Davydenko switched to Ozone PRO TOUR?

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  1. mdjenders

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    An excerpt from a post match article from today:

    He’s the first Russian man to reach the Key Biscayne final, and he’s seeking his first tournament title this year. He said he’s playing well because he changed rackets before the event, and has used the same racket in all five rounds.

    “It has a little bit more string, and I have more control,” he said.


    I checked a picture from the match today, and it was an 18x20 pattern. Looks like a switch to the Ozone Pro Tour to me, and he is sure playing well with the frame. With his aggressive, flat hitting style, I can see why a tighter pattern suits him.
     
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  2. ballista

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    Well this just appeared over at the Bodo blog:

    Fittingly enough, the magic poured from a single, irreplaceable racket that Davydenko has been using here this week. Explaining why his game suddenly caught fire here after a disappointing tournament at Indian Wells, he said:

    "Because I change racquets here after Indian Wells. I have the same racquet, Prince, just. . .I have before 16 string; now 18 string. Now I have more control. That's what is surprising - I have only one racquet. I play all five matches (with) just with one racquet. I didn't change any racquets. I have not any one (other) racquets. It should be coming, you know, next week to my home, but with one racquet I play three sets (tonight). I didn't change, you know, like, and I was surprising myself, you know."
     
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  3. mdjenders

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    that is great stuff.
     
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  4. l_gonzalez

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    Snap! come to think of it, i didn't see him change racquets last night against Roddick.

    Playing with just one frame is ridiculous!
     
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  5. jelle v

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    Wow interesting.. But he only has one racket.. so if he breaks his string he has to go back to his 16x18 :-? Sounds pretty risky, but if he plays better with the 18x20 than I would do it as well. Sounds a bit strange though.. that Prince would supply him with only one new racket.
     
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  6. crism54

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    Is possible, see the lead tape!
     
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  7. l_gonzalez

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    yeah i can't understand why Prince would only give him one bat... maybe they sent it to him so he could test it out during practice, see if he liked it. I guess he liked it so much he's using it in matches.
     
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    this one on last tournament.
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  9. DJG

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    I think it was a test model, "hit and see if you like it", that improved his game (according to him). So he is taking the chance. Weird situation.
     
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  10. Satch

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    Why doesn’t he just go to the local store and buy a couple more? :LOL

    that just tell's you that he play with all custom racket nmothing to do with the ones we can buy.
     
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    Maybe he doesn't even know the name of the racket!
    Some times players might be much more ignorant that what we are on some stuff
     
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  12. Satch

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    Yeah right, why doesn’t he show his current prince racket to the seller, he will know what to offer him?

    And believe me all tennis pros are gear freak 100%!!
    :)
     
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  13. hit2mybh

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    He plays with it extended in the handle by another inch, so 28" and you can't buy that in the store.
     
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  14. 127mph

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    i wish i was aware of this switch before i made my miami bracket.
     
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  15. mdjenders

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    if you think about it, it is possible that Prince designed this frame with Davy in mind. his flat hitting game would seem to fit perfectly with a dense string pattern, and his play towards the end of this week has been tremendously consistent. he is serving amazingly well also.
     
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  16. KRFLegal

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    what head size ?

    Can anyone tell what the head size is of Davydenko's new racquet ?

    If 28" works for Davydenko, and maybe other smaller players, I wonder why it isn't available in stores for the rest of us who aren't 6 feet plus !!!
     
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  17. bluescreen

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    my friends and i were discussing this at dinner and we asked the same thing? if its a stock frame, or even if its only mildly customized w/ lead, etc., then he could easily buy a couple more.
     
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  18. crism54

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    I think for the handle customization (shape) and lenght, is very important.
     
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  19. saqdeez

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    why is his wrist taped/??
     
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  20. jmsx521

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    saqdeez, I suppose the tape is for precaution. Its purpose is a little bit like a cast on the wrist. If his wrist was already injured he wouldn’t be playing! With an extra long racket, there is more stress on the wrist because the drag of the swing carries even more weight.

    I’ve been using Everlast wrapping wrist-bands (for boxing) for over ten years to tighten the wrists & form a cast over them for precaution. It’s probably one of the most important parts of my tennis gear: I recommend it to anyone!
     
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  21. aussiepete

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    that racquet must be worth alot to him them
     
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  22. aussiepete

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    what does the name of the racquet have anything to do with how it plays?
     
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  23. him88002

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    I'm watching the fnal right now. He finally got more rackets shipped to him but he is still using the same one for good luck.
     
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  24. Topaz

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    Hmmm, this kind of makes you wonder if all the hysterical concern we give to racquets, stringing, tension and the like...is all really necessary?
     
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  25. Mark Vessels

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    I had that same thing going on for one tournament-using one demo dunlop aerogel 300 and won it


    I never did get the aerogel 300(no money):cry:
     
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  26. haerdalis

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    It doesnt look to be a 100 sq in frame, it looks bigger to me.
    Looks like an O3 tour OS with 18 mains.
     
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  27. Fedace

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    Nikolai said during the interview that he wants to keep this racket forever. Now what happens when this racket breaks ?? Can prince refurbish this racket or repair it ??
     
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  28. CyberInferno

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    I think this actually proves it at least with regard to rackets. He's using the same racket with a different pattern and it made a huge difference in his game.
     
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  29. PBODY99

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    Sales. The first extended frames went up to 29 inches for most companies, but the resultant swing weight wasn't too popular. The volume of sales for the 28" Princes in the 100 - 110 range led to them shaving 1/2 off the extended frames in this heard size.

     
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  30. chess9

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    I always tape my wrist, and I've never had TFCC or other wrist problems. I think it helps to protect the wrist. I'd recommend it to almost everyone, but particularly smaller boned folks like Davydenko.

    -Robert
     
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  31. Pro_Tour_630

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    It is really a PT630 mold:)
     
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  32. AlpineCadet

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    That should just be your signature. :)
     
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  33. Pro_Tour_630

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    I just had to get that out of my chest :):) well it says Pro Tour and it is 18X20, close enough :) next you will see TTers CAPing that thing
     
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  34. vince916

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    what type of strings is he using? Thats awesome to have a set of strings potentially last 3 sets with a pro pounding at you all day.
     
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  35. Bogie

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    polystar energy. i was able to get my hands on a couple of packs. tried it once in my t-fight 335's and absolutely loved it. there is a little bit of a break in period but after about 20 minutes it plays amazing. very similar to big banger original which i normally use.
     
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  36. 127mph

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    it is interesting though, i mean people will be like dont change the set up once your on the pro tour, which has some merit, but i mean look at davydenko, he switched to prince in 2005 and made it to SF of Roland Garros immediately, and has since been top 4 or 5 player ever since and been having great results. And now he modifys his string pattern a little bit and blasts roddick and nadal off the court, and has more zip and power on his strokes and serves.

    So i say, be not afriad to experiment with different frames, strings, grips or anything. dont stray too far away from what your using and dont pull a ljubicic. but for me i think federer should use original big banger for clay. its a clay courter string and plows through heavy balls.
     
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  37. AlpineCadet

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    I doubt he was experimenting at all. His strokes probably required more depth/directional control, so the denser string pattern was probably a calculated upgrade for his game.
     
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  38. CyberInferno

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    Yep. They just drilled big holes in the side :)
     
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  39. Pro_Tour_630

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    dude man those holes are paintjobs yo, whats the matter can't see:confused:
     
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  40. Tan

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    from picture to me, It should be Ozone tour not pro with lead tape. See the difference on the inside beam at 10.00. Ozone tour have more white space than Pro tour version.
     
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  41. Harry_Wild

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    Hi,

    I read all the postings and now I am a bit confused. What racket did Nikolay Davydenko use to win the Sony Ericson? Is it the Prince Ozone Tour Pro or something else? Is it the next generation racket or is it Prince's current racket?

    Someone just provide the racket - model, weight, length. I already know that it is 18 X20 string pattern. What is the head size?

    Thanks!
     
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  42. CyberInferno

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    ****, you're right. I always forget the transparent paint. :oops:
     
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  43. ChaChang

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    It's most likely the "Ozone tour PRO" just because of the 18 x 20 string pattern. Can't comment on the weight, length, etc. obviously because you can't tell from a picture.

    To clear up some confusion, the ports are not at the same position on both sides, which i also assumed at first. So you can't tell what model it is based on Tan's observation...the additional white space depends on which side you're looking at :). Why? because the ports need to alternate on opposite sides, otherwise you can't have a straight string pattern.

    This brings up an interesting point though, is there an optimal side that the racquet should face? since the racquet is obviously not symmetrical like most other non-port racquets are.

    I suppose it may have a minor effect but when people are customizing racquets in tenths of ounces, it makes me wonder.


     
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  45. KRFLegal

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    thanks...

    thanks for the detailed reply...I should have figured that the market has already spoken on the matter!!

    Continuing with the guessing on head size, Davydenko's racquet head looked HUGE at Miami --- I'm going with 107" !!!
     
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  46. crism54

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    his racket could be the ozone tour team 18*20 (310gr, similar stiffness) with lead, similar to the o3 tour but with 18*20 string pattern.
     
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  47. Racket-Junkie

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    You can't base what pros use on company websites, heck Head still lists everyone as using the fxp models, it must be hard remembering which pj goes with which pro.

    As for the racket, if it were a prototype prince would mark it that way, they always do (ie capriati's diablo, Blake's hybrid tour, the new sp graphites). According to davydenko's interview he said the racket was the same just with 18x20 strings. Granted his are leaded to all heck and extended but the new prince frames are similar to babolat in that the are so physically distinctive you can't pj a diablo and pass it off as a tour, his old racket might have been a pj 03 tour, but there was no 03 version with a tight pattern. Now for the real big bummer, even if he wanted backup rackets and have the racket tecs tinker with them, the ozone pro tour isn't for sale in Miami yet, none of our stores have it, and only one has it available for demo, so he was really out of luck if it broke.

    Just my input as a disgruntled racket shopping Miami resident and recent born again Prince fan.
     
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  48. CyberInferno

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    They probably just haven't updated his information on their site yet. I mean, he was using the 16x18 one. It is a very recent switch to the 18x20, clearly.
     
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  49. master_stringer_mitchy

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    think he had it re-strung after every match?
     
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    with 15 gauge weed wacker string
     
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