View Full Version : sharapova's racquet selling in japan???

07-22-2006, 12:05 PM
hey guys i was just searching through the japanese website of prince tennis and i saw different versions of the O3 white sold in japan. first of all there is the original prince O3 white midplus that is sold in usa.
here are the specs for that:

headsize: 100
weight:295g unstrung
length: 27 inches
dimensions: 22.0-25.0-23.0 mm
power level: 900
string pattern: 16 x 19

here is the link for the original O3 White

then there is an another version called the O3 XF White and it has the same cosmetic as the one sold in usa a.k.a the racquet mentioned above but different specs:

headsize: 100
weight: 300g unstrung
length: 27.25 inches
dimensions: 22.0-25.0-23.0 mm
power level: 875
string pattern: 18 x 19

here is the link for the second version: O3 XF White

okay so there might be two, but here ya go..one more version called the O3 XF White Lite, and this version has exactly the same cosmetics as the O3 White sharapova is using on tour right now with her signature printed on the side of the racquet..here are the specs for that:

headsize: 100
weight: 270g unstrung
length: 27 inches
dimensions: 22.0-25.0-23.0 mm
power level: 850
string pattern: 16 x 19

here is the link for the third version: O3 XF White Lite

so im just wondering, why does japan have all these different versions of O3 White and why do they always have signature racquets that are painted to look like the ones the pros are using. another example is how wilson in japan are releasing a different version of the n-six one tour 90 but with different specs with federer's signature on the side.

07-22-2006, 03:00 PM
hello? anybody on this???

Tezuka Kunimitsu
07-22-2006, 03:45 PM
That is a good question, why does Japan get all the cool stuff!!


07-22-2006, 03:47 PM
That is a good question, why does Japan get all the cool stuff!!


cuz the japanese would pay for anything...

07-22-2006, 05:59 PM
Maybe they're more aware of paintjobs than Americans are.

07-22-2006, 09:00 PM
i would really love to get a batch of those signature sharapova O3 whites just for collection. although im a guy haha but still it'd be cool to trick people telling them that i got these from sharapova herself cuz i knew her :P XD
dunno,japan always produces the good stuff maybe i should live there one day...so anybody else on this?

07-22-2006, 10:39 PM
only difference is that hers have pink highlights on the inside of the o ports and the prince on the side of the racquet is pink as well.

07-23-2006, 08:31 AM
yea, the the 3rd version of the O3 White (O3 White XF Lite) has the pink highlights of the o-ports at the 12 and 6 o'clock position just like maria's racquet. it also has the signature on the side of the racquet. Y DO THE JAPANESE HAVE ALL THE GOOD STUFF???! lol

07-23-2006, 02:12 PM
That is a good question, why does Japan get all the cool stuff!!


For that matter, Why does EUROPE get all the cool stuff?

07-23-2006, 03:02 PM
Marketing. The Japanese market will PAyfor items that sometimes bomb over her. The red Yamaha YFG30 was the same frame as the black, in the US it didn't sell[ nearly as well as the black frame.:cool:

Tezuka Kunimitsu
07-23-2006, 03:19 PM
For that matter, Why does EUROPE get all the cool stuff?

Hmm they do too, I want to live in Japan or Euope. Spain would be so cool.


07-23-2006, 03:45 PM
the O3 XF White Lite has a 16x19 string pattern.. Maria's actual racquet has 18x19... same paintjob different racquet.. http://www.mariaworld.net/indianwells06106.jpg

maria's racquet is more like the O3 XF White.. 18x19 string pattern..

07-23-2006, 03:52 PM
im so jealous of the 03 hornet japan has the american one looks really bad and the japan one looks more like the tt hornet which i have


07-23-2006, 07:10 PM
I wonder how hard it would be to play with a 27cm racquet :eek:


07-24-2006, 05:04 PM
LOL ooops, should be inches..sorry guys!

07-28-2006, 05:29 PM
why do we care.
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07-28-2006, 06:13 PM
simple. cuz we're all jealous of japan selling all the good stuff (if u wanna call it the good stuff that is hehe...)

07-29-2006, 01:40 AM
I guess the economics drive the product offerings. I.e. Japanese pay around US$250-$305 for a racquet, and courts are about 40-100 bucks an hour. If the Americans are willing to pay that, I am sure Prince will come calling.

07-29-2006, 05:56 PM
....no, i dunt think they do pay that much for a racquet. i've been to japan and converted the currencies and the prices are about the same. dunno about court prices though, cuz i've never played in japan before.
wish they really sold the japanese racquets over here in the US.

07-30-2006, 04:03 AM
They do.


6.1 US Spec is 28,560yen which is 249.095 ...


Basically if you are looking for a racquet that is used by someone famous, i.e. Agassi, Fed, Sharapova .. .the price is about US$250.


But if you are talking about the ones that is not used by any pro (or not a "popular" pro) the price is about 25,000 yen which is about 218US.

However ,the older models price drops way lower than anything. I have seen Head i.intelligence prestige going for 18,000yen. I would say Japan is a place to shop for older models .. the prices are very reasonable.

Even this online shop is selling for the same price.

note the RRP of the racquet. 40,230 yen is like 350US !

07-30-2006, 06:20 PM
lol ok so i guess it is more expensive to buy new racquets in japan. i have two us versions of the prince turbo shark mp, and i wanna get that japanese version shark (looks like a paintjob of a TT hornet on the japan site)

12-09-2006, 01:11 AM
I would like to purchase one O3 White MP XF and shorten it to 27 inches which works best for me.
Any idea how to shorten the grip on O3 racquets coz its a kind of different built grip. Thanks!

12-09-2006, 05:16 PM
For that matter, Why does EUROPE get all the cool stuff?

We do? Like what? :confused: