Following the launch of the new Babolat Pure Aero in August 2022, the ultimate spin family announces the addition of the PURE AERO 98 to the range offering players the perfect combination of spin and precision.
This new model has been designed for players who hit the ball early on the rise. Used on tour by Carlos Alcaraz, Holger Rune and Felix Auger-Aliassime, the PURE AERO 98 racquet is the heaviest in the range at 305 grams (10.8 oz.). As the name implies, its head size is 98 in2 (630 cm²), which provides more precision than the standard 100 in2 (645 cm²) head size. While the string pattern of the other Pure Aero racquets in the range is 16 x 19 (16 main, 19 cross), the PURE AERO 98 racquet features a tighter string pattern (16 x 20), offering a little more control while maintaining excellent spin.
Athletes with a Babolat in their hand had a phenomenally successful 2022. Numbers one and two in men’s tennis and number one in men’s padel are just the tip of the iceberg – if you look at the big picture, Babolat’s year was highly impressive.
Pride of place goes to the 19-year-old Carlos Alcaraz, who won the US Open to become the youngest-ever men’s tennis world number one, and closes the year at the top of the rankings. Babolat’s other world number one was Juan Lebrón, the 27-year-old padel player from Cadiz who reached 11 finals, winning six of them, and finishes at the top of the rankings for a fourth consecutive time.
Babolat’s Spanish pair of Carlos Alcaraz and Rafael Nadal were the leading players in tennis’ majors. Alcaraz was so dominant in the European clay season that it was a shock when he only reached the quarter-finals at Roland-Garros. But his US Open triumph confirmed his status as the leader of the new generation, and despite an abdominal injury in October his consistency throughout the year meant he held the top spot to the end of the season.
At the other end of the age spectrum, 36-year-old Nadal won the Australian and Roland Garros majors and now owns a record 22 Grand Slam singles titles, adding fuel to the argument that he is that greatest tennis player of all time. He reached the last four at Wimbledon too but couldn’t play his semi-final because of injury.