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Madhoshi22
05-13-2009, 08:29 AM
So I'm watching him play Blake right now, and I noticed that his frame is now totally blacked out, not even the two white Babolat lines on the outside of the frame like he had in Miami...new stick? or new black paintjob?

Rome: (I couldn't find one of Madrid, but I'm pretty sure he's using the same frame)
http://cache2.asset-cache.net/xc/86280192.jpg?v=1&c=NewsMaker&k=2&d=17A4AD9FDB9CF19374ECC42B7A3FA40D07EA76F5A8B22B3A E30A760B0D811297

Miami:
http://cache2.asset-cache.net/xc/85677285.jpg?v=1&c=NewsMaker&k=2&d=17A4AD9FDB9CF193B946C5A518E7D4C1BC2F558FBA77A0BE E30A760B0D811297

ryushen21
05-13-2009, 10:10 AM
I've been trying to get an answer this question since he went to a blacked out frame from the APD he was using. My guess is that he's back to his old racquet. And isn't sponsored at the moment.

Tennis Truth
05-13-2009, 10:18 AM
Pretty sure it is his old head instinct painted black. Previously, he was painting the white stripes on the sides, which made it look like a babolat, although this would not be "proper," (since it was a Head underneath), he has since gone to all back, with only the babolat string logo.

one2play
05-13-2009, 10:37 AM
It's hard to say from the picture but it seems to me that he's playing with pure drive or something like that, the neck of the racket is not like apdc

vsbabolat
05-13-2009, 10:48 AM
Karlovic is using the HEAD Flexpoint Instinct painted black.
http://i173.photobucket.com/albums/w50/vsbabolat/Karlovic_2009_Madrid.jpg

coolhandluke
05-13-2009, 10:53 AM
What's the story with the pros. It seems as if half the tour are using blacked out racquets or paint jobs. Doesn't any one use a regular actual racquet?

ryushen21
05-13-2009, 10:56 AM
Oh yeah he is. On that pic you can see it really clearly. Why isn't he sponsored?

rockcholfo
05-13-2009, 11:22 AM
this raquet look too small in the hands of karlovic

DavidGarcia
05-13-2009, 01:20 PM
Oh yeah he is. On that pic you can see it really clearly. Why isn't he sponsored?

He has the babolat stencil on that racket.

pabletion
05-13-2009, 01:54 PM
^^ Maybe hes just got a string deal now, that would explain the stencil

DavidGarcia
05-13-2009, 02:33 PM
^^ Maybe hes just got a string deal now, that would explain the stencil

Those strings look Luxilon to me and not Babolat.

dincuss
05-13-2009, 03:49 PM
maybe bab was too lazy to paint it =]

brownbearfalling
05-13-2009, 04:00 PM
Nice catch on the Flexpoints. I didn't see them at first. But is his totally blacked out racquet the same as the one with white stripes?

Court Valkyrie
05-13-2009, 07:55 PM
The first pics look like the string pattern and the headshape of the Babolat Pure Storm LTD. But if it is, why would someone with such awful groundstrokes (sorry Ivo...you're still one of my favorite players) use such a demanding frame?

beckham
05-13-2009, 07:57 PM
Karlovic is using the HEAD Flexpoint Instinct painted black.
http://i173.photobucket.com/albums/w50/vsbabolat/Karlovic_2009_Madrid.jpg

In this picture you can see the "FlexPoints", whether they're real or fake....

vsbabolat
05-13-2009, 08:06 PM
The first pics look like the string pattern and the headshape of the Babolat Pure Storm LTD.

It is not. It is the HEAD Flexpiont Instinct. All of the black out racquets have been the Flexpoint Instinct even the ones with the white double line that was painted on them. Ivo early in the year did try to use the Babolat AeroPro Drive Cortex.
http://i173.photobucket.com/albums/w50/vsbabolat/Karlovic_2009_Australian_Open.jpg

davydenko_fan
05-13-2009, 10:08 PM
well whatever the heck it is, he needs to choose something and stick with it. too much experimenting is definitely not the best thing for anyones game. pro or non-pro.

Nanshiki
05-13-2009, 10:35 PM
I don't get why he doesn't use Tournagrip XXL so his grip doesn't look so silly...

brownbearfalling
05-13-2009, 11:04 PM
Yeah!! and he has big hands. It doesn't really make sense except for the fact that he might use a 5 inch grip or something and the tournagrip cannot wrap all the way around the racquet.

ignorant
05-13-2009, 11:05 PM
I don't get why he doesn't use Tournagrip XXL so his grip doesn't look so silly...
Gasquet also wrap the overgrip like this, maybe suitable for the 1HBH player

King_roger
05-13-2009, 11:38 PM
but i think he's really sponsored by Babolat. look at his shoes:
http://www15.picfront.org/picture/4vFWa3dq/img/karlo2.jpg
http://www15.picfront.org/picture/S0fAfoQKo/img/karlo1.jpg

pabletion
05-13-2009, 11:43 PM
ok, maybe theyre getting a racquet built to his exact specifications and in the meantime, hes playing with his old stick..., Im sure they have a clause somewhere that lets them have first pick on what they can use, if they dont feel comfortable with what they "should" use. I mean, the racquet is the money-maker.

ryushen21
05-14-2009, 07:08 AM
I hope they will make him a racquet. Unfortunately I don't think that he has the draw to merit a signature model though.

Fedace
05-14-2009, 07:10 AM
So have we decided what racket that really is ???

Automatix
05-14-2009, 07:15 AM
So have we decided what racket that really is ???

Head FXP Instinct... look at this pic:

http://i173.photobucket.com/albums/w50/vsbabolat/Karlovic_2009_Madrid.jpg

You can see the fxp ports on 3&9 on it...

Mastadon_10S
05-14-2009, 07:30 AM
Yeah!! and he has big hands. It doesn't really make sense except for the fact that he might use a 5 inch grip or something and the tournagrip cannot wrap all the way around the racquet.

Ivo has one of the biggest, if not THE biggest, handles on tour ( 5 1/8 or 5 1/4 i cannot remember).

Fedace
05-14-2009, 07:35 AM
Head FXP Instinct... look at this pic:


You can see the fxp ports on 3&9 on it...

You are Right. I see the Grooves now. I guess he didn't like the Babolat Aeropro cortex. Maybe it was too Powerful for him ???:confused:

Nanshiki
05-14-2009, 10:35 AM
Gasquet also wrap the overgrip like this, maybe suitable for the 1HBH player

No, it's because Karlovic's grip is HUGE and regular Tournagrip won't even get close to wrapping the whole thing.

King_roger
05-14-2009, 12:51 PM
Ivo has one of the biggest, if not THE biggest, handles on tour ( 5 1/8 or 5 1/4 i cannot remember).

Karlovic was playing in vienna last year.
I was holding his machine, and the stringer told me, if you want to put that handle in gripsizes it would be a L9 or something like that.
It seemed to me like a small bottle of water...
http://saitenforum.de/board/picture.php?albumid=23&pictureid=117
http://tweezer.at/blog/bilder/kuli_tipp/emotion_rhabarber/bild_gr.jpg

ericsson
05-15-2009, 12:21 AM
From the info i've got it was a L8 but eighter way it's huge!
Nice pic King Roger.

Eiffel59
05-15-2009, 04:27 AM
Spot on as usual dear ericsson :) FXP Instinct Tour, L8 grip..just like my wrist... :D