Andy Murray is eyeing up a switch of racket from Head to Yonex, as the 36-year-old leaves no stone unturned in his efforts to squeeze every last drop out of his career.

The Scot has played with a Head racket for the whole of his tennis life but was spotted with Yonex gear in Bordeaux on Monday and his team have confirmed he is trialling a racket from the Japanese company and will use it in Bordeaux this week.

It is a move typical of a free thinker like Murray but still comes as a surprise.

Changing model is one thing but, for a professional player, switching to a different manufacturer after 20 years is almost like a limb transplant.

Roger Federer (Wilson) and Rafael Nadal (Babolat) were one-brand men. Novak Djokovic was with Head but switched to Wilson for sponsorship reasons in 2005 before going back to Head in 2008. World No 7 Casper Ruud is the highest-ranked male with Yonex at present.

Andy Murray is trialling switching from Head rackets (pictured using one) to Yonex 

World No 7 Casper Ruud is the highest-ranked male with Yonex at present

World No 7 Casper Ruud is the highest-ranked male with Yonex at present

But with the end of his career in sight Murray may feel he has nothing to lose. 

The three-time Grand Slam champion is seeded seventh at the lowly Bordeaux Challenger event and so receives a bye through to the second round.

From Bordeaux he will move on to Geneva and then the French Open. What weaponry he will wield at those events remains to be seen.

Meanwhile, Murray’s padel team will be presented with their first bit of silverware in London on Wednesday.

Team AD/vantage, which the Scot co-founded, will be presented with the Hexagon Cup – which they secured in Madrid earlier this year – ahead of the Alfred Dunhill Padel Classic at the Hurlingham Club this week. 

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