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A RADICAL RELEASE

It was a year considered by many to be part of a golden era of American tennis. Pete Sampras was about to make what would be a long and significant mark on the ATP tour and Jim Courier had just won both the Australian and French Opens. In the women’s game Monica Seles won three Grand Slams, while teenager Jennifer Capriati stunned defending champion Steffi Graf in the Olympic final in Barcelona to take Gold.

The year of course was 1992, which would turn out, despite the surface being compatible with his strengths of speed and power, to be the first and only time that Andre Agassi claimed the Wimbledon title.


HEAD Radical Limited Edition

25th Anniversary Showcase

Winning your first Grand Slam is about realising a dream. It’s also an organic statement of intent that simultaneously serves to announce to the rest of the tour, and indeed to the rest of the world, that you’ve arrived and that you’re capable of winning big.

Despite this breakthrough, however, Agassi struggled with consistency, having yet to find his playing style. Something had to change. At the time, and since 1989, Agassi was playing with the Donnay Pro One, which, perhaps unfairly, came under as much scrutiny as anything else as he decided that his game needed a drastic overhaul.

With his thunderous forehand, outrageous hair, and clothing that made the tennis establishment wince, Agassi was quickly becoming the biggest box office draw on tour. Austrian racket manufacturer, HEAD, recognised his potential and knew immediately that the young American would be perfect as their flagship player. And so, in 1993, Agassi surrendered his Belgian Donnay and signed a major new contract with HEAD in a deal that included a brand new racket designed specifically for him.

That model was of course the HEAD Radical Tour OS, a stick with an oversized 107-inch head that enabled Agassi to make the biggest one-year jump to the top ten in the history of the ATP rankings. The Bumblebee, as it quickly became known because of its yellow and black paintjob, represented Agassi in more than just name. Along with red and black graffiti-style logo graphics, the original Radical’s vibrant design reflected the style hangover of the flamboyant 80s.

Agassi of course went on to win 37 of his 60 ATP Tour titles with the HEAD Radical including seven more Grand Slams and an Olympic gold medal in Atlanta in 1996. From the original Tour OS and its many subsequent models used by numerous pros including Andy Murray, it continues to be one of the best-selling rackets worldwide.

To mark the 25-year anniversary of the 1993 launch of the Radical Tour OS, HEAD release an identical signature racket true to its original design, specs and playing characteristics. The HEAD Radical OS Ltd even comes with Agassi’s preferred blue overgrip and elastic band vibration dampener for complete authenticity. A relatively heavy racket, it offers easily accessible power and exceptional stability even for off-centre hits and comes into its own on ground strokes, around which Agassi built his game.

In addition, the release includes a limited edition version of the current Radical, the HEAD Graphene Touch Radical 25 Ltd, which comes complete with a black and yellow design inspired by the original and endorsed by Taylor Fritz at the 2018 US Open.

Click here to view our entire HEAD Radical tennis racket range and explore more about the special limited edition 25th Anniversary HEAD Radical.

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