View Full Version : Prince and Yonex to unveil new wood racquet lines!

04-01-2008, 05:45 AM
by Maria Lopez Rodriguez
Tennis Magazine Special Report

Prince and Yonex, two of the major racquet makers, have agreed to each release a line of new pro racquets made with wood next month to coincide with the surprise WTA rules change that will mandate the phasing out of graphite over the next two years on the pro tour. The ATP is currently reviewing the reform and is expected to reach its own decision in the coming months. Analysts expect the other racquet makers to fall in line quickly.

There has been tremendous pressure from tennis legends and insiders to fix the rampant injury problem in the WTA tour, and the decision has been made to phase out hard court surfaces for pro tournaments, in favor of joint-friendly surfaces such as grass, clay, and carpet. According to Billie Jean King, the reforms are overdue:

"With young female athletes in their mid twenties saying their bodies are falling apart, something had to be done. Shortening the schedule wasn't adequate, as most of today's WTA players are playing less tennis than players of the past such as Martina Navratilova who entered singles, doubles, and mixed doubles. Addressing racquet stiffness and ball speed, in conjunction with the court surface will provide a body-friendly platform for achievement."

The transition of court surfaces will be accomplished over a period of five years. The tour has decided that there should be an even split between grass and clay, with the remaining percentage consisting of indoor carpet. Steffi Graf had this to say:

"By making the grass and clay seasons even, attacking net rushers and defensive baseliners will each have a fair shot at the number one position. The dominance of topspin forehands from the baseline will be balanced once again so that epic battles such as those I had with Navratilova will once again be possible."
This is exciting news! Hopefully players like Mirza won't end up having knee and wrist surgeries around age 20 anymore.

04-01-2008, 05:46 AM
hmmmmm, cool

04-01-2008, 06:06 AM
i think i'm going to stop seriously reading threads today, this april fools stuff is hilarious though

04-01-2008, 06:45 AM
Threads like this are great when people dig them up with searches 8 months later.
"Oh, it was April Fool's Day? I see; that's funny.":rolleyes:

04-01-2008, 06:57 AM
you had me there for a moment, very well done

04-01-2008, 07:03 AM
8-) Cool 8-)
Prince is bringing back the Woodie!

At least I can believe it once a year, on the first of April

04-01-2008, 08:03 AM
That is the second one OP has tried today.

My brilliant attempt yesterday was deleted almost instantaneously (even though it was already April 1 in some parts of the world). Life is so unfair.

04-01-2008, 08:05 AM
I thought it was gonna be true but than I remember SlapShot's thread on finding a SV.

04-01-2008, 08:56 AM
So to go along with the fun of the day...

Prince unveils the name of their racquets during to the wood racquet transition...
O3 Woodie Tour Mid(89 sq in)
O3 Woodie Tour MP (95 sq in)
O3 Woodie Tour OS (103 sq in)
O3 RedWood (100sq in)
O3 TimberWood (110 sw in)
O3 OakWood (117 sq in)

These racquets will retail from $179.99-$299.99 and will be available by the US Open.

04-01-2008, 09:26 AM
Don't forget the new Maria Sharapova 'Signature' Model: The 03 SPORTIN' WOOD (9 inches)

04-01-2008, 09:32 AM

Actually, it would be the O3 HollyWood

04-01-2008, 09:33 AM
And Yonex revisits the Carbonex line.

SS had me going. I actually thought, for one brief shining moment, that both tours had discovered where the leak was and were going to fix tennis. Oh well back to reality (sucks).

04-01-2008, 10:19 AM
great April Fool's post... admirable really.

04-01-2008, 11:39 AM
Really funny:lol: :roll:

04-01-2008, 01:57 PM
Don't forget the new Maria Sharapova 'Signature' Model: The 03 SPORTIN' WOOD (9 inches)

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04-01-2008, 02:13 PM
The Speedport Woodies will crumble after 1 hit because of the drilling.

If you leave them around, they will crumble because of termites.

Bhagi Katbamna
04-01-2008, 02:25 PM
The Prince Woodie II will require a signed statement from the purchaser that they will use Viagra before a match.

04-01-2008, 05:58 PM
Still waiting for this racquet to be re-released by TW 4 yrs later, www.tennis-warehouse.com/Reviews/TWHG/TWHGReview.html

04-19-2008, 05:14 PM
Here's a real quote from Rod Laver:

BG: What would you put as the most negative thing... is it the equipment?

RL: In many ways, yes. There are two ways of looking at it. It's so good for the club player...because they never get any speed and this way they can immediately they can play the game the comfort of the racket is so much bigger and easier. But then when you get to the pro level now all of the sudden you've got too much speed.

I think it's a detriment to the game to see the big huge serves...with only a few André's around to return the serve. So much of the time it's the ball kicking way up high...someone like Chang and Lleyton they have to be ready on a ladder to bloody return the serve.

In my mind the racket has had an adverse effect to the quality for the spectators. They really don't get to see the variety of tennis out there. I think that's the one thing that we had when we were coming up thru the ranks - the variety of play.

RL: They're the two things, the prize money and the racket. For the good and bad. the club player it's good but it's bad for the top guys.