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  1. Babolat Official

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    Bonjour,

    My name is Mansoor, and I work for Babolat. I actually am a once active member of the forums. I went under the handle of Mansewerz, though that account has not seen activity in some time now. Nevertheless, I am excited to be back in the midst of my fellow tennis enthusiasts!

    We at Babolat love how passionate and excited the community on this forum is. From debating tennis rackets to discussing your favorite vibe dampeners, we know that we can count on you all to keep our sport alive and growing. Like my predecessor, I am not here to sell you Babolat product. Some people love Babolat, and some people don’t. That is perfectly okay. After all, we all love tennis, right?

    I am here to serve as an informational resource for you all. While I may not have all of the answers off of the top of my head, I will do my best to get them for you from the relevant teams (i.e. warranty, products, etc). If you have any Babolat product questions, feel free to shoot me an e-mail at: msafi@babolat.com

    Here’s a bit of my tennis background...
    Playing Experience: Began playing at 15, played high school tennis, currently looking to join USTA leagues
    Play Style: Aggressive baseliner looking to finish the point at net, Semiwestern forehand, 2HBH
    Current Set-up: Testing multiple setups, but current favorite is Babolat Pure Aero, M7 16g @58 lbs, Babolat Pro Team Tacky overgrip, with Pure Strike 16 x 19, RPM Blast 16 g @ 55 lbs in second

    Racket History:
    - Yonex RDX500 MP, Gosen OG Micro 16 g @ 60 lbs
    - Fischer Pro Number One, Gosen OG Micro 16 g @ 60 lbs
    - Head Flexpoint Radical Tour, Gosen OG Micro 16 g @ 57 lbs
    - Dunlop Aerogel 100 w/Leather grip, Gosen OG Micro 16g @ 54 lbs
    - Volkl C10 Pro (stock), Gosen OG Micro 16 g @ 55 lbs
    - Volkl C10 Pro (9 grams at 9 and 3), Gosen OG Micro 16g @ 54 lbs
    - Wilson KSix One Tour 90, Pacific Classic Gut 16L @54 (mains), MSV CoFocus 17L @ 52 (crosses)
    - Volkl C10 Pro (stock), Pacific Classic Gut 16L @54 (mains), MSV CoFocus 17L @52 (crosses)
    - Volkl C10 Pro (stock), Tourna Big Hitter Blue @55 lbs (mains), Gosen OG Micro 16g @ 57 lbs (crosses)
    - Babolat Pure Drive GT Play (2014), Babolat Xcel @ 57 lbs
    - Babolat Pure Aero, RPM Blast @ 47 lbs
    - Babolat Pure Aero, M7 @58 lbs

    I know that there is a great deal of speculation, theories, product discussion, and history on these forums, which is awesome! In fact, I myself learned a great deal while a member of these forums thanks to very informed community members like yourselves. You are all an incredibly active and informed community, and I think it is safe to say that you all helped me deepen my love for this sport. I will help this community in any way that I can.
     
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    Just FYI: those are not the official specs. Look for the actual specs when the product goes live. FYI 2:The APD from a few generations ago was a 331SW.

    The Pure Aeros we got swung pretty darn fast despite feeling a tad beefier (and more comfortable!).

    Thanks,
    Jon
     
  3. djNEiGht

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    Daniel, best regards to you and the gang. Hope our path crosses again.
     
  4. eaglesburg

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    Is Daniel gone?
     
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    I know that. but I don't want the SW of few generations ago for the current one. That was the main reason why I didn't buy it or switch to Aeropro til 2013. I didn't like the SW of few generations ago. Also I only care about the SW of the extended version. Reg length Aero SW doesn't concern me. I just want the extended version of the new Aero to have the same SW of 2013 Aeropro plus.
     
  6. Fed Kennedy

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    Fedace drove him over the edge.
     
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  7. Devil_dog

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    All the best to you Daniel! You represented Babolat very well here and I always appreciated your knowledgeable responses about Babolat gear. Thanks.

    That being said, welcome (back) Mansoor to the board. You have some big shoes to fill but I'm sure you'll be as great and informative as Daniel in regards to providing the board with information and updates about Babolat products.
     
  8. stronzzi70

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    Well done Daniel .... Congratulations!
     
  9. Dags

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    Mansewerz will never be forgotten - not whilst you still have a sticky in the stringing machines forum anyway!

    It's great to hear that a young TT poster has gone on to work in the industry. As you've come full circle... perhaps it would only be right that you start your shift here with some details of the new Babolat stringing machine? And photos, we love photos around here.

    Daniel: thank you for your awesomeness.
     
  10. JonnyAbs

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    I didn't understand this at first either. I read Daniel's message and it sounded like a farewell, but he didn't state explicitly that he was moving on from his role. Then I read Mansoor's intro again, and he said "like my predecessor."

    Thanks for all of your attention and responsiveness, Daniel, and for our countless questions that you took the time to answer!

    Welcome, Mansoor. Apologies in advance for having to deal with all of us! :D
     
  11. Babolat Official

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    Daniel will no longer be posting regularly as Babolat Official, but I can assure you that he is still within easy communication. In the meantime, I am happy to help with questions you may have originally directed at Daniel.

    Clearly I do! I can see that many of you all had a great relationship with Daniel, and I hope to continue up to the standards he set.

    I'm glad to hear that my old account still lives on and that people are still finding that stringing machine guide helpful. It's more than I could have asked for.

    Plus, it is funny how I went from a TT community member to be privileged enough to be working in the tennis industry. As I mentioned in my introduction post, this forum greatly developed my love and enthusiasm for the game, and I definitely owe this community a great deal for getting me to the position I am in today.

    As for the new stringing machine, stay tuned! Y'all will definitely have photos and details as soon as they're available.

    Oh, whatever do you mean? :) Luckily, I have been on the other side of this forum relationship, so I at least have some preparation for my new role. And yes, Daniel will no longer serve as Babolat Official, but he is more than happy to answer any questions that are specific to him and that I cannot personally answer. For the most part, though, feel free to direct those same questions at me. I'm happy to help!
     
  12. Captain Ron

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    Daniel, thanks for all you've contributed! It has been great to have you here on the board, well done!
     
  13. djNEiGht

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    Mansoor - welcome to your new role in the TT Chaos! Looking forward to your posts. I met with some of your team at the Colorado office last year. Great bunch of people. I'll hit up Daniel separately to bid my regards.
     
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    Mansoor.. Could you tell me more about the pc95? Seems not so popular and very different to the other Babolats, any pros use it?
     
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    Bye Daniel! I haven't been posting long, but thanks for putting up with us!
     
  16. Captain Ron

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    If you like a very low powered control frame it's great (played with the ps version for a couple years).
     
  17. Babolat Official

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    Sure, the Pure Control 95 is one of our more flexible, heavier options. It comes in both a standard and extended version. The unstrung specs for the standard edition are below:

    Unstrung
    Weight:11.3 oz/320 g
    Head size: 613 sq cm/95 sq in
    Balance: 305 mm
    Stiffness: 67 RA
    Length: 27 in

    In regards to pro players using the frame, it does not appear that any of our sponsored pros currently use the frame at this time.
     

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