Novak Djokovic has used Head rackets for the majority of his career but also used Wilson rackets for a small period between 2005 and 2008.
I have published the below guide with the aim of helping you understand what tennis racket Novak Djokovic actually plays with on the ATP tour in 2022 and whether the retail version that you can buy in the shops is anything like it.
Table of Contents
- What Racket Does Novak Djokovic play with?
- What are the Specifications of the Head Speed Pro Tennis Racket (retail Version) Vs Novak’s Actual Racket?
- Can You Buy Novak Djokovic’s Actual Racket?
- What Grip Size does Novak Djokovic use?
- Does Djokovic play with a Vibration Dampener?
- How does Novak Djokovic string his Racket?
- Should I buy the Head Speed Pro Tennis Racket?
- Where can I buy Head Speed Pro Tennis Racket?
- Final Thoughts
What Racket Does Novak Djokovic play with?
ATP Pro and current world number 1 Novak Djokovic endorses the Head Speed Pro Tennis Racket but he actually plays with a customized Head PT113b pro stock frame which has completely different specs to the Head Speed Pro (see the table comparing the specs of both tennis rackets below) but is painted to look like the Head Speed Pro 2022.
Unfortunately, this is a common practice in the tennis industry and is done to boost sales as tennis pros do not like to change their racket set up once they have found something they like.
What are the Specifications of the Head Speed Pro Tennis Racket (retail Version) Vs Novak’s Actual Racket?
Below are the racket specifications for the retail and pro versions of Novak Djokovic’s Racket.
As you can see from the below racket specs, the retail and pro versions are very different.
|Novak Djokovic Racket||Retail Version||Pro Version|
|Head Size:||100 Inches||95 Inches|
|Racket Length:||27 inches||27.10 inches|
|Strung Weight:||329 grams||353 grams|
|String Pattern:||18 x 20||18 x 19|
|Balance:||6 pts HL||6 pts HL|
|Swing Style Required:||You need a long and fast swing||You need a long and fast swing|
|Power Level:||Low powered racket (you need to generate your own power)||Low powered racket (you need to generate your own power)|
|Recommended Level:||Advanced player (not recommended for beginners)||Advanced player (not recommended for beginners)|
Can You Buy Novak Djokovic’s Actual Racket?
If you want to play with a tennis racket with the same specs as Djokovic’s actual racket, then you might find it hard to get your hands on one as it won’t be available from your local tennis shop or online tennis shops like Tennis Warehouse or Tennis Express.
You can try websites like ProStockTennis which specialise in pro tennis frames or wait for one of his tennis rackets to be auctioned for charity.
Either way, it will be very expensive to get your hands on one.
What Grip Size does Novak Djokovic use?
Novak Djokovic uses a 4 and 3/8 grip size with two overgrips on his rackets with the overgrips bringing it closer to a 4 and 1/2 grip size.
Other top tennis pros like Federer and Nadal also favor smaller grips with overgrips so they can get extra wrist snap on their serves and make changing their grips much easier.
As mentioned in my article on Roger Federer’s Tennis Racket, just because tennis pros like Federer or Djokovic use a 4 and 3/8 grip size, that doesn’t mean you also should use it too.
Everyone’s hands are different and you need to get the grip size that suits you as playing regularly with a grip size that is too large or too small for you, can lead to issues like tennis elbow.
For help picking the right grip size for your racket, check out our tennis grip size guide.
Does Djokovic play with a Vibration Dampener?
Like a lot of tennis pros, Novak Djokovic plays with a Vibration Dampener on his tennis racket.
Djokovic endorses and uses Head’s Djokovic Dampener which is available from the Head website in white and features Djokovic’s logo in black.
How does Novak Djokovic string his Racket?
This is a similar string setup to other tennis pros like Roger Federer.
Generally, the string tension on his tennis rackets will be 55 lbs on the cross strings and 59 lbs on the main strings.
However, like many top tennis Players, Djokovic will vary the tension on his tennis rackets depending on the conditions and the surface he is playing on.
Should I buy the Head Speed Pro Tennis Racket?
So you are probably wondering if Novak Djokovic doesn’t play with the Head Speed Pro then why should I.
However, I think the retail version of the Novak Djokovic Racket (for the vast majority of recreational players) is a much better pick than going for a racket closer to Djokovic’s specs.
The Speed Pro is much lighter than Djokovic’s actual racket and will be much easier to play with for recreational players.
The larger head size of the Speed Pro will also be more forgiving on off centre shots.
All in all, I think it would be a much better fit for intermediate to advanced recreational club players than Djokovic’s actual racket.
Personally, I have played with the Head Speed Pro and I thought it was an okay racket to play with but I didn’t fall in love with it.
Where can I buy Head Speed Pro Tennis Racket?
As Novak Djokovic is the current world number, you will have no trouble finding a Head Speed Pro Tennis Racket to buy as they will be stocked in most good tennis shops.
You also have the option of buying the racket online.
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