A few months back, I chatted with Denis Kudla from his home in Arlington, VA. The 19-year-old American, now ranked No. 209 in the world, spoke about his early racquet habits, his current Tecnifibre racquet, and what feels good overall.
Kudla’s Racquet Specs (Unstrung + leather grip)
RACQUET: Tecnifibre T-FIGHT 325 VO2Max
WEIGHT: 339g / ~12 oz.
BALANCE: 30.8 cm / ~8 pts. HL
Justin diFeliciantonio: You know, there are so many guys on tour playing at such a high level. But their equipment is totally different. What do you think accounts for this? Why do you use what you use?
Denis Kudla: I think that’s the beauty about tennis: There’s no, like, one secret formula to win. You can win in so many different ways. There’s hundreds of racquets you can choose from, combinations of strings, everything.
For me, my racquet really fits my game at the moment. Maybe there’s something out there that’s better. But for me, right now, it’s working. I use Tecnifibre. It just feels good. Every time. It’s something you get used to and have confidence in, and that’s what I have with my equipment. And then, with clothes, shoes and stuff, that really doesn’t matter to me. That’s just, whatever. I can wear anything.
JD: What exactly are you swinging?
DK: The Tecnifibre 325 Max, that’s what I’ve been using. Not too many guys use Tecnifibre right now. I’m one of the few guys for sure.
JD: How long have you been using it?
DK: Three years. So it’s been a good three years.
JD: And before that you were using—
DK: I used Wilson for my whole life—almost my whole life. I started with Head. And then I went to Wilson when I was like 11. Honestly, I think I used like every single Wilson racquet, at some period. Every year, I switched.
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