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An American talented tennis lady, Danielle Collins turned pro in 2016 and didn’t really shine on the WTA tour until 2019, when she broke through the Top 50 in the rankings.
Prior to winning any title, her best result was reaching the quarterfinals of Roland Garros in 2020.
She started the 2021 season in agonizing pain after an endometriosis surgery and a treatment of her rheumatoid arthritis. However, she fought hard and turned this season into one of her best ever by winning 2 WTA titles.
She continued her rise to the very top by reaching her first Grand Slam final in the Australian Open 2022, defeating on the way top players like Elise Mertens and Iga Swiatek.
Her playing style reflects her philosophy of fighting against her diseases. She is described as fearless by playing aggressively from the baseline and having the fastest and most powerful strokes on the women’s tour.
People ask what gear she uses on the court.
Danielle Collins currently plays with a Babolat AeroPro Drive painted to look like a Babolat Pure Aero racquet. She strings it with the Luxilon Big Banger Alu Power 16L/1.25.
Danielle Collins Racquet Specs
Danielle Collins has been playing with a Babolat racquet since 2020. She appeared with a racquet that looks like a Babolat Pure Aero.
However, when you look closely at the grommets in the bottom of the racquet head, they have the old drills of the AeroPro Drive original, which confirms that she only uses the paint job of the Pure Aero 2019.
Therefore, Danielle plays with Nadal’s same racquet that is famous for control, feel, and enormous power.
The racquet itself is not beginner-friendly and needs lots of skill to maneuver and deliver powerful hits, considering an original flex score of 72 unstrung. The stiffness can surely be lower for Collins with customizations. Nadal plays with stiffness in the 60s.
The response you get is crisp and really powerful. Plus, you don’t lose control of your shots as you can generate easy spin with little effort and keep the net clearance high.
There are no exact specifications for Danielle Collins racquet. We will stick with the official specs of the original AeroPro Drive.
|Head size||100 in²|
|Unstrung weight||10.6 oz / 300 gr|
Danielle Collins Racquet Strings
Danielle Collins strings her racquet with a full bed of Luxilon Alu Power 16L/1.25. We don’t exactly know the tension but it should be around the 50s.
The Luxilon Alu Power strings are also performant and durable.
Did Danielle Collins Switch Her Racquet?
She created a bit of controversy at the beginning of 2020 after appearing with a Babolat racquet in the middle of her contract with Head in Hawaii and in the Australian Open after that.
Danielle Collins previous racquet was a prostock Head Radical MP. But apparently, there was no legal conflict between her and the American-Austrian tennis company.
She ended up with an official Babolat contract in the end.
Babolat Global Sports Marketing Tennis Manager, Seth McKinley said:
We are delighted to partner with Danielle Collins. Her hard work and determination have led her to an amazing college career, and she has continued to impress on the WTA Tour. Danielle has so much passion for the game and together we hope that we can achieve even greater success.