One of the two tallest players on the ATP tour, Reilly Opelka is slowly becoming one of USA’s best players in the men’s singles competitions. Below is all you would like to know about the Reilly Opelka racquet along with its specification and other pointers about it.
Opelka took to tennis quite late by today’s standards, starting his training when he was 17 and the very next year announced himself to the world with a junior Wimbledon singles title.
Making his senior debut in 2016, Opelka made it to the semifinal of the third event he played in – it was at the Atlanta Open – before losing to fellow American John Isner (check Isner’s racquet here). Interestingly, in one of the matches in that competition he played and defeated Kevin Anderson, who at 6’8″ is only three inches shorter than Opelka.
The American, who had earlier won a Challenger tournament in 2016 as his maiden title win, added three more of those in 2018, and a few other solid performances in ATP 250s meant it was the first season in which he ended in the top 100. However, he was still struggling at that stage at the Grand Slams, having lost nine qualifiers and made just one main draw.
2019 changed all of that as the tall frame of Opelka hammered opponents with his brutal serving, and went on to not just win his first ATP title, but also made it to at least the second round at three of the four Grand Slams. At Wimbledon, he took a step further, entered the third round before losing to Milos Raonic (check Raonic’s racquet here).
Speaking of Opelka’s game, the American has admitted while he didn’t deliberately do so, there are similarities between his and Isner’s games. That is to be expected from two players that tall – Isner is 6’10” – and the number of aces paint that picture.
In 2019, Opelka was seven ahead of his American compatriot on the aces count but with Isner having one extra tournament to play, he lost that crown to the latter. Unlike Isner, Opelka doesn’t use Prince Textreme Warrior, but not surprisingly, they both have racquets which aren’t the heaviest in the market to allow them to aid their serve.
So, Which is Reilly Opelka’s Racquet?
Opelka is sponsored by Wilson and endorses the Wilson Pro Staff 97. However, while playing he opts to use the Wilson Six-One 95. As far as the stringing is concerned Opelka uses a combination of Luxilon Alu Power and Flouro.
Get the exact technical specifications of Opelka’s racquet below.
- Length: 27.0 in/69 cm
- Head Size: 95 sq.in/613 sq.cm
- Weight: 12.3 ounces/349 grams
- Balance Point: 12.6 in./32 cm/7pts Head Light
- Construction: 22mm Straight Beam
- Composition: Graphite Basalt Matrix
- String Pattern: 18 Mains/20 Crosses
However, the above Wilson Six-One 95 racquet is no longer on the market, so if you are looking to buy the Wilson Pro Staff 97L Bold, which is a racquet that Opelka endorses, you can find its specifications below.
- Length: 27 in/69 cm
- Head Size: 97 sq.in/626 sq.cm
- Weight: 10.7 oz/303 gm (strung) and 290 gm (unstrung)
- Balance Point: 6pts Head Light
- Construction: 23mm Straight Beam
- Composition: Braided Graphite
- String Pattern: 16 Mains/19 Crosses
- Swing Weight: 313
Watch the below video reviewing the Wilson Pro Staff 97 L Bold Racquet:
If you are looking to buy the Wilson Pro Staff 97L Bold online using Amazon, you can do it right here or if you want you can directly visit the Wilson website and place your order there. The price of this racquet is mentioned on the Amazon website where you should get it for the best possible value.