Roger Federer Racket

Roger Federer’s RF97 is one of the most popular tennis rackets on the market, so I decided to publish the below guide with the aim of helping people understand what racket Federer actually played with and whether the retail version is anything like it.

There is still a debate on which player is the Greatest Of All Time (GOAT), but there is definitely no contest when it comes to the most popular player of all time, and although he decided to retire in 2022, there is still 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 did Federer use?

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Roger Federer’s Racket was a slightly customized version of the Wilson Pro Staff RF97 Autograph, which he used on tour from 2014 up until he retired in 2022.

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

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

You can 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 or V15) of the PS RF97 Autograph will be released in 2023.

As Roger played his last tournament at the Laver Cup in September 2022, I wouldn’t be surprised if a new Wilson Pro Staff v14 (RF97) is released to commemorate Fed’s career sometime in 2023 – however, this has yet to be confirmed.

Wilson Pro Staff RF97 Autograph Specs (Retail Version)

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 Wilson rackets but in reality, he probably only used three different frames over the course of his career with Wilson only updating the paint job on Roger’s frame so that it looked like the latest 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, with his biggest win with the PS 85 being his famous win over Sampras at the 2001 Wimbledon Championships.

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

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 did 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, then this can lead to tennis elbow issues.

Did 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 did 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 chose 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 varied the tension on his strings, depending on a number of different factors including what surface he was playing on and who his opponent was.

Generally speaking, his string tension was in the 56 – 60 lbs range.

I also found this interesting YouTube video, showing Federer leaving his rackets in 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.

If you are considering buying the racket and would like to support this blog, then consider purchasing it by clicking on the Amazon button below.

By doing this I will receive a small commission from Amazon and you will be helping to support the blog.

NB: There has been no confirmation as of yet from Wilson that they will be releasing an updated Wilson Pro Staff RF97 Autograph V14 for 2023 so the V13 may be the last version of the Roger Federer Racket that will be released now that he is retired.