He’s one of the most talented up-and-coming players we’ve seen in quite some time. Jannik Sinner is only twenty-one years old and has been as high as number 9 in the ATP rankings. Though he hasn’t lifted a grand slam trophy yet, he’s made the quarters at all four majors.
Some speculate his matches against Djokovic at Wimbledon and Alcaraz at the US Open in 2022 were the true finals in each tournament.
He nearly locked in a win against Djokovic at Wimbledon after being up 2 sets to love and went toe to toe with Carlos Alcaraz for five hours and fifteen minutes in the second longest match in US Open history.
The young Italian’s all court game is buoyed by his double handed backhand that he hits with more RPMs than any other player on tour.
Let’s take a look at the racquet he does it with.
- Endorsed Racquet: Head Graphene Auxetic Speed Line
- Actual Racquet: Head Pro Stock TGT 301.4 AKA Head Graphene Touch Speed MP
- Strings: Head Hawk Touch at 61 pounds
Which Head is it?
Akin to most of his peers, Sinner’s racquet is not quite what it appears to be. He endorses the Head Auxetic Speed racquet line.
Underneath the paint, though, is an older model speed, the Graphene Touch Speed MP. TGT 301.4 is the pro stock code for this racquet. He’s been using this racquet since he was a junior, and like most pros hasn’t switched since.
It’s fairly obvious to the trained eye that he is still using this mold because of the shared holes in the string pattern. This 301.x (the Graphene XT retail model uses the same mold) frame is the only Speed to use those shared holes, so it cannot be another speed.
What’s worth noting about Jannik’s racquet is his specs. There has been a trend among many of the up and coming ATP players toward lighter racquets and lower string tensions, and Jannik embodies this on the racquet side.
He often has lead tape visible on his frame, and because it’s a pro stock from Head, there is most likely silicone or other weight in the chamber of his handle. But after all of the modifications, his racquet is not what we’d expect from a traditional pro player’s frame.
His strung specs come out to 325g, 33.4 cm balance, and 340 swingweight strung up. It’s weighted not dissimilarly to a stock Wilson Blade that we’ve seen other pro players use effectively like David Goffin.
The racquet has plenty of pop at this weight, and the lightness of the frame must help with racquet head speed on Sinner’s somewhat compact strokes for a pro.
While Jannik embodies the trend toward lighter racquets on the pro tour, he has not embraced the low tension fad. He strings his racquets with Head Hawk Touch at 61 pounds.
This provides him with a very stiff stringbed, controlling the ball through the court and taking just enough edge off of his powerful strokes to keep the ball inside the lines.
Some may argue that Jannik could benefit from a heavier frame or more powerful racquet to amplify his explosive groundstrokes and add some necessary juice to his serve.
But, considering he is still young and has plenty of time to develop his game, I don’t think that’s necessary. He’s played with this racquet for years, and keeping it the same eliminates variables and allows him to focus on his development as a player.
We can already see that he’s tinkered with his service motion in the past year, and his results are showing. It’s certainly not a stretch to predict that he’ll wield this Head Speed on his way to multiple major titles down the line!
If you’re interested in other ATP players’ racquets, I listed all the top 100 players’ racquets in this post.