Haas Using Head Racket against Roddick?

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  1. Bash and Crash

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    do my eyes deceive me or is that a Radical Microgel with a Dunlop stencil..
     
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  2. jmverdugo

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    It is Dunlop from a old tiger mold with a PJ of a MG Prestige with caps an everything, and yes the stencil is original Dunlop.
     
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    It does look like a Head racquet. I can see it during the closeups.
     
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  4. Bash and Crash

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    hmmm, why wouldn't Dunlop paint it like 3004D, instead of Head PJ..
     
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  5. Razda

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    Can anyone tell me what 's going on? Having a dispute with Dunlop?
     
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  6. Steve F.

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    Haas has a track record of using what works and scr3w the sponsors.

    Here, he's pretty clearly using a MG Prestige MP - maybe a Head prostock something or other but who knows. Doubt it's a contract thing, he just feels he plays better with the Head.

    But note the kicks as well - he's got Nikes on while under contract with KSwiss.

    At this point in his career, he doesn't give a flyin' flip about who's paying him - he wants to win. Gotta love it.
     
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  7. get it in

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    You can't fault the guy. He's playing really well.
     
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  8. betofranca

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    Prestige Mid or Midplus???
     
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  9. gonzalocatalino

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    is a microgel (or PTXX) prestige, i can clearly see the cap`s on the racquet...
     
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  10. TennisPassion5

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    Yeh, Microgel Prestige Midplus with a dunlop stencil
     
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  11. BreakPoint

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    How do you guys know it's not a MG Prestige Pro? If it has an 18x20 string pattern, Head could always custom drill a Prestige Pro for him.
     
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    The head looks too round to be a stock Prestige. But it may be the tension that Haas strings it. But the throat of the racquet and frame shape looks like a prestige. There is no doubt that it is a Head racquet
     
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  14. brownbearfalling

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    From this angle it is definitely a Head prestige.

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  15. brownbearfalling

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    The grip shape looks like Dunlop shape.
     
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  16. Gugafan

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    Most likely a custom moulded grip or pallet.
     
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  17. BreakPoint

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    Almost all pros get their handles custom molded to the exact shape and size they prefer so they have the same handle regardless of what brand of racquet they're using.
     
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  18. imalil2gangsta4u

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    If it works, why not.
     
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  19. featherlight

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    he is also wearing the bc 1
     
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  20. Fedace

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    LOL,,,,,,he doesn't even bother with the paint job.........
     
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  21. Fedace

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    and isn't Stock Head prestige too powerful for him ?
     
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  22. vsbabolat

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    ^^^^^
    The MG Prestige MP is no more powerful than the Pro Tour 630 that Haas had used.
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    Also on Haas' Dunlop he always had a HEAD butt cap with the logo sticker taken off.
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  23. mec46205

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    Haas always looks different in photographs, particularly these--I oftentimes don't even recognize him!
     
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  24. thetaxman

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    Yup, definitely CAP grommets there.
     
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  25. svijk

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    isn't this some kind of conflict of interest with Dunlop???
     
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  26. sonicboi21

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    Most people watching tennis dont know the names of rackets when they see them on TV.
    Only people like people on this forum will know, Dunlop probably pays him to just have the logo on the racket. So if he plays well, someone might say, oh, let me try that company's racket. They go to their nearest sports store and picks a stick with the same logo and thinks its similar.
     
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  27. Nix91

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    lmao XD, Does he have to pay dunlop for the breaking contract ???
     
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  28. BDAZ

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    at least grab a can of krylon first.
     
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  29. niktub

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    Could it be a pt630 under the paint?
     
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  30. coolhandluke

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    does any player use the racquet that they are paid to use? If i had a racquet company i would not pay any player to use my racquet because some time later they they might not want to use it any more and then they PJ it or blacken it out!!!!
     
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  31. get it in

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    The general public rarely knows what the terms of the sponsorship deals are. It makes a lot of sense to setup deals with professionals because they are getting the visibility of their product out there. Most of the money to be made in tennis is in selling to the general public, not necessarily enthusiasts like those on this message board. Some players even get money to wear patches on their clothes (see Andy Roddick).

    However, only the top, top players like Federer, Nadal, and Sampras will get the super big money deals. All three of those players got lifetime sponsorships worth millions of dollars. It makes a lot of sense because people still think of Wilson when they think of Sampras. Lasting top 50 players probably receive good money but a lot of pros will get nothing or maybe discounted deals on equipment.

    Anyway, the point my rambling is that companies don't care what's under the paint job, as long as they are selling their equipment and making money. In the end, it's all about the dollah dollah dollah (the almighty dollar for those you who didn't get the reference). It's the reality of business.

    One quick thought: I think it's great that Tommy is using whatever works for him, whether it's Dunlop or Head. At this stage of his career, he only cares about winning since he's already made his money. After all, the guy drives a Porsche 911 convertible. He's probably not hurting for a paycheck! :)
     
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  32. vsbabolat

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    Haas is still using his HEAD racquet with a Dunlop stencil at the 2009 French Open.
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  33. get it in

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    LOL! And Nike shoes with K-Swiss clothes!
     
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  34. slice bh compliment

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    with Ferrari wheels and a BMW transmission ;-)
     
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  35. BreakPoint

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    Does K-Swiss even make a clay court shoe?
     
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  36. slice bh compliment

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    with a Lexus climate control system and struts from a Maserati. LOL!

    Remember his own clothing company, Haasi?
     
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  37. vsbabolat

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    Yes they do. Fish seems to be able to wear them.
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  38. Rabbit

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    Last tournament Haas played he was doing the K-Swiss threads and Nike kicks. I think the guy isn't a long term signee with anyone.
     
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  39. dje31

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    Maybe he's using Dunlop strings? ;P
     
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  40. AHSEagles2012

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    or maybe he doesnt have a shoe agreement smart one
     
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  41. hsv91

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    Hello,

    could you tell me, which racquet, string and tension Haas use?

    Second, why he play a head racquet with a dunlop stencil?

    Thanks
     
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  42. T-fighter

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    Today he is using the right stencil: Head
     
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  43. Pro_Tour_630

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    ^^^^^^ the last photo clearly shows this is a PT57A mold VS
     
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  44. rosen88

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    Do we have any pics clearly showing the PT57A code inside Haas racquet?
     
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  45. beckham

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    Against Federer right now he has ditched the Dunlop Stencil and gone all out with a HEAD Stencil.
     
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  46. beckham

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    VS. Federer he's using a HEAD Stencil w/ the racquet. You can see he's also using lead at 3&9 and he has "power pads" string w/ the grommets in the throat.
     
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  47. beckham

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    Couldn't get pics of the throat, but this is Haas vs. Federer, with Haas using the HEAD Raquet w/ the HEAD Stencil.

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  48. BorisBeckerFan

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    The wedges below the bridge is a good indication that it's not a prestige but protour instead.
     
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  49. nadal for number1

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    yea he also has the head bag now... seems he really liking this stick now?
     
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  50. KuanMaster

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    he got the head stencil and head bag today against fed
     
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