Tennis fanatics and the media have been speculating about Roger Federer's switch to a larger, black matte Wilson frame ever since he tested it out at the end of last year. The former number one made the change permanent this year and almost swung his way to a record eighth Wimbledon Championship over the weekend. Wilson in partnership with the 17-time Grand Slammer recently announced the release of the full Pro Staff line.
The new Wilson Pro Staff RF 97 Autograph delivers the precise feel Federer demands with a larger sweet spot and more power in comparison to the Wilson rackets he has used throughout his storied career. The Wilson Pro Staff line will feature rackets suited for a variety of attack-style players: from avid players to youth striving to improve their game. The Wilson Pro Staff rackets provide more power without compromising the classic feel long associated with the Pro Staff line. The final graphics package will be unveiled closer to the projected October 1, 2014 in-store date.
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“I grew up idolizing the legends of the game, so it was natural for me to play with Wilson Pro Staff 85-inch rackets,” said Federer. “I love the feel a smaller head provides, and larger rackets couldn’t deliver the feedback I needed to be successful. This new Wilson Pro Staff racket has been a long time coming, but I finally have the feel I need in a 97-inch head.”
Wilson is releasing a series of videos explaining the "creative process" behind the development of the new Pro Staff line starring the Swiss. Check out the first episode:
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