heated twitter exchanged against James Keothavong. Despite this, not much has been happening with the player as he awaits his next match.

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Serena Williams is Back on the Tennis Court

Serena Williams has made waves throughout her career as a professional tennis player. She is internationally known and has an unofficial title of being a champion at her sport. Although, after taking some time off last year to have a baby and experience motherhood, Williams will be seeded 25th during the singles draw at Wimbledon according to an announcement made this previous Wednesday. The high status regarding the player was the only notable deviation from the seeding committee, which is compiled of the host and referee of the tournament, representatives of the Lawn Tennis Association, and representatives from the All England Club.

While the seeding is considerably higher than someone who has Williams word ranking, which is 183rd in the world, it can still bring along some demanding challenges for the returning tennis player. Seed who have ranked anywhere from 25th through 32nd are demanded to face one of the top eight seeds during the third round in a highly anticipated and randomized match. Currently, the top eight players are, Simona Halep, Caroline Wozniacki, Garbiñe Muguruza, Sloane Stephens, Elina Svitolina, Petra Kvitova, Carolina Garcia, and Karolina Pliskova.

Williams Not Expected to Beat Kvitova

Many are betting that Kvitova, a well-known Wimbledon champion in both 2011 and in 2014, Is the current favourite in who is estimated to win the tournament overall. Although, Williams is a second favourite and one player that will create an interesting match. If Williams was placed at a higher seed ranking, namely at 24th, she would have been forced to face the seed players that are ranked 9th through 16th in the third round. Although the drawing for this took place on Friday morning.

The Wimbledon seeding will start the following Monday, announced following the Grand Slam event making the announcement that they will begin to adopt more measures to protect female players during the seeding process after returning to the court after a break for giving birth. Despite this, many players have been on the fence if they truly believed that Williams deserved a place during the seeding process. This is accompanied by another pressing issue in the tennis world if pregnant players should have special accommodations when they step aside. Due to Williams taking time off she was dropped in her world ranking while also losing her first two tournaments. Although, at the French Open last month she played with her heart but sadly had to redraw from the tournament due to an injury she received.

While Williams will be forced to face a new challenge, if she wins or loses will be up in the air as the competition is fierce. Despite that, many players have voiced their opposition to her playing as they do not see it as far. Although, the committee has spoken out about their choice to seed Williams and expressed that the decision came from the committee wanting to create more balance as Williams has won Wimbledon in both 2015 and 2016 after her seed was adjusted.

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Nature Valley International Wildcard Goes to Andy Murray

Andy Murray accepted a Nature Valley International Wildcard wildcard as he continues his comeback after a hip injury that kept him out of action for almost a year. Murray suffered a loss in three sets as he returned on Tuesday to face Nick Kyrgios at Queens. After the match the three-time Grand Slam, 31-year-old champion said he was unsure of what would be the best way forward in his return. The Scot remained positive and said it was good to be back at Queens and that he was hoping to build on that in the next week.

Wimbledon starts on the 2nd of July and therefore the Nature Valley International held at Eastbourne is the final warm-up event available to Murray. He had surgery on his hip in January, and the former number one in the world has since moved the 156th on the rankings list. Before slipping to defeat, Murray was on the court for well over two-and-a-half hours in his match against Kyrgios. He is now looking forward to the opportunity to get more time on the grass courts.

Stan Wawrinka Also Accepted A Wildcard into Nature Valley International

Murray played in 2010 in the Davis Cup at Eastbourne and already knows that the facilities, as well as the courts, are excellent. Another former world number three has also accepted a wildcard into the events after suffering an injury, which is Stan Wawrinka. In the women’s event featuring Heather Watson and Johanna Konta, the top seed is Caroline Wozniacki the Australian Open Champion.

Murray to Experience the Competition Heat Once More Before Wimbledon.

According to BBC’s Russell Fuller, Andy Murray could have decided to play in one of the Wimbledon exhibition events, although he opted to accept the wildcard and play at Eastbourne. By playing in the Nature Valley International, Murray can look forward to playing a considerably weaker field. The top 20 players in the line-up are Diego Schwartzman and Kyle Edmund only, although all players who received entry are inside the top 60 of the world.

During the 2-hour 39-minute match against Kyrgios, Murray mentioned some stiffness in his lower back. He was positive that he could play the Nature Valley International at Eastbourne, but not yet at Wimbledon as in his opinion, five-set matches will be detrimental at this stage of his recovery.

Murray told reporters that Tuesday was an emotional day for him as he waited eleven months to return to the action, after losing to the Australian player Nick Kyrgios. Murray gives his recovery priority and has learned that taking care of his body comes first, and he has decided to do whatever it takes to look after his body to ensure a speedy and complete recovery.

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Rafael Nadal Defeats Dominic Thiem – Wins French Open Final

Nadal entered the Phillipe-Chatrier court by acknowledging the screaming fans by dropping his bag, then taking off his jacket he did a little jig that previously had the full house crowd at his feet. Dominic Thiem broke Rafael with a forehand in round three and to his credit, he did bring his biggest shot to the game.

For Nadal or any other professional tennis player, winning 11 titles is not even a dream, it is simply unbelievable. Nadal raised his arms in celebration as he turned towards his team, it was indeed celebration time as the 2-hour 42-minute French Final ended.

Rafael suffered from cramps during the third set, which made victory so much sweeter, the cramps he explained, is what happens when you as a player are really pushed, in a match. In the final Nadal triumphed 6-4, 6-3 and 6-2 against Dominic Thiem.

Dominic Thiem Waited Since His 11th Birthday to Play Rafael Nadal in a Final

Played under heavy skies the final ended on a high note for the 32-year-old, while the 24-year-old Thiem continued to fight until the end. Dominic Thiem later told the press that he watched his first final on television when he was only 11 years old. He also watched the match in which Nada won his first Roland Garros title on television in 2005. It was his dream to one day, play a final against Rafael Nadal.

Dominic Thiem feels what Nadal achieved is amazing. In total, the Spaniard has 17 major crowns, each as special as the one before it and he wept as the 80-year-old legend, Ken Rosewell presented him the Coupe des Mousquetaires.

Rafael Nadal Applauded Dominic Thiem for Great Play

The eleventh time champion, Rafael Nadal went home with €2,200,000 for this victory, after he praised and applauded the young Dominic for great play. He also ensured the young opponent that he’ll be a big winner. Nadal shared that Dominic is not only a fantastic player he is even a greater person.
World number one Nadal earned his 17th grand slam, which only three adrift of that of the all-time men’s record holder Roger Federer. In Grand Slam totals the last six were win by either Federer or Nadal.

While Thiem had few answers to the brilliance of Nadal, the 7th seed used both his mental resilience and athleticism during the match, after he did show some nerves as he failed to find his rhythm in the opening game.

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Wimbledon Place at Risk for Andy Murray After Injury

It is a race against time for Andy Murray after he had to pull out form another warm-up session this week, while Novak Djokovic also admitted that he too might have to miss out on this year’s event starting on the 2nd of July.

The Libema Open was supposed to be the big comeback for the Scot, although he had to withdraw again from the event in Hertogenbosch in Holland. It was the withdraw that Djokovic confessed that he might not be able to play on the grass this year, following being dumped out of the French Open by Marco Cecchinato.

Andy Murray has been out for the past year after he had hip surgery in January. He regretted not being able to play in Hertogenbosch as he was excited to finally play at the Libema Open, although he realised that he was still not ready to return yet. Murray wants to be 100% in shape when he returns and is still planning to play in the coming weeks.

Murray Hopefull to Participate at Fever Tree Championships

He is hoping to participate in the Fever Tree Championships starting next Monday at the Queens Club, which is the last event he could play, the only other alternative is Eastbourne, which is only one week before Wimbledon.

Neither Murray nor his team expected him to be out of tennis for almost a year, but recovery is slow, and now finally he is getting closer to participation, and hopefully, thousands of fans will see him back on the grass court this season. With his training schedule already planned, Murray had a bit of a setback in April, which delayed his practising on the court by over a month. Last year Murray had no choice but to pull out from the US Open, followed by the Brisbane International taking place in January and then the Australian Open since he had his operation in January in Melbourne.

Murray has not participated in an event since his last year’s quarter-final defeat by Sam Querry at Wimbledon which means he is no longer in the world top 150 after he had 42 weeks in number one, just before his hip injury worsened.

Depending on his progress over the next week, Murray might still decide to play at Eastbourne one week before Wimbledon to gain some competitive match time. In order to build-up his match fitness, he needs matches as he realises he won’t come back and start immediately where he left off. The only thing he can do is to listen to his body and let how he feels guide him as at the end of the day he is the only one that really knows how he feels.

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Stan Wawrinka Defeated – Novak Djokovic Advances at French Open

Stan Wawrinka time at the French Open came to a close after being defeated by Novak Djokovic. Wawrinka, who is still building strength after back surgery and ranked low in the world lost to Djokovic in straight sets.

Wawrinka and Djokovic were playing first round action. Previous to sustaining his back injury, and having won major titles on the tour, for Wawrinka, he was unable to carry on the level of play needed

Commenting on his performance, Wawrinka said,

“I won three Grand Slams in my career, and I know what it takes to do it, and my goal is to get to my top. Sooner or later, I will.”

After being out of competition for the last three months due to a knee injury, Wawrinka had only participated in tournaments twice in almost a year. He has played only eleven matches this year. Wawrinka, who is ranked 30th and seeded 23rd for the tournament, is playing in territory that he is not familiar after climbing the ranks since joining the tour in 2008.

The match on Monday lasted over 3 hours. The physicality of that was a strain for Wawrinka was obvious as he had yet to go five sets since facing and beating Andy Murray a year ago.

“It was more the difficulty of continuing to go for it mentally.”

The Swiss player is known for having one of the best backhands in tennis. Wawrinka is once again now being coached by Magnus Norman. The match saw Wawrinka with thirty-five unforced errors and only winning 12.

For Wawrinka, who achieved third in the world rankings in his career, he said

“There is no frustration. It’s just tough, but I’m on the right way. It was very close today.”

Djokovic Drops to 22

Djokovic has previously held the top ranking with the World Tennis Tour but is now listed in 22nd, the worse he has held since 2006. Djokovic moved on to face Brazil’s Rogerio Dutra Silva beating the Brazilian in three sets after dropping two games during the opening set.

After successfully winning the French Open in 2016, Djokovic was the first male player to win four major titles in a row. However, since that accomplishment, he has failed to add any achievements to his career after sustaining several injuries, one to his right elbow that required surgery.

While at the French Open this week, Djokovic said,

“I had to dig deep. It has been difficult to face … the most, say, challenging injury that I have ever had. It’s been a long 12 months behind me, but I’m starting to play better, I feel like, in the past couple of weeks. Playing pain-free, which is the most important thing at the moment.”

Tournament play at the French Open continues through to the 10th of June. With recent rain and several matches having to be cancelled, it is expected that additional matches will be re-scheduled. Djokovic will next play on June 1st when he faces Roberto Bautista-Agut.

Colombian Players Creates History With Winning of First Master Title

During the Foro Italico, two players, Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah were pinned against a wall and a hard place through the entire week. Though, on Sunday the two Colombian based players stunned again as they went on to claim their Maiden ATP World Tour Masters 1000 crowns.

Farah and Cabal easily rode past Pablo Carreno Busta along with Joao Sousa with a 3-6, 6-4, and 10-4 in their pursuit to achieve the title during the Internazionali BNL d’Italia. As their appeared at their second final match at the Masters 1000 level, while finishing up as only runners-up during the Miami tournament in 2014, the iconic duo trained harder and played with true preciseness to come out as victors.

Cabal commented on the duo’s win with a smile before saying that the title they received was one they were striving to get for years now. He continued that he and Farah worked hard since their Miami tournament to reach where they are. He finished up the sentiment by stating wins like keeps the duo motivated to keep achieving their goals.

The Only Colombians to Win Masters 1000 Title

The duo of Cabal/Farah are making headlines, not only because they are the first Colombians to win the prized Masters 1000 title. They are doubling as the world’s first all South American team to prevail so flawlessly at this elite level. After their win, the duo is taking home a total of €289,670 in prize money along with an impressive 1,000 additional points for the ATP Doubles Ranking. The point increase has raised the duo to third place in the ATP Doubles Race to London.

Farah added on that they feel amazing before reminiscing about how they played in finals the previous years but never won a title. He continues by stating that winning a Masters 1000 event feels even more special due to the elite level. He finished off with a smile proudly saying that this is something they worked hard before, and it is something that they are going to remember for the rest of their lives.

All the six seeds were told to work and practice in Rome all week, with a shocking three of the four wins coming from the Match Tie-Breaks. Opening with a narrow win over the well-known Dutch pair Robin Haase and Jean-Julien Rojer. The upset the top seeds, Marcelo Melo Lukasz Kubot played straight sets and easily battled against players, Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares in a match during the semi-final that took place on Saturday.

This was the 11th title won by the Cabal/Farah duo, who, at the beginning of the 2018 campaigns, opened with the first Grand Slam Final at the highly anticipated Australian Open.
On the other hand, the other duo of Carreno Busta and Sousa will remain to keep themselves in high spirits as they make an impressive run to the final matches. The duo was the as the team in the field as they Spanish-Portuguese pair were appearing in their first Masters 1000 title competition.

This was due to the pair of Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan withdrawing due to a hip injury that Bob received. This immediately gave Busta/Sousa a chance to take their place and test their abilities on the field. This was Carreno Busta’s first doubles final since the impressive win in Rio de Janeiro last year. On Sousa side, this was his first double final at the prestigious tour-level. The pair split a total of €141,820, along with 600 points of the ATP Doubles Ranking.

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