Originally a ski manufacturer, HEAD have been making tennis rackets since 1960, introducing the first aluminium tennis rackets which were first used at the 1969 US OPEN. One of the first tennis players to benefit from using a HEAD tennis racket was Arthur Ashe, who defeated Jimmy Conners at Wimbledon in 1975. In 1997 HEAD introduced the Ti range of tennis racket, fusing graphite with titanium for added racket head stability.
The HEAD tennis racket range has been very popular throughout both the men’s and the ladies game, with the HEAD Prestige tennis racket being one of the most used tennis rackets on tour. The HEAD radical was popularised in the 90’s by Andre Agassi, who used the Radical tennis racket to win many grand slam titles. Andy Murray now uses the HEAD YouTek Radical Pro on the ATP Tour. Typically the radical offers a little more power than the prestige, which is very control orientated.
Along with the HEAD Radical and HEAD prestige tennis rackets, HEAD have more recently introduced the HEAD Speed and HEAD Extreme ranges. The HEAD Speed sits somewhere in between the Radical and Prestige in terms of power and control. The HEAD Extreme range of tennis rackets are designed to play more like a Babolat tennis racket offering a lot of power from a fairly heavy frame.
HEAD tennis rackets are very popular on tour, with many grand slam title winners using them. Goran Ivanišević won his Wimbledon title using the HEAD Liquid Metal Prestige, and Andre Agassi won many titles with his HEAD Radical. More recently Novak Djokovic won the Australian Open and went on a ridiculously long unbeaten run using his HEAD YouTek IG Speed Pro tennis racket!