One of the sport’s most historic brands, Babolat’s tennis story began all the way back in 1875, when, utilising their expertise in the processing of natural gut for musical instruments and archery bows, Pierre Babolat and his team produced the first ever natural gut racket string.
A series of innovations followed, including the tension-resistant Babolat VS string in 1925, which remains popular today, through to the Cordynel – the world’s first electric stringing machine – in 1981. The Lyon-based brand are also responsible for some of the most technologically advanced synthetic strings on the market, such as the RPM and Xcel ranges. In short, they are the masters of strings.
But what about rackets? It might surprise you to learn that Babolat’s first range of rackets was released relatively recently, with another Pierre Babolat, great grandson of the family company’s founder, creating the Pure line in 1994.
Having cleverly gifted their frames to talented up-and-comers, Babolat’s name began to ring out on the pro circuit, chiefly thanks to the Pure Drive. After Carlos Moya won the French Open in ’98 using the power-focused racket, Andy Roddick and Kim Clijsters became ATP and WTA No.1s with the same frame in 2003. A couple of years later, a youthful Rafael Nadal won his first Slam title, conquering Roland-Garros with the Aeropro Drive, which was specifically designed to suit his spin-based play.
Nowadays, Babolat split their rackets into three categories: the Pure Drive for power, the Pure Aero for spin, and the Pure Strike for control. Each series comes in a range of headsizes and weights to suit all ages, body types, and skill levels, with comfort-focused EVO editions available for players who prioritise fun and gradual improvement.
Babolat Nadal Junior 21
11-time French Open champion and the only player in history to win every Grand Slam tournament and a gold in the Olympics for both Singles and doubles, Rafa Nadal is one of the all-time greats of tennis, so who wouldn’t want to emulate Spain’s raging bull with the Babolat Nadal Junior 21?
The Babolat Nadal Junior 21 is an aluminium racket that comes in identical colours to the king of clay’s racket. Constructed to be lightweight, easy to handle and have good strength it is perfect for children between 100cm and 110cm tall.
- Composition: Aluminium
- Weight: 176g/6.2oz
- Head Size: 548cm2
- Length: 21"/53cm
- Quick Ref: 194291
- Man. Ref: 140247