Gilles Simons' rackets UsOpen2009 (pics)

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  1. Alex75

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    Hi everyone

    i luckily came across 4 of Simons' PT57a sticks which were last strung and used at the 2009 UsOpen. All came with the blue tourna but i decided to put 2 of them in play (now with the white wilson og, and old style black buttcap) and keep the other 2 as is (the 2 with the labels inside the throat with new style grey and black buttcap+trapdoor).

    PT57a microgel pj
    4 5/8
    white perforated synthetic Head Hydrocontrol grip under og
    (2) 339g strung with og (new buttcap with trapdoor)
    (2) 338g strung with og (old buttcap) (weighted before the og switch)
    lead tape under grommets at the top between 10 and 2
    silicon in the handle
    length 68,5cm
    balance point ~32cm
    swingweight ~353
    tension (stringer's sticker): 25/24
    strings: ?

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    ps: had to hide some infos, seller doesn't want publicity.
     
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    will post some pics in better lightning soon.
     
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  3. safe

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    Great pics Alex. Thanks for sharing :) Does anybody know what is that string?? I think Iread somewhere that he use some Head Intellitour string. But not sure for the name. Again thanks for pics :)
     
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    The mains look like HEAD RIP Control.

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    -SF
     
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  5. vsbabolat

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    The string in Simon's racquet is IntelliTour............ In IntelliTour the mains and crosses are diferent strings.
     
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  6. Pioneer

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    Hmmmm that's unusually light for a PT57a. Probs high SW and head heavy? Could you balance it on your finger?
     
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    ???
    1) It is a PT57E
    2) THe PT57A or E hairpins come at 240-something grams or less, so you can make them as heavy/light as you wish...
     
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  8. mikeler

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    Agreed. I just strung up Head Intellitour and his strings look exactly like mine. The mains in Intellitour are very similar to RIP Control.
     
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  9. Alex75

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    Updated balance point and sw (tw calculator)
    these measures have to be taken for what they are, approx and taken by hand. Will try to find a shop with a machine to get accurate values.
     
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    wonderfull photos.. have you played with the racquets?is it maneuverable?
     
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    intellitour 17

    ...bit of a thread poach, intellitour 17 has been my string of choice for about 5 years....various mp radical and prestige frames.

    Just put my last set in a recently acquired L5 Austrian i Radical MP and I am now told it is discontinued.....only 16 ga is avail now.

    Why?

    I am bummed about this...tho I like the 16 ok I felt the 17 gave me a lot more bite.....
     
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    Nice photos.

    Can you say how long is the lead under bumperguard and how many layers? ( 2x2layers?)

    Thanks.
     
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    updated balance point and sw... maybe the relative lightness is due to the synthetic grip.

    lead between 10 and 2, 1 layer on each side of the strings i think.
     
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    Probably a stupid question, but wondered if anyone could tell me if 32 cm balance means the racket is head heavy, light or balanced? Thanks for your help
     
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    7pt HL on a standard (27") length racket
     
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  16. Pioneer

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    I don't care if it comes at 10g. It's pretty light for a top pro, especially a non-Babo user.


     
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  17. Pioneer

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    is it head heavy or head light just from balancing it on your finger?

     
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    if i balance it on my finger placed in the middle of the thorat it's head heavy.
     
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    Mate ... are you "thick" ?
    He gave you precise balance point and you are asking about "balancing on a finger" ??
    32 cm = 7-ish points HEAD LIGHT like dr325i already posted.
    Of course it will be head light (or handle heavy) if placed like the racquets in that picture you posted.
    You are asking for LESS information than already provided.
    It's like me telling you that I'm a 163 lbs, 6 feet, Caucasian, decently muscular, athletic, blond-ish hair Romanian tennis player...and you coming back to me and asking...yeh yeh...that's all good but how tall are you ??
     
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    ok we're getting somewhere: head light in this case :)
    i'll post a pic
     
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  22. Tennisguy777

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    Wow can't believe he use 5/8 grips Simon is a small guy no guess I'm not the only one with big hands. What a find 4 PT57a in 5/8!
     
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  23. Alex75

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    it doesn't feel that big actually. i usually play with wilson shaped 4 1/2 grips with leather ans og, and this head shaped 4 5/8 with synthetic grip feels just a tad bigger but not by much. definitely not like a wilson shaped 4 5/8 with leather and og...
     
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    If you told me that you are 163 lbs, 6 feet, Caucasian, decently muscular, athletic, blond-ish hair Romanian tennis player I'd ask how tall you are because I wouldn't know what the hell 6 feet is.


     
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