Best tennis rackets for channelling your inner Roger Federer

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Whether it’s reruns of Roger Federer stepping out on Centre Court that have inspired you to take up tennis or perhaps you already have a long-term love affair with the game, there’s only one piece of the sport’s kit you need to invest in (apart from those fluorescent balls): you need a good tennis racket in your life.

When it comes to choosing a tennis racket, the selection can be overwhelming. And if you think that all rackets look the same, then you’d be wrong. Whether it’s the differences in grips, head size or even the constructions of the strings, these are plenty of different factors that influence how it feels and performs. Rackets all have different functions and suit different playing styles and levels, with some being better equipped to help you master your first attempt at serving, while others help you return a ball better. 

Before we get on to our favourites, here are a few things to look for when you’re ready to step onto court and do your best King Roger impression.

Are heavy or light tennis rackets better?

If you’re picking up a racket for the first time, go for something that sits at the light end of the weight spectrum, below 300 grams. Match that up with something with a larger head size, which emphasises control over generating power, a good balance for beginners. If this isn’t the first time you’ve stepped onto a court, experienced players can afford to step up to a heavier racket that will offer more in the way of control and help you to generate more power.

What string pattern is best in a tennis racket?

This is all to do with the type of shots you favour and getting the right type of string pattern on your racket can make the most of your preferred playing style. If you favour putting spin on those groundstrokes, a racket with an open string pattern is something to look for. Opt for a denser pattern and while it may offer a firmer feel as you strike the ball, it can offer more control and precision in your shots.