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By Alberto Amalfi | @Tennis_Now | Thursday, January 11, 2024
Some top pros will be wielding a sharper Blade down under. 

Wilson announced the launch of its new Blade v9 billed as the brand's "sharpest" performance racquet.

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"Innovation is at the center of everything we do at Wilson, and we are always looking for new ways to give our athletes an extra advantage,” said Jason Collins, Global General Manager of Wilson Racquet Sports. “With Blade being the racquet of choice for top players across levels, we knew it was critical to gain insights through extensive testing which has resulted in the best Blade yet.”

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The brand announced innovative updates for Blade v9 include:

Wilson’s newest StableFeel technology enhances frame stability for a more connected feel. Designed with avid players in mind, the result is a "sharper blade," making it ideal for those seeking to improve and win.

Updated DirectConnect technology, a carbon fiber handle that extends to directly connect with the end cap. Players will notice enhanced feel and torsional stability.

New bumper and grommet designs with several improvements, including easier application, increased durability and a superior fit.

Dynamic, emerald green colorway; a modern twist on the green color scheme that Blade players are accustomed to.

World No. 2 Aryna Sabalenka won her maiden major at the 2023 Australia Open playing with the Blade. Of course, pros often customize their racquets so the stick consumers buy may not exactly match what Sabalenka carries on court, but the big-hitting Belarusian credits the Blade's precision for helping her land those heavy strikes.

“The Blade has been my go-to racquet since I can remember, and it’s the racquet I trust will get me through the hardest and best matches of my career,” says Aryna Sabalenka, Wilson Advisory Staff. “I was very excited when Wilson made the updates to the new and improved version, as I am always looking to elevate my game.”

The Blade v9 core line will include eight models: 98 (16x19 and 18x20), 100 (L and UL), 104, 26 and 25.

The new Blade line will be available Thursday, February 1st with each racquet retailing for $249.

The collection will also be accompanied by a new Blade bag line, inclusive of the Super Tour 15 Pack, Super Tour 9 Pack, Duffel and Backpack.

Photo credit: Wilson