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Adrian Mannarino is a Veteran French tennis player born in 1988.
He hasn’t had a sparkling career like his compatriots Monfils, Tsonga, or Gasquet, but still, he has done quite well to earn himself 9M$ in prize money and one ATP title.
What is really interesting is the fact that he hasn’t seen real success until his 30s.
Adrian seems to age like a fine wine, claiming his only ATP title so far in 2019 and a fourth round in the Australian Open 2022, giving him a tough time with Nadal.
On the court, Mannarino has an unorthodox way to play his shots. With a short swing, he doesn’t clearly make the down to up motion but rather a push motion.
Nevertheless, his shots penetrate deep and are hard to negotiate.
He is also the one to have the best drop shot of all time in my personal book.
People ask what racquet he plays with.
Adrian Mannarino’s racquet is the Babolat AeroPro Drive 2013 painted to look like the Babolat Pure Aero.
Adrian Mannarino Racquet Specs
Adrian plays with the same racquet as the great Rafael Nadal, but he endorses the Pure Aero line.
Control, Feel and Power are the significant aspects of the most notorious racquet in the last two decades.
The aerodynamic design and the 16×19 string pattern help for an easy spin generation as well.
One main aspect that hasn’t changed over the years is the woofer grommet system, which maximizes power. In addition, GT and Aeromodular technologies increase control and easy gliding in the air without much resistance.
Adrian puts some lead tape in the bumper at 10 and 2 o’clock. He also uses a leather grip which tends to add a few grams to the total weight and drop the balance a little down.
|Unstrung weight||11.50 oz / 326g|
|Balance||12.24 in / 31.1cm|
|Strung weight||~12.41 oz / 352g|
Adrian Mannarino Racquet Strings
Adrian Mannarino uses one of the lower tensions on the ATP Tour.
He strings his racquet with the Luxilon Alu Power at 24lbs / 11kg only.
The reason for that very low tension is his struggle with arm pain and injuries. He sometimes takes painkillers between the games.
The low string tension means that the bed is plush and hardly controllable. But if you look at him practicing or playing a match, he is incredibly consistent and possesses sweet and powerful groundstrokes.
The secret is probably the combination of:
- His technique and execution (slow swing and high acceleration)
- His perfect timing
- His never-stopping footwork
- Keeping his body still when hitting the shots
All these aspects helped him get used to the 24lbs, which is very soft and arm-friendly to cope with the arm pain.
Can You Buy Adrian Mannarino’s Gear?
You know it’s hard to find one of the old AeroPro Drive racquets when even Mannarino himself made a Twitter post asking for sellers!
Is there any shop in the world still having some stock of this racket grip size 3 or 4 ?? pic.twitter.com/eB1wPFa79W— Adrian Mannarino (@AdrianMannarino) October 6, 2017
You might be able to find old racquets on ebay.com or other similar websites.
On another hand, you can get the Babolat Pure Aero racquet as the company still commercializes it on several platforms.