September 27, 2023

Open Court


Frank Dancevic’s racquet experiments

At the U.S. Open last month, Canadian Frank Dancevic played with a new Roger Federer Wilson model he’d only hit with a few times.

It was the culmination of a complicated racquet story for him in 2014 (at one point, Wilson inadvertently sent him some old H-22 models, which they had made for Novak Djokovic before he switched to Head). Most of the time, Dancevic played with a few old Blade models he’d had for a couple of years.

And in the end, he told Open Court that the Fed model was giving him shoulder issues.

With his Wilson contract up at the end of the season, Dancevic is looking around. They might be looking around, too, for all we know.

At the Charlottesville Challenger this week, Dancevic is playing with a Head (looks like a Graphene Instinct or maybe a Speed PWR, but the cogniscenti will probably know better)


In the middle of the third-set tiebreak of his loss to American Alex Kuznetsov Wednesday, a trainer suddenly appeared on court, unannounced and uninvited, to treat what Dancevic said was “a drop” of blood on his knee from an earlier spill. He was yelling at them, to no avail.

As you can see, he was not happy about this. The timing was bizarre, to say the least. And on top of that, he was down 1-5 in the breaker. So that didn’t help his mood.

Dancevic MTO

On the plus side, Granny the ballgirl was right on top of things.


You can say what you want about Fancy Frank, but his life is never dull.

No sign of Snoopy at this one, though.

He’s still in the Charlottesville doubles. And you’ll be happy to know that after the loss yesterday, Dancevic was headed to the hairdressers to lose the  “Faux-Hawk”, which quite frankly looked like it had been backed with a machete.

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