Few racquets conjure the image of a “player’s frame” quite like the Head Prestige. The sleek profile, controlled, surgical response, and the cap grommets all scream precision instrument. The latest entrant in the line, the Prestige 2021, marks the fifth decade that the seminal franchise carves a place in the tennis racquet landscape.
The specs of the frames remain virtually unchanged. The formula continues to be heightened precision and feel with the onus on the user to provide the lion’s share of the power. The biggest addition is Auxetic—a unique carbon fiber construction applied to the yoke of the frame designed to enhance the feel at impact, particularly on off-center hits. As with the past several generations, Graphene has been strategically placed around the hoop to give the frame added power and backbone.
Perhaps the newest aspect about the Prestige line is the name changes. In order to keep uniformity with the other Head silos, the Prestige models have swapped identities. The member of a Head family rated to have the lowest power level is generally given the “Pro” moniker. However, for the Prestige, this has typically been the MP. And, while that label has traditionally been known as Midplus, going forward it will be the “Main Performance” racquet in a line. Essentially it’s the member that will appeal to the widest swath of players.
Here’s the rundown: