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thetennisman12345
04-05-2009, 10:47 PM
What was his actual racket that he was using from when he was first getting popular...

Was he originally using Head and has now switched back to it and if so what was the orignal model (pics anyone?)

When he was using the "Wilson Nblade" was it a paint job of his old Head then? (pics anyone with proof?)

Then the "Kblade" came and that was for sure another paint job I am thinking... anyone please help straighten this out?

Now a white "speed pro" Head? Is that a paint job again or an actual new different racket.

ChuDat
04-05-2009, 11:05 PM
I remember back before the AO 2009, Djokovic played a tournament and lost in the early rounds. He said that he wasn't use too his new racquet. So I'm guessing he's using a new different non-paint job racquet, if not then he lied

orangettecoleman
04-06-2009, 03:23 AM
He used to use a midplus LM Radical and when he switched to wilson they made a custom racquet that would duplicate the playing characteristics of the Radical and put a Blade PJ on it. as I recall it is light (around 11.25 oz) and extremely flexy. I'm not sure whether he actually switched racquets when he switched back to head or whether he's using the same thing with another paintjob.

Federer's cat
04-06-2009, 04:49 AM
Why don't we get Djokovic onto this thread to tell us all...

naturallight
04-06-2009, 09:01 AM
I'm not sure exactly what he's using, but I would wager it's something new and different from the LM Radical (or whatever his previous one was).

I say this because in the pics of his "speed pro", it has a non-constant beam that is pretty wide in the upper hoop. Not sure what this could be.

vsbabolat
04-06-2009, 09:25 AM
Djokovic's racquet is a constant beam. I say that he is using a modern Radical Mold with his own custom layup.
http://i173.photobucket.com/albums/w50/vsbabolat/Djokovic_2009_sony_ericsson_Open_2.jpg
http://i173.photobucket.com/albums/w50/vsbabolat/Djokovic_2009_sony_ericsson_Open_3.jpg
http://i173.photobucket.com/albums/w50/vsbabolat/Djokovic_2009_sony_ericsson_Open_4.jpg
weight-360grams
balance-32cm
swing weight-371
flex-51RA
http://www.hdtennis.com/grs/pro_racquet_specs.html
http://i173.photobucket.com/albums/w50/vsbabolat/56063200.jpg

OliverSimon
04-06-2009, 02:39 PM
Very intresting the Speed Pro seems to have a different head shape

ericsson
04-07-2009, 01:11 AM
Look at the RA, must be one if not the most flexible pro racket in the top 100 ATP

jackcrawford
04-07-2009, 05:48 AM
Look at the RA, must be one if not the most flexible pro racket in the top 100 ATPericsson, do you think it might really have the d3o in it? Not saying it's the same as the retail frame, but his own layup with some d3o included so that it might actually be stiffer when the ball strikes it than it specs on the rdc? As you point out, that's a big outlier among the top 100 ATP.

srvnvly
04-07-2009, 05:59 AM
The racquet beam looks wider than the spec of 18 mm posted recently on this board; I would like to know what final version Djokovic will go with, since he is still fine tuning, tweaking, whatever he is calling it.

ericsson
04-07-2009, 06:00 AM
ericsson, do you think it might really have the d3o in it? Not saying it's the same as the retail frame, but his own layup with some d3o included so that it might actually be stiffer when the ball strikes it than it specs on the rdc? As you point out, that's a big outlier among the top 100 ATP.

Jack, i really can't say but it's a good point you made there, i mean the racket can actually play stiffer then the RA points out, i had the same feeling with DNX from Volkl, stiffen up things with DNX in a very flexible racket.
One thing is clear here, it's a custom lay up!

thetennisman12345
04-08-2009, 01:13 AM
so if you look closely in the pictures posted in this thread of his new white "head" you'll see there are only 2 close together string holes on the bottom and three on the top. Now the pictures of the actual tour and even the MP Head rackets, posted in another thread, there are three close together holes on the top and the bottom. How is this explained, is he painting again??

Eiffel59
04-08-2009, 04:46 AM
Maybe not painting again, since his frame has shape of the MP, but a custom drilling probably yes...i've noted it too, and looks like the pattern he is most accustomed to...

vsbabolat
04-08-2009, 08:55 AM
http://i173.photobucket.com/albums/w50/vsbabolat/HEAD_Speed_Pro-1.jpg
http://i173.photobucket.com/albums/w50/vsbabolat/Djokovic_Racquets_2009.jpg

jorel
04-08-2009, 09:03 AM
Djokovic's racquet is a constant beam. I say that he is using a modern Radical Mold with his own custom layup.
http://i173.photobucket.com/albums/w50/vsbabolat/Djokovic_2009_sony_ericsson_Open_2.jpg
http://i173.photobucket.com/albums/w50/vsbabolat/Djokovic_2009_sony_ericsson_Open_3.jpg
http://i173.photobucket.com/albums/w50/vsbabolat/Djokovic_2009_sony_ericsson_Open_4.jpg
weight-360grams
balance-32cm
swing weight-371
flex-51RA
http://www.hdtennis.com/grs/pro_racquet_specs.html
http://i173.photobucket.com/albums/w50/vsbabolat/56063200.jpg
a few years ago they made a Tour version of the Radical LM... from what I hear it was the real deal .. they sold it at TW for a time

djoko4thewin
04-08-2009, 09:20 AM
http://i173.photobucket.com/albums/w50/vsbabolat/HEAD_Speed_Pro-1.jpg
http://i173.photobucket.com/albums/w50/vsbabolat/Djokovic_Racquets_2009.jpg

that looks most like a Speed MP out of the line not got the shape of the pro i don't think, but as you said it's probably customed radical mold. oh i dunno it's hard to tell until they release pics of the pro side on and other angles.

dr325i
04-08-2009, 10:45 AM
that looks most like a Speed MP out of the line not got the shape of the pro i don't think, but as you said it's probably customed radical mold. oh i dunno it's hard to tell until they release pics of the pro side on and other angles.

it is also 18x20 and Head claims Speed Pro is 16x19 -- obviously customized for him...

djoko4thewin
04-08-2009, 11:44 AM
yeah, i think MP is the closest to his. but it doesn't have the 98sq head which isn't great.