Blade 98 - Pros who actually play these (all versions)

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  1. Ross K

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    Yes, pro-wise, who does actually play with a real Blade 98, be it the new Black Blades, gold/black, K Blade, etc, etc?

    Just curious.

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  2. Doubles

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    Raonic and Dancevic.
     
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  3. spinovic

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    Monfils switched to the new black Darth Vader version this season? I believe it is the 2013 Blade 98 (18x20)...

    ...unless its a PJ. I'm sure someone on here knows.
     
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  4. niktub

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    Lamonf plays with an H19
     
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    David Goffin, Filip Peliwo, not sure about Laura Robson?
     
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  6. spinovic

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    It does have the new paint job though, right? At least I thought I saw him playing with something that looked like it in Doha (I believe). One of those 250's prior to Oz.
     
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  7. Ross K

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    Okay... Raonic, Dancevic, David Goffin, Filip Peliwo, Laura Robson, Monfils...

    Q. Is Raonic using a K Blade really?... Monfils must be a pj surely?

    Anyhow, keep 'em coming!
     
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    Filip peliwo was but I think he switched to yonex.
     
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    Tecnifibre
     
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    What does Tomic use???
     
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    Also, Goffin uses the retail Blade I believe.
     
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  12. Ross K

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    No!... say it ain't so! :shock: :cry: :)
     
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    He switched to Tec. Plays the 305. It's more a $$$ thing probably.

    But it's funny because the 305 is what made me check out the Blade. I was very impressed with that stick, but the Blade is even better.
     
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  14. Bdarb

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    Typo, thanks.
     
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    ^ I didn't know this. That's a shame for Wilson. They obviously should have paid him more! Does he still post on TT I wonder? It was great to have someone of his high calibre chatting to the likes of us lol!
     
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    I think Monfils is still playing with the Rebel 95 thats just painted to look like a Wilson Blade. At the aussie open I could see the speedport holes.
     
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    i think his old stick, blacked out. head?
     
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    Yes, I thought he was probably playing a pj...

    So, do any of these pros play the actual Blade lol?:)
     
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    Sonja Cirstea (spelling??) uses a Blade 98, as does Allie Kiick.
     
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    Muller uses the Blade 93
     
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  22. vsbabolat

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    HEAD YT Radical MP 16x19
     
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  23. ProStringing

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    Players using the Blade 98

    Michael Yani:
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    Bjorn Phau:
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    Kenny De Schepper:
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    Hope this can be of help,

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    ProStringing ^

    Thanks for great pics and names.

    Er, I'm curious - don't suppose you happen to know what strings Phau (confess I don't know the player) has in there?
     
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    I know players often play with PJ's, which is generally older models of the same racquet, of different model but same brand.

    Are there actually guys who play with different brands than they're endorsing? So they end up with a Prince racquet and a Wilson PJ?
     
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  26. Bdarb

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    ^pretty sure I heard Monfils is currently playing a Wilson painted racquet with prince o port holes. This is a pretty blatant example but short answer is yes absolutely. This is one reason I hold Sampras in such high regards, they tried to throw money at him and he stuck with his racquet (not for any ideological reasons mind you but I still like that he was partial and you could see to what)
     
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  27. vsbabolat

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    That's not true! Show me the Portholes.... Monfils is really using a Wilson racquet.
    http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/n...nd-taped-up-in-his-third-news-photo/159715666

    http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/n...-racquet-during-his-mens-news-photo/159713817
     
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  28. gavna

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    Totally false!!!!!!!! Watched him hit yesterday and again this morning and he is using the Wilson........
     
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  30. Bdarb

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    Pardon me just something I read on here somewhere. Point stands, yes companies pj other companies frames for players. As for Monfils, it's probably just the light but isn't the blade a matte finish, that looks kind of glossy. What's he hitting with vsbabolat? H-something or other or is that a new blade?
     
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  31. kimguroo

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    Monfils uses wilson blade or pro stock but not sure which one.
    I am 100% sure that He does not use Prince rebel 95.
    I think previously Monfils used prestige but I don't think it's prestige paint job.

    Prince rebel 95 offers pin point control but less power so monfis might use actual blade which offers good control and power. Hope he won't have any injuries from blade haha.
     
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  32. spinovic

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    Regardless of what Monfils is using, does this happen where a guy gets a Wilson PJ on a Head racquet? Or whatever companies you want to fill in the blanks with? Just curious.
     
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  33. Bdarb

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    It's not unheard of.
     
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    That looks like Wilson H22 to me.

    [​IMG]

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  35. ProStringing

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    Hi Ross,

    Bjorn Phau's string setup (in June 2012) was:

    Mains - Luxilon Big Banger Alu Power @ 23.0 KGS
    Crosses - Wilson NXT @ 22.0 KGS

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    Tell you what.......gonna be on onsite today and tomorrow and if I get a chance I will see what he is playing with......all theses claims he is using a prestige (he's not) or still a Rebel or a H19.......try to find out this week.
     
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  37. gavna

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    Great pics, he is for sure using a 98 head size.........best guess is a H22.
     
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  38. ProStringing

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    I have seen this before; here are a couple of pictures (not my own) that are of a Head PT57A with a Wilson Blade paint scheme:

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  39. Bdarb

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    Thanks. Just curious. So he did def bump up his head size 3 in though from the rebel.
     
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    Thanks guys. I was just curious. I haven't been on the forum that long, so I've read a few examples of guys with different PJ's within the same brand, but I hadn't seen any examples of a totally different brand.

    Not a huge deal, but does seem a little strange.
     
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  41. niktub

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    Cirstea used an H22
     
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  42. gavna

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    Sitting court side watching Yani v Peer.... Yani Using a 98 new PJ
     
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  43. gavna

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    Well LaMonf told me when I asked if he knew what he was playing with he said he didn't know. It's an H19 from what can tell.....he said he just tells Wilson what he is looking for and they send him sticks tweaked. Then Off to P1 for final set up.

    I will check out the stringing room tomorrow ( buddy of mine stringing again this week).
     
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  44. ProStringing

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    Yes. They are all probably playing with updated paint schemes.

    The photos above were all taken in June 2012.

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    when I strung for her last year,,, she was using off-the-shelf Bade 98, strung with alu rough in the low 60's.
     
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    Thanks gavna, ProStringing, suppawat, and everyone for great feedback. Keep it all coming in, really good info.:)

    BTW, I do like that pic Matt!

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  47. Ross K

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    I don't know which I find more priceless - the fact that you spoke with Monfils in person and asked him about his frame, or the fact he answered he didn't know! :)
     
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    Thanks a lot
     
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    Met him a few times and trade emails........met him on vacation and he has been very cool with our youngest son.....now that he is in Houston and my son a ballkid this week he hit with my kid since Thursday. Very very cool......
     
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    Yes, how special is that eh? :cool: Now gavna, ask ask him again, GRILL him on what frame he's really using! :)
     
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