Blake Back to Blacked Out Frame?

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  1. srvnvly

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  2. little_e

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    Don't know what frame it is but it is a Wilson.
     
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    And your basis for that statement is...
     
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  4. slice bh compliment

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    Likely to be the same WIlson 90 he used in Oz. No contract. No stencil there.

    So, maybe Blake's agent advised a very common move: to black it out until Wilson kicks in a deal for him.

    LOL...or maybe he likes the stick but cannot stnd the sight of the red, black and zebra stripe cosmetics, hahah.
     
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    He was using a 90? That doesn't add up... And the one in that picture definitely isn't a 90
     
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  6. slice bh compliment

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    I know. I assumed it was a 95 like his Tyger, his WIlson and his Dunlops....but I heard from a Dunlop rep that he switched to the BLX 90 -- the one with Roger's signature on it. Of course...no proof or anything. I'm just going on conjecture.

    Also, I did not count the strings, but this one looks like it has 18 mains. ANyone? Anyone?
     
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  7. andfor

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    It's either a Kennex Black Ace or Redondo. He was encouraged to try it and switch by Jay Berger.
     
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    Well he was definitely using a 90, or Wilson made a custom racquet just for him (unlikely)

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    And I agree - looks like an 18X20 to me...
     
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  9. vsbabolat

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    Yes, Blake had been using the Wilson BLX 6.1 Tour 90 since the beginning of 2010. He was even still using them in Rotterdam.
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  10. ngtaj88

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    Just looks like his old Dunlop painted black to me. Hey maybe he went back to his "Prince" racquet hahahahaha
     
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    definitely not k90 or blx90, just compare the throat...
     
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  12. slice bh compliment

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    The new black one does look like an 18x20 ... like the old Dunlop ag 200.
    Guys, thanks for the clarification. Two totally different sticks.
    vsbabolat, thanks for posting those closeups of the 90...16 mains on that one for sure.

    SO much for my theory about blacking out the WIlsons for contract negotiations.

    Maybe it's a new one....maybe an old one. Keep us posted.
     
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  13. vsbabolat

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    Looks like he could have gone back to his old Dunlop to me.....
     
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    Nevermind....
     
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    any bets on a prestige??...
    didn't think so!...
     
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    It is probably (guessing) his old dunlop because I cannot see any PWS's on the blakced out stick.
     
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  17. esm

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    is this a "whited out" Nike Breath Cage? :confused: :)
     
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    That's what I was thinking,
    JB is a sponsorship nightmare.
    If I was FILA I would drop him, The FILA TR thing is a disaster.
     
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    Could it be the BLX pro tour? 18 X 20
     
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    Agree. FILA must of known Blake's best days were long gone when they signed him (reason why Nike dropped him). What makes it more surprising is how they made him his own line which i'm pretty sure hasn't done very well. Money wasted big time by FILA.
     
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  21. slice bh compliment

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    True. Nike shoes, mystery stick....hmmm...looks bad. Probably grabbing for what makes him play the best. I respect that. Hopefully he has been up front with FILA, et al. And at least he's not cheating on the clothing deal w/ FILA.

    In the Dunlop offices, I'm sure he is regarded as a saint compared to Haas or Safin, though.

    The TR thing is really touching. Tribute to his dad and all. I got one of the blue shirts and I like it. But, I think it confuses the average tennis consumer/fan and non-tennis fan.

    Well, I'll always admire him. Mensch. Streaky player, but a mensch nonetheless.

    I'll buy FILA and Dunlop over Nike and Wilson...not because of him but because of my own preferences.

    That's probably what he's doing with the Nike shoes and whatever frame that is (Dunlop, custom or otherwise).

    Go James. One more good year?!
     
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    I don't see a PWS on that frame.
     
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    I don't see PWS on the black frame either.
     
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  25. slice bh compliment

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    No pws, so we can rule out Wilson.

    Is anyone familiar with Tyger frames? I remember hearing through a guy I used to play with...who played with Thomas Blake ... that James used some custom Tyger frame w/ various pjs over it.
     
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    Since no pws then it might be the blx blade
     
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    i still dont get why fila doesnt drop blake
    hes not really helping them much
     
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    Wilson prototype.
     
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    Blake from Memphis:

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    Looks like 18 mains.
     
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    Sure looks just like Blake's old Dunlop to me.....
     
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    It's depressing to see Blake like this, no racket sponsor and he has to DUCT TAPE his Nikes so they don't interfere with the Fila deal. :(
     
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    not sure if this is supposed to be funny or a joke, but to me, that's exactly what it looks like. doesn't look like his dunlop. obviously not any type of wilson. tight 18x20 pattern, slight curve to the throat. i don't know.
     
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    Friggin' trainwreck.
     
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  34. little_e

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    Go to GSS, Wilson prototype.
     
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    You're right. That is one seriously thick anti-swooshtastic black tape job.
    I just assumed it was yet another heinous Nike design.
     
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  36. vsbabolat

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    I went to GSS and went to the Memphis 2010 stringing log. It does not identify Blake as the one with the Wilson Prototype. "Wilson sent a blacked out racquet for a player that Bob customized and I strung. It took an hour to string. Individual grommets at 9 and 3 that kept on falling out. Quite a challenge!"
    Check this photo out:
    www.flickr.com/photos/gustaf -a -g- raphics/4369005922/ *for some reason the filter wont let the full link show. Take out the - to go to the link

    Looks like a grommet strip is in there to me and not individual grommets.

    Also the last post on Memphis said this:
    As mentioned, there have been a few "Blackout" frames come through which is not uncommon since many players get new contracts at the beginning of the year and some are either negotiating are still looking for their perfect frame. Some of the frames are quite easy to identify and some are a mystery. As a matter of policy we don't disclose the info. We stencil the racquets with the logo requested by the player and the racquets are logged as BLACK PROTOTYPE on our records.
     
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  37. teto29

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    hahahahaha the whited out nike's!!
     
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    Very interesting...
     
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    Definitely looks like a Dunlop throat.
     
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    I'm not photo expert but that is NOT a 90" frame by any stretch of the imagination.
     
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  41. AJK1

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    Blake is just a nightmare in general, totally overrated.
     
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    Guys that is an Aeropro Drive GT with a blacked out paint job! lol I just figured I would make a wild claim like many of the posts in this thread.
     
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  43. Mansewerz

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    How thin was his old beam? That beam looks pretty thin to me.
     
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    I was thinking the same thing, but I wasn't quite sure, so I didn't want to say anything (for fear that all the TW posters would come down on me like Thor's Hammer)...
     
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    Ya the "Gusta***raphics" link on flickr is my account, it looks like the tennis forum word checker is flagging out f - a - g in any combination. Sorry, go to flickr and search for "chasing photography" all my Blake shots are up there.
     
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    Was curious last night myself as Blake was carrying a Dunlop bag, but his racquet is black with lead at 3 & 9.

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    Is that CelluarSouth logo not a "modified" Adidas logo?? (Next to last pic in previous post) I sense a trademark infringement lawsuit in the near future.

    Blake is a sponsorship train wreck. The Fila clothes don't look bad but they should have featured the classic "F" and underscored it with the TR logo. My guess is that he's using a Dunlop. Who else makes a beam that thin?? That's gotta be at least 18mm thin.
     
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    I was thinking the exact same thing yesterday. At first i thought it was Adidas sponsoring the event but then saw the Nike logo on another panel.
     
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    Could it be a blade tour?
     
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  50. Tyrus

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    it could be, it couldn't be.

    I feel bad for Blake, this is a hard time to go through this phase. I personally wish him the best, but wouldn't be surprised if he starts throwing the kitchen sink at his opponents to salvage whats left of his career
     
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