Cortex on Nadal's Racquet?!

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  1. zidane339

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    I see it too!!!!!
     
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  3. zidane339

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    Thank goodness, I thought I was seeing things! Could it be just a "publicity" racquet; it really wasn't played at Wimbledon?If so, thats a travesty. So much money for a signature on a racquet you can buy at TW.
     
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    The racket was "used" by Nadal? There's no way a real used racket could look that clean after a tournament at pro level. :???:

    MAYBE the autograph is real, but as far as I know, that could be fake too.
     
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    Its been pretty publicized though that Nadal gave that to Hewitt. So I would think at least the signaiture is real.
     
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  6. Cup8489

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    well the signature looks real. but nadal doesnt usually place the rubber piece over his finishing tape on his grips (he just uses the finishing tape, you can see the babolat label on it)

    and those strings don't look like duralast, theyre almost completely opaque, rather than transparent.

    plus that grip is clean as a whistle, and VS overgrips get dirty in almost no time at all.
     
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    A racquet used at Wimbledon could in fact look immaculate....grass doesn't cause scratches. Grass stains wipe off.
     
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    and its a fresh new string job, no stencil wear.
     
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    FWIW...I have professional color calibrated displays, and I can see yellowing on the grip bevels. It doesn't look like a brand new grip to me.
     
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    Could be one of the cortex racquets Babolat had him test. Thrown in a racquet bag. Taken out at wimby. Hit once, give to charity.

    Or .... It's uncle Toni's ....LOL. It's still a Nadal racquet. LOL. sucka!!!
     
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    Nadal may have given it to him but so far it doesn't seem like the one he actually uses. The buyer is dooped.
     
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    Just bid for it. :lol:
     
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    I've been reading a lot about Nadal using an APD painted as APDC, but found no proof of it. I searched the threads and nothing....maybe I'm just not looking hard enough. Could someone please, show me where to find that proof. Thanks
     
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    That looks like the original grip, not an overgrip.
     
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    Here is your proof. http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?p=1426030#post1426030
     
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    So that guy is spending $12,000 on a "fake" Nadal racquet/real cortex APDC
    I sure that the signature is not worth like $11,815
    But i guess its all for a good cause
     
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    This might sound exceptionally stupid, but I was just thinking about this, because I have never gotten a real answer--who does paintjobs on pros' racquets? Are there professional painters hired by racquet manufactuers just to paint their sponsered pros' racquets? Any info would be much appreciated.

    Sorry to hijack, Zidane.
     
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  18. vsbabolat

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    ^^^^^
    The racquets have the Cosmetics (Paint Job) put on at the Factory. Just like what is done to the consumer racquets.
     
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    Oh. Duh. :oops:. Thanks
     
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  20. featherlight

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    the racket also does not have the custom damp Rafa uses
     
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    The best way is to ask Nadal himself haha. I hope theres at typo in the price and that its actually $105.00
     
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    Good point. Must be a real APDC, with Nadals sig. Not his actual racquet, what a $10 grand rip.:shock:

    Check out the other auction items. Those dates look enticing. A playmate!:shock:
     
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    i remember the us open commentators saying that brad gilbert actually got one of nadal's wimbledon rackets. I'd assume that one was genuine, or maybe it was just nadal trying to convince everyone that he uses cortex. Oh well, if its for a good cause i guess i don't mind.
     
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    Maybe Nadal did use this at Wimbledon. He probably felt that using his real racquet wouldn't be fair to Roger after what happened at the French, so he went to the store to by some APDC's strung with stock strings. He left the dampener off to further level the playing field between himself and Roger. His hubris almost got the better of him, but in the end his talent prevailed. Notice how the strings on this racquet aren't worn at all - almost like they've never been used. That shows how easy Rafa was taking it on Roger. :)

    So go ahead and make a bid to win that racquet. Rest assured that it's the genuine article and not just some cheap piece of crap with his signature on it.
     
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    Seriously though, if I paid thousands of dollars for that to later find out the truth, I would be so pissed off. Wouldn't the buyer be able to claim fraud on the part of the auction?
     
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    Good point, although, believe it or not, there have even been theories about Rafa using a Sampras "O" with the Babolat stripes and word embedded on, but that was just at my club, no gossip about that yet on these boards. But if that were to be true, which, again, it probably isn't, that would just be taking the endorsment thing a bit too far. :roll:
     
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    I think so. I'd be interested on what Rafa would say about that. He'd probably bite it, then get thirty photo shoots while slobbering all over it, then claim the price was fair.
     
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  28. valerio

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    nadal uses a custom version of the apd without cortex
     
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    I think it's a fake while it's so flat at throat
     
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  31. SaunderS

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    Thats on all Aero rackets.
     
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    The bidding closed at $27,500 Aussie with the reserve not met.

    Bill
     
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    He probably did hit with it. They gave him a stock APDC with Pro Hurricane Tour strings he hit with it about 10 balls on the practice court and then they took it away to use for this sham of an auction. Too bad someone got so ripped off.
     
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    2 things. one, i remember the above close up picture being on here some time ago, nadal could have switched since. on the other hand, the grip size on the auction one looks 2 big, bet thats not a 2
     
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    and the reserve price was not met!
     
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  36. MrBen

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    I'm under the impression that Nadal's racket is just the APD without the cortex, but just has the paint job.
     
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    His racquet does not have the cortex because he specifically told Babolat that he did not want it. Still, the racquet looks like the APD w/ Cortex...
     
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    ALERT THE MEDIA... Have you herd about the Lindberg baby???
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    The seller only got a 1 rating??

    The listing also doesn't look that professional. Ummm. If this is for a good course why don't they put it on bigger sites for international bidders?

    After seeing the Rafa pj'd rackets I seriously doubt he would use the APDC in wimbledon of all matches. He would probably sign a whole bunch stock racket per contract agreement with babo or other sponsors as give aways for theirs VIPs. I suspect this is one of those even if it is real at the first place.
     
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  40. lawlitssoo1n

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    LOL pro's like andy roddick and nadal don't have hte cortex system in there rackets. the cortex takes the feel off the rackets and the pro's don't like dat. so pretty much they are using hte same racket with a different paint design on it. the only reason why babolat paint their rackets with cortex system is so that they can advertise their rackets
     
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  41. LPShanet

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    Ah, time for more sad revelations about how the business of pro tennis marketing works. Sorry to spoil Christmas for you kids, but there is no Santa Claus. It is fairly common practice for racquet companies to send a bunch of racquets to top players (sometimes at tournaments) for signatures, that are then sent out for auctions, charity, raffles, promotions, giveaways, etc. In fact, I have such an autographed racquet from Sampras's playing days. These racquets are generally the stock/production models that they "appear to be using"...i.e. the production version of their paintjob.

    Nadal does, as many have noted, use the original APD (non-cortex) in competition, but Babolat sends out APD WITH cortex for promotional uses like this. So the racquet in question may well have an authentic signature, and he may even have hit a few balls with it to legitimize the authenticity, but it certainly is not one of his actual competition frames from Wimbledon, and it clearly has real cortex on it. The stringjob is also apparently unused.

    The racquet may be worth something due to the signature, etc., but anyone who thinks he's getting the actual frame Rafa won Wimbledon with is kidding himself, as long as the racquet in question is the one in the picture. Only the market can determine what it's worth, but it would appear to be worth a lot less than is being asked. Still, if the bidding is part of a legitimate charity auction, as they state, then the selling price has nothing to do with market value, and the more it goes for, the better the charity does. So as long as the auction is on the up and up in terms of it beneficiaries, I suppose a good end will come of all this. Definitely some moral mushy ground, though...(i.e. is it good to be deceptive for a good cause?)

    N.B. If you look at the wording, it says it's a "Framed and Signed Rafael Nadal Racquet From Wimbledon 2008.". It doesn't actually say it's a racquet he played or won the tournament with, so they may be legally covered, although it's definitely misleading.
     
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  42. VTChileno

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    The dampener is not CUSTOM you moron... it's the same damn yellow dampener they sell to the general public.

    Whoever buys this racket thinking Nadal played with it in an actual match is beyond stupid...
     
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    Your the moron... actually Rafa uses Babolat's Custom Dampener. Hey Moron check out the link...http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/descpageACBAB-BCDYB.html
     
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    No what he's saying is that it's not a custom custom dampener it's a normal custom dampener...that made more sense in my head....
     
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    I just hope the person who brought the racket is not going to read this thread ....LOL :twisted:
     
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    Know what your talking about before you insult someone like that
     
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    how do we know if this is his racket? in the picture it doesnt show him in the picture..no one will ever no the truth
     
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    There you go! :D Clearly painted on
     
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    LMFAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
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