Discussion in 'Pros' Racquets and Gear' started by cluckcluck, Jul 14, 2013.
Fresh off his Facebook
Noticed it also
Biggest racquet change in tennis history if true
Wilson is due for a new line of ProStaff frames in January. Seems awfully early for Roger to be testing so early. Unless if course he's switching to (finally) to something with a bigger head size.
Its probably the same racket, just with no pj.
this could be the best marketing idea in sporting history. Federer switches to a new 95 in. frame mid season after losing Wimbledon so early and goes on to win the USO. Lots of money to be made here
Just out of interest, why is he practising on clay?
Blx Xt 95.
Because he's playing Hamburg and Gstaad, both on clay.
Federer playing with / testing a blacked out frame, indicating a possible racquet change. Hell hath frozen over!
ha i guess he listened to brad gilbert afterall. good time to expermiment tho, he doesnt care about computer points now and hes playing 2 small tournaments
He already fiddled with a +90sqin frame against Machado (they guy in my avatar) during in a Switzerland vs Portugal DC tie and lost the first set to Machado.
I'm pretty sure he saw Verdasco's run at wimbledon and that's a blacked out APD...If you can't beat em join em
I saw the black racquet and was going to post, but of course too late!
It will be interesting to see: Federer with a APD..... Why not? Sampras changes to Babolat, Why not Roger?
Just like I said before... he will try other rackets and other specs, just like he is doing at the moment.
Let's see if he will ever make the change ...
Other racquets? Just Wilson? Or other brands?
It has the Wilson stencil therefore it's probably he's still using Wilson. I read somewhere that he has a lifetime contract with Wilson. BUt what do I know, I'm just a poster on a webforum.
Other rackets/specs from Wilson only...
Even if he does change, I can't see Wilson getting him to endorse anothermodel. It doesnt make sense, he is the flag player for the 90. I can't see him changing paintjob at all.
Finally Fed the Great listens to TT.
I wonder who's the one behind this. Annacone? Roger is usually too stubborn to try and change his game, especially a major racquet change. I'll be very surprised if he actually sticks with a new racquet.
Or this is just a new PJ.
Because he has a contract with Wilson and APD specs are not likely to fit his playing style. He's not your average weekend warrior who changes a racquets models during changeovers...
So he picked up these 2 extra tournaments to test out a new racket before he plays the hard court season?
Sampras still used a Pure Storm, which is still a control racquet. And he was retired, results didn't matter.
If he does switch rackets, I would be the happiest person on Earth!
Which ironically is really sad...
What do you mean? Got any problem whether or not I am happy?:evil:
Maybe a 93 like Dimitrov? Maybe same mold with a different layup?
My thoughts exactly
Maybe hes testing out the new wilson racquets.
But yeah a racquet switch makes more sense
Besides the slight increase of sweetspot, going from a 90 to a 93 makes little difference, so I don't know.
3 square inches does not offer enough of anything extra to justify the risk of switching.
How does a racquet switch make more sense? Has he expressed any desire in switching to a new frame with a bigger headsize? I would wager a lot of money that he'll be using the same exact frame under a new paintjob.
How about he actually plays the next two tournaments with the mysterious blacked out racquets sans PJ? Like Sharapova did before signing up with Head.
:idea:Just wondering, are the pro's personal racquet stringers (eg P1) allowed to disclose the racquet specs of their clients? I don't think it's that big of a deal but with the values place on privacy these days i wouldn't be surprised if they are kept confidential.
Federer's stringers should be the first to know the specs of this blacked-out racquet right? I'm assuming that it too has undergone extensive customization after receiving it from Wilson. Maybe someone can ask them:idea:
Just wanted to point you guys to this thred post #7.
Well I did a similar switch, back and forth between 95 and 98. I was finding the sweetspot the same. I felt more the differences between the frames than the difference in sweetspot or headsize. So I agree with you, just going 3in² up isn't really worth it. 5in² would be more relevant, or maybe he's trying something else (new setup, new technologies, new frames altogether), who knows? But for 3in²... :neutral:
Has any of the "Federer must switch to a bigger racquet" crowd considered that he likely has routinely play tested larger rackets often throughout his career (and not yet found a reason to switch)?
He's got 2 reason not to switch - (1) stubborness (2) ego.
RJYU from P1 is a member here. It is strictly against company policy to disclose any information at all about their clients.
ah ha! Thx! I was wondering who RJYU is
He was hitting with a Blade this week. There is even a twitter post that he would be using a Blade frame in Germany next week. We shall see.
You mean he actually plays tennis between tournaments? :shock:
I thought between tournaments he does this:
IF it is a Blade (or whatever version of the Blade Wilson made up for him) I gotta believe its a 93 - really a shock if its a 98!
What if he actually uses a 95" frame. The one Wilson says he is suppose to be using since 2012.. A novel idea that a top pro using a racquet they promote..
What if it he's playing Hamburg and Gstaad to test his new 93 racquet, best surface to test out a bigger head size.
WOW< he really took Brad Gilbert's advice. maybe next he will hire brad as his coach.
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