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Murray Mound
05-04-2010, 05:56 PM
In a recent match against roddick at caesars palace Pete tossed out his Wilson and switched to Rodddicks pure drive!

Can you say law suit? Wilson is going go be ****ed.

El Diablo
05-04-2010, 05:59 PM
It was noted in a recent post that Pete played a match recently with his Wilson minus the logo on the strings. Sounds like Wilson no longer saw the point of paying him so he went elsewhere.

Fedace
05-04-2010, 06:01 PM
In a recent match against roddick at caesars palace Pete tossed out his Wilson and switched to Rodddicks pure drive!

Can you say law suit? Wilson is going go be ****ed.

Yes and i heard Sampras went on to serve a ball at 178 MPH. which is a new record....

marosmith
05-04-2010, 06:08 PM
Yes and i heard Sampras went on to serve a ball at 178 MPH. which is a new record....

good insight...

Murray Mound
05-04-2010, 06:10 PM
Actually I'm watching it now on tennis channel on Lendl return of a champion.

Sampras looked really weird with a babolat.

Fedace
05-04-2010, 06:29 PM
Actually I'm watching it now on tennis channel on Lendl return of a champion.

Sampras looked really weird with a babolat.

Surely if Pete can serve at 130 mph with that little Wilson frame, he must be able to get it up to 170 MPH with that powerful Babolat pure drive..........Surely...........:confused::confuse d:

DownTheLine
05-04-2010, 07:06 PM
Pictures? Doesn't Pete have a life time contract?

Fee
05-04-2010, 07:10 PM
Yeah he played with it for what, 3 minutes? During an exo match. Bring on the lawyers.

Murray Mound
05-04-2010, 07:13 PM
Yeah he played with it for what, 3 minutes? During an exo match. Bring on the lawyers.

He's retired.... What the hell else would he play in?

joe sch
05-04-2010, 07:18 PM
Yeah he played with it for what, 3 minutes? During an exo match. Bring on the lawyers.

3 minutes and he will probably never want to use it again.
Wonder how much Wilson paid him for that maneuver ;)

DownTheLine
05-04-2010, 07:22 PM
He's retired.... What the hell else would he play in?

There's an old timers tour.

flashfire276
05-04-2010, 07:22 PM
Imagine Wilson payed him to use the PD for a bit, and then say bad things about it. Babolat would get super ****ed!

Pretty stupid thought, but still!

joe sch
05-04-2010, 07:40 PM
Imagine Wilson payed him to use the PD for a bit, and then say bad things about it. Babolat would get super ****ed!

Pretty stupid thought, but still!

Not stupid, very smart.
See 3 posts up, I called it :)

baseline_monster
05-05-2010, 06:24 AM
So you guys think Wilson will drop him from there brand for a bit of light hearted banter...? Sampras will allways be known for Wilson forever, people need to wake up when they say law suit

MAX PLY
05-05-2010, 07:23 AM
I have seen Pete play several EXOs and he has not yet failed to hit with the other guy's racquet for a few points. In Atlanta, he even pulled out a wooden racquet. All in fun--don't go out and pj your KPS 88s yet.

big bang
05-05-2010, 07:32 AM
how could he hit with a babo-plast:twisted: he will never go to heaven now thats for sure!! thought Pete knew never to touch the devils tools..:twisted:

Standupnfall
05-05-2010, 07:42 AM
Pete has used Babolat Strings and Babolat String Stencil for many years.

SuperFly
05-05-2010, 07:56 AM
Pics or you're a troll.

vsbabolat
05-05-2010, 08:38 AM
http://i173.photobucket.com/albums/w50/vsbabolat/Pete_With_PureDrive_1.jpg

ollinger
05-05-2010, 09:44 AM
He looks annoyed, probably sees the "AndyR" sig, as it's a PDR or PJ he's using.

JW10S
05-05-2010, 01:20 PM
Pictures? Doesn't Pete have a life time contract?No, he does not. There are only 3 pros who have lifetime contracts; Federer, Agassi and Sharapova.

TennisandMusic
05-05-2010, 01:44 PM
LOL. Is that a look of horror or amazement?

Doubles
05-05-2010, 02:29 PM
Stop freaking out, pete didn't have a lifetime contract with Wilson, so there won't be a law suit...

stanfordtennis alum
05-05-2010, 02:45 PM
not too surprised with this move.. great pickup by Babolat though

Doubles
05-05-2010, 02:55 PM
not too surprised with this move.. great pickup by Babolat though

Really? The Pure Drive seems like too high powered of a frame for him...

Mdubb23
05-05-2010, 03:04 PM
No, he does not. There are only 3 pros who have lifetime contracts; Federer, Agassi and Sharapova.

You forgot Rafa.

JW10S
05-05-2010, 03:08 PM
You forgot Rafa.No I didn't--he does not have a lifetime contract.

TennisandMusic
05-05-2010, 03:30 PM
I don't think it was a switch guys, sounds like he just picked up andy's racquet and played with it. No more, no less.

Doubles
05-05-2010, 03:30 PM
You forgot Rafa.

Nope, it's only a 10 year contract...

Doubles
05-05-2010, 03:31 PM
I don't think it was a switch guys, sounds like he just picked up andy's racquet and played with it. No more, no less.

That's what I was thinking in the first place, but most people seem to think other wise...

TheOneHander
05-05-2010, 04:04 PM
I don't think it was a switch guys, sounds like he just picked up andy's racquet and played with it. No more, no less.

THIS!

Sampras has not switched to a new frame, he just hit with A-Rod's for a bit. An American friend of mine send me the Tennis Channel Lendl video and they said he just wanted to hit with the Pure Drive for a bit. There was footage of him playing with the KPS88.

SAMPRAS IS NOT WITH BABOLAT

/endthread

:):):)

decades
05-05-2010, 04:38 PM
i doubt Pete is getting paid anymore by Wilson beyond royalties for rackets that have his name on it or advertising his image.

Mdubb23
05-05-2010, 07:02 PM
No I didn't--he does not have a lifetime contract.

I saw it on the Babolat website a couple months ago.

vsbabolat
05-05-2010, 07:11 PM
i doubt Pete is getting paid anymore by Wilson beyond royalties for rackets that have his name on it or advertising his image.

That is still called getting paid by Wilson for his endorsement.

Cup8489
05-05-2010, 07:22 PM
http://i173.photobucket.com/albums/w50/vsbabolat/Pete_With_PureDrive_1.jpg

if he ever switched racquets, it wouldn't be to THIS racquet. If anything, I'd say he'd use one of the Pure Storms, probably the LTD. Nothing else has enough control.

Fedace
05-05-2010, 07:28 PM
I don't think it was a switch guys, sounds like he just picked up andy's racquet and played with it. No more, no less.

I just don't think Pete can get a high % of his serves in with this powerful frame. He would sacrifice too much control. also his running forehand would not be as accurate with pure drive.
But having said that, it would be interesting to see just how fast Pete can serve with the Pure drive. ~150 mph ????? ~160mph ?? you never know.:):)

Tyrus
05-05-2010, 07:34 PM
The look on petes face...Its either the look of confusion or amazement, im not sure but its definitely funny.

JW10S
05-05-2010, 07:35 PM
I saw it on the Babolat website a couple months ago.As was mentioned by someone else in this thread, Nadal signed a 10 year contract in '07.

baseline_monster
05-06-2010, 06:18 AM
Are People Stupid? Why Is There Any Debate, He Just Hit A Few Balls With Roddicks Frame For Banter, Nothing More, Nothing Less.

Murray Mound
05-06-2010, 09:33 AM
Are People Stupid? Why Is There Any Debate, He Just Hit A Few Balls With Roddicks Frame For Banter, Nothing More, Nothing Less.

He is getting paid from Wilson for that k88....he is the only person who plays with it. In fact I think it may have his autograph on it??? Not sure??

But the k88 was definitely produced becaise of Pete.....so he has to play with that stick.

But the fact that he switched to the babolat becaise he was losing with the 88 says a lot in my opinion.

VGP
05-06-2010, 09:49 AM
But the fact that he switched to the babolat becaise he was losing with the 88 says a lot in my opinion.

Did these words actually leave your fingers?

Murray Mound
05-06-2010, 09:54 AM
Did these words actually leave your fingers?

LOL.....freaking iPhones ....tough to type with my fat thumbs.

But yeah, I'm not so sure he switched for laughs. It's an odd thing to do and it's not very funny.

Tofuspeedstar
05-06-2010, 11:33 AM
LOL.....freaking iPhones ....tough to type with my fat thumbs.

But yeah, I'm not so sure he switched for laughs. It's an odd thing to do and it's not very funny.

How's it not funny? Are they not allowed to have fun every now and then? It was an exhibition match for crying out loud. IMO those are some of the funnest matches that never get televised.

quest01
05-06-2010, 12:18 PM
Is there a video of Sampras hitting with the PD, how did he do with it. I heard he hit an ace with it.

Murray Mound
05-06-2010, 12:58 PM
How's it not funny? Are they not allowed to have fun every now and then? It was an exhibition match for crying out loud. IMO those are some of the funnest matches that never get televised.

sure but whats so funny about simply switching racquets?:confused: I think sampras was getting his butt kicked with the Wilson and wanted to try something else.

Fee
05-09-2010, 08:30 PM
sure but whats so funny about simply switching racquets?:confused: I think sampras was getting his butt kicked with the Wilson and wanted to try something else.

Sampras was getting his butt kicked by a guy almost 10 years younger who had just won Miami and plays tennis almost every day. The stick had NOTHING to do with it. He switched to be entertaining, and I'm sure the crowd appreciated it much more than hearing two players discuss tipping.

Please tell me you started this thread as a joke and that you are just posting things like this to keep it going.

himynameisNIKE
05-09-2010, 08:51 PM
Is there a video of Sampras hitting with the PD, how did he do with it. I heard he hit an ace with it.

i can assure you sampras will hit an ace with any racket you give him

v205
05-10-2010, 03:20 AM
How was he playing with the Bab?

JT_2eighty
05-10-2010, 02:12 PM
I'm not so sure he switched for laughs. It's an odd thing to do and it's not very funny.

I think the more odd thing is THIS THREAD! I actually think it is funny. Just look at all the people in the background that ARE SMILING, maybe perhaps they are LAUGHING? at... wait for it, the JOKE. Sampras possibly even made a comment, in jest! Oh my!

I DON'T KNOW WHAT WE'RE ALL YELLING ABOUT!

martini1
05-10-2010, 08:20 PM
http://i173.photobucket.com/albums/w50/vsbabolat/Pete_With_PureDrive_1.jpg

from the way the overgrip is wrapped it does look like Andy's stick. I mean, even if Pete does switch to a different brand I would assume he picks something like a mid and thinner frame.

BTW having said that it seems like a lot of "out of contract" pros are using babo. Michael Chang and Kafelnikov both used the APDC earlier this year in a Hong Kong exhibition game.

Nanshiki
05-10-2010, 08:32 PM
That's clearly Roddick's racquet.

I think he's either thinking "How does he play with this thing!?!?!" or "Where was this racquet when I was still playing!?!?!"

Terre Battu
05-10-2010, 09:45 PM
ZZzzzzzzzz

T-ennis 888
05-12-2010, 07:27 AM
There's a bit of life left in this thread!

Can't believe no-one has suggested it...but what is Pete saying upon picking up the Roddick stick? Maybe start with a little nod to Obi-Wan Kenobi:

"so uncivilised"

dje31
05-15-2010, 07:07 AM
Nope, it's only a 10 year contract...

Anybody think Nadal has 10-years left in him, with his injuries?

Murray Mound
05-15-2010, 07:58 PM
Anybody think Nadal has 10-years left in him, with his injuries?

Ahhhhh I see the connection,

Babolat = Nadal= hate

Murray Mound
05-15-2010, 08:28 PM
Anybody think Nadal has 10-years left in him, with his injuries?

Ahhhhh I see the connection,

Babolat = Nadal= hate

genius24
05-15-2010, 09:16 PM
Yes and i heard Sampras went on to serve a ball at 178 MPH. which is a new record....

really? thats sick

Fee
05-15-2010, 09:16 PM
thats roddicks racquet, string, rubber band, the way roddick grips his racquet, no cortex.

yes, we know it's Roddick's racquet. Read the thread.

genius24
05-15-2010, 09:20 PM
yes, we know it's Roddick's racquet. Read the thread.

hahaha you guys kill me

aceX
05-15-2010, 10:27 PM
http://i173.photobucket.com/albums/w50/vsbabolat/Pete_With_PureDrive_1.jpg

"Alright..... who was it that put a piece of gum where an anti-vibrator should be?"

baseline_monster
05-16-2010, 02:42 AM
Why Is This Still Going On???????????????????????????????????????????????? ??????????????? Its Been Explained That They Where Playing In An Exo And They Changed Rackets For Jokes, Banter, Entertainment Etc For A Few Shots, Thats It, Nothing More, Nothing Less. But Still People Are Either Trying To Get There Post Count Up, Actually Stupid Or Simply Bored!! If You Know Anything At All About Tennis You Know This Would Never Be True. It Amazes Me How A Certain Few Members Actually Post Theories On Why He May Have Changed And Stuff, Crazy!!!!!!!!!!!!

Murray Mound
05-16-2010, 01:10 PM
OMg! They say the size of a mans stick is equal to the size of his ick.......Andy must be hung!


http://i173.photobucket.com/albums/w50/vsbabolat/Pete_With_PureDrive_1.jpg

BallistecMissile
09-21-2011, 06:20 AM
Is there a video of Sampras hitting with the PD, how did he do with it. I heard he hit an ace with it.

I heard on good authority Sampras can hit an ace with a toothpick with both hands tied behind his back while walking to school uphill both ways.

**EPIC**

TheGreatestAudia
09-22-2011, 12:12 PM
Why Is This Still Going On???????????????????????????????????????????????? ??????????????? Its Been Explained That They Where Playing In An Exo And They Changed Rackets For Jokes, Banter, Entertainment Etc For A Few Shots, Thats It, Nothing More, Nothing Less. But Still People Are Either Trying To Get There Post Count Up, Actually Stupid Or Simply Bored!! If You Know Anything At All About Tennis You Know This Would Never Be True. It Amazes Me How A Certain Few Members Actually Post Theories On Why He May Have Changed And Stuff, Crazy!!!!!!!!!!!!

wHY aRE aLL oF yOUR wORDS cAPPED aT tHE bEGINNING?

klementine79
09-22-2011, 07:08 PM
^ wHERe hAVe yOu bEEn?

iT's tHe sTYLe aLl tHe hIPPSTERs aRe dOINg.

Seth
09-22-2011, 07:15 PM
aNYTHING hIPTERS dO, i dO tHE oPPOSITE.

drakulie
09-22-2011, 07:37 PM
he was using a pure storm at the champions series tonight with full poly (black)

VGP
09-22-2011, 07:55 PM
any personal pics, drakulie?

how was it stringing for them?

his frame looks pretty stealthy.....black frame, black strings, black dampener.

http://www.championsseriestennis.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/Sampras_miami-finals_cropped.jpg

sixone90
09-22-2011, 08:20 PM
RPM Blast?

Cup8489
09-22-2011, 10:17 PM
RPM Blast?

Yessir.

10aces

15_ounce
09-22-2011, 11:22 PM
Imagine Wilson payed him to use the PD for a bit, and then say bad things about it. Babolat would get super ****ed!

Pretty stupid thought, but still!


PAID, not payed !!!!

Dave M
09-23-2011, 01:04 AM
any personal pics, drakulie?

how was it stringing for them?

his frame looks pretty stealthy.....black frame, black strings, black dampener.

http://www.championsseriestennis.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/Sampras_miami-finals_cropped.jpg

Is that a pure storm?

TheGreatestAudia
09-23-2011, 04:14 AM
aNYTHING hIPTERS dO, i dO tHE oPPOSITE.

tHat's gReat, bUt wHat aRe hIpters?

drakulie
09-23-2011, 04:44 PM
any personal pics, drakulie?

how was it stringing for them?

his frame looks pretty stealthy.....black frame, black strings, black dampener.

VGP, unfortunately, the photos I had in my camera of all the frames I mistakenly deleted. :(

I only have a few photos of me with the players, and a few of Couriers frames.

Stringing at the Champions Series was a blast. All the guys were really cool, with my favorite being Connors. He was a total riot and was having a lot of fun. I was also able to get Sampras and Courier to sign one of my cracked Pro Staff 85's. It will be hanging up on the wall again!!!

Here is one of Sampras and me.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v736/drakulie/31d3d30e.jpg

I posted some more in this thread:

http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=372144&page=9

VGP
09-23-2011, 11:42 PM
Very cool. Thanks (as always) for sharing, drakulie.

Glad to hear it was a good experience.

Up&comer
09-24-2011, 05:24 AM
Drakulie, does Sampras still string super tight?

Cool pics by the way.

drakulie
09-24-2011, 05:17 PM
^^yes, in the 60's. however, keep in mind, he is now using a 98 vs a 85, so that would probably be loose for him. :)

VGP
09-24-2011, 07:48 PM
I know people have become obsessed with Sampras going to a larger headsize, but I think the perception that he's getting more power is offset by him using a full bed of RPM Blast.

Stringing in the 60's with full poly would get him in the power range of his former full gut setup. What he does gain is a larger spin window from the frame and spin potential in combination with the frame and string with his new setup.

From what I can tell, he's adjusted his overall game well. I'm curious to know what he would say he's adjusted in stroke production, especially on the volley.

Up&comer
09-25-2011, 03:33 AM
^^yes, in the 60's. however, keep in mind, he is now using a 98 vs a 85, so that would probably be loose for him. :)

Yeah, but that would still feel pretty tight with full poly.

Thanks.

edogofhe
09-26-2011, 05:24 AM
PD maybe a good choice for him at this age.

larry10s
09-26-2011, 06:22 AM
could some one just tell me what racquet does sampras ,courier,mcenroe,chang use NOW
thanks

Power Player
09-26-2011, 06:48 AM
Sampras - Pure Storm Tour
Chang - Aero Pro Drive Plus
Courier - Donnay XP Dual Pro
Mcenroe - signature Dunlop stick.

VGP
09-26-2011, 06:53 AM
In these cases, strings are as important as the frame....

Sampras - Babolat RPM Blast
Chang - Babolat Pro Hurricane
Courier - OG Sheep Micro 16 main/Lux cross
McEnroe - old 16 gauge natural gut

larry10s
09-26-2011, 06:59 AM
power player and vgp
thanks:)

movdqa
09-26-2011, 07:33 AM
> Is that a pure storm?

Looks like a Pure Lead.

srvnvly
09-26-2011, 11:10 AM
from a Priority 1 tweet a few minutes ago: http://twitpic.com/6r1w1w

CDestroyer
09-26-2011, 11:33 AM
Drakulie,

So he is using the Pure Storm Tour? The blacked out frames dont look as round as the ones on TW website.

Wasn't Wilson going to make a new larger frame for Pete?

VGP
09-26-2011, 11:35 AM
from a Priority 1 tweet a few minutes ago: http://twitpic.com/6r1w1w

Yup....for Darth Sam-par-rus.

http://s3.amazonaws.com/twitpic/photos/full/408234884.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=AKIAJF3XCCKACR3QDMOA&Expires=1317066672&Signature=tz%2BJKr4921LVDOVsa03U1n2UTzo%3D

jemsiter
09-26-2011, 03:08 PM
Drakulie,

So he is using the Pure Storm Tour? The blacked out frames dont look as round as the ones on TW website.

Wasn't Wilson going to make a new larger frame for Pete?

The blacked out frames are Pure Storm Tour's. If you look closely they have the Babolat woofer systems (grommets).

Cup8489
09-26-2011, 03:47 PM
It makes me wanna buy a PST and black it out, haha.

Probably gonna black out and heavily mod my MG Radical, for fun (main stick nowadays is the Speed 16x19, so the radical would just be fun to mod)

sadowsk2
09-27-2011, 10:13 AM
Can someone please post a pic of Chang with his Babolat??? I can't for the life of me see Chang using the Aero Pro Drive Plus. Thanks

Rabbit
09-27-2011, 10:25 AM
VGP, unfortunately, the photos I had in my camera of all the frames I mistakenly deleted. :(

I only have a few photos of me with the players, and a few of Couriers frames.

Stringing at the Champions Series was a blast. All the guys were really cool, with my favorite being Connors. He was a total riot and was having a lot of fun. I was also able to get Sampras and Courier to sign one of my cracked Pro Staff 85's. It will be hanging up on the wall again!!!

Here is one of Sampras and me.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v736/drakulie/31d3d30e.jpg

I posted some more in this thread:

http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=372144&page=9

Dude....super jealous....seriously nice!

VGP
09-27-2011, 10:30 AM
Can someone please post a pic of Chang with his Babolat??? I can't for the life of me see Chang using the Aero Pro Drive Plus. Thanks

Here you go:

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3121/2921504354_c205f00269_z.jpg

previous cosmetics....note the lead tape.

recently:

http://cache2.asset-cache.net/xc/126241184.jpg?v=1&c=IWSAsset&k=2&d=77BFBA49EF8789219B309651A2344B3FF4F5B42D7BDC08D1 4B02EB5792B3FBC28586321D7F28BE66

He's been using the Babolat for a while, even since the dark paintjob. Even back in 2001 he was experimenting with Babolat frames:

http://cache4.asset-cache.net/xc/599755.jpg?v=1&c=IWSAsset&k=2&d=77BFBA49EF878921F7C3FC3F69D929FD05B5CB3D1780DAB6 27FC7204BF7BDD888A122E3D5DDC15E7

http://cache1.asset-cache.net/xc/51983893.jpg?v=1&c=IWSAsset&k=2&d=FE1CE9934D1C2A8CE126B432A682B7EF302C573E4F37C68C 1C65C7FB84D701C0

CDestroyer
09-27-2011, 10:42 AM
The blacked out frames are Pure Storm Tour's. If you look closely they have the Babolat woofer systems (grommets).

Thank you for clarifying that sir.

sadowsk2
09-28-2011, 05:38 AM
Here you go:

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3121/2921504354_c205f00269_z.jpg

previous cosmetics....note the lead tape.

recently:

http://cache2.asset-cache.net/xc/126241184.jpg?v=1&c=IWSAsset&k=2&d=77BFBA49EF8789219B309651A2344B3FF4F5B42D7BDC08D1 4B02EB5792B3FBC28586321D7F28BE66

He's been using the Babolat for a while, even since the dark paintjob. Even back in 2001 he was experimenting with Babolat frames:

http://cache4.asset-cache.net/xc/599755.jpg?v=1&c=IWSAsset&k=2&d=77BFBA49EF878921F7C3FC3F69D929FD05B5CB3D1780DAB6 27FC7204BF7BDD888A122E3D5DDC15E7

http://cache1.asset-cache.net/xc/51983893.jpg?v=1&c=IWSAsset&k=2&d=FE1CE9934D1C2A8CE126B432A682B7EF302C573E4F37C68C 1C65C7FB84D701C0

Thanks for the pics!!

austintennis2005
09-28-2011, 05:44 PM
anyone know?