Federer explicitly states he is switching to the new BLX90

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  1. aimr75

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    The 15 time Grand Slam Champion, Roger Federer, will be leading the way with his new Six.One Tour BLX racquet starting in Abu Dhabi for his first match January 1, 2010. Federer’s continued success is a result of Wilson’s ever evolving technology and BLX is no exception. “I know Wilson will always provide me with the best racquet for my game with the latest technology” Federer said recently after switching to his new BLX racquet. “This change will provide me with the added feel and performance I want to further enhance my game in 2010 and beyond.”

    Going by this media release, sounds like he wont just be using a pj

    http://www.thetennistribe.com/page/sports-news-1/Wilson-Tennis
     
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  2. yonexxx

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    kinda weird for him to use the newest wilson racquets each time they realease something new. like the ncode, kfactor, blx... idk seems odd for a pro.
     
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  3. volleynets

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    It does not seem odd. If he used Kfactor when BLX is out it would not sell well because people do not generally even like the 90 frame if it wasn't for Federer.

    Another reason it is not odd is because Federer is not really using a new racket. They just paint his frames up for him.
     
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  4. cork_screw

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    Um, this was put out by wilson. Anyways, he's kind of obligated to tell people what wilson wants people to hear. He said the same about the ncode and the ksix one. What people tell you isn't necessarily what they do.
     
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  5. ogruskie

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    Yeah, honestly it sounds like Wilson's advertising. It's one thing to have an online advertisement for the new racquets, and quite another for the world's top player to promote them
     
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    Well, based on my experience the BLX90 isn't all that different than the k90. It does have the slightly dampened feel that seems to be advertised.

    I disliked them equally.

    (TW playtest frame)

    Also assuming you take Federer and Wilson's word - and even the guys at P1 - that say Federer (now) was using the k90.
     
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  7. [d]ragon

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    Just a thought. Maybe some pros actually do switch to the newest version of their frames, tuned to their specs of course. They would atleast try the new versions when they come out and maybe some end up liking it. Most probably don't but maybe Federer actually does.
    Just an alternative perspective to the: "all pro's use old sticks paintjobbed as new ones"
     
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    As far as i know, he´s been using the K90 ever since switching from his ProStaff.
    Why would he suddenly switch to the BLX?
     
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  9. Dgpsx7

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    he is required to say this so it doesn't mean he is switching. Even if he did switch he would lead it up to weigh exactly the same as his k90 and drop a couple pounds of tension to make up for the added flex and it would be similar but he is not switching.
     
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  10. BreakPoint

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    Federer has always used the K90 ever since he switched from the PS 6.0 85. He never used the nCode 90 but he did use the PS Tour 90 for a very short period of time. He used the K90 under various paintjobs, e.g., HPS 6.0 95, PS Tour 90, nCode 90, K90.
     
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    ^ its obviously very possible the statement is bs and he is just using a pj just like all the others as you mentioned, but it does read like its a switch.. who knows
     
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    so k facotor wes developed so many years ago and just saved till 2007? ive always wondered that companies will do that, so the can at least make a year by year plan kinda thing
     
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  13. raiden031

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    I think they got the letters backwards...it should be XLB for EXtra Load of Bullsh1t

    I am going to laugh at all the K90 owners whose racquet is now obsolete...
     
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  14. lawrence

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    N90 K90 BLX90 are probably all exactly the same anyway with maybe a minor change that isn't even really noticeable
     
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    they actually play very differently.

    The ncode sucked by the way.
     
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    VGP,

    Was the Bollocks Tour extremely head light like the K90?

    Equal stability or more?
     
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  17. No Drop Shots

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    What a load of BLX!!

    He has used the PS Tour 90 for years and will continue to do so until he dies, its the racket he loves.

    In order for Wilson to keep selling rackets they change the PJ every few years and tell you Fed is gonna update. Some people who went out a bought the K90 refuse to accept that fed has never used it, I heard directly from a very good friend of Fed's that he has used the PS Tour 90 under different PJ's for years. This argument will go on forever for as long as people pretending to know and Fed wanna be's wanna use the same stick as him. Go on **** and buy some very old sticks and save some money!!
     
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    Wow, I am glad we discovered the guy who is not "pretending to know." I feel better now.:twisted:
     
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    No they didn't, it is just Bollocks:)
     
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  20. JoelDali

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    Fed doesn't use a K90?

    Seriously?

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    He does....P1 has said so themselves, you know, the people who fine tune and look at everything at his racket....
     
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  22. SFrazeur

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    I do not have a stake in Fed using wahtever. I am nither a Fed lover nor hater. Nate Ferguson of Priority One stated in a TW interview that Fed uses a retail K90 with a little lead under the bumper. Nate would have NO reason to tow the Wilson line and he would be one of the three sources most likely to know what Fed is using; the other being Fed himself and Wilson.

    -SF
     
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  23. Puma

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    It seems to me that no one could tell the difference between a Pro staff 90 and an Ncode except for the paint job unless you hit it. In Feds case both had the different string pattern thing in the middle, so how is one to really know? Although both frames are interchangeble in shape, aside from paint, they do hit different. If you are a stringer, how are you going to know?

    I really like the Pro staff, i have 4 N codes that have that dull feeling. I wish I had the pro staff 90.
     
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  24. AznAssassin

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    the version of blx that us consumers will get will not even be close to the one that fed will get, that is, if he does actually change. Like many times before, we will be getting a different racquet than fed, which sucks.....
     
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    Money can buy someone's word. That's the lesson to be learned here.
     
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    Whatever happens, I'm sure the racquet experts here on TT will soon have it figured out for sure.
     
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    lol it's a paintjob. he's paid to say that he is switching
     
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    The experts/annalists will--once the racquet has been released and significant time has benn spent--determine a logical conclusion that may differ with one-another.

    The geniuses already have it figured out for themselves.

    -SF
     
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    I think the more likely scenario is that Fed is NOT getting a new racuqet, but is getting a new paintjob.

    But with the rare possibilty that Fed did change racquets, why would Wilson not sell this new racquet?
     
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  30. sureshs

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    Don't worry. Only BP believes it.
     
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  31. sureshs

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    Of course he has plenty of reasons, the most important being he would not bite the hand that feeds him by saying Fed does not use the stock K90.
     
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    There wasn't really all that much that needed to be developed. They already had the PS Tour 90 mold so they just threw in a slightly different layup without the HyperCarbon, and voila, the K90. Federer used it for years as his personal custom racquet until Wilson decided just to release it to the public with a new funky paintjob and named it the K90. :)
     
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    Nope. He used the K90 for years under various paintjobs.

    The PS Tour 90 has a different string pattern, a much longer handle, and it contains HyperCarbon, something anyone who grew up using the PS 6.0 85 would never want to use!

    It has even been confirmed by all the people that have handled or strung his racquets that Federer uses a retail K90. Wilson has also never claimed that Federer used the same PS Tour 90 nor the same nCode 90 as the ones sold in the stores, but they did make a special point of stating that Federer uses the same K90 as the one sold in the stores and that it was one of the few times in history that a top player has used a retail racquet.

    BTW, didn't Federer "wannabes" use the PS Tour 90 when it came out and Federer was using a paintjob of it?
     
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  34. MAX PLY

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    What is really amazing is that there really is no racquet at all under there--just paint, hard crusted paint. Man, Fed is really good.
     
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    If I could paraphrase Charles Barkley's reply when asked why he was playing the Olympics....

    Wilson gives Federer 2 million reasons a year to say he uses the latest greatest frame.


    The Priority 1 website refers to Federer's racquet as "the new cosmetic". I would assume that everything else is the same? I know if I had won the French and Wimbledon back to back I'd probably be changing...nothing...
     
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  36. Richie Rich

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    exactly. even if he doesn't use the blx you think he's going to say he doesn't and risk irking Wilson?
     
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    irking Wilson? Wilson need federer more than federer needs wilson.. sponsored or not he will still continue to use that racquet and he obviously doesnt need the cash wilson is throwing at him...
     
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  38. Richie Rich

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    so what is your point?
     
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  39. ReopeningWed

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    I like this idea a lot. Good post :)
     
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    my point is that if federer had a spine he'd tell the truth :lol: ;)

    Im just saying that if push came to shove, it wouldnt really affect federer either way
     
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    Exactly.

    10.
     
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    Just considering the fact that yes, maybe Federer is going to change his frame is non-sense, after all the tournaments it has won.
     
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    That would be a reason to keep his mouth shut, not to lie. These guys at P1 are some, if not the best professionals in their business.

    -SF
     
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    the majority of you guys are idiots, there's SO much evidence that points towards Federer using the actual K90, the guys at P1 for a start, I even heard some guy bought one of Federer's own racquets and cut it open and voila, it was an actual K90, AND for those of you who don't know, the K90 is amazing, why wouldn't Federer use it?
     
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    Delete .

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  46. raiden031

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    Well there are some who believe that any racquet that a top pro would use is completely and utterly un-usable by any recreational player. That is why there is this belief that they would custom make a racquet like the K-90 for Federer, and then create a watered-down version to sell to the consumers. makes no sense to me since the K-90 is recommended for like 5.0 players anyways...

    I believe IF Fed uses the K-90 though, then he probably started using it long before it was marketed to consumers, and I definitely would believe he uses the same one as sold on the market.
     
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  47. vinnier6

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    believe what you want to believe....you federer wannabees just go out and buy the racquet that has the same paint job as fed, because thats all your going to get is a paint job...that same goes for just about any pro's racquet and other gear....
     
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    If he is telling the truth I like that. Sampras always used the PS 85. When new racquets came out he said he wouldn't allow a paint job. I feel at least 90 percent certain that Fed used the K90. Fed says he is switching I believe him.

    I hate the whole dishonest paint job scam but understand its necessary to try to meet company goals.
     
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    +1 agreed....
     
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