Boris Becker Racquets winding down?

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  1. yonexRx32

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    Boris Becker racquet supply seems to be dwindling.. no new models ... Are they getting out of the racquet business? If so it would be sad because their racquets were definitely not the worst of the market.
     
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  2. Overdrive

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    A guy on here said that they will have some new models near RG/Wimbeldon.

    I don't know why though, they are great racquets. Better than those darn Babolats... :mad:

    But I'm glad that they are on a fire sale! :D
     
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  3. sundaypunch

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    Boris who?

    That's why they are winding down. They may be fine racquets but good luck finding a person under 40 that wants to use them.
     
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  4. pshulam

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    Why do players under 40 dislike their racquets?
     
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  5. dje31

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    Lack of relate-ability? BB played an all-court, attacking game. Who among the current generation does that? You'd think the net was radioactive.
     
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  6. Overdrive

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    I'm under 40...

    That's one.
     
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  7. Overdrive

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    That's true though.

    No one except my team captain knows who Boris Becker is... :confused:
     
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  8. Bobo96

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    I'm a high level 16 yr old. I switched to the BB london from head prestige pro back in the summer. I have been playing great ever since, alot more authority and aggression in my game! Unfortunately I am forced to search for a new racquet because of the lack of activity from the company. I'm not sure how long they will be able to hang around with their lack of sales. I question that they will be able to make quality racquets in the future as well, I mean they gotta be on a pretty tight budget at this point.

    It really is a shame.
     
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  9. Bartelby

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    They went through a lot of turmoil, along with Volkl, but the situation looks like it's stabilising.

    It's what happens when you don't just use an oem but also license the brand out.


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  10. RollTrackTake

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    Anyone think re-branding the company with a different name (hopefully catchier or more relevant) would help their sales and/or market visibility? Maybe if Volkl absorbed their offerings or spun it off their racquets as a different line? Hate to see them fold up, they make really good racquets.
     
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  11. Overdrive

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    They did.

    It's called Boris Becker-Volkl. I've seen a few on E bay.
     
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  12. NLBwell

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    People played with Jack Kramer rackets long after he quit being a player.
     
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  13. RollTrackTake

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    thx for the info. back to the drawing board then.
     
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  14. yonexRx32

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    The Boris Becker - Volkl predate the Boris Becker line, if I am not mistaken. The BB-V BB10 was around in 2007... So no, BB is not being transferred to Volkl, at least you cannot infer that from some old stock racket being posted on an auction site.
     
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  15. Tennisspieler

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    People also keep on buying Fred Perry and Lacoste apparel, though both of these former Tennis players have died quite some time ago.
     
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    If he changed the name to nadal or joker would they sale out
     
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  17. Relinquis

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    Do any of the top 50 pros use these racquets?

    Kids, juniors and rec players want to use what their favourite players use.... Or at least the sam brand /style of stick.
     
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  18. mikeespinmusic

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    I think Boris owns half of Volkl. But either way. I hope he doesn't wind them down by any means
     
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  19. yonexRx32

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    I am not sure this logic applies necessarily. Yes, to compete with Babolat, Head, and Wilson, you would need a representative player to use it on the tour. However, to stay in business, you need a quality product. Pro Kennex, Volkl are companies who do not sponsor many top players. Yet their rackets are used and appreciated in many circles, including on the challenger tour. The C10 Pro is one example. Another example is the Prince Mid Diablo, and POG which aren't "endorsed" by any player on the tour, yet they sell good numbers.

    I think the issue with BB, judging by the company's website is a lack of professional management. It seems that both product line and general commercialization lack focus. I don't think Boris pays too much attention to what's going on. He probably licensed his name and that was that.
     
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  20. uabucks

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    I always thought the Becker rackets were essentially volkls, with slight
    modifications. Similar head shape, materials, etc.
     
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  21. max

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    Yeah, this is true.

    And it think it may be demeaning for us to imply or suggest that teenagers don't care about tennis history. If you love the sport, you love the sport! :)
     
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    With my iPod music through my earbuds sitting in a waiting room, I was laughing while reading this and remembered where I was. Errrummm, being quiet now.
     
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  23. vsbabolat

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    He did for the tennis but no longer since 2008. The Boris Becker tennis brand came with the Volkl tennis deal.
     
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  24. Overdrive

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    Oh, I didn't know that. The racquets looked cosmetically ugly anyway..
     
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    Jack who?

    Kidding. Remember hitting with the Kramer Staff back in the day. Nice frame.
     
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  26. Overdrive

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    Hey, it's ol' slowfox! :)
     
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