Roger Federer Racket

Over the last few years, the RF97 has been one of the most popular rackets on the market, so I decided to publish the below guide with the aim of helping people to understand what racket Federer actually plays with and whether the retail version is anything like it.

Although there is still a debate on which player is the Greatest Of All Time (GOAT), there is definitely no contest when it comes to the most popular player of all time.

Since announcing himself on the world stage by beating Pete Sampras at the 2001 Wimbledon Championships, Roger has gone on to amass 20 grand slam titles as well as gain fans from all across the world.

As with many of the top ATP Pro players, there is a lot of interest in Roger’s Racket from recreational players, looking to emulate their hero on their local court.

Roger Federer Racket Wilson Pro Staff RF 97

What Racket Does Roger Federer play with?

Wilson Pro Staff RF97

Roger is currently playing with a slightly customized version of the Wilson Pro Staff RF97 Autograph.

Unlike many other pro players, the specs for his racket are very close to the retail version you can buy online or in your local tennis shop.

The main difference is a slightly higher strung weight of 366g for Federer’s frame versus a strung weight of 357g for the retail version.

You can also check out this Facebook video, where Roger unwrapped his new RF97 for the 2021 ATP Season.

Wilson has yet to confirm whether a new version (V14) of the PS RF97 Autograph will be released in 2022.

As Roger played his last tournament at the Laver Cup in September 2022, I wouldn’t be surprised if Wilson releases a new version (V14) to commemorate Fed’s career.

What are the Specs of the Wilson Pro Staff RF97 Autograph (Retail Version)?

Below are the racket specs for the retail version of RF97.

Head Size:97 Inches
Length:27 inches
Unstrung Weight:340 grams
String Pattern:16 x 19
Balance:12 pts HL
Beam Width:21.5mm
Swing Style Required:You need a long and fast swing
Power Level:Low powered (you need to generate your own power)
Recommended Level:Advanced player (not recommended for beginners)

Racket History

Over his 20+ years on the ATP Tour, Federer has endorsed a number of different rackets but in reality, he has probably only used three different frames over the course of his career with Wilson only updating the paint job on the frame he played with so they could sell a new version of the retail version.

As you can see from the image below, Wilson has regularly updated the retail version of the Roger Federer Racket, even though it is likely that Roger did not change his specs as often during this time.


Federer started out on tour using the Wilson PS 85, which was also used by the great Pete Sampras.

His biggest win with the PS 85 was his famous win over Sampras at the 2001 Wimbledon Championships.

In 2003, he switched to the Wilson Pro Staff 90 so he could benefit from the larger head size.

With the PS 90, he would win his first grand slam singles title at the 2003 Wimbledon Championships and would go on to win 17 of his 20 grand slam titles with the PS 90.

Then in 2014, he switched to the first version of his current racket, the Wilson PS RF97 Autograph as he wanted a frame that would be better at dealing with the massive topspin that was becoming a big part of the modern game.

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What Grip Size does Roger Federer use?

There has been some discussion around what grip size Roger Federer uses but it is generally accepted that he uses a 4 and 3/8 grip size with an overgrip on his RF97.

This is a surprise to many who would expect a professional like Federer to use a larger grip size.

Federer uses the 4 and 3/8 grip size so he can get extra wrist snap on his serves and to make changing his grips easier.

Please bear in mind that although Federer uses a 4 and 3/8 grip size, that doesn’t mean you also should use it.

As everyone’s hands are different and you need to get the grip size that suits you.

If you regularly play with a grip size that is too small or too large for you, can lead to tennis elbow issues.

Does Roger Federer play with a Vibration Dampener?

I found an interesting video (see below) of an interview between Roger and Matthias Stach on the MyTennis Youtube channel.

In the video, Federer explains that he used to play with a vibration dampener but at some point, he lost it.

Since then he has not played with a vibration dampener in his strings.

How does Roger Federer string his Racket?

Roger strings his racket with Luxilon Alu Power Rough 16L in the crosses and Wilson Natural Gut in the mains with Wilson selling this combination as their Champions Choice.

In a video for Luxilon, Federer explains that he choose this combination because it gives him extra control and spins on his shots and that he has been using this combination since 2002.

Like many ATP pro Players, Federer will vary the tension, depending on a number of different factors including what surface he is playing on and who his opponent is.

Generally speaking, his string tension will be in the 56-60lbs range.

I also found this interesting YouTube video, showing Federer leaving his rackets to be strung with Wilson at the Laver Cup in 2017.

Where can I buy the Wilson Pro Staff RF97 Autograph?

As Federer is so popular, you will find stocks of the Wilson Pro Staff RF97 Autograph in most good tennis shops.

You can also easily buy the RF97 at most online tennis stores.

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There has been no confirmation as of yet from Wilson that they will be releasing an updated Wilson Pro Staff RF97 Autograph V14 for 2022.