Tennis Professional String Set-Ups

What tennis racquets and strings do the world's best tennis players use?

If it's good enough for Roger Federer it must be good enough for me, right? Not necessarily. Not only do the best players in the world have their strings set up to suit their racquet and individual style of play, they will nearly always be playing with a fresh restring every time they hit the court. Back in reality land this will rarely be the case, us mere mortals need to take some lessons from the pro's on finding the right set up for our racquets but also take into account factors such as cost, durability and tension loss.  

Here are the strings the world’s top tennis players are using in their racquets together with the rackets they’re using and the tensions they most commonly string at. These tensions are known as ‘Reference Tensions’, and are the tensions the pros will hit with when they arrive at a tournament. Having seen how the racket feels at the Reference Tension they’ll then, if necessary, take the tension up or down a couple of pounds at a time until the get the feel they’re looking for. Things such as court surface, temperature, altitude, as well as their next opponent, will all contribute to any change required, but everything will start from the Reference Tension.

Where two tensions are shown the first is the tension of the main strings, and the second is the tension of the cross strings.

Where hybrid stringing is shown, the first named string is used for the main strings, and the second named is used for the cross strings. For example, Roger Federer uses Wilson Natural Gut for his main strings, and Luxilon ALU Power Rough for his cross strings, whereas Andy Murray uses Luxilon ALU Power for his main strings, and Babolat VS Touch for his cross strings.


Novak Djokovic | Head YouTek Graphene Speed Pro

Babolat VS Team Natural Gut / Luxilon ALU Power Rough 59/56lbs


Roger Federer | Wilson Pro Staff 90

Wilson Natural Gut/Luxilon Big Banger Alu Power Rough 48.5/45lbs


Andy Murray | Head YouTek Graphene Radical Pro

Luxilon Big Banger Alu Power/Babolat VS Touch 62lbs


David Ferrer | Prince Tour 100 16x18

Luxilon Big Banger Original 51lbs


Tomas Berdych | Head YouTek Graphene Instinct MP

Luxilon Big Banger Alu Power 55lbs


Richard Gasquet | Head YouTek IG Extreme Pro

Luxilon 4G 58lbs


Nicolas Almagro | Dunlop Biomimetic Tour 500 Pro

Luxilon Big Banger Original


Thomaz Bellucci | Wilson Steam 96

Luxilon Big Banger Alu Power


Bob Bryan | Prince Tour 95

Prince Natural Gut/Prince Beast XP 56/52lbs


Mike Bryan | Prince Tour 95

Prince Natural Gut/Prince Beast XP 54/51lbs


Juan-Ignacio Chela | Babolat Pure Storm Team

Tecnifibre Spinfire Maxi Power 58lbs


Marin Cilic | Head YouTek Graphene Prestige Pro

Babolat VS Team/Luxilon Big Banger Alu Power 61lbs


Nikolay Davydenko | Prince Tour 100 18×20

Solinco Tour Bite 51lbs


Sara Errani | Babolat Pure Drive

Babolat Pro Hurricane


Tommy Haas | Head YouTek Graphene Prestige MP

Babolat VS Team 75lbs


Daniela Hantuchova | Prince Tour 100 18x20

Babolat VS Touch 58lbs


Lleyton Hewitt | Yonex VCore Tour 97

Babolat VS Team/Luxilon Big Banger Alu Power 56lbs


John Isner | Prince Warrior 100

Tecnifibre Pro Red Code 62lbs


Ana Ivanovic | Yonex Ezone Ai 98

Solinco Tour Bite 54lbs


Petra Kvitova | Wilson Juice 100

Luxilon Big Banger Alu Power 57/53lbs


Sabine Lisicki | Yonex VCore Tour 97

Yonex Poly Tour Spin/Prince Natural Gut 50lbs


Feliciano Lopez | Wilson Juice 100

Luxilon Alu Power/Babolat VS Team 51/46lbs


Paul-Henri Mathieu | Wilson Steam 99

Luxilon Big Banger Alu Power 62lbs


Gaël Monfils | Wilson Blade 98

Luxilon Big Banger Alu Power 57/55lbs


Li Na | Babolat Pure Drive GT

Babolat Pro Hurricane/Babolat Xcel 55lbs


Agnieska Radwanska | Babolat Pure Drive Lite

Babolat RPM Blast/Babolat VS Team


Milos Raonic | Wilson Blade 98

Luxilon M2 44/46lbs


Tommy Robredo | Dunlop 4D 300

Luxilon Big Banger Original 52lbs


Laura Robson | Wilson Blade 98

Luxilon Big Banger TiMo/Wilson Natural Gut


Andy Roddick | Babolat Pure Drive Roddick

Babolat Pro Hurricane Tour/Babolat VS Team 73/61lbs


Maria Sharapova | Head YouTek Graphene Instinct MP

Babolat VS Team/Babolat RPM Blast 62lbs


Radek Stepanek | Head YouTek Graphene Speed Pro

Pacific Tournament Pro Natural Gut 55/53lbs


Janko Tipsarevic | Tecnifibre T-Fight 325 VO2 Max

Tecnifibre Razor Code 57/55lbs


Jo-Wilfrid Tsonga | Babolat Pure Strike 100

Babolat VS Team/Luxilon Alu Power Rough 59.5lbs


Stanislas Wawrinka | Yonex VCore Tour G

Babolat RPM Blast


Serena Williams | Wilson Blade 104

Wilson Natural Gut/Luxilon 4G 66lbs


Venus Williams | Wilson Blade 104

Wilson Natural Gut/Luxilon 4G 66lbs


Caroline Wozniacki | Babolat AeroPro Drive

Babolat Revenge/Babolat VS Team Natural Gut 57lbs


Juan Martin del Potro | Wilson [K] Six.One 95

Luxilon Big Banger Alu Power 62lbs