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Boys Rackets

Wilson Blade 26 V9
Racing Green

£105.00
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Wilson Blade 26 V9

Sharpen your budding star’s performance with the Wilson Blade 26 V9 in Racing Green, the tennis racket that combines a design inspired by Wilson’s latest Blade performance racket series with all-around playability and feel that’s ideal for juniors aged 8-10.
Designed to give juniors a balance of controllable power, easy access to spin, and a more forgiving response, the Wilson Blade 26 V9 has a sharper, more stable feel than previous iterations, producing an excellent connected-to-the-ball sensation. It features a stunning new green paintjob with pops of orange and a matte finish that complements the sharp responses of the frame.

Its lightweight frame is ideal for rising young players to develop their strokes, while the shorter length allows them to fully swing through the ball, further promoting their technique. This racket comes pre-strung with Wilson Sensation, a comfortable and arm-friendly multifilament string to help kids develop technique and build confidence on the court. Furthermore, the Blade 26 V9 retains Parallel Drilling at the grommets for a more forgiving sweetspot.

Emma Raducanu

Emma Raducanu, born in 2002 in Canada to a Romanian father and Chinese mother but raised in Britain, has swiftly ascended in the world of professional tennis. She captured global attention with her stunning performance at the 2021 US Open, where she became the first qualifier in history to win a Grand Slam title. Known for her powerful and precise play, Raducanu's aggressive baseline game, combined with her impressive athleticism and mental resilience, distinguishes her as a promising talent. Her historic US Open victory, achieved at just 18, makes her one of the most exciting prospects in women's tennis.

Stefanos Tsitsipas

Stefanos Tsitsipas, born in Greece in 1998, is a rising star in the world of tennis. Known for his aggressive style, formidable forehand, and effective serve-and-volley game, Tsitsipas has quickly made his mark on the ATP tour. In 2019, he became the youngest player ranked in the top 10 by the Association of Tennis Professionals and has since achieved significant success, including reaching the final of the French Open in 2021. His charismatic personality and engaging playing style have also made him a fan favourite. Tsitsipas represents the next generation of tennis champions, demonstrating both skill and sportsmanship.

Wilson

Since 1914, Wilson have focused on one thing: the player. Company founder Thomas Wilson’s ambition was to empower athletes, to make everyone who played sport feel like a pro.

That’s why, starting with the wooden V1 over a century ago, all their rackets have been designed to help you play better tennis and enjoy the game. They’re responsible for some of the sport’s most significant innovations, too, introducing the first leather handle grip in 1935, along with the first commercial metal racket, the legendary T2000, in 1967.

The famous frame saw success almost immediately, with Billie Jean King wielding it to win the US Open that same year. Other players soon recognised the benefits of its steel construction, and the T2000’s domination continued into the 70s and 80s – Jimmy Connors liked it so much, he used it to win all eight of his Grand Slam titles.

Wilson have produced so many of the game’s iconic frames. Prior to the T2000 there was the Jack Kramer, the best-selling racket in tennis history. And after it, perhaps the most iconic racket of all: the Pro Staff. Used by greats such as Edberg, Courier, Graf, Sampras, and, of course, Roger Federer, the Pro Staff has maintained popularity right up to the present day, thanks to its winning combination of power, feel, and control.

In their modern range, the Pro Staff is joined by the powerful Ultra, the feel-focused Blade – as endorsed by Serena Williams, the spin-based Burn, and the hugely popular Clash, which provides all-round performance for players of any level. Options for everyone, then. That’s the Wilson way.

Wilson Blade

The Wilson Blade tennis racket is a popular choice among players who value control, feel, and precision. With its sleek and modern design, the Blade stands out on the court. The racket's braided graphite and basalt construction offers exceptional stability and control, allowing players to place their shots with accuracy. The Blade's dense string pattern maximises control and spin potential, while its responsive and comfortable feel ensures a solid connection with the ball. Whether you're an aggressive baseliner or a player who relies on finesse, the Wilson Blade tennis racket provides the perfect combination of power, control, and feel for an enhanced playing experience.

Features

• Headsize: 100 sq in / 645 sq cm
• Strung weight: 9.6oz / 271g
• Unstrung weight: 9.0oz / 255g
• Unstrung balance: 32cm / 3 HL
• Length: 26in / 66cm
• String pattern: 16x19
• Taper System: 22mm Flat Beam
• String pattern (16x19) generates greater capacity for power and spin
• Blade benefit: Feel and control
• Lightweight frame: Ideal racket for rising junior players developing their strokes
• Junior length: Shorter length allows juniors to fully swing through the ball
• Comes pre-strung with Wilson’s Sensation string, a comfortable and arm-friendly multifilament string to help kids develop technique and build confidence on the court
• Design: Dynamic Emerald Night Green matte finish with pops of orange complement the sharp responses of the frame
• Parallel Drilling provides a consistent, more forgiving string bed response
• Please note that this racket ships strung
• Please note that all Wilson Blade rackets come without a protective head cover

Additional Information

  • Quick Ref: 1014154
  • Man. Ref: WR151710U
Choosing the Right Grip Size for your Tennis Racket

One often overlooked, but crucial, aspect when selecting a tennis racket is the grip size. The grip size is the measurement around the handle's circumference, and choosing the right one can significantly impact your comfort, control, and potential to prevent injury. This article will guide you through the process of selecting the right tennis racket grip size.

Importance of Choosing the Right Grip Size

A correctly sized tennis grip ensures you have optimal control over your racket and helps prevent injuries. Too small a grip may cause your hand to shift during play, reducing accuracy and increasing the risk of developing tennis elbow due to overuse of the forearm muscles. Conversely, a grip that's too large can make the racket hard to turn and manipulate, and it could also lead to hand, wrist, or shoulder injuries due to overgripping.

Measuring Your Grip Size

There are two common methods to measure your grip size:

  1. The Ruler Method: Open your dominant hand and extend your fingers. Align a ruler with the bottom lateral crease of your palm, measuring to the tip of your ring finger. The measurement in inches correlates with your grip size.

  2. The Finder Test: Hold the racket with a standard Eastern forehand grip, where the base knuckle of your index finger is on bevel #3. You should be able to fit the index finger of your other hand in the space between your ring finger and the palm that's gripping the racket. If there's not enough room for your finger, the grip is too small. If there's too much space, the grip is too large.

Grip Sizes: U.S. vs. European

In the U.S., grip sizes range from 4 inches to 4 ¾ inches, increasing in increments of 1/8 inch. European grip sizes use a different naming system, L0 to L5, each correlating to their U.S. counterparts as follows:

European Grip Size US Grip Size
L0 or G0 4 Inches
L1 or G1 4 1/8 inches
L2 or G2 4 1/4 inches
L3 or G3 4 3/8 inches
L4 or G4 4 1/2 inches
L5 or G5 4 5/8 inches

Choosing the Right Grip Size

When choosing the right grip size, consider the following points:

  • Go for the smaller size if you're in between: It's easier to increase the size of a grip than decrease it. You can always add an overgrip (which usually adds about 1/16 inch) to a smaller handle to increase its size, but shaving down a larger handle is not recommended as it can compromise the racket's structural integrity.

  • Consider your style of play: Players who rely on spin might prefer a smaller grip size, which allows for more wrist action. In contrast, players seeking control may benefit from a larger grip size.

  • Test it out: If possible, try before you buy. Visit a local sports store, hold the racket, and mimic your swing to see how it feels. Remember that comfort is key - if it doesn't feel right, it probably isn't.

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