Wilson is the leading manufacturer of tennis racquets in the world. Champions like Roger Federer and Serena Williams use Wilson racquets. The brand has four lines of racquet series like Pro-Staff, Blade, Clash, and Ultra that are made using advanced technologies. They are the most sought-after brand in the tennis scene.
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1914 - The company was established the first Wilson racquet, crafted in all second growth ash tree and fine-combed cedar handle was priced at only $0.75.
1917 - Wilson's catalogue included 28 models in total; one of which was called the Blue Ribbon which was made of white ash, walnut and reinforced with dogwood. This racquet featured a special oval shape.
1935 - The release of the original leather tennis handle wrap known as the Mahogany Leather Grip gave athletes unparalleled feel and grip for the time.
1950 - The business made a key strategic move, joining forces with American Jack Kramer, a successful player who helped create the Open era of competition that exists today.
The Kramer/Wilson partnership led to the creation of the Jack Kramer Autograph, which turned out to be one of the top-selling racquets of all time. The racquet was known for adding power to the game and was produced featuring all ash laminated construction. The racquet was used by John McEnroe, Tracy Austin, Arthur Ashe, Billie Jean King, and many others on its way to winning more Grand Slams than any other racquet of its time.
1967 - The company introduced the first steel racquet, the Wilson T2000. Wilson’s momentum continued when Jimmy Connors, the top player in the game, endorsed the T2000 in winning major championships.
1969 - Wilson released the Billie Jean King Autograph racquet with Strata-Bow technology. This racquet was known for its long handle pallets to reduce torque and flexibility in the head. This racquet helped Billie Jean King win her record fifth Wimbledon victory.
1975 - Wilson introduced a championship racquet designed to meet the needs of serious female players; the Chris Evert Autograph. This racquet was lighter and more flexible overall which increase power and included white ash and Strata-Bow construction.
1979 - Wilson tennis balls were first used at the U.S. Open, which are still prominent to this day. The Australian Open slowly followed in 2006, with the French Open scheduled to join this year.
1981-82 - John McEnroe used a Jack Kramer Pro Staff model to win three of his 11 career majors. McEnroe won back-to-back Wimbledon Championships and a U.S. Open, establishing himself as the top player at the time.
1983 - The racquet was launched and used also by Stefan Edberg and Jim Courier. Californian Pete Sampras continued the Wilson tradition using the original Kevlar Pro Staff 85 racquet, featuring a head size of 85 square inches, for the majority of his entire professional career.
1987 - The Wilson Profile racquet was the first wide body racquet which provided a completely new level of power.
1990 - Wilson introduced the more user friendly Hammer technology which provided the recreational player with more power and the largest sweet spot of any racquets of it's time. The Hammer 2.7si weighed only 10oz and was one of the lightest and most powerful racquets.
1993 - The Sledge Hammer 3.8 released and took the Hammer system one step further. Lighter than any other previous racquet at 9.2 oz, the weight distribution, “fan” head shape and string pattern raised the sweet spot to the upper part of the frame where most balls are hit for optimum power.
1998 - The Hyper Sledge Hammer 2.0 quickly became the number one selling racquet in the US market with: Hyper Carbon- the lightest, stiffest and strongest material.
2001 - Wilson's TRAID 3.0 made its way into the industry with the revolutionary tri-component which separated the entire head from the handle joint with a new polymer called Iso-Zorb. This allowed those who enjoyed the power from Hammer frames with arm-friendly absorption and a bit more control.
2004 - Wilson introduced nCode 2004 (up to 2 times stronger, 2 times more stable and 22% more powerful than ordinary racquets)
2007 - [K] Factor introduced which Serena Williams and Roger Federer switch to for the Australian Open to take home the title.
2009 - Serena Williams and Roger Federer switch to BLX.
Countervail is an all-new patented material integrated exclusively into Wilson performance frames that directs the ball's energy within the frame instead of the body. This resulted in less exhaustion and vibration and increased accuracy and control.
One of the most popular racquets currently on the market is the Clash. This racquet is the first of its kind with an added technology effect known as FreeFlex, which basically allows players to swing at any angle and construct a quality shot.
The Blade is another household name amongst the many racquets. The racquet is currently used by professionals Serena Williams, Milos Raonic, Simona Halep and many more. This piece of equipment is specifically designed for power players who want more feel for finesse shots.
RF97 Autograph, 97 Countervail, 97L, 97UL - Piggybacking on the success of Version 11, v12 introduced a timeless black and white design to the minimalistic design used on v11 that Pro Staff fans loved.
Fun Fact : In July 2018, Wilson worked with former Beastie Boys producer “Money Mark” to create a music track using “tennis sounds” performed by Roger Federer. C’mon, you know you want to watch it.
RF97 Autograph, 97, 97L, 97UL - The all-new Pro Staff v13 line brings together modern technology with a heritage-inspired design paying homage to the original 1983 Pro Staff. For v13, our R&D team arranged the racket’s famous double braid at all-new 45-degree angles. Called “Braid 45”, this strategic placement of the braid allows the frame to “breathe” more upon impact, increasing dwell time while maintaining the stability responsible for the classic Pro Staff feel. Version 13 also features a denser string bed to increase precision and a more rounded end cap for added comfort.
Fun Fact : The red-and-yellow pinstripes found on the Pro Staff Original that inspired v13’s design was sold in our catalog from 1983 up until 2004. There have been limited edition racket releases that featured the pinstripes over the years, but v13 is the first time the pinstripes have again been used on the in-line Pro Staff franchise models.