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 Wimbledon Junior 23 - White
The Babolat Wimbledon Junior 23 inch racket is perfect for kids looking to start their path towards Centre Court.
Designed for juniors in the colours of the Championships, the Babolat is made from sturdy aluminium so it won't break easily if it hits the court.
Weighing just over 200 grams, the racket is perfect for youngsters and it shares a similar design to Rafael Nadal's so they can dream of playing like the 2008 and 2010 Wimbledon champion.
•Weight: 205g/7.2 oz
•Head size: 620 cm²/96sq. in
•Balance point: 290 mm
•Length: 584 mm/23 in
•Flexibility: 45 mm
•For Age 6 to 8 (3 ft 11 in. to 4 ft 4 in.) pick a 23 inch racket
- Quick Ref: 182082
- Man. Ref: 140230