Roger Federer Explains Why He’s Gone Back To His Old Racquet
by Tom Gainey | August 15th, 2013
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Roger Federer came to Cincinnati with his new, larger 98sq inch racquet, but after a brief and unsuccessful trial (and error) period in Europe, he’s returned to his older, Wilson BLX 90 inch frame through the US Open.

Federer was 3-2 using the larger frame, losing in the semifinals at Hamburg to Delbonis and the opening match in Gstaad to Brands.

Speaking to the press after his win Tuesday night over Philipp Kohlscrheiber, Federer explained the situation with his racquet.

“I’m going to play with the old racquet through the US Open right now, and I’m going to do more racquet testing when I have, again, some more time after the US Open,” the 32-year-old Federer said.

“I was playing for a month with the black one, but it’s a prototype. At the end, I just felt like, you know what, right now I feel like I need to simplify everything and just play with what I know best. I have too many things on my plate right now. So I just said, I want to definitely do my racquet testing and play more with the prototype, but right now I just wanted it to be about forehands and backhands and nothing else.”

Federer is defending his title points from last year, so there is a lot on his plate right now. Later today he’ll face his good friend and 35-year-old Tommy Haas.


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5 Comments for Roger Federer Explains Why He’s Gone Back To His Old Racquet

Brando Says:

It’s the smart, sensible thing to do.


kriket Says:

That’s Federer’s middle name. Smart&Sensible.
Sense&Sensibility. Pride&Prejudice. All Federer’s middle names :)


tennismonger Says:

I hope he doesn’t wind up smashing any of them. If it’s gonna happen, it’ll happen tomorrow…


Michael Says:

That is a smart decision by Roger. He couldn’t adjust to the new racquet and was having serious problems handling it. Let us hope that just like the old racquet, he will discover his old magic in his hey days.


Eric Says:

Was Federer really having problems with his racquet? It certainly wasn’t helping. But he’s signalling that he plans to return to it in or after this fall season.

(It just occurred to me that we scrutinize every word from our Fed as closely as finance types scrutinize those from theirs… The oracle impulse?)

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