Miomir Kecmanovic is one of the best up-and-coming players. He flies a bit under the radar seeing as he’s from Serbia where Novak Djokovic is a national hero. His game is not flashy, but man is it professional: the kid has a rally tolerance that is through the roof with impressive fitness to boot!
He doesn’t get a lot of free points, but he certainly makes his opponent work for them. Ranked world number thirty at the time of this article, Kecmanovic has arrived. I guess the future will tell us if he’s going to make a big impact of not while he’s here.
Let’s take a look at his racquet of choice.
- Endorsed Racquet: Dunlop SX 300
- Actual Racquet: Dunlop SX 300 (previous model, probably)
- Strings: Dunlop Explosive Spin
When he first arrived on tour, Kecmanovic wielded a Babolat Pure Aero Tour. He was notably one of the few Babolat players to endorse a Tour model, and it’s generally assumed that’s what he was playing with – no paintjob, possibly even retail racquets just with some matching.
He stayed with Babolat, getting the special French Open edition paint scheme and other updated paintjobs to his Pure Aero.
- Kecmanovic with a special edition Pure Aero paint scheme at the French Open
Later on, Miomir switched racquet endorsements to Dunlop, sporting their SX 300 model which was yellow and geared toward adding spin to the ball, just like Babolat’s Pure Aero Line.
It’s a logical switch, as the SX 300 does many of the same things well that the Pure Aero does. They both fit Miomir’s grinding style of baseline play, facilitating loads of spin and power from the back of the court.
Miomir’s old Babolat racquets have been available on reputable sites that sell pro stock racquets, and his specs have been included there. Reportedly he uses the following specs:
- Strung mass: 336g
- Strung balance: 32.3 cm
- Strung swingweight: 334
While he did switch to a new frame after this, even if pros switch racquets, they don’t often tinker with the specs when they switch. It’s reasonable to assume that Kecmanovic is still using a similar setup for his Dunlops.
This is a pretty light spec for pro racquets but not uncommon among the younger players on tour. Combined with the stiffer, power-oriented frame there’s lots of maneuverability for playing defense and being able to still get some good stick on the ball in awkward positions.
Power comes from the frame and ability of the player to generate racquet head speed, not just overwhelming mass like many older pro racquet specs.
When he was with Babolat, Miomir used their RPM Rough polyester string. It provides loads of ball bite with a soft feel – a little Easter egg is that the “rough” texture of the string is actually the Babolat logo instead of a diamond shape like Luxilon ALU Power Rough or Head Hawk Rough.
Since switching to Dunlop, he has been endorsing their Explosive Spin polyester. Because the color is so similar, it’s likely he could still be using his old Babolat string too. His tension is unkown for now.
Again, another professional player whose racquet that matches their game and provides them what they need. In Miomir’s instance, he seeks power, spin, and forgiveness.
The thicker, stiffer, more powerful racquet and 100 square inch head size allow him to play a light, maneuverable spec (for a pro) to facilitate easy handling during his baseline scrambling and still have enough pop from the racquet.
Miomir had a nice season in 2022 and we should see him continue to stay in the top 30 as long as he stays healthy because he is such a tough out!
If you’re interested in other ATP players’ racquets, I listed all the top 100 players’ racquets in this post.