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Karen Khachanov established himself as a fierce opponent in 2018 when he reached new peaks in his career.
Karen ultimately won the Paris Masters 1000 title by defeating the legend Novak Djokovic in the final of 2018.
After that year, people expected him to become a serious contender for big titles, but the opposite happened. He was obviously overtaken by his fellow compatriot Daniil Medvedev as the current best Russian player by achieving a lot more.
Today, we are not sure if Karen Khachanov can return to his brilliant best, but we hope he doesn’t turn into a wasted talent, because he has all the skills to become a multiple Masters champion and why not break through the Top 5.
On the court, he is famous for hammering his opponents with massive forehands and serves. However, his backhand is not as penetrating.
People ask what racquet does Karen use?
Khachanov endorses the Wilson Blade 98 v8 racquet but actually plays with the Wilson H22 pro stock racquet.
Karen Khachanov Racquet Specs
The Russian is known for switching his racquet often and trying new things. He used to play with a Head Radical pro stock model, but he currently settled on the Wilson H22 painted to look like new retail racquets made by Wilson like the Blade 98 v8.
It is a popular model endorsed by many advanced and pro tennis players, who can afford racquets for more than $300-$400.
The racquet is flexible on the throat area and stiff on the head.
The 18×20 strings bed ensures more control of the shots with similar power and slightly less spin than the 16×19 configuration. However, Karen uses a full western grip, which helps him get a massive spin on the ball.
This is a great all-around racquet to do it all. It plays well in the power and precision department but is generous in terms of spin potential and control of the shots.
The low stiffness of the frame makes it arm-friendly and easy to maneuver but demands lots of arm acceleration in the swing to generate power, and skill to control the shots.
Karen Khachanov’s Wilson H22 Specs
|Head size||98 in² / 632.26 cm²|
|Length||27in / 68.58cm|
|Unstrung weight||10.93oz / 305g|
|Balance||12.52in / 31.8cm|
Karen Khachanov Racquet Strings
Karen Khachanov uses a full bed of the Luxilon Alu Power 16L at 25/23 kg or 50.7/55.1 lbs in tension.
The 16L gauge is famous for being one of the most comfortable co-polys out there. In addition, the Silver version used by Karen is crisper and offers amazing feedback.
Overall, the Luxilon Alu Power is a classic string for controlled power, spin, and good durability.
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