A top 10, a maverick and a Masters winner, Italy’s Fabio Fognini is a player no tennis fan can ignore. And if you are looking for any information about Fabio Fognini’s racquet, we have all the information you need for it before you take a call on whether or not it works for you.
Having started playing tennis at just four, Fognini’s professional career kick-started with a host of Futures and Challenger competitions in 2004, before he finally made an appearance at the 2006 US Open qualifiers.
A string of first round exits in Grand Slam tennis followed till the 2009 Australian Open when he won his first main draw match at a major while it was only in 2010, at the French Open, did Fognini reach the third round for the first time.
With clay having proved to be his favourite surface over the years, it comes as no surprise Fognini’s first and stunningly, only quarterfinal appearance till April 2020, came at the French Open in 2011. Since then he has made it to the fourth round half a dozen times but never beyond. He did win a doubles title at the 2015 Australian Open with fellow Italian player Simone Bolelli.
2018 seemed to be his breakthrough year though, as Fognini won three singles titles, including one on the hard courts of Los Cabos. This allowed him to finish 13th on the ATP charts at the end of the season, his best ranking ever. What that probably seemed to have done is to fill Fognini with the confidence needed to deliver in the manner he did in 2019.
He reached his first Masters 1000 final by beating Rafael Nadal at the Monte Carlo Masters last-four stage and then crushed Dusan Lajovic to lift the title. And while the rest of the year didn’t go as well as he would liked, a Masters title helped him into the top 10 in the world.
What’s well-known about Fognini’s playing style is he prefers clay court surfaces, having won eight of his nine ATP titles on clay till 2019. As a result it doesn’t come as too much of a surprise Fognini loves playing from the baseline with a serve which isn’t the quickest but filled with solid precision and excellent placement.
So, Which is Fabio Fognini’s Racquet?
Fabio Fognini endorses Babolat and uses Babolat’s Pure Drive Original. The racquet is painted like the Babolat’s latest edition of the Pure Drive for sponsorship reasons. Fognini also uses the Babolat RPM Blast strings.
Carlos Moya used to endorse the Pure Drive Original which brought this racquet to the limelight and now Fognini uses the same.
Get the exact technical specifications of Babolat Pure Drive racquet below. The figures mentioned in the bracket are those for the Babolat Pure Drive Original.
- Length: 27 in./69 cm
- Head Size: 100 sq.in/645 sq.cm
- Weight: 11.2 oz/318 gm (11.9 oz/339 gm)
- Balance Point: 12.99 in./33 cm/4pts Head Light
- Construction: 23mm/26mm/23mm
- Composition: Graphite
- String Pattern: 16 Mains/19 Crosses
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