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Nanshiki
01-18-2010, 06:54 PM
I just noticed that J. Blake is apparently using a Wilson Six-One BlX, probably a 95. Maybe an 18X20?

I think he's literally been with every company except Head and Babolat...

Nanshiki
01-18-2010, 06:58 PM
Although the commentator thinks it's the new Federer racquet...

Jonny S&V
01-18-2010, 07:04 PM
I just noticed that J. Blake is apparently using a Wilson Six-One BlX, probably a 95. Maybe an 18X20?

I think he's literally been with every company except Head and Babolat...

Although the commentator thinks it's the new Federer racquet...

I feel like I'm trolling, but you have threads that pique my interest :wink: . I honestly don't think it's a pj either, but I'm just going off of pics.

dsa202
01-18-2010, 07:06 PM
Why isn't there a Wilson stencil on his strings?

Jonny S&V
01-18-2010, 07:08 PM
Why isn't there a Wilson stencil on his strings?

He may not be sponsered (yet), another reason I think he's using the real deal. He must've borrowed Mardy's racquet and liked it. :)

Nanshiki
01-18-2010, 07:09 PM
Probably doesn't have a Wilson sponsorship (if he didn't, Wilson would probably be fining him at the very moment).

So that means he doesn't have access to PJs... or the Wilson custom room.

I wonder if he left, or was dropped by Dunlop. Maybe he felt he needed a new racquet with his poor results as of late?

VGP
01-18-2010, 07:11 PM
Discussion on this started a couple of weeks ago....

http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=304603

Jonny S&V
01-18-2010, 07:12 PM
Probably doesn't have a Wilson sponsorship (if he didn't, Wilson would probably be fining him at the very moment).

So that means he doesn't have access to PJs... or the Wilson custom room.

I wonder if he left, or was dropped by Dunlop. Maybe he felt he needed a new racquet with his poor results as of late?

Definitely Wilson, not his old Fox frame:

http://www.australianopen.com/images/pics/large/b_blake_020110.jpg

You can see the PWS on the sides of his frame.

leonidas1982
01-18-2010, 07:13 PM
http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showpost.php?p=4263630&postcount=132

http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=304499&page=7

Nanshiki
01-18-2010, 07:14 PM
So, it IS a BLX Tour... 16X18. This is a fairly big change as far as pros known to be using the exact same racquet (more or less) for 10+ years goes.

vsbabolat
01-18-2010, 07:15 PM
I just noticed that J. Blake is apparently using a Wilson Six-One BlX, probably a 95. Maybe an 18X20?

I think he's literally been with every company except Head and Babolat...

There were a few threads a few weeks ago when 2010 started. Blake has switched to the BLX 6.1 Tour 90.
http://i173.photobucket.com/albums/w50/vsbabolat/James_Blake_2010_Brisbane_4.jpg
http://i173.photobucket.com/albums/w50/vsbabolat/James_Blake_2010_Brisbane_3.jpg
http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=304603

agassi fan
01-18-2010, 07:23 PM
he is using the k90 with the blx paintjob

Fedace
01-18-2010, 07:25 PM
That BLX is a amazing game improvement racket....it will raise your level by 1/2-1 full level USTA level wise...

Nanshiki
01-18-2010, 07:28 PM
he is using the k90 with the blx paintjob

Why? I imagine he's only been using the K90 for a little while, so he might as well make the switch to the racquet that has the silicone filled handle instead of a foam filled handle... apparently Wilson decided jollyroger was on to something.

Chezbeeno
01-19-2010, 09:26 AM
If you go to Tennis Express and look at the BLX Six One Tour 90 and you look at "pros using this racket" it lists Roger Federer and James Blake

Motherwasp
01-19-2010, 09:58 AM
I wonder if Fed's signature is on the racket? I'm guessing if it's a K90 paintjob then it wouldn't, but if it's a stock B90 then maybe it would?

soyizgood
01-19-2010, 10:11 AM
I wonder if Fed's signature is on the racket? I'm guessing if it's a K90 paintjob then it wouldn't, but if it's a stock B90 then maybe it would?

Seeing that Blake is Federer's biggest fan, he likely has a personalized autographed racquet by Fed with a life-sized portrait of Federer in his bedroom so Blake can wake up and say "too good" to start each day.

Motherwasp
01-19-2010, 10:16 AM
This made me laugh

Orion
01-19-2010, 10:28 AM
That was hilarious!!

DNShade
01-19-2010, 10:33 AM
I wonder if Fed's signature is on the racket? I'm guessing if it's a K90 paintjob then it wouldn't, but if it's a stock B90 then maybe it would?

Confirmed at Brisbane - had Fed's sig on it.

Motherwasp
01-19-2010, 10:43 AM
Oh really, I would hazard a guess a stock B90 then, plus lead

StaCruz10S
01-19-2010, 10:57 AM
Confirmed at Brisbane - had Fed's sig on it.

"This aggression will not stand, man!"

soyizgood
01-19-2010, 11:01 AM
Blake's admiration/obsession of Federer continues (when doesn't Blake worship Federer in an interview?). Now switching to Wilson, using Federer's racquet, and might be sporting an RF cap in the near future. :twisted:

Praetorian
01-19-2010, 11:14 AM
Blake's admiration/obsession of Federer continues (when doesn't Blake worship Federer in an interview?). Now switching to Wilson, using Federer's racquet, and might be sporting an RF cap in the near future. :twisted:


Obsession? Do explain...

adidasman
01-19-2010, 11:41 AM
That BLX is a amazing game improvement racket....it will raise your level by 1/2-1 full level USTA level wise... Yeah, sure it will. Uh huh. Thanks for that unbiased observation, Fedace. ;)

Fedace
01-19-2010, 11:50 AM
Yeah, sure it will. Uh huh. Thanks for that unbiased observation, Fedace. ;)

you did see Igor miss all those forehands right ?? on the set point....why do you think that was...it was cause all that insane spin that was generated by BLX racket fed had.

soyizgood
01-19-2010, 12:47 PM
you did see Igor miss all those forehands right ?? on the set point....why do you think that was...it was cause all that insane spin that was generated by BLX racket fed had.

No, it's called Andreev being the biggest choker not mentioned on TT boards. Andreev missed the same shot 3 times when Federer looked ready to give him the set.

As for Blake, I really wonder if going to 90" will do anything good for his game.

cknobman
01-19-2010, 01:37 PM
As for Blake, I really wonder if going to 90" will do anything good for his game.

Sure, it will give him an EXCUSE.

samster
01-19-2010, 01:43 PM
you did see Igor miss all those forehands right ?? on the set point....why do you think that was...it was cause all that insane spin that was generated by BLX racket fed had.

Igor got blinded by the gold accents on the BLX 90.

Fedace
01-19-2010, 06:43 PM
No, it's called Andreev being the biggest choker not mentioned on TT boards. Andreev missed the same shot 3 times when Federer looked ready to give him the set.

As for Blake, I really wonder if going to 90" will do anything good for his game.

Of course, it will do James Wonders.....it will help him reduce all his Unforced errors due to less trampoline effect from the smaller head.......which means more control....

Ronaldo
01-19-2010, 06:52 PM
That BLX is a amazing game improvement racket....it will raise your level by 1/2-1 full level USTA level wise...

For sure? PS 6.0 85 only bumped my rating from 3.5 to 4.0. Does it eat strings?

Fedace
01-19-2010, 06:54 PM
For sure? PS 6.0 85 only bumped my rating from 3.5 to 4.0. Does it eat strings?

what does Eat strings mean ??:confused:

Jonny S&V
01-19-2010, 07:02 PM
Of course, it will do James Wonders.....it will help him reduce all his Unforced errors due to less trampoline effect from the smaller head.......which means more control....

His Fox frame had less "trampoline effect" because it was an 18*20 pattern, not a 16*19. At the very least they are the same.

Fedace
01-19-2010, 07:03 PM
His Fox frame had less "trampoline effect" because it was an 18*20 pattern, not a 16*19. At the very least they are the same.

so whats your point ? are you saying Blake will now win the slam with this new wilson racket ???:confused:

Jonny S&V
01-19-2010, 07:04 PM
so whats your point ? are you saying Blake will now win the slam with this new wilson racket ???:confused:

I'm saying that it has no change in power level really.

Ronaldo
01-19-2010, 08:18 PM
what does Eat strings mean ??:confused:

STRINGS DO NOT LAST LONG

Nanshiki
01-19-2010, 08:26 PM
I'm saying that it has no change in power level really.

The K90/B90 has a much, much more open pattern than 18X20 because the strings are spaced very even... Although the smaller head size reduces power, obviously. I think power-wise the two racquets would be about even, however the added spin from the more open pattern means his strokes might have the extra margin they sorely need.

Fedace
01-19-2010, 08:40 PM
The K90/B90 has a much, much more open pattern than 18X20 because the strings are spaced very even... Although the smaller head size reduces power, obviously. I think power-wise the two racquets would be about even, however the added spin from the more open pattern means his strokes might have the extra margin they sorely need.

Blake looks like he is hitting the ball bigger if anything.....this BLX is magic for him.... More control and More power........can't beat that..:)

OliverSimon
01-19-2010, 08:47 PM
The BLX is working for him and it is an awesome racquet!

BreakPoint
01-20-2010, 12:11 AM
The BLX is working for him and it is an awesome racquet!
Sure seems that way so far. I guess Blake figured if the Six-One Tour 90's worked for Federer in winning 15 Slams, it might just work him and help him win just one Slam. :)

coloskier
01-20-2010, 02:21 PM
After watching last night's match, Blake made the right decision playing with the BLX90. He stayed with DelPotro right to the very end and hit his backhand better than I have seen in awhile.

mdjenders
01-20-2010, 02:28 PM
he did play a great match. the basalt fibers offer him the pure feeling that his game was missing ;).

SuperDuy
01-20-2010, 02:37 PM
That BLX is a amazing game improvement racket....it will raise your level by 1/2-1 full level USTA level wise...

uhhh, you sure?:evil:

OliverSimon
01-20-2010, 02:38 PM
The Wilson racquet is tremendously helping his game..

West Coast Ace
01-20-2010, 07:44 PM
After watching last night's match, Blake made the right decision playing with the BLX90. He stayed with DelPotro right to the very end and hit his backhand better than I have seen in awhile.Blake is not going to make any friends in the locker room - there goes the 'new racket' excuse... :rolleyes:

Looks like JB sees the end nearing - getting the best endorsement deals he can now before it's too late (observation, not a knock - I am a capitalist too).

West Coast Ace
01-20-2010, 07:45 PM
...basalt fibers...Undoubtedly cures many forms of cancer and bad breath too...