Can pros not be sponsored and use whatever they want?

Discussion in 'Pros' Racquets and Gear' started by bruno hau, May 13, 2009.

  1. bruno hau

    bruno hau Rookie

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    If certain pros are already rich enough and don't care about giving free publicity, can they use any racket without painting it all black? Or can they be sued by a racket company if they don't have a contract with that company and they are using that company's racket?
     
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  3. benasp

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    If you suck at tennis, you can still buy Nadal frame and make the frame look mediocre.
     
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  4. JRstriker12

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    It would be stupid for a manufacturer to sue an unsponsored pro for using their products - they would basically be suing the pro for FREE advertising. I'm sure that if any company could avoid paying a high-profile player anything to advertise their products, they would.

    The reason why a pro might black-out his frame or hide a logo if he/she is unsponsored is that they know that being seen using a certain product (racket/clothes/shoes/etc.) can be seen as endorsing a product, and they don't want to give out an endorsement without being paid.
     
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