Didn't Win Roger's Racquet in auction for Haiti but I got the next best thing....

Discussion in 'Pros' Racquets and Gear' started by Fabfed, Jan 31, 2010.

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  1. vsbabolat

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    Lead Tape does not get painted over. Nadal has no visable lead tape on his racquets.


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    Nadal's Specs are:
    Weight:332g
    Balance:33.50cm
    Flex: 65RA
    Swingweight: 355
    Length: 26-7/8 inches
    http://www.hdtennis.com/grs/pro_racquet_specs/200703nadal_babolat.html
     
  2. Aggro

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    Gratz Fabfed, would love to own a pros stick, still waiting for Safin's to pop up somewhere :D

    Ignore Sureshs, we all appreciate what you are giving to the forum. :)
     
  3. MichaelChang

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    I see. I asked because one day should you decide to sell your pro racket then you would need a COA. Just imagine in case one day Federer passs away and his personal items get auctioned price shoot up to the roof... May never happen but ya never know.
     
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    he's goat, he's not jesus.

    believe it or not, federer will pass away as well.:)
     
  5. MichaelChang

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    well I meant to say if some accident happens, so he suddenly gone, something like that, you know...

    If Federer dies old, like 60 years from now, I seriously doubt if his rackets will worth much. Imagine, how much does Bill Tilden's racket sell today? Probably nobody even care.
     
  6. lenderbender

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    Now now, I'm pretty sure that's how the TW swingweight tool works...
     
  7. Fedace

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    What's the difference of just buying the new racket he uses from TW ?
     
  8. VGP

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    ^^^^seriously?^^^^
     
  9. Fedace

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    Right one that he used is dirty with Sweat and skin debri and all the yukki stuff.... Why would you want that. Surely you don't think if you got that stuff on you then you can play just like him ???:-?
     
  10. VGP

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    Yeah, FabFed spent $7K+ on that frame so that Nadal's mojo would rub off on him when he uses the frame to beat his cohorts at the club.....scraping it all over the court....smashing it against the net posts.....

    No, I think it might be part of a cloning project......

    Since FabFed has a Federer racket and will now soon have a Nadal racket, he'll isolate the epithelial cells that have collected in the grooves of the overgrips of each racket. He'll then have to perform some karyotyping to isolate metaphase chromosomes, choose the appropriate ones to get a mix, yet full complement of the 23 chromosomes necessary, of Federer and Nadal's genetic material. He'll then have to reconstruct a nucleus.

    Next he'll have to get an enucleated ovum from Martina Navratilova in which to place said nucleus, impregnate a willing surrogate and soon the all-time GOAT will be generated!
     
  11. dextor

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    Thanks man, you're far too kind.
     
  12. aimr75

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  13. sureshs

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    Let me take a wild guess and say that you work in biotech.
     
  14. sureshs

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    Yucky? Yukki sounds like a Japanese dish.

    Haven't you seen people fall over each other to grab the sweatbands that the pros chuck into the crowd? That is far more yuckier than a racquet.
     
  15. Andyroddickfan

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    yo suershes, how do you get like 12000 posts?
     
  16. hoodjem

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    Scrape off the paint and you'll find a Dunlop underneath.
     
  17. Tina

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    Are you a psychologist, Sureshs?
     
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  18. sureshs

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    Aren't you the one who asked Cindy if she was a pro?

    I though you really were a newbie tennis player, but now I think you are some old user here poking fun at people.
     
  19. Tina

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    You are really thinking too much. Have a nice day!
     
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    Please don't ever accuse suresh of thinking too much.

    You're welcome, suresh.
     
  21. sureshs

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    Hmmm... the last two posts taken together, and the location description of "Tina," pretty much hints at who she/he is.
     
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    Nice try but no cigar....

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  23. Fabfed

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    This is kinda how I feel at the moment...

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    Wonder why I'm so excited about the Nadal stick, don't remember being this enthusiastic when I was waiting for the Fed stick...hope the beanie is not a let down :neutral:
     
  24. sureshs

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    Didn't they give you a tracking number? At least for domestic courier shipments, you can see the progess in shipping every day. I have even done that for international shipments when I used the Global Guaranteed Service from USPS. I could trace the path thru various countries.
     
  25. Fabfed

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    They did. It was collected from sender in Melbourne yesterday at about 4pm, but there was no other update when I checked today. I should give it a little more time, I just figured it shouldn't take too long as I'm not too far away from Australia. Should be here by Mon/Tues, I hope.
     
  26. MichaelChang

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    probably because you paid more than the Fed stick you got last time?
     
  27. ronalditop

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    Or maybe because with the Fed racquet he knew beforehand he was getting his real racquet, and now he really doesnt know whether hes getting the real nadal racquet or a stock one with his sign on it.
     
  28. MichaelChang

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    yeah I guess that makes sense too. But I am almost sure it will be a real Nadal racket.
     
  29. ronalditop

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    We hope so.
     
  30. sureshs

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    Here is the current progress of a package I am getting from Amazon UK. It is to read bottom up.

    Need something to post here till the racquet arrives.
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    EAST MIDLANDS AIRPOR, GB 02/06/2010 5:30 A.M. DEPARTURE SCAN

    EAST MIDLANDS AIRPOR, GB 02/05/2010 10:39 P.M. EXPORT SCAN

    02/05/2010 9:11 P.M. ARRIVAL SCAN

    EDINBURGH, GB 02/05/2010 8:13 P.M. DEPARTURE SCAN
    02/05/2010 7:22 P.M. ARRIVAL SCAN

    GLASGOW, GB 02/05/2010 7:00 P.M. DEPARTURE SCAN
    02/05/2010 5:29 P.M. ORIGIN SCAN

    GB 02/05/2010 6:31 A.M. BILLING INFORMATION RECEIVED
     
  31. Andyroddickfan

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    ^^ WOW what a useful post!!
     
  32. AJK1

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    The racquets used at the Charity for Haiti were just stock racquets supplied by their sponsors.
     
  33. samster

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    how did you manage to gather this information?
     
  34. AJK1

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    My racquet tech's are from Topse### Te##is and they string at the OZ Open. They are my source.
     
  35. vsbabolat

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    Wilson Stringing Team is the official Stringers at the 2009 and 2010 Australian Open.

    http://www.baiardo.info/cms/index.php/eng/Tour/Australian-Open-2010
    The 2010 Wilson Tour Stringing Team is (see picture below):
    Peter Mineo, Tour and Sponsorship Manager, Wilson Australia

    Jarrad Magee, Australia

    Ron Rocchi, Global Tour Services Manager, Wilson Racquet Sports

    Toru Yusuki, Japan

    Leigh Jarram, Australia

    Tadashi Hosoya, Japan

    Dickie Lee, China

    Joel Disbro, Lead Racquet Technician, Wilson Racquet Sports

    Joe Heydt, USA

    Linda Steinbock, Australia

    Todd Mobley, USA

    Scott Schneider, USA

    Phil Conlan, Australia

    Len Filatov, USA


    Who is your "racquet Tech"?
     
  36. Fabfed

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    We will find out soon enough. I know for a fact that Fed does not donate a retail racquet (which he simply autographs) for such an auction, he always donates his actual match-used racquets. I'm not sure in Nadal's case, as there was only one other auction I know in which he "donated" his racquet, and that was the Oct/Nov 08 Hewitt auction, where the racquet appeared to be a retail stick with actual cortex. Nadal, however, donated his actual racquet to the Wimbledon museum, but that was not an auction. From the various charity racquet auctions I've come across, the racquets are the actual ones ones used by the pros. I think it would be disingenuous of the organisers to claim that the racquets were used in the recent AO if they were not, but as I've said we will know soon enough.

    On a separate note, I will start another Fed racquet thread soon, I promise you guys will find it very interesting, as there is now a stronger basis for a comparison (it's not the Fed BLX90 unfortunately, although I hope the winner of the Fed stick in the Haiti auction will post here, slim hope but who knows :)
     
  37. baseline_monster

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    I look forward to seeing the pics and info on Rafa's actual racket. I would be very shocked and disapointed if they send a retail stick, to be honest I dont think they will.
     
  38. jefferson

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    These are the sticks used in the charity match, where they were wearing headsets? I thought that it was kinda spur of the moment. Which hopefully means that they just grabbed their gear and hit the court. Which hopefully means Rafa's actual stick. I can't wait for the pics! Maybe this week!
     
  39. baseline_monster

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    I agree. As it was organised so quick the players would have just grabbed a few rackets each and had a hit. The companys wouldnt have made them use stock sticks for charity
     
  40. vsbabolat

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    I hope the overgrip was wiped with some antibacterial wipes because who knows where Nadal's fingers were before. Or actually we do know, that is the problem.
     
  42. Yonie

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    Why dont you just stay out of this thread? You're obviously just trolling around.
     
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    Can't wait to find out the specs of rafa's stick. I'm sure you will get his actual racket, I don't think that Babolat will begrudge you just one of his rackets.
     
  44. SuperDuy

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    Im guessing roddick's isnt a stock. He always wraps his over grip over the painted cortex like I see here eh.
     
  45. ipitythefool

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    Was this photo taken while at the actual bidding/auction process?
    And that they donated those racquets in the pic?

    If so, it is apparent that players are holding their own racquets. Tension/date stickers inside the throats is a give away. Can't see Nadal's...but more than likely that is his own specced & pj'ed racquet as well.

    Look forward to seeing all the details and specs of Nadal's racq, THANKS to OP!!!
     
  46. Fabfed

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    I've always delivered what I promised, and so it is the case again this time.

    Gentlemen, I present to you Rafa's actual 2010 AO racquet!!!!! No Cortex!!!! I've kept the photo large. I only just got the racquet like 15 mins ago. Let me get my dinner and stuff and I will post more pics shortly. In the meantime, enjoy this photo. :)

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    Indeed Fabfed is a God amongst mortals.

    I will sing a blessing for you at sundown.
     
  48. JoelDali

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    I'm going to totally pull a Surseh on you.

    Heres what he would ask in quotes:

    "What did you have for dinner at 9:17am?"

    I had a hotdog, ugh.

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  49. Arvid

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    Priceless!!! If it wasnt for guys like you we would never find out the real deal with pros rackets!! One thing thats been heavily debated and wondered about is if Nadal has changed his string, if its possible to see let us know what type of string it is? Hey thanks for taking the time and effort to post pictures and fill us in!!:)
     
  50. MichaelChang

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    congratulations!
     
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