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RalphNYC
04-08-2009, 09:31 PM
Is it for overall consistency in his look, or is there something magical about that racquet? What is it? I will say: the guy is a magical player.

ODYSSEY Mk.4
04-09-2009, 01:29 AM
Why? I'm guessing because it works for him... he's pretty fun to watch i enjoyed him beating Gonzo :)

breadstick
04-09-2009, 04:04 AM
To match his face...



BURN.

Josherer
04-09-2009, 04:11 AM
It's a cool racquet... Jeez!

crism54
04-09-2009, 05:12 AM
but it's very functional. radeck is one of the more spectacular players...

Josherer
04-09-2009, 05:20 AM
^^^^

Yeah i watched him in Brisbane Tournament. He was very fun!

I yelled out 'do the worm' when he won but he didn't :(

Tempest344
04-09-2009, 05:23 AM
its a bosworth...who cares..seems to be doing the job

jimwh
04-09-2009, 07:22 AM
It matches his personality as well as his ugly Barney clothes.

Sticklacer
04-09-2009, 08:45 AM
one word: money

sureshs
04-09-2009, 09:11 AM
Is it for overall consistency in his look, or is there something magical about that racquet? What is it? I will say: the guy is a magical player.

It suits his looks.

tennisdad65
04-09-2009, 09:16 AM
To match his face...
BURN.

That is not very nice :twisted:.. The racquet would need some scabs/moles, scratches, random paint drops etc.. to have a shot of an even match.. :twisted:

tennisdad65
04-09-2009, 09:18 AM
But I love his game.. He is my favorite player to watch.

Satch
04-09-2009, 09:23 AM
It suits his looks.

you evil man :P

Shaolin
04-09-2009, 09:37 AM
To prove to the world looks arent everything. He gets hot chicks with an ugly mug and wins matches with an ugly racquet.

Chris De Tone
04-09-2009, 09:44 AM
You cannot argue with the results this year after the switch...2 wins, 1 final, other good showings. I saw him in Miami win some great matches (Gonzo) and lose some not so good matches (Verdasco). I know that most on here like to rip him, but I think that he is great. My favorite player by far. Great at singles and doubles, uses all kinds of shots, jumps around like an idiot...just great. I hope that he plays until he's 40.

ShcMad
04-09-2009, 09:47 AM
To match his face...



BURN.

Darn it. You beat me to it. ;)

betovanbuuren
04-09-2009, 10:01 AM
what brand is the stepanek's raquet?

larry10s
04-09-2009, 10:05 AM
http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=238041

theduh
04-09-2009, 10:57 AM
But I love his game.. He is my favorite player to watch.

Your kidding us right??? :-?

Well I think he plays with that raquet because its his "precious" :twisted:

RalphNYC
04-09-2009, 11:10 AM
He is a superb player - a true all-courter, and a great tactician.. how else can he get Viadasova?

Shaolin
04-09-2009, 11:20 AM
Your kidding us right??? :-?

Well I think he plays with that raquet because its his "precious" :twisted:



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Obsessed with LOTR much :)

heninfan99
04-09-2009, 11:37 AM
Chicks dig it.

mikeler
04-09-2009, 12:00 PM
He is a superb player - a true all-courter, and a great tactician.. how else can he get Viadasova?


That is a head scratcher.

PBODY99
04-09-2009, 01:24 PM
I played with the 85 inch version of the Bosworth {Ceramic WB 210} and it was a very smooth frame. The response was even across most of the string face. Just ask Brad Gilbert he used the 100% Graphite version. I still have one left in my collection.

tomas9848
04-09-2009, 02:33 PM
yeah his racquet is ugly. What kind is it?

OliverSimon
04-09-2009, 02:52 PM
yeah his racquet is ugly. What kind is it?

Bosworth Custom with a Blue leather grip.

theduh
04-09-2009, 04:11 PM
theduh
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Obsessed with LOTR much :)

LOL! Just a coincidence, I've seen Radek being compared to Gollum and now this goofy raquet of his known to me as "precious" :)

Ripster
04-09-2009, 04:28 PM
You cannot argue with the results this year after the switch...2 wins, 1 final, other good showings. I saw him in Miami win some great matches (Gonzo) and lose some not so good matches (Verdasco). I know that most on here like to rip him, but I think that he is great. My favorite player by far. Great at singles and doubles, uses all kinds of shots, jumps around like an idiot...just great. I hope that he plays until he's 40.

You summed it up perfectly for me.

The way he commits to fitness and his style of play - I can see him playing into his mid-30's easily.

tsongaali
04-09-2009, 04:31 PM
To all of you dissing Stepanek's looks:

Firstly, he most likely has a hotter gf than you will ever get, so suck on that:)

Secondly, I can bet most of the people on this board are middle-aged or late 30's people who don't have good looks either. So before you diss stepanek's looks, why don't you look at yourself first:lol:

Thirdly, Stepanek makes more money than any on this board, except for maybe a few people. Most people on this board will probably never make a million dollars in their whole life; Stepanek has made over 5 million bucks:shock:. I guess you have a right to be jealous.

Rabbit
04-09-2009, 05:20 PM
You know, if I could play like Stepanek, I'd use an uglier racquet...

Richie Rich
04-09-2009, 08:12 PM
He is a superb player - a true all-courter, and a great tactician.. how else can he get Viadasova?

maybe his racquet is bigger?

NotSoSuper
04-09-2009, 08:31 PM
To match his face...



BURN.

that was good

DNShade
04-09-2009, 08:39 PM
I guess you'd have to add Martina Navratilova as using "the ugliest racket" as well..since she now uses and has for quite some time - that same "ugly" racket Stepanek does.

Storm_Kyori
04-09-2009, 09:02 PM
I don't know, but I kinda like that Bosworth, it has a unique shape to it.

wilsondude
04-10-2009, 10:00 PM
one word: money

you think wilson or head wouldnt pay more?
Bosworth is out of business to add to that.

David_Is_Right
04-11-2009, 03:53 AM
I can bet most of the people on this board are middle-aged or late 30's people who don't have good looks either. So before you diss stepanek's looks, why don't you look at yourself first:lol:

Nope, I'm younger than Stepanek and definitely look better...

alextennis0805
04-11-2009, 08:05 AM
To match his face...



BURN.

yea he actually looks like smegol form the lord of the rings

dincuss
04-11-2009, 08:29 AM
How much do bosworths cost?

tennisntn3477
04-11-2009, 09:51 AM
you think wilson or head wouldnt pay more?
Bosworth is out of business to add to that.

When did Bosworth go out of business?

scraps234
04-11-2009, 02:21 PM
money sponsors and it does look kinda cool imo....

Shaolin
04-11-2009, 02:26 PM
LOL! Just a coincidence, I've seen Radek being compared to Gollum and now this goofy raquet of his known to me as "precious" :)

Yeah he looks a lot like Gollum. Stepanek must spit mad game to get all those hot babes.

DunlopDood
04-13-2009, 01:41 PM
Agree that it's an ugly looking frame, but it sure beats anything Babolat makes (aeropro).

NeverGassed1212
04-13-2009, 03:50 PM
saw Stepanek in the SAP open final and he beat Fish with the "ugly stick". He is annoying though, starts fist pumping his opponents unforced errors like he just hit a winner.

Fedace
04-13-2009, 03:57 PM
You guys may think it is ugly but it is one of the best rackets in the world. It just hasn't received enough playing time from the public yet. so it is still the unknown. When Babolat started to make rackets, everyone said, they are a string company,,what are they doing making rackets ?? now we all know they make great rackets.
It is same with Bosworth. They just need more marketing and lower the price little bit so mass public can afford to buy their frames...

blackfrido
04-13-2009, 04:03 PM
It's a cool racquet... Jeez!

I agree, I love that racquet. I wish I could have at least one of those.

wilsondude
04-16-2009, 01:52 PM
When did Bosworth go out of business?
On TW site:
***Please note that the Bosworth Collection racquets are no longer in production, with no plans for them to be produced again. Although these racquets are in new, unused condition, it is important to realize that they were manufactured some time ago and are best classified as New Old Stock (NOS). Tennis Warehouse does not guarantee the life of the grommets, grip, bumper guards or any part of the frame of NOS racquets. All racquets are sold as is. No warranties or returns apply to NOS racquets.

theduh
04-16-2009, 04:08 PM
On TW site:
***Please note that the Bosworth Collection racquets are no longer in production, with no plans for them to be produced again. Although these racquets are in new, unused condition, it is important to realize that they were manufactured some time ago and are best classified as New Old Stock (NOS). Tennis Warehouse does not guarantee the life of the grommets, grip, bumper guards or any part of the frame of NOS racquets. All racquets are sold as is. No warranties or returns apply to NOS racquets.

I beg to differ, Bosworth (http://www.bosworthtennis.com/) is still in business but no longer sell mass produced racquest (not sure about this) rather they sell customized ONLY racquets for pro/club/hobbies.

jmjmkim
04-16-2009, 06:21 PM
He is a good player. Probably does not have the marketing backup that gives constant attention to his "IMAGE".

tennisntn3477
04-17-2009, 07:39 AM
On TW site:
***Please note that the Bosworth Collection racquets are no longer in production, with no plans for them to be produced again. Although these racquets are in new, unused condition, it is important to realize that they were manufactured some time ago and are best classified as New Old Stock (NOS). Tennis Warehouse does not guarantee the life of the grommets, grip, bumper guards or any part of the frame of NOS racquets. All racquets are sold as is. No warranties or returns apply to NOS racquets.

The Bosworth Collection racquets are not the same as the racquet that Stepanek/Navratilova use or that is advertised on the Bosworth website. Personally tried to get a Bosworth Custom and went through the interview/questionnaire process with them in February but have not heard anything further in almost 2 months now. They have not responded to any of my emails. That's why I asked if they were out of business.

suppawat
04-17-2009, 09:37 AM
The Bosworth Collection racquets are not the same as the racquet that Stepanek/Navratilova use or that is advertised on the Bosworth website. Personally tried to get a Bosworth Custom and went through the interview/questionnaire process with them in February but have not heard anything further in almost 2 months now. They have not responded to any of my emails. That's why I asked if they were out of business.

You're not alone. I am interested in their custom handles. I emailed them, did a survey....and still got no response for almost 2 months already. I think they didn't pay internet bills.

Shaolin
04-17-2009, 10:05 AM
The Bosworth Collection racquets are not the same as the racquet that Stepanek/Navratilova use or that is advertised on the Bosworth website. Personally tried to get a Bosworth Custom and went through the interview/questionnaire process with them in February but have not heard anything further in almost 2 months now. They have not responded to any of my emails. That's why I asked if they were out of business.

You're not alone. I am interested in their custom handles. I emailed them, did a survey....and still got no response for almost 2 months already. I think they didn't pay internet bills.



Have you guys even thought to CALL them? I know, crazy concept huh.

561-241-9966

tennisntn3477
04-17-2009, 11:04 AM
Have you guys even thought to CALL them? I know, crazy concept huh.

561-241-9966

Crazy concept indeed. Calling them hasn't gotten me anywhere in the past either - just 'will take a message' and never hear back.