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Rafael Nadal's Actual Tennis Racket, Shoes, and Gear

If you've been following us at The Tennis Insider, you probably know that top tennis players often don't actually play with the equipment they endorse. Fortunately, we have access to looking at their actual, match used rackets. Today we'll be taking a look at the gear Rafael Nadal actually plays with, and comparing it to what he endorses. Stay tuned for additional photos and info. Purchase Nadal's endorsed gear here, or explore his match used equipment.

Rafael Nadal's Personal Racket from 2023 | Image courtesy of a The Tennis Insider contributor

Rafa Nadal has been using the same AeroPro Drive Original frame throughout his career

Rafael Nadal's racket specifications

Racket: Babolat Pure Aero Rafa Origin

Rafa is playing with a racket that is closely available to the general public in the Babolat Pure Aero Rafa. The frame he uses was originally known as the Babolat AeroPro Drive Original, and he has been using it throughout his professional career. There has been a tremendous amount of speculation about Rafael Nadal's racket specifications, but as of 2023 they are as follows.

  • Weight: 318

  • Swingweight: 338

  • String pattern: 16 x 19

  • Length: 27in

  • Head size: 100 square inches

  • Balance: 318mm

  • Grip size: 4 1/4 (2)

Strings: Babolat RPM Blast 15L

Shoes: Custom Nike Zoom Cage 3

Nadal has been using a custom Nike Zoom Cage 3 model since 2018. His Nike shoes have included enhanced technology over the retail models and are significantly wider.

Clothing: Nike

Nadal has competed in custom tailored clothing throughout his career. His Nike gear features "Custom Athlete" tagging, with no size labels present.

Image via Prestige Memorabilia

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