Racquet: Babolat Pure Aero 98 ($279/single; $539/pair)

With its smaller head size and thinner, more flexible beam, the Aero 98 is the most restrained and control-oriented member of the franchise. Its 16x20 string pattern also enhances the frame’s ability to hit into tighter windows and employ more versatile tactics. But it’s still an Aero, and is capable of producing a lively ball packed with pace and spin. It just requires more of a swing and cleaner contact from the user, which is something better players—the frame’s target audience—will certainly appreciate.

They will also enjoy the frame being offered as a single or in matching pairs. The two matched racquets are intended to have a maximum weight variance of just 1 gram, well below the industry standard. It's a nice assurance for competitive players needing multiple racquets.

Apparel: NikeCourt Slam Top ($90); NikeCourt Advantage Short ($65)

This slim-fitting crew is constructed with 100% recycled polyester. It’s not only made to do a masterful job of wicking sweat away from the body, but takes it easy on the environment in the process. An innovative seam design around the shoulders promotes unrestricted movement and a comfortable feel, and the two-tone front and back give it a stylish look.

The spandex in these stretchy, woven shorts allows them to adjust to the most aggressive court coverage. Overlapping hem vents on the sides add to the mobility. An elastic waistband and drawstring enable a comfortable, tailored fit. They’re available with 7-inch and 9-inch inseams.


Rune's racquet of choice is the Babolat Pure Aero 98.

Rune's racquet of choice is the Babolat Pure Aero 98.

Shoes: Nike Vapor Pro 2 ($130)

Rune endorses the Vapor Pro line, and the latest edition has been updated with more comfort and shock absorption. It’s a lightweight and low-to-the-ground model built for players looking for a speedy and supportive shoe. Rubber has been removed in low-wear areas to lessen weight and keep the shoe nimble. Stability comes from the full-length frame that runs the perimeter of the shoe, which provides structure and backbone during the most aggressive cuts. The cushioned midsole absorbs court contact and Zoom Air in the forefoot put extra spring into every step. The outsole has a data-informed design for optimal combination of grip and give.