Bob Bryan's Set Up..

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  1. asusundevils1971

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    My friend received Bob's racquet after they won in Toronto. He was in the friends box for the finals on Sunday. I had the racquet in my hands yesterday and the racquet had clear strings in it. I couldn't tell what string it was. The racquet also had metal grommets on the either side where the big holes/slits are in Prince EX03 sticks. I do know that there is no lead on the frame and it is a stock frame. The grip is also stock with the ResiPro with no alterations other than tournagrip wrap. It is 95" frame which was strung at 51#. I asked my friend and his only answer about the strings is " they are Prince because thats who sponsors them ". My friends son is Bob's usual hitting partner in Florida.
     
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  2. gavna

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    My son has a stick from both Bob and Mike from the summer.....his are strung with Beast in the mains and Prince Gut in the crosses......for a time they were using full Beast as well.

    Also have the string grommets - doubt its metal as the new Rebel frame grommets and ports have a metallic finish over the plastic.
     
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  3. asusundevils1971

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    Set up

    I am not familiar with Prince racquets and didn't know they have string grommets lol. The string in the mains and crosses were clear, isn't Beast strings green?. The main and crosses were the same string and they might have been gut. Thank you for your response. Do both brothers string their racquets at 51#?.
     
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  4. gavna

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    The Rebels can have ports or string grommets....totally interchangeable.......could be full gut......yes Beast is bright green. On clay they were stringing in the 40s and hard I'm sure in the low 50s - a stringer from the Italian open a few months back posted the exact specs for both bros.
     
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  5. asusundevils1971

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    Yeah, the few # extra for the hardcourt hot weather would make sense from the 40's # that would be used in the cool spring clay court season. Thank you again. You are right about metal grommets, that would make no sense to make them. Metallic looking grommets seems alot more likely.
     
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    He uses Prince Natural Gut, 16 gauge.
     
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  7. asusundevils1971

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    Have you strung either of the borthers racquets?. Do they like the same or similiar tension in their sticks?. The string looked clean like a synthetic gut but I know that no top player would use that for their string lol. The Prince P logo was barely worn off. So no wear on the strings, I don't know how much Bob changes racquets in a match.
     
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    We strung for both of the Bryan's at Cincy this past week. he used Prince Natural Gut, 16 gauge, strung in the low 50's. His brother uses a hybrid (beast and prince natural gut). Also, they string their frames every day,,,, sometimes twice a day.

    Also, although not the norm, there are still many players who use regular synthetics such as sensation, nxt, etc. Paola Suarez uses a full bed of Prince Tournament Nylon, and she is a grand slam champion.
     
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    are they using an 18 x 20 or 16 x 20 string pattern? :O
     
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  10. asusundevils1971

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    Wow, I didn't know that there are many players using synthetics. Since you strung Bob's racquets up can you explain the two stickers. One was 51# for the tension and the one I held had another sticker saying 61. Both were very small 1/4" x 1/4". I know alot of the pros label their sticks by numbers but 61?. Would that have been his 61 first racquet this year?. I did like that inside the throat it had " The Bryan Bros " that was cool see. Thank you Drakulie for the info.
     
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    I didn't count the pattern. I was surprised that Bob used a stock racquet with nothing added to it. No mold for the hand and no lead.
     
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    I thought they used the 98"?
    My "lingo" isn't quite up to speed, but with the interchangeable grommets/ports.. Do the Bryan brothers still have the ports in their rackets?
     
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  13. asusundevils1971

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    Bob uses a 95" I am not sure about the other brother. Bob has ports in his racquet, but there is an insert that look like it is metal but I was informed that they are actually plastic with a metal look. If you held the racquet you would see the insert grommets. Im not sure if you can see them on tv. Like I said earlier on this thread, I am not familiar with Prince racquets. I will take picutres of Bob's frame the next time I see my friend and post them. That is what I should have done Wednesday night.
     
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    It's 27.5, correct? Interesting to me that they use the ResiPro rather than leather.
     
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    no its 27" in length and Bob had the black ResiPro underneath. I was surprised it was only 4 3/8 grip with tourney over top. I was suspecting to see a leather grip with it personally done for his hand. It was a stock Prince racquet.
     
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    Ask Jazar on the Bryans's rqts; he's an expect on them.
     
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    I wouldn't go so far as to describe myself as an "expect", but I do have one of Bob's frames and have strung up about 150 rackets for him and Mike at the French Open and Wimbledon this year.

    Bob's racket is not a stock racket, as some people have said. Just because there is no visible weight added, doesn't mean it isn't there. There are strips of lead under the bumper at 12 o'clock and I assume there is weight added inside the handle as well. The weight of the racket, strung with an overgrip is 365g. It is also about 0.5cm longer than a standard length racket. It is 18x20 and it's doubtful whether it is a real Rebel, I think it is based on the Ignite frame. Last year they had slightly different setups for the clay/grass season and the American hard court season, though I can't remember what the exact differences were.

    As for stringing, at RG and Wimbledon both brothers had a hybrid of 1.30 Prince Natural gut mains and 1.20 Prince Beast crosses. Bob went 4lbs looser on the crosses and Mike went 3lbs looser on the crosses. At both RG and Wimbledon their tensions were around 50 on the mains and 46 on the crosses (for Bob) and 47 on the crosses (for Mike). They usually have one racket each strung every day for practice, and if they have a match they'll usually have another two each strung after practice. Both of them use the grommet inserts.
     
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    when i watch videos of them playing, they look like they were using 98s. My eyes are playing tricks on me i suppose.
     
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    That's the exact set up they had this spring as well.....and yes they had under the old (2010/2011) Rebel PJ a coustomized IGNITE "PRO" version that was 27.5 and an 18 x 20 pattern. But starting in late 2011/early 2012 they went with the new Rebel version -
    And what the original OP thinks is "metal" is the new plastic grommets on the Rebels have a "faux" chrome finish (almost a gold-ish color) that Prince says is made from a new polymer that enhances feel....
     
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  20. TennisCJC

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    Can you get weight, balance and swing weight for the racket? You say there is no lead tape visible but there could be lead tape under the head bumper or in the grip. A few years ago, there were specs that should the both Bryans played with heavy rackets with high swing weights - not stock specs.
     
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    It helps to read ;)
     
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    I thought they used to use racquets with exactly the same specs?
     
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  23. csg4005

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    Ever get any pictures???
     
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    They both have Prince Ignite Team pro stock, painted as rebels
     
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    16*18 pattern
     
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    I've picked up their racquets when playing with them on a Pro-Am and they are very heavy. 365g at least!
     
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    They have been playing with 18x20 for a while. I believe there are some recent photos showing this fact.
     
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    anyone figure out exactly what frame they are playing with?
     
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    It is for sure Ignite frame, I have one pro stock Ignite Team with Rebel 95 paint job, seems that they have with different pattern though
     
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  30. gavna

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    No not anymore........they went to the actual Rebel 95 over a year ago. They get some customization done but they switched from the Ignite Pro after last years Barclays ATP finals in London.
     
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    Are they still using the stock grips or have they switched to leather under the tourna grip?
     
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    I have one of their racquets from the 2012 Us Open, the strings are clear and say prince natural gut. It is a 95 head size and it looks like the tensions are 44 and 47(for mains and crosses). I just recently posted pictures of it in an odds and ends thread if anyone wants to confirm these specs.
     
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