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redfred
05-27-2009, 06:22 PM
Does anyone Know if its the speedport or just another paintjob?

Conquistador
05-27-2009, 06:24 PM
It looked like a new Prince racquet. I think it could have been an exo3 with a paintjob.

redfred
05-27-2009, 06:26 PM
really?thats very interesting.thanks

martini1
05-27-2009, 08:38 PM
http://d.yimg.com/a/p/sp/getty/98/fullj.b7c00ff68ab59d693ffc0495903ecd5e/b7c00ff68ab59d693ffc0495903ecd5e-getty-86151617jd181_2009_french_o.jpg

This doesn't look like a speedport. Look at the outside of the racket. There are no big holes and no 'insets' either. It is not the White for sure. It doesn't look like the EXO neither.

Nanshiki
05-27-2009, 08:52 PM
May or may not be an SP Black. I'd probably say yes though... she switched about the time she got injured.

You can see lead tape at 3X9 though.

baseline08thrasher
05-27-2009, 09:40 PM
It's most likely her prince 03 white with a paint job. look at how wide the frame is...


I used the prince 03 white before and that picture looks about it.

The speedport black is a lot thinner in the beam.

baseline08thrasher
05-27-2009, 09:40 PM
Yeah that's her prince 03 white.

It would be dumb to switch, since that racquet is really arm friendly already, she's used to it, and has had phenomenal results with it.

jetlee2k
05-27-2009, 10:03 PM
It's a PRINCE SPEED PORT BLACK.. Here is the actual Sharapova's racket..

http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=257824

martini1
05-27-2009, 10:36 PM
^^^Yes, they look very similar. She is using different strings now? Is it a full gut job?

featherlight
05-28-2009, 01:10 AM
why doesnt her overgrip have a finshing tape

thundaga
05-28-2009, 01:47 AM
Sharapova has definitely switched to the Speedport Black.

THESEXPISTOL
05-28-2009, 02:23 AM
It has finishing tape.. but it's black

Nanshiki
05-28-2009, 10:10 AM
It's most likely her prince 03 white with a paint job. look at how wide the frame is...


I used the prince 03 white before and that picture looks about it.

The speedport black is a lot thinner in the beam.

No it isn't, the Black is a widebody racquet (25 MM in the middle).

The White has much, much bigger Speedport holes though.

redfred
05-28-2009, 03:28 PM
yeah.definitely a speedport black.

kermitt321
08-15-2010, 06:00 PM
The racket she is using is a new experimental frame. Prince is going to phase out the o series and go back to the standard grommets. This frame she is using is one of those frames. I have already seen the version of the new frames.

Doubles
08-15-2010, 06:29 PM
The racket she is using is a new experimental frame. Prince is going to phase out the o series and go back to the standard grommets. This frame she is using is one of those frames. I have already seen the version of the new frames.

No, it's clearly a YT Radical Pro. Oh, and way to revive an old thread...

vsbabolat
08-15-2010, 07:09 PM
The racket she is using is a new experimental frame. Prince is going to phase out the o series and go back to the standard grommets. This frame she is using is one of those frames. I have already seen the version of the new frames.

She has definitely been using been using a HEAD racquet. She even has a HEAD butt cap on her racquet with the HEAD ski tip logo removed.
http://i173.photobucket.com/albums/w50/vsbabolat/Sharapova_Head_1.jpg
http://i173.photobucket.com/albums/w50/vsbabolat/Sharapova_2010_Cincy_1.jpg
http://i173.photobucket.com/albums/w50/vsbabolat/Sharapova_2010_Roland_Garros_1.jpg
http://i173.photobucket.com/albums/w50/vsbabolat/Sharapova_2010_Stanford_2.jpg

vsbabolat
08-15-2010, 07:10 PM
http://i173.photobucket.com/albums/w50/vsbabolat/Sharapova_2010_Wimbledon_2.jpg
http://i173.photobucket.com/albums/w50/vsbabolat/Sharapova_2010_Wimbledon_1.jpg
http://i173.photobucket.com/albums/w50/vsbabolat/Sharapova_2010_Stanford_3.jpg

drakulie
08-15-2010, 07:13 PM
^^^Yup. Agreed. I was watching one of her matches the other day on one of those sick 55 inch led TV's and you could clearly see the Head Butt Cap.

As always, you the man!!

bfactor61
08-15-2010, 07:15 PM
yeah it is clearly a head butt cap.....what strings is she using in the mains?

vsbabolat
08-15-2010, 07:21 PM
^^^Yup. Agreed. I was watching one of her matches the other day on one of those sick 55 inch led TV's and you could clearly see the Head Butt Cap.

As always, you the man!!

That was a tough match today for Masha!

ManuGinobili
08-15-2010, 07:24 PM
That is a horrible PJ... instead of painting it all black, they're trying to make it look like a half-assed EXO3 Black

vsbabolat
08-15-2010, 07:26 PM
That is a horrible PJ... instead of painting it all black, they're trying to make it look like a half-assed EXO3 Black

Not really. Because it is a HEAD YT Radical Pro which uses white grommets. They are not going to paint the grommets and the Youtek Radical Pro grommets only come in white in that drill pattern.

Doubles
08-15-2010, 07:51 PM
yeah it is clearly a head butt cap.....what strings is she using in the mains?

RPM Blast...

wjh546157
09-06-2010, 03:02 AM
I live in Moscow and one of the tennis pro's/stringers here (who is involved in Russia's Davis Cup team) said the deal between Sharapova and Head is to be announced shortly (everyone can see the racket she's using is a Radical with a black paint job and white grommets so that it looks like a Prince?!).

How about Berdych - why is he still down as using a Dunlop?

Doubles
09-06-2010, 09:01 AM
I live in Moscow and one of the tennis pro's/stringers here (who is involved in Russia's Davis Cup team) said the deal between Sharapova and Head is to be announced shortly (everyone can see the racket she's using is a Radical with a black paint job and white grommets so that it looks like a Prince?!).

How about Berdych - why is he still down as using a Dunlop?

Because they're both still under contract. Sharapova's it supposed to last at least another 5 years, I thought...

SystemicAnomaly
09-06-2010, 02:44 PM
Because they're both still under contract. Sharapova's it supposed to last at least another 5 years, I thought...

It's my understanding that Maria has a lifetime contract with Prince. Don't really know if that means that she can never publicly switch to Head. BTW, she still carries a Prince racquet bag.

Does anyone know exactly why Maria stopped using the SP Black? Was it too stiff for her shoulder? Was it cuz Prince decided to replace the SP Black with the ExO3 Black and Maria, like many of us, were disappointed with the newer frame? It seems that they "fixed" some of the quirkiness of the SP Black but it fails in other respects. Is Maria still promoting the ExO3 Black even tho' she's clearly not using it?

I noticed that the Bryan bros also switched from the SP Black to another racquet rather than using the ExO3 Black. Their new racquet of choice is the Prince EXO3 Ignite Team 95. A bit lighter, smaller and less stiff than their old SP Blacks and the new ExO3 Black -- but not as light as the ExO3 Black Team frame. However, even tho' it is a bit lighter, the SW that TW shows for the Ignite Team 95 is higher than that of the ExO3 Black.

El Diablo
09-06-2010, 03:32 PM
Bryans didn't have to choose between the two Blacks. You can see from the Prince website that lots of Prince players use racquets no longer made. Bartoli used a racquet two generations obsolete until a few months ago. And "lifetime" contracts are voided routinely if both parties agree to it. Prince likely wouldn't object too strenuously now that a generation of female pros has arrived that hit as well as Maria but move much better.

El Diablo
09-06-2010, 03:36 PM
Bartoli, incidentally, switched to the Exo Black, as did Zvonareva before reaching a slam final recently.

new_tennis_player
09-06-2010, 03:38 PM
Prince would save itself close to $20 million dollars if Maria opted out (on a 20 year, $25 million deal).

She's a household name (or nearly so), but how prince is able to recoup $20 million plus profit if she remains with prince is beyond me.

Bartelby
09-06-2010, 04:12 PM
Celebrity culture has little to do with talent, so losing the most marketable tennis player in the world can be a problem. Another poster has however suggested Prince is in difficulty so an asset becomes an opportunity to sell.





Bryans didn't have to choose between the two Blacks. You can see from the Prince website that lots of Prince players use racquets no longer made. Bartoli used a racquet two generations obsolete until a few months ago. And "lifetime" contracts are voided routinely if both parties agree to it. Prince likely wouldn't object too strenuously now that a generation of female pros has arrived that hit as well as Maria but move much better.

You Can't Be Serious
09-09-2010, 05:44 AM
***

We Hear—

--- that Maria Sharapova has switched from Prince to Head rackets. Recently, she was using rackets with no logo on the strings.
....from bob's daily tennis news

proracketeer
09-09-2010, 06:08 AM
***

We Hearó

--- that Maria Sharapova has switched from Prince to Head rackets. Recently, she was using rackets with no logo on the strings.
....from bob's daily tennis news

you can't be serious