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anirut
10-01-2006, 08:15 AM
Here are some spy shots of Blake's Prince racket. Note the lack of 'O' ports. You can also see the lead tape strip at 3 & 9.

It's James Blake 'signature' model, I suppose.

http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f310/anirut/Thailand%20Open%202006/BlakeRacket02.jpg

http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f310/anirut/Thailand%20Open%202006/BlakeRacket04.jpg

http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f310/anirut/Thailand%20Open%202006/BlakeRacket03.jpg

McStud
10-01-2006, 08:54 AM
umm wow.... just so you know he's been playing with this racquet for a long time now. this is not a prince. check the other threads regarding this racquet.

returner
10-01-2006, 09:00 AM
what kind of string pattern is this? looks like 20x20.

BiGGieStuFF
10-01-2006, 10:09 AM
So by now I guess he's not going to switch? Or is he still not chancing it because he's still in the running for the end of the year championships. My guess is that he'll never switch. It's gonna be one excuse after another.

Keifers
10-01-2006, 10:44 AM
Ah, very good. Thanks for the spy shots, anirut.

The folks at Prince must be pulling their hair out, not being able to capitalize on Blake's "endorsement".

Otherwise known as endorsement-NOT !

anirut
10-01-2006, 07:37 PM
I too didn't think it's a Prince ...

To me, the racket looks like a wide-body, thin beam, mid plus, 18x20.

He might have custom ordered his stick from somewhere. Vantage?

erw325
10-01-2006, 07:51 PM
Second picture is not the same as my Vantage

migjam
10-01-2006, 08:18 PM
No surprise, it's a Dunlop.

anirut
10-01-2006, 08:33 PM
No surprise, it's a Dunlop.

I was thinking about that, too. That's why I point the arrow to the 'V' at the handle top in the third picture. This kind of curve looks very much like a Dunlop.

Or could it be the Redondo MP? ;) I don't think so, because the beam is more like a wide body.

anirut
10-01-2006, 08:43 PM
OK, here's Blake and the Trophy:

http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f310/anirut/Thailand%20Open%202006/BlakeTrophy.jpg

hoosierbr
10-01-2006, 09:27 PM
It's pretty well known that Blake is still using his old Dunlop frame that's been painted black.

Were he not in contention for the Masters Cup my guess would be that he'd be using this last part of the season to test his new racquet in tournament play but since he's in the MC field as of now he probably doesn't want to take any chances.

Chang
10-01-2006, 09:41 PM
Dunlop must be so happy right now that a Prince endorser is using a Dunlop racquet.

snoflewis
10-01-2006, 11:55 PM
i think blake will start using it once the 18x20 pattern hybrid tour is released... which would probalby be on a bigger stage than the Thailand Open...im guess the AO

Keifers
10-02-2006, 12:02 AM
i think blake will start using it once the 18x20 pattern hybrid tour is released... which would probalby be on a bigger stage than the Thailand Open...im guess the AO
Yep, I would agree with those saying after the year-end championships.

jonolau
10-02-2006, 02:12 AM
Thanks for the call yesterday, Anirut. Nice pictures! Too bad I couldn't join you.