As an advanced player, you have highly developed skills and a particular style of play. The Best 8: Racquets – Intermediate may meet your needs (perhaps with some customization like more weight) or you may choose to adopt one of our Best 8 advanced racquets that, in the right hands, are lethal weapons. They range in price from $189.00 to $249.00.

Best 8 Racquets – Advanced

Babolat Pure Aero 2019

Price: $229.00 (Typically)
Manufactured by: Babolat
Head size: 100 sq in (645 sq cm)
Length: 27in (69cm)
Strung weight: 11.2oz (318g)
Balance: 4 pts Head Light (HL)
Swingweight: 324 (Range: 200-400)
Stiffness: 67 (Range: 0-100)
Technology: FSI Spin
Colors: Yellow and black
Grip type: Babolat Syntec Pro
String pattern (Mains x Cross): 16 x 19
Tension: Recommended 50lbs (22.7kgs) to 59lbs (26.9kgs)

This latest version of the Babolat Pure Aero can be handled by an intermediate player, but really comes alive under the control of advanced players (who may add extra weight). The Pure Aero is slightly more flexible than previous models and delivers explosive power and spin to dominate from the baseline.

Pros that use it: Rafael Nadal.

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Prince Textreme Beast Pro 100 Longbody

Price: $189.00 (Typically)
Manufactured by:
Prince
Head size: 100 sq in (645 sq cm)
Length: 27.5in (70cm)
Strung weight: 12oz (340g)
Balance: 9 pts Head Light (HL)
Swingweight: 351 (Range: 200-400)
Stiffness: 67 (Range: 0-100)
Technology: Twaron
Colors: Black and red
Grip type: Prince ResiPro
String pattern (Mains x Cross): 16 x 19
Tension: Recommended 50lbs (22.7kgs) to 60lbs (27.2kgs)

The Prince Textreme Beast Pro 100 is not for the faint-hearted. This is a long and heavy racquet that, in the right hands, can deliver crushing power and spin.

Pros that use it: John Isner.

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Wilson Pro Staff RF97

Price: $249.00 (Typically)
Manufactured by:
Wilson Sporting Goods
Head size: 97 sq in (626 sq cm)
Length: 27in (69cm)
Strung weight: 12.6oz (357g)
Balance: 9 pts Head Light (HL)
Swingweight: 335 (Range: 200-400)
Stiffness: 68 (Range: 0-100)
Technology: Perimeter Weighting System
Colors: Black
Grip type: Wilson Premium Leather
String pattern (Mains x Cross): 16 x 19
Tension: Recommended 50lbs (22.7kgs) to 60lbs (27.2kgs)

Designed by and for Roger Federer, the Wilson Pro Staff 97 RF is a carefully engineered racquet that delivers exceptional stability, power and feel in a heavy frame.

Pros that use it: Roger Federer.

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Tecnifibre ATP TFlight 320 XTC

Price: $199.00 (Typically)
Manufactured by:
Tecnifibre
Head size: 98 sq in (632 sq cm)
Length: 27in (69cm)
Strung weight: 11.9oz (337g)
Balance: 7 pts Head Light (HL)
Swingweight: 326 (Range: 200-400)
Stiffness: 68 (Range: 0-100)
Technology: Xtreme Touch
Colors: Black, red, blue and white
Grip type: Technifibre Xtra Feel Black
String pattern (Mains x Cross): 18 x 19
Tension: Recommended 49lbs (22.2kgs) to 55lbs (24.9kgs)

Updated for 2018, the Technifibre ATP TFlight 320 XTC racquet with the dense 18 x 19 string pattern provides advanced players with a confident and predictable response with good feel. Well worth a demo.

Pros that use it: John Millman.

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Wilson Blade SW104 Autograph (Countervail)

Price: $249.00 (Typically)
Manufactured by:
Wilson Sporting Goods
Head size: 104 sq in (671 sq cm)
Length: 28in (71cm)
Strung weight: 11.4oz (323g)
Balance: 5 pts Head Light (HL)
Swingweight: 341 (Range: 200-400)
Stiffness: 68 (Range: 0-100)
Technology: Countervail
Colors: Black and green
Grip type: Wilson Sublime
String pattern (Mains x Cross): 18 x 19
Tension: Recommended 50lbs (22.7kgs) to 60lbs (27.2kgs)

The Wilson Blade 104 SW Countervail is the longest racquet in this list to provide extra reach and extra power. From the baseline, for those players that can handle it, this racquet delivers serious power. Stable and comfortable, this racquet is made to dominate.

Pros that use it: Serena Williams.

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Yonex VCORE 95

Price: $219.00 (Typically)
Manufactured by:
Yonex
Head size: 95 sq in (613 sq cm)
Length: 27in (69cm)
Strung weight: 11.5oz (3326g)
Balance: 7 pts Head Light (HL)
Swingweight: 325 (Range: 200-400)
Stiffness: 62 (Range: 0-100)
Technology: Aero Fin, Namd
Colors: Red
Grip type: Yonex Synthetic
String pattern (Mains x Cross): 16 x 20
Tension: Recommended 45lbs (20.4kgs) to 60lbs (27.2kgs)

The Yonex VCORE 95 is a surgical weapon that can provide great access to spin and pace. Stable and light, advanced players can wield this racquet with ease.

Pros that use it: Denis Shapovalov.

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Head Graphene Touch Prestige Mid

Price: $220.00 (Typically)
Manufactured by:
Head
Head size: 93 sq in (600 sq cm)
Length: 27in (69cm)
Strung weight: 11.9oz (337g)
Balance: 7 pts Head Light (HL)
Swingweight: 326 (Range: 200-400)
Stiffness: 61 (Range: 0-100)
Technology: Graphene Touch, Kraibon
Colors: Black
Grip type: Head Hydrosorb Pro
String pattern (Mains x Cross): 16 x 19
Tension: Recommended 48lbs (21.8kgs) to 57lbs (25.9kgs)

The Head Graphene Touch Prestige is a mid-sized racquet with a 93 sq in head size with an open 16 x 19 string pattern that delivers exceptional control. Advanced players with flatter strokes who demand precision will not be disappointed.

Pros that use it: Marin Cilic.

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Dunlop Srixon CX 200 Tour (18×20)

Price: $219.00 (Typically)
Manufactured by:
Dunlop Srixon
Head size: 95 sq in (613 sq cm)
Length: 27in (69cm)
Strung weight: 11.7oz (332g)
Balance: 7 pts Head Light (HL)
Swingweight: 318 (Range: 200-400)
Stiffness: 63 (Range: 0-100)
Technology: Sonic Core, Infinergy, PowerGrid StringTech
Colors: Black and red
Grip type: Leather
String pattern (Mains x Cross): 18 x 20
Tension: Recommended 45lbs (20.4kgs) to 65lbs (29.5kgs)

This ‘brand new’ version of the Dunlop Srixon CX 200 Tour has been redesigned to be more responsive and deliver exceptional control and feel. A 95 sq in head and an 18 x 20 string pattern combine to deliver a solid, precise response.

Pros that use it: Kevin Anderson.

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Summary

This Best 8 of advanced racquets is quite a collection. From heavy to lightweight, large head size to small, there’s a racquet here for the most discerning experienced player.

November 12, 2018