5/26/11 7:34 PM | Johan Lindahl
Roger Federer, who has played with the same Wilson racquet model for nearly a decade, has said he would not be averse to testing the larger frames which many believe would help him add some power to his game.
The only thing he lacks is the time to try out the latest sticks.
"I've last changed in 2002," the French Open third seed told Zurich's Tages Anzeiger. "I'd like to test some bigger racquet head models. The problem is that I lack the time for extensive testing."
One-half of Federer's team of coaches, American Paul Annacone, told the New York Times that making a change is a 50-50 proposition for the man some call the best to ever play the game. The 29-year-old currently plays with a Wilson with a 90-square-inch head, while most players, such as Rafael Nadal, use 100 square-inch models.
“Most people use it for a heavier ball, but there’s not a lot of guys still who hit the ball heavier than Roger," said Annacone. "He still hits the ball very heavy through the court.
"People say, ‘Well, what about the mis-hits?’ Well, the racquet-head speed that he generates, whether he’s hitting a 90-inch or 93-inch or 95-inch frame, if he mis-hits it, he’s going to mis-hit it.
"These guys (top players) are creatures of habit, Roger isn’t so much. He knows what makes him successful, but he’s open to debate, to conversations about things that maybe he didn’t used to do. He’s very expansive in his thinking, so it won’t go undiscussed, for sure."
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