Daniil Medvedev turns ‘defense into attack’ with updated Tecnifibre Signature racquet
Daniil Medvedev says he likes the ‘tactical’ fight against opponents on the pitch. And that’s, in part, why the world’s No. 1 tennis player loves the balanced attack he gets from his signature updated T-Fight 305 racquet from Tecnifibre.
“What I really like about this racquet is that it’s perfectly balanced,” he says. “I like to turn defense into attack and I feel that with this racquet I can do that perfectly.”
While Medvedev is currently playing with the updated frame and the rest of the Tecnifibre T-Fight 305 players plan to upgrade in January, the French brand will release the new design to the public on August 1st. Expect a full line of extended T-Fight 305 options coming in 2023.
Patrice Chabrel, Tecnifibre senior product manager for racquets and bags, says data from the men’s tour shows Medvedev is playing a perfectly balanced game, so he needed a racquet to match whether it’s to manage short or long rallies or to offer one of the most winning services. games in sports. In short, Chabrel says Medvedev craves “dynamic control”.
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To achieve this, the updated T-Fight 305 was designed in collaboration with Medvedev at the brand’s French lab in Paris, with an emphasis on tolerance and balance.
New Isoflex technology in the frame was designed for a forgiving sweet spot on off-center hits. By balancing the flexibility of the strings to design a stiffer shorter string and a softer longer string, Chabrel says the designers were able to achieve a more consistent string bed for power and accuracy in the 18×19 string plane. The more open string pattern than an 18×20 creates more power and spin.
The frame geometry of the T-Fight 305 prioritizes Medvedev balance values. Part of the frame is squared off for maximum control with less power, while the elliptical design in other places provides a stiffer frame for maximum power with less control.
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“Our innovation merged square and elliptical sections, taking advantage of both,” Chabrel says of the technology Tecnifibre calls RS Section. “It’s the perfect mix. Powerful to hit winners, but stable at ball impact.”
According to Tecnifibre racquet nomenclature, the T-Fight 305 weighs 305 grams (10.75 ounces). It features a head size of 98 square inches.
Tecnifibre adopted white as the base color for its frames, but cleaned up the powerfully white design even more with the new Medvedev aesthetic.
The all-white paintwork uses blue and red to highlight racquet technologies and 3D branding elements provide additional texture on the frame. As Tecnifibre continues to update their racquets across the brand, they have continually added additional white into the designs to showcase the boutique feel of the brand now owned by Lacoste.
“I really like the style,” Medvedev says. “It suits me well.”