Federer returns to playing with smaller racquet

by: Matt Cronin August 14, 2013

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Roger Federer has at least temporarily stopped playing with a prototype racquet featuring a 98-square-inch head. The Swiss experimented with a new Wilson frame during clay-court tournaments in Gstaad and Hamburg, but went back to his 90-square-inch Pro Staff in his win over Philipp Kohlschreiber Tuesday night in Cincinnati.

“I just felt like, you know what, I'm going to play with the old racquet through the U.S. Open right now, and I'm going to do more racquet testing when I have, again, some more time after the U.S. Open,” he told reporters. “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.”

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