Federer's blacked out frame

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  1. cluckcluck

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  2. JDMasFCK

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    Noticed it also
     
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    Biggest racquet change in tennis history if true
     
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  4. cluckcluck

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    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.
     
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  5. ForLoveOfTheGame

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    Its probably the same racket, just with no pj.
     
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  6. OKUSA

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    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
     
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  7. crosscourt

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    Just out of interest, why is he practising on clay?
     
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  8. JoelDali

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    Blx Xt 95.
     
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    Because he's playing Hamburg and Gstaad, both on clay.
     
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  10. Down_the_line

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    Federer playing with / testing a blacked out frame, indicating a possible racquet change. Hell hath frozen over!
     
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    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
     
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  12. THESEXPISTOL

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    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.
     
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    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
     
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  14. JTop

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    I saw the black racquet and was going to post, but of course too late!
     
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  15. ENJOY TENNIS

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    It will be interesting to see: Federer with a APD..... Why not? Sampras changes to Babolat, Why not Roger?
     
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  16. ART ART

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    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 ...
     
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  17. ENJOY TENNIS

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    Other racquets? Just Wilson? Or other brands?
     
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  18. cluckcluck

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    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.
     
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    ..........
     
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  21. ART ART

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    Other rackets/specs from Wilson only...
     
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  22. baseline_monster

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    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.
     
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    Finally Fed the Great listens to TT.
     
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    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.
     
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  25. THESEXPISTOL

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    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...
     
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  26. zam88

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    So he picked up these 2 extra tournaments to test out a new racket before he plays the hard court season?
     
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    Sampras still used a Pure Storm, which is still a control racquet. And he was retired, results didn't matter.
     
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  28. SuperHead

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    If he does switch rackets, I would be the happiest person on Earth!
     
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    Which ironically is really sad...
     
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  30. SuperHead

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    What do you mean? Got any problem whether or not I am happy?:evil:
     
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  31. NLBwell

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    Maybe a 93 like Dimitrov? Maybe same mold with a different layup?
     
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  32. THESEXPISTOL

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    My thoughts exactly ;)
     
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  33. Francis27

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    Maybe hes testing out the new wilson racquets.

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    But yeah a racquet switch makes more sense
     
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  34. Lukhas

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    Besides the slight increase of sweetspot, going from a 90 to a 93 makes little difference, so I don't know.
     
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  35. corners

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    3 square inches does not offer enough of anything extra to justify the risk of switching.
     
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  36. Blitzball

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    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.
     
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  37. rqtguy

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    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.
     
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    :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:
     
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    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:
     
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  41. sundaypunch

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    NEWSFLASH:

    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)?
     
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    He's got 2 reason not to switch - (1) stubborness (2) ego.
     
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  43. フェデラー

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    RJYU from P1 is a member here. It is strictly against company policy to disclose any information at all about their clients.
     
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  44. rrito

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    ah ha! Thx! I was wondering who RJYU is
     
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  45. gavna

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    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.
     
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  46. newpball

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    You mean he actually plays tennis between tournaments? :shock:

    I thought between tournaments he does this:
    http://youtu.be/7lwlsDpEhZU

    :grin:
     
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    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!
     
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  48. asusundevils1971

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    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..
     
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  49. The Meat

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    What if it he's playing Hamburg and Gstaad to test his new 93 racquet, best surface to test out a bigger head size.
     
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    WOW< he really took Brad Gilbert's advice. maybe next he will hire brad as his coach.:)
     
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