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Geared Up: Stefanos Tsitsipas fuels his dynamic all-court game with Wilson and Adidas
Take a closer look at the equipment and apparel of the two-time Grand Slam finalist.
Published Aug 15, 2023
FLASHBACK: A five-set win for Stefanos Tsitsipas over Andy Murray in the second round of Wimbledon was a highlight of the first week.
Racquet: Wilson Blade 98 v8 (18x20) ($249) (Purchase now at Tennis-Point.com)
The Blade 98 is a perfect match for Tsitsipas’s game thanks to its great feel, dependable response and all-court versatility. In stock form, it’s lighter than a traditional player’s racquet, but still packs the stability and swing weight needed to traffic in advanced circles.
The main internal technology (FortyFive) of this eighth generation increases both the frame’s flexibility and stability to improve feel and complement the more vertical swing path of modern technique. The tighter string pattern of the 18x20 model gives the racquet even greater feedback and directional control.
The slim fitting top has Freelift construction—a design feature in the arms that allows greater freedom of movement—a ventilated back panel, and sleeve cuffs. Strategically-placed mesh zoning also promotes greater breathability.
The geometric print draws comparisons to a winding tennis net with bold, arresting coloring. The Pro Short is made with recycled polyester in a glossy, satin weave. It has a 9-inch inseam with an inner leg mesh gusset for ease of movement.
Shoes: Adidas Barricade 2023 ($160) (Purchase now at Tennis-Point.com)
The latest Barricade in the storied franchise—its 13th iteration—has subtle tweaks that result in notable improvements. The upper has significantly more protection on the medial side to booster durability for toe-draggers and sliders. It’s also more breathable for greater comfort during hotter conditions.
To create a more locked-in and responsive fit, the eyelets on the lacing system have been anchored more securely to the shoe, and from an aesthetics standpoint, the large Adidas callout on the medial side of the shoe has been replaced by a smaller classic three-stripe logo.