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markmdfw
03-15-2010, 05:13 AM
Hey is Blake trying a experiment racket? its black no stencil!

Mark

Spatula
03-15-2010, 05:30 AM
It's an old racquet of his. If you go the Paribas IW's site and look at the player interview transcripts he talks about it some.

Fedace
03-15-2010, 05:41 AM
Can someone ask James Blake why he dumped the Wilson BLX 90 ??? Something about it he must not have liked......

mikro112
03-15-2010, 05:51 AM
Can someone ask James Blake why he dumped the Wilson BLX 90 ??? Something about it he must not have liked......

Too much basalt in them! :D

Jack & Coke
03-15-2010, 08:18 AM
It's an old racquet of his. If you go the Paribas IW's site and look at the player interview transcripts he talks about it some.

from: http://www.bnpparibasopen.org/News/Tennis/2010/Interview-Transcripts/Interview-Transcripts/Extra-Column/James-Blake-First-Round.aspx



Q. Kind of a tough situation if I have it right with your racquets. What's up? What's happening?

JAMES BLAKE: Oh, man. I don't know. I don't even it would be too long of a story to get into. My racquets feel great right now. I don't have that many of them left, so I'm hoping that I can find a way to get more of them and find someone that can make a racquet exactly the way I like it.

It seems like I think it's just the modernization of the game that the racquets that are being made now don't feel the same as the ones when I started on tour. When I started, I think it was different materials. Using different materials, to me, feels a little more hollow, tinny. I guess the materials that are used are lighter and more powerful. For me it just doesn't it doesn't have the same feel. I never thought I was picky about racquets until I went through this situation where I'm trying to find one that's just like mine, and no one has been able to do it.

I'm really looking forward to putting this behind me and hopefully someone being able to make a racquet that I can use. We'll see if that happens soon.

Q. Do you treat your racquets sort of like a Stradivarius?

JAMES BLAKE: Yes, I do. They get treated very well nowadays. I don't want any of them breaking. You won't see me throwing racquets. I might hit a ball, I might yell and scream, but I'm not going to be throwing racquets. It will be a weird feeling, because I haven't done that for a long time, to be able to have a bad practice and actually smash a racquet, because I haven't done that in years.

Q. They just can't find the right materials?

JAMES BLAKE: Um, yeah, I think that's what it is. You know, I'm I just go by what it feels like, and, you know, all the racquet technicians and the people at Dunlop and any other companies, they tell me what their opinions are and everything. They've got this material in it and this stiffness and this swing weight and this and that, and, you know, all I go by is what it feels like.

I put in it in my hand, and if it doesn't feel good and I don't feel like I can compete with it, then that's all I go by. In my gut it feels like it's the material. They can make it the same weight, same balance, the same mold, the same everything. But if it doesn't feel the same, I only my only possibility in my head is that it's the material.

Q. How many do you have? How many racquets do you have left?

JAMES BLAKE: Not enough. I got three.

Q. Really?

JAMES BLAKE: Yep.

Q. You need to take a different racquet on the side, so if you want to smash it you can walk over...

JAMES BLAKE: I'd feel a little silly to do that. I'll leave that to the juniors. I used to do that when I was about 14, 15 years old.

Q. When you say it doesn't feel right, what is it that doesn't feel right?

JAMES BLAKE: I think the new material feels hollow, like tinny, and so it doesn't it's hard to describe. That's another problem is because I have a tough time articulating exactly what it is.

But the ball, it feels like it jumps off, and then it still it still doesn't fly out. Like some of the ones that have a lot of power, when I hit it solid, with my racquet I feel like I hit it solid and it's going to drop down in the court, with the new material I feel like it goes a little further out and goes flying out.

It's a material that to me it feels like it still jumps off. I don't have to create all my own pace, but it still dips down and has that spin that adds to it. I'm sure it's a tough combination for a company to make, and I'm finding that it's really, really tough for them to make.

Q. Where does the string fit into this?

JAMES BLAKE: The string, I've been using Luxilon since 2002 probably, and that's to me, it doesn't get any better than that.

Until someone puts a string in my hand that convinces me hands down it's better... Because I still remember the first day I used Luxilon. I put it on my racquet and I said, I'm switching. There was no doubt about it. It's so much better, and it feels it just feels so good.

Because you can swing hard and it and the ball, just it grabs. The string grabs it. And I've said it before. I think that's been the biggest change in the game in the last 15, 20 years.

The reason for sort of the death of the serve and volleyers is you're absolutely able to rip those returns with this string and you're able to put it down at people's feet so much easier. You're able to control the ball with power better than you can with, in my opinion, any other string.

So until someone can show me something that feels better than that, I don't see myself changing string.

decades
03-15-2010, 08:29 AM
I guess when the game starts to go you get a little "picky" about your equipment...

Anderson9127
03-15-2010, 08:31 AM
he should try Head, they keep the Feel lol Adv XD

Rabbit
03-15-2010, 08:47 AM
I guess when the game starts to go you get a little "picky" about your equipment...

To be fair, when Blake was at his apex and changed to Prince, he worked with Prince to develop a frame he liked and just couldn't. He went back to his current frame. From what I can tell, it appears that he's using the same mold and paramters, but the "new" graphite just isn't to his liking.

Fedace
03-15-2010, 08:53 AM
LMAO,,,,,3 rackets left.... As hard as he hits the ball,,,its not gonna last. He will have to retire once those 3 gets old and breaks....

Rabbit
03-15-2010, 09:05 AM
LMAO,,,,,3 rackets left.... As hard as he hits the ball,,,its not gonna last. He will have to retire once those 3 gets old and breaks....

Well, reading the transcript, he said the last one to break was "in Paris last year", so they could last him a while longer.

I've seen Ferriera practice, and he practices with a current Dunlop frame choosing to play with his MW200G's only during live matches. Maybe Blake could do something like that.

Cup8489
03-15-2010, 10:23 AM
Well, reading the transcript, he said the last one to break was "in Paris last year", so they could last him a while longer.

I've seen Ferriera practice, and he practices with a current Dunlop frame choosing to play with his MW200G's only during live matches. Maybe Blake could do something like that.

hopefully he doesn't flex them out.. he strings the lux so tight.

Jack & Coke
03-15-2010, 10:24 AM
"Using different materials, to me, feels a little more hollow, tinny.." -JAMES BLAKE



Wilson PS BLX 90 = hollow & tiny??

It's the most recent racquet that he's tried (2010 AO).

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

sixone90
03-15-2010, 04:05 PM
He should try the K90

vincent_tennis
03-15-2010, 04:57 PM
he needs a sponsor to make him a new racket lol

DownTheLine
03-15-2010, 05:03 PM
He is a top pro and he doesn't have connections? Plus, only three racquets on tour? WOW

Hidious
03-15-2010, 05:25 PM
I feel like an idiot with my 4 racquets playing 5-10 hours a week.

Rabbit
03-16-2010, 04:06 AM
He is a top pro and he doesn't have connections? Plus, only three racquets on tour? WOW

I think Blake is working with Dunlop to do just that. Unfortunately for Blake, the materials (graphite) have changed enough since his racquets were made that Dunlop is unable to replicate the feel of his frames. He pretty much says that he is getting "more power and less control" with the new layups.

dekko1
03-16-2010, 05:00 AM
So, what the hell is the racquet that he is playing with??

niktub
03-16-2010, 05:26 AM
Any graphite specialist who could explain us the differences and issues...It sounds a bit strange.

niktub
03-16-2010, 05:28 AM
I know Johnny mac is still playing with his old custom molds...16x19 soft heavy racquet.

Dave M
03-16-2010, 10:55 AM
Any graphite specialist who could explain us the differences and issues...It sounds a bit strange.

Aside from the layups containing different things mixed with or in between the graphite there are many qualities of the actual fibres avaliable.I expect he'd be able to tell the difference, though I dont play much these days but i find myself thinking the same about these newer tech's.

Pro_Tour_630
03-16-2010, 11:17 AM
that is what I have been saying for the the past 5 years, I feel for Blake, Todays graphite is not like the HM graphite from the mid 90's long gone are the feel of the MW200G 95 or the PT630

sargeinaz
03-16-2010, 11:27 AM
If players like Safin, Haas and other players can switch to these newer sticks with "worse" graphite, Blake can too.

Pro_Tour_630
03-18-2010, 06:17 PM
by rackerdesign the same person who made blakes frames

The "feel" element comes from a variety of factors such as material mix percentages, layup design for each layer, Grade or quality of the raw carbon cloth.
Whilst some of the older grades of carbon are no longer available, its still possible to re-create the old school feel.. just costs a few more $$ and needs a bit more thought

samprasvsfederer123
03-18-2010, 06:40 PM
blake has been dead to me for years