Posts Tagged ‘Rafael Nadal’

NEW Genesis Intrepid Racquet–

March 18, 2014

Genesis recently introduced its 2nd racquet to the line and we are proud to announce that we now offer it, Intrepid.  For those familiar with the high-quality string offerings produced by Genesis should definately try out their racquets! Their first racquet introduced a few years back is the Thunder Power racquet which plays very similar to the Babolat Aero Pro Drive but more similar to the original one as used by Rafael Nadal. It is a one piece construction and plays very solid. For Babolat Aero Pro Drive users, check out the Genesis Thunder Power racquet and you will not be let down!

Now as we turn the page to the Genesis Intrepid racquet, our playtest team found this racquet to be very solid as well. Most playtesters found the racquet to play similar to the Babolat Pure Drive, Head Radical, Wilson Blade and other simialr racquets out there on the market today. The racquet has a great blend of power and control and is the ideal racquet for the aggressive baseliner. 

Genesis’s Toray Carbon Fibers technology provides improved control and feel combined with impressive acceleration. A thinner beam at the throat allows players to swing confidently without the fear of losing ball control. This racquet is perfect for the aggressive baseline player who likes to play with heavy topspin from both groundstrokes. On serve, we found great feedback with loads of power and spin. At net, Intrepid is easy to maneuver and offers nice touch. The large sweetspot offers a crisp feel with exhilirating precision. The racquet is constructed from a single mold from the grip handle to the head of the racquet. This unique construction is what makes the racquet feel so solid which also means less shock to the player.

For those interested in demoing this or other racquets, be sure to contact us today or e-mail with your request to: info@thetennisdepot.com

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Pro Supex Dynamic Energy and Babolat Aero Pro Drive

March 19, 2010

I’ve owned a Pro Supex Dynamic Energy for about a year now, and I must say that I’m a fan. It’s a good racket, one that provides excellent access to spin, isn’t string sensitive at all (meaning that whatever string I throw in the racket usually feels pretty good), gives me with a bit of extra oomph on the days when I’m not feeling it, and is just an all around great frame. It’s not my preferred weapon on the courts, but I do enjoy the racket.

Today, I finally got the opportunity to try out the Babolat Aero Pro Drive Cortex (APDC), the racket upon which the Dynamic Energy is based, and is reputed to play very similarly to. The Dynamic Energy was a 4 ½ with a Prince calfskin leather grip and a Slazenger overgrip. The Babolat APDC on the other hand was completely stock, down to the Syntec grip. The Dynamic Energy weighed in at around 12 ounces, while the Babolat around 11 ounces. The following are my observations:

Power: There is no doubt in my mind that the APDC is more powerful. It provides more oomph off the ground and on the serve. I hit the hardest serves I’ve ever hit today. However, this is not to say that the Dynamic Energy lacks power- there’s plenty of power to be had. However, there is a notable difference.

Control: These both have about the same amount of control. I did not find myself hitting out more often with either frame, and I did not feel that there was a lack of control. The APDC was able to tame its own power by providing excellent topspin. Speaking of which…

Spin: I must give a slight nod to the APDC. While both rackets are spin machines, the APDC is able to generate more spin on all shots. Slice shots were beautiful coming off of this racket. Again, I must stress that both rackets provide excellent spin.

Maneuverability: Considering that the APDC is a full ounce lighter, it’s more maneuverable. It’s easier to get into position at the net, and whips through the air a bit faster. The Dynamic Energy is not exactly sluggish, but it’s a bit harder to position on those reaction shots.

Comfort: Here is a category in which the Pro Supex COMPLETELY blows away the Babolat. I have never experienced tennis elbow, but today my elbow was definitely in pain. The Babolat is incredibly stiff, and that stiffness is very evident. While I can’t say that either racket was jarring on off center hits, the Babolat lacks the weight/stability and the moderate flex of the Dynamic Energy. If you’ve been having trouble with tennis elbow, the Babolat is NOT a frame that should be on your demo list.

Overall: In my opinion, the Pro Supex Dynamic Energy is an excellent imitation of the Aero Pro Drive line. While the two are not the same, the two play similarly enough that there is very little doubt they’re related. If you lead up your rackets and are looking for a heavier Aero Pro Drive in stock form, the Dynamic Energy is an excellent racket to consider. If you’ve been enjoying the Aero Pro Drive, but not so much that tennis elbow that comes with it, try the Dynamic Energy. Considering the $65+ difference in price, there is no doubt in my mind that the Dynamic Energy is a worthy alternative to the Aero Pro Drive.  Head on over to the Tennis Depot to pick one up today!

Nadal, the Emperor of Clay Strikes Again; Murray, the new #3

May 4, 2009

World #1, Rafael Nadal has made another statement to the tennis world by winning his last 30 matches on clay and winning 3 tournaments in 3 weeks. Reigning ATP World Tour Champion Rafael Nadal won a record fourth Internazionali BNL d’Italia title with a hard-fought 7-6(2), 6-2 victory over defending champion Novak Djokovic on Sunday at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 clay-court tennis tournament in Rome. Since 2005, Nadal has compiled an outstanding 147-4 match record on clay. How good is Nadal really on clay? Can he be considered the best clay-courter of all time? Time will tell as Nadal looks to defend his French Open title in the coming weeks.

The defeat for World No. 3 Djokovic means that he will be surpassed in the Rankings by No. 4 Andy Murray on May 11 when the 2008 Rome points drop off.

Talking about the rankings, do you think Federer will be able to maintain his number 2 spot? There are now 3 players that are battling for that spot- Murray, Djokovic, and Federer. We sincerely hope Roger can win at least one slam this year but given his recent performance, our personal pick to end this year at number 2 will Andy Murray.

Nadal Closing In on Federer

July 27, 2008

It has been several years now that Roger Federer has held the number 1 position. Nadal has been waiting patiently to grab that ranking. He finally has his chance. With Federer losing in the second round of the Toronto masters, Rafa can become number 1 if he wins the Cincinnati masters and Federer loses before the semifinals. With Federer not playing his best tennis, it is very likely that we will have a new number 1 very soon.