- Rafael Nadal is now using a ‘smart racquet’ made by Babolat, which contains sensors and records technical data on every ball struck while switched on.
- The racquet is like any other, but can be ‘switched on’ to activate the sensors in the handle, with the button pressed again at the end of the game to sync the data with the chosen device.
- The data is then downloaded for the purposes of analysis.
- Although the International Tennis Federation has only just lifted its restriction on ‘player analysis technology’, players cannot consult the data on court due to the ban on coaching during matches.
- Rafa says the app will help him refine his game, as he believes he needs to hit 70% forehands and 30% backhands to play well.
- The racquet is reportedly also going to be used by Caroline Wozniacki and Jo-Wlfred Tsonga.