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By Sean Bradley

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(December 4, 2010) Will she or won’t she?

Speculation surrounds world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki’s racquet of choice for 2011.

The 20-year-old Wozniacki has played with Babolat frames since the start of her pro career, but her contract with Babolat expires at the end of the month and there is strong speculation the highly-marketable Wozniacki will switch to another racquet. She was using the Babolat Aeropro Drive GT.


That speculation was further fueled when Wozniacki appeared to be playing with a blacked-out Yonex frame in last month’s exhibition match against Victoria Azarenka.


While Yonex has a history of signing some of tennis most talented and glamorous women players – Ana Ivanovic, Elena Dementieva, Maria Kirilenko and Anna Kournikova all played with Yonex – Wozniacki’s agent says Babolat is still in the running to re-sign the Great Dane and that no deal has been finalized as of yet.

Regarding the matter, Wozniacki’s Coach John Tobias said, “Yes, it is true that Caroline should try a new racket, but she still has the ability to return to the old, if it does not work. It is clear that there is good economy in it. One can require considerably more as the world number one.” Evidently something is in the works and only time will tell whether Yonex comes out of this as the sponsor of women’s tennis’ number one.


If Wozniacki does sign with Yonex (or anyone else, for that matter), she would be the highest-ranked player to change racquets before the start of the season since Novak Djokovic jumped from Wilson to HEAD a few years ago.

 

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