The 2017 Blade Serena Williams 104 Autograph racket features the new design DNA for Wilson performance tennis rackets. This design includes a simple, bold, and clean aesthetic that features a specially engineered, high performance paint never used in the tennis industry before called Black Velvet. This matte paint provides a smooth, soft, light-absorbing finish Wilson created to significantly improve the “feel,” or tactile experience, a player has when the racket is in his/her hands. This new dimension of “feel” is a unique innovation in the performance tennis rackets space.
The racket also features strong electric green accents, a signature look from the Blade franchise, at the three and nine o’clock positions on the racket’s frame.
To customise her Autograph racket, Serena Williams chose to add special gold accents to the design, including her signature, initials and the Blade name in gold chrome letters. The racket features a red Wilson-branded butt cap.
The Blade SW 104 Autograph racket is constructed with the latest racket technology from Wilson LABS, the innovation hub at Wilson, including a revolutionary material called Countervail®. With Countervail in a tennis racket, players feel less fatigue, recover quicker and experience better control – without sacrificing stiffness, feedback, or feel.
Countervail, developed by Materials Sciences Corporation for NASA, utilises a patented, state-of-the-art carbon fibre architecture. By integrating Countervail directly into a racket’s construction, players are provided the same performance and feel of a traditional racket, yet with less vibration energy from a shot absorbed into a player’s arm. Countervail is only available in tennis rackets manufactured by Wilson.
Additionally, the Blade SW 104 Autograph includes the brand’s Parallel Drilling technology, which ensures the racket’s grommet holes are parallel with the string bed. This expands the racket’s sweet spot size by up to 26 percent, resulting in more power and a forgiving feel.
Further, the racket features the patent-pending X2 Ergo Handle, which offers players a more optimal, personalised feel on the modern two-handed backhand. Wilson LABS developed this player-directed handle insert system to allow every athlete to customise an ergonomic handle shape to optimise their grip. The X2 Ergo Handle provides the ideal form for the top hand to dominate the two-handed backhand. This gives players more power, versatility, leverage, and feel.