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RafaPan
05-08-2010, 09:55 AM
http://img246.imagevenue.com/loc22/th_99203_Preppie_MariaSharapovatraininginMadridSpa in1_122_22lo.jpg (http://img246.imagevenue.com/img.php?image=99203_Preppie_MariaSharapovatraining inMadridSpain1_122_22lo.jpg) http://img132.imagevenue.com/loc250/th_99210_Preppie_MariaSharapovatraininginMadridSpa in2_122_250lo.jpg (http://img132.imagevenue.com/img.php?image=99210_Preppie_MariaSharapovatraining inMadridSpain2_122_250lo.jpg) http://img14.imagevenue.com/loc546/th_98085_Preppie_MariaSharapovatraininginMadridSpa in3_122_546lo.jpg (http://img14.imagevenue.com/img.php?image=98085_Preppie_MariaSharapovatraining inMadridSpain3_122_546lo.jpg) http://img165.imagevenue.com/loc582/th_98345_Preppie_MariaSharapovatraininginMadridSpa in4_122_582lo.jpg (http://img165.imagevenue.com/img.php?image=98345_Preppie_MariaSharapovatraining inMadridSpain4_122_582lo.jpg)

Does anyone know more about it? It doesn't have a Logo, but it must be Prince. Maybe a prototype to help her with her injuries?

RafaPan
05-08-2010, 09:56 AM
http://img243.imagevenue.com/loc578/th_99329_Preppie_MariaSharapovatraininginMadridSpa in5_122_578lo.jpg (http://img243.imagevenue.com/img.php?image=99329_Preppie_MariaSharapovatraining inMadridSpain5_122_578lo.jpg) http://img224.imagevenue.com/loc813/th_98788_Preppie_MariaSharapovatraininginMadridSpa in6_122_813lo.jpg (http://img224.imagevenue.com/img.php?image=98788_Preppie_MariaSharapovatraining inMadridSpain6_122_813lo.jpg) http://img172.imagevenue.com/loc564/th_98456_Preppie_MariaSharapovatraininginMadridSpa in7_122_564lo.jpg (http://img172.imagevenue.com/img.php?image=98456_Preppie_MariaSharapovatraining inMadridSpain7_122_564lo.jpg)

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dlesser13
05-08-2010, 10:04 AM
Looks like a head frame? Some sort of youtek?

Doubles
05-08-2010, 10:05 AM
Looks like a head frame? Some sort of youtek?

It can't be. She has a life time contract with Prince...

psycho0
05-08-2010, 10:08 AM
The white grommets look like a 16/19 Head speed pro racquet

Doubles
05-08-2010, 10:09 AM
The white grommets look like a 16/19 Head speed pro racquet

Maybe, but it is a Prince Prototype. It has to be due to her contract...

RafaPan
05-08-2010, 10:14 AM
She doesn't have a lifetime contract. Only ten years, but they're not up yet.

Murray_Fan
05-08-2010, 12:23 PM
Yeah i thought that it look like Teflon Grommets and a YouTek Racket

dantheman
05-08-2010, 12:27 PM
it looks like a head youtek radical or speedpro. i think head might try picking her up for endorsement

Blade0324
05-08-2010, 05:39 PM
Looks like a Head Yutek to me. 16x19 about 98 in. frame I'd say either a radical custom drilled or possibly a speed. Judging by the throat I'd say speed. Pretty thin beam too.

Bud
05-08-2010, 05:44 PM
That ultra-stiff Prince Black finally blew out her arm.

vsbabolat
05-08-2010, 05:45 PM
Looks like a YT Radical Pro to me. Smart move on her part to get away from those very stiff O port racquets. It will help her elbow and shoulder problems a lot. The Radical Pro is only 58RA.

NLBwell
05-08-2010, 05:59 PM
That ultra-stiff Prince Black finally blew out her arm.

Anyone know if she really changed from the White to the Black or was it just a different paint job? The Black is significantly stiffer than the white.

I'm wondering if she is checking out different rackets and that Prince would just try to duplicate whatever one she likes for her?

Don't Let It Bounce
05-08-2010, 06:03 PM
Is it known that Sharapova's racquets (as opposed to the retail EXO3 Black) are in fact stiff?

dgoran
05-08-2010, 06:19 PM
Looks like a YT Radical Pro to me. Smart move on her part to get away from those very stiff O port racquets. It will help her elbow and shoulder problems a lot. The Radical Pro is only 58RA.

I was just going to write this. I agree 100% YT Rad Pro

bad_call
05-08-2010, 06:26 PM
http://img246.imagevenue.com/loc22/th_99203_Preppie_MariaSharapovatraininginMadridSpa in1_122_22lo.jpg (http://img246.imagevenue.com/img.php?image=99203_Preppie_MariaSharapovatraining inMadridSpain1_122_22lo.jpg) http://img132.imagevenue.com/loc250/th_99210_Preppie_MariaSharapovatraininginMadridSpa in2_122_250lo.jpg (http://img132.imagevenue.com/img.php?image=99210_Preppie_MariaSharapovatraining inMadridSpain2_122_250lo.jpg) http://img14.imagevenue.com/loc546/th_98085_Preppie_MariaSharapovatraininginMadridSpa in3_122_546lo.jpg (http://img14.imagevenue.com/img.php?image=98085_Preppie_MariaSharapovatraining inMadridSpain3_122_546lo.jpg) http://img165.imagevenue.com/loc582/th_98345_Preppie_MariaSharapovatraininginMadridSpa in4_122_582lo.jpg (http://img165.imagevenue.com/img.php?image=98345_Preppie_MariaSharapovatraining inMadridSpain4_122_582lo.jpg)


I was just going to write this. I agree 100% YT Rad Pro

now i know where dgoran gets his tennis fashion...

Uvijek Argen
05-08-2010, 08:49 PM
now i know where dgoran gets his tennis fashion...

:) Hahaha!!...you have to send him the link from this thread.

flashfire276
05-08-2010, 08:51 PM
Finally! Now she gets a legit racquet!

BobFL
05-08-2010, 09:23 PM
now i know where dgoran gets his tennis fashion...

No no, you got it all wrong! Now you know where Sharapova gets her tennis fashion after good "performance"! ;)

Nanshiki
05-08-2010, 11:14 PM
90% chance that she got fed up with the bullcrap new racquets and went back to the racquet she won her slams with, regardless of what her contract said.

Automatix
05-09-2010, 12:29 AM
I'm curious... what did Sharapova actually used during her career?

To my memory:
TT Hornet MP
TT Hornet MP (More Attack pj)
Prince TT Hornet MP (Japanese edition frame closest to this is the Game Shark MP, marketed by Sharapova as Turbo Shark which was available everywhere) with Babolat Pro Hurricane/VS gut
Prince O3 White XF (Japanese edition frame promoted as O3 White)
Prince O3 White XF (promoted as Speedport White)
Speedport Black - she hurt herself with that one....

Could anyone knowledgeable shed some light on this? Thx!

NoleDjoko
05-09-2010, 12:56 AM
radical pro

Sushi_1001
05-09-2010, 01:02 AM
http://img246.imagevenue.com/loc22/th_99203_Preppie_MariaSharapovatraininginMadridSpa in1_122_22lo.jpg (http://img246.imagevenue.com/img.php?image=99203_Preppie_MariaSharapovatraining inMadridSpain1_122_22lo.jpg) http://img132.imagevenue.com/loc250/th_99210_Preppie_MariaSharapovatraininginMadridSpa in2_122_250lo.jpg (http://img132.imagevenue.com/img.php?image=99210_Preppie_MariaSharapovatraining inMadridSpain2_122_250lo.jpg) http://img14.imagevenue.com/loc546/th_98085_Preppie_MariaSharapovatraininginMadridSpa in3_122_546lo.jpg (http://img14.imagevenue.com/img.php?image=98085_Preppie_MariaSharapovatraining inMadridSpain3_122_546lo.jpg) http://img165.imagevenue.com/loc582/th_98345_Preppie_MariaSharapovatraininginMadridSpa in4_122_582lo.jpg (http://img165.imagevenue.com/img.php?image=98345_Preppie_MariaSharapovatraining inMadridSpain4_122_582lo.jpg)

Does anyone know more about it? It doesn't have a Logo, but it must be Prince. Maybe a prototype to help her with her injuries?


You are correct....

I have a contact in the Pro and yes, Head is trying to develop a racket for her because of her injury. It will be a custom racket with a YouTek PJ just for her.

Automatix
05-09-2010, 04:19 AM
You are correct....

I have a contact in the Pro and yes, Head is trying to develop a racket for her because of her injury. It will be a custom racket with a YouTek PJ just for her. She would have to end her deal with Prince first...

It doesn't make sense really. If someone was to develop a frame for her it would be Prince not Head...

vsbabolat
05-09-2010, 07:47 AM
She would have to end her deal with Prince first...

It doesn't make sense really. If someone was to develop a frame for her it would be Prince not Head...

That is right she has a $25 million dollar deal with Prince. You think she could get Prince to step up and make her a custom racquet that would help her shoulder and elbow.
Sharapova’s Prince Deal Worth $25M; Sponsors Activate
Maria Sharapova’s lifetime endorsement deal with Prince “is set up to be worth about $25[M] over the next 10 years,” according to a source cited by the AP’s Howard Fendrich. Sharapova will earn royalties from sales of “various Prince products, and there are clauses tied to tournament appearances, success and rankings.” Prince VP/Sports Marketing & Communications Linda Glassel: “The contract is very similar to others in many ways, where she has the opportunity to earn additional dollars with even stronger performance.” Glassel said this is the first time Prince has agreed to a lifetime contract with a player (AP, 8/28).
http://www.sportsbusinessdaily.com/article/105392

bsandy
05-09-2010, 11:00 AM
That is right she has a $25 million dollar deal with Prince. You think she could get Prince to step up and make her a custom racquet that would help her shoulder and elbow.

Maybe they tried and failed. There are exit critera in every contract.

. . . Bud

Murray_Fan
05-09-2010, 11:45 AM
so its a prince prototype

Murray_Fan
05-09-2010, 11:46 AM
Also with Teflon Grommets?

RafaPan
05-10-2010, 12:06 PM
New pictures

http://thumbnails23.imagebam.com/7999/0c398079985033.gif (http://www.imagebam.com/image/0c398079985033) http://thumbnails5.imagebam.com/7999/4b83c979984739.gif (http://www.imagebam.com/image/4b83c979984739) http://thumbnails24.imagebam.com/7999/52ace379984978.gif (http://www.imagebam.com/image/52ace379984978) http://7thumb.skins.be/2/4/0/2/9/5/2/img-4be340601cd97.jpg (http://image.skins.be/2402952/img-4be340601cd97/)

Any news?

OK Tennis
05-10-2010, 06:01 PM
It is a Prince proto-type,, looks similar to Triple Threat Hornet with cross section with no bumper and no big grommets on sides

themitchmann
05-10-2010, 06:33 PM
I hope it's a Prince, but the pic of the butt cap makes me think otherwise (Head).

OliverSimon
05-10-2010, 06:44 PM
Looks like a Head buttcap.

Fedace
05-10-2010, 06:48 PM
Looks like a Head buttcap.

No, it must be a new prince. I think it is her OLD prince precision approach that she won wimbledon with..

Gtech
05-10-2010, 07:01 PM
I am not buying that it is a Prince. The buttcap is clearly a Head. Plus her last known string combo was Lux M2 with Gut. The strings she is playing now are black. Can you say Head Sonic poly?

bsandy
05-10-2010, 07:25 PM
If it were a just a Radical Pro, why would they tie off the crosses at 9t rather than 5T?

Hmmm ?

lilxjohnyy
05-10-2010, 08:13 PM
Definitely looks like the Radical/ prestige head grommets at the throat....

ihearit1st
05-10-2010, 09:09 PM
If it were a just a Radical Pro, why would they tie off the crosses at 9t rather than 5T?

Hmmm ?

If RPNY is stringing those racquets, which they usually do, the crosses will be tied off to a cross. Even though 5t would be the manufacturers tieoff, it's going to lose a lot of tension because it's so far away from the last tensioned string.

Nanshiki
05-10-2010, 09:16 PM
The buttcap looks sort of like a Head because of the white ring and the shape, but I would bet money that's an OLD racquet... probably something she used early in her career when she was winning slams and didn't have a gimp shoulder.

InsideOutBackhand
05-10-2010, 09:18 PM
I was speaking with a Head rep on Sunday. He mentioned that they were currently working with Sharapova.

featherlight
05-11-2010, 03:16 AM
it def looks like a head racket

themitchmann
05-11-2010, 04:54 AM
Definitely looks like the Radical/ prestige head grommets at the throat....

I thought so too...

liehssahmster
05-11-2010, 06:26 AM
Even with the new frame, another early round loss.

Maybe they tried and failed. There are exit critera in every contract.

. . . Bud

Seems to me exit criteria could work both ways. Why wouldn't Prince be happy to get out of this contract that doesn't seem to be working for either party?

sammyboy
05-22-2010, 11:57 PM
ouch...that is bad news for prince!

themitchmann
05-23-2010, 04:52 AM
ouch...that is bad news for prince!

Not with the results she's had recently.

sammyboy
05-23-2010, 06:26 PM
Not with the results she's had recently.

doesn't mean she does not sell racquets!

Puredrivetennis
05-23-2010, 09:39 PM
doesn't mean she does not sell racquets!

but why pay someone whos not winning? head, however, gladly will ;)

themitchmann
05-24-2010, 11:06 AM
doesn't mean she does not sell racquets!

True. However, winning tournaments sells more.

bsandy
05-24-2010, 11:16 AM
but why pay someone whos not winning? head, however, gladly will ;)

Yonex does too.

CzechM8
05-24-2010, 11:48 AM
True. However, winning tournaments sells more.

I think Kournikova would tend to disagree :)

ClubHoUno
05-24-2010, 12:14 PM
I know from a WTA insider at Strasbourg last week, that Sharapova is testing and currently playing with a Head Prototype......

themitchmann
05-25-2010, 07:57 PM
I think Kournikova would tend to disagree :)

I don't think too many players cared about Kournikova's racquet. She probably did more for apparel than racquets.

Pioneer
05-29-2010, 10:55 AM
Two words - no way.

I just think the different playing characteristics of a Head frame will totally throw off her game. I, too, am willing to bet it's an old racquet that she used or a custom Prince

marosmith
05-29-2010, 10:59 AM
Two words - no way.

I just think the different playing characteristics of a Head frame will totally throw off her game. I, too, am willing to bet it's an old racquet that she used or a custom Prince

wow, you don't read well, huh?

vsbabolat
05-29-2010, 11:05 AM
Two words - no way.

I just think the different playing characteristics of a Head frame will totally throw off her game. I, too, am willing to bet it's an old racquet that she used or a custom Prince

It is a HEAD racquet for Maria .
http://i173.photobucket.com/albums/w50/vsbabolat/Sharapova_2010_Strasbourg-1.jpg
http://i173.photobucket.com/albums/w50/vsbabolat/Sharapova_2010_Roland_Garros_1.jpg
http://i173.photobucket.com/albums/w50/vsbabolat/Sharapova_Head_1.jpg
http://i173.photobucket.com/albums/w50/vsbabolat/MariaSharapovatraininginMadridSpain.jpg

marosmith
05-29-2010, 11:13 AM
It is a new for Maria HEAD racquet.
http://i173.photobucket.com/albums/w50/vsbabolat/Sharapova_2010_Strasbourg-1.jpg
http://i173.photobucket.com/albums/w50/vsbabolat/Sharapova_2010_Roland_Garros_1.jpg
http://i173.photobucket.com/albums/w50/vsbabolat/Sharapova_Head_1.jpg
http://i173.photobucket.com/albums/w50/vsbabolat/MariaSharapovatraininginMadridSpain.jpg

So it's not a retail youtek anymore based on the butcap? You think it is a radical mold still of some sort? I couldn't cound the string pattern, is it 16x19?

vsbabolat
05-29-2010, 11:25 AM
So it's not a retail youtek anymore based on the butcap? You think it is a radical mold still of some sort? I couldn't cound the string pattern, is it 16x19?

It is my opinion that she is using the YT Radical Pro.

THESEXPISTOL
05-29-2010, 12:30 PM
It is my opinion that she is using the YT Radical Pro.

I was posting the same... It looks like 100'' and the beam is similar to Radical Pro.

jchl97
06-03-2010, 01:29 AM
Similar with Youteks, especially on the head of the frame, with iconic white Teflon grommets. The throat looks like a radical. I would say the same answer, a YT Radical Pro.

http://www.productwiki.com/upload/images/head_youtek_radical_pro-400-400.jpg
http://i173.photobucket.com/albums/w50/vsbabolat/Sharapova_Head_1.jpg

West Coast Ace
06-06-2010, 10:20 AM
It doesn't make sense really. If someone was to develop a frame for her it would be Prince not Head...And admit that there is something 'wrong' with her current stick? I can see why they wouldn't

There are exit critera in every contract.My thought exactly. That's what lawyers are for.


Seems to me exit criteria could work both ways. Why wouldn't Prince be happy to get out of this contract that doesn't seem to be working for either party?That's true too. Sharapova and others on the WTA play so infrequently that the companies lose the best advertising - fans watching matches. Paying Jankovic 1/4 what they pay Blondie and having her play 2x the number of tournaments is a better investment.

XFactorer
06-06-2010, 08:41 PM
And admit that there is something 'wrong' with her current stick? I can see why they wouldn't

My thought exactly. That's what lawyers are for.

That's true too. Sharapova and others on the WTA play so infrequently that the companies lose the best advertising - fans watching matches. Paying Jankovic 1/4 what they pay Blondie and having her play 2x the number of tournaments is a better investment.

Why doesn't Jankovic have a P stenciled on her racquets?

bsandy
06-06-2010, 08:46 PM
Why doesn't Jankovic have a P stenciled on her racquets?

Because she didn't tell her stringer to put one on her.

Don't read too much into things.

. . . Bud

djokster
06-06-2010, 11:10 PM
So it's not a retail youtek anymore based on the butcap? You think it is a radical mold still of some sort? I couldn't cound the string pattern, is it 16x19?
Counted...it's a 16x19

XFactorer
06-06-2010, 11:25 PM
Because she didn't tell her stringer to put one on her.

Don't read too much into things.

. . . Bud

Isn't she paid by Prince to have the stencil on it?

RafaPan
06-07-2010, 05:06 AM
Isn't she paid by Prince to have the stencil on it?

Nope. She has been playing without an actually paying contract for over a year I think.
Remember when Davydenko said "They gave all the money to Sharapova"? It was true.

themitchmann
06-07-2010, 05:36 AM
Nope. She has been playing without an actually paying contract for over a year I think.
Remember when Davydenko said "They gave all the money to Sharapova"? It was true.

She was shopping around for a new racquet contract for a while, but she's still playing with the Prince. Not sure of the details, but I don't believe she's under contract with Prince any longer...but don't quote me on that...

vsbabolat
06-07-2010, 06:21 AM
.................................................. ..............

themitchmann
06-07-2010, 06:36 AM
My previous post was in reference to Jankovic, not Sharapova.

I'm in agreement that Sharapova is testing a Head racquet currently.

JoelDali
06-07-2010, 06:52 AM
Its not about raquets or tennis really, its about that dog of hers.

vsbabolat
06-07-2010, 07:48 AM
My previous post was in reference to Jankovic, not Sharapova.

I'm in agreement that Sharapova is testing a Head racquet currently.

I'm really sorry. I'm a little groggy today.

themitchmann
06-07-2010, 08:27 AM
I'm really sorry. I'm a little groggy today.

It's no problem...I see how you could have read that to believe I was talking about Sharapova. I just wanted to make sure I didn't look like an idiot! :)

raging
06-14-2010, 12:11 PM
I know from a WTA insider at Strasbourg last week, that Sharapova is testing and currently playing with a Head Prototype......

birmingham proved it..I saw her Head prototype and even funnier a new black string from babolat...it didn't help her win the final...so it will be interesting what she does with strings and racket in next few months...is she gambling Prince will want to make her another racket, and why is she buying RPM Blast??

I can't believe this string would suit her game....

lefty10spro
06-14-2010, 12:38 PM
Maria should stay away from polys. Shoulder surgery and a recent wrist injury and poly is not a good mix.

RafaPan
08-12-2010, 04:48 PM
Is there any way we could merge these threads?