Is Djokovic using a new racquet?

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  1. tennisfever8181

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    Well, I was looking at wilsons on tw and noticed that Djokovic's picture is not to the right of all the racquets. I thought he was using an nblade.
    Did he make a switch?
     
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  2. tarie

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    Yeah I notice the same..
     
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  3. SempreSami

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    The midplus nBlade isn't on there either, which him and Ivanovic (who have both disappeared) use.
     
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  4. Commando Tennis Shorts

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    maybe since they don't sell the nBlade midplus anymore, they are not showing pictures of people who use racquets they don't sell. makes sense---why would they endorse a racquet they don't sell?
     
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  5. Bodacious DVT

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    because the [K]Blade is coming out soon.
     
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    Agree!

    Do you think it will be [K]blade PJ?
     
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  7. Bodacious DVT

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    He's already using a paintjob. I dont see why he wouldn't continue.
     
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  8. Xavier

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    I can tell you there are a lot of chance that Djokovic will come back to Head.
    His contract with Wilson was only for a year and Head is offering a lot of money for his coming back...
     
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  9. tarie

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    Djoko back to Head would be interesting..:D
     
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  10. babolatking

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    the wilson pj has been good luck to him. He might stay with the paintjob of the blade if wilson gives him a better offer
     
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  11. tomuchskillz

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    wait so there stopping production on da nblades??
     
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  12. SempreSami

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    da? I though Wilson made the Blade
     
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  13. coloskier

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    They are both using the new KBlade, which is only available to the public in a limited market until January.
     
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  14. Azzurri

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    what does he actually use?
     
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  15. Bodacious DVT

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    its a custom molded wilson frame thats weighted to his preference. its ported and weighted similarly to his old head LM radical
     
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  16. sargeinaz

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    he should go back to head, its what he used before he became famous
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  17. BreakPoint

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    He uses a copy of his old Head racquet which Wilson custom made for several of the ex-Head sponsored pros which moved to Wilson in recent years.
     
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  18. JacKKyKung

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    Fish & Tursunov right?
     
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  19. 127mph

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    and mathieu
     
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  20. BreakPoint

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    Just Tursunov.

    Fish has always used a Wilson racquet and has never switched. His Dunlop and Slazenger racquets were paintjobs of a Wilson PS 6.1 Classic (minus the PWS). Now he just gets them painted to look like a K95.
     
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  21. BreakPoint

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    Yes, him too.
     
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  22. AlexP

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    They both have been playing with a kblade for a while now.
     
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  23. BreakPoint

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    You must mean a KBlade paintjob, right?

    Although these pics from the recent Madrid Masters indicate that he's still using a nBlade paintjob:

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  24. AlexP

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    Yeah, Kblade pj'd as nblade.
     
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  25. BreakPoint

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    Huh? You must mean a copy of his same old Head racquet that he's been using for many years painted to look like a nBlade. If he never used the nBlade, why would he switch to a KBlade if he's already using the racquet that he's most comfortable with and has been winning with?

    If he actually switched to a KBlade, believe me, he would be using the actual KBlade paintjob as the nBlade has already been discontinued and Wilson would want to start promoting the KBlade very soon.
     
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  26. PurePrestige

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    Someone needs to tell the Djokester to shave that facial hair man, not funny not funny.
     
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  27. Azzurri

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    I see. So its ok for tennis racquet company to "copy" from a competitor?
     
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  28. Azzurri

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    I just asked a question about copyright infringment on racquets. Has a sporting goods company ever been sued for copying a racquet?? I would think it has, but I never heard it.
     
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  29. Azzurri

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    can you imagine what he would look like if he grew a beard?
     
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  30. AlexP

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    Look at the throat, on an nblade there is quite a bit more space. That frame looks awfully close to the kblade.
     
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  31. LordRaceR

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    I can tell you from positive source that Novak will be using Head from AusOpen2008. Now its 90% chance that the deal will go trough.
     
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  32. Jackie T. Stephens

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    Djokovic only plays with Wilson nblade but I did hear about contracts for him to go to head though.
     
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  33. BreakPoint

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    That's because it's copy of his old Head racquet and not a nBlade nor KBlade at all. Wilson took his old Head racquet and copied it by designing a similar mold and produces this racquet for Djokovic and several other ex-Head pros that are now with Wilson (e.g., Mathieu, Tursunov, etc.). He's never used a real nBlade and is very unlikely to switch to a KBlade. When the KBlade comes out, Wilson will just paint his current Head-copy racquet with the KBlade paintjob. Do you finally get it now?
     
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  34. BreakPoint

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    Companies copy each others racquets all the time. Tecnifibre copied the custom Dunlop racquet that Blake/Haas/Berdych uses to make the T-Fight 335/320. Dunlop/Slazenger copied the Wilson 6.1 Classic to make Henman's and Fish's racquets with Slazenger and Dunlop paintjobs on them. And Wilson copied the Head PT630 to make the custom racquets for Djokovic, Mathieu, etc.

    I don't think racquet companies patent the molds nor shapes of their racquets. They do patent technologies, like Wilson's PWS, which is why Henman's and Fish's Slazenger/Dunlop paintjobs of the PS 6.1 Classic copy did not have the PWS. Companies can copy or reverse engineer a competitor's racquet and design a mold and make almost the same racquet themselves, but what they can't do is to take the actual racquet of the competitor and just paint over it to look like your own racquet. That's why Head sued Dunlop a few years ago when Safin signed with Dunlop and Dunlop took his PC600's and painted them to look like MW200G's.
     
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  35. 757tennis

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    any1 know when the the [K] blade and the other [K] factor racquets are coming out?
     
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  36. 757tennis

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    does anybody in the entire world besides wilson have any pictures of the K blade cause im dying to see it
     
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  37. AlexP

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    Half of these speculations are a by product of peoples running imaginations.
     
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  38. slice bh compliment

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    Well, his handlers have asked him to keep it. The polls show that a black goatee plays pretty well in the lucrative Middle Eastern markets. Ditto for Latin America, where they have taken to calling him El Hoko.

    Seriously, isn't it just a HEAD 280 with some Wilson cossies?
     
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  39. tbini87

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    i had no idea that tecnifibre used dunlops mold, that is interesting (since i use the tfight 335, of course). but there isn't much a company can do if another company makes a similar (practically identical) racquet. happens a lot in golf too. nike had to make tiger special clubs to match his old ones (titleist and mizuno) for one major example.
     
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  40. tbini87

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    i agree with you here. not funny at all... unless you think it is so ugly that he must grow it out as a joke... but even that isn't very funny!
     
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  41. BreakPoint

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    Except that this one is in the other half that's actually true. Djokovic has admitted himself that he doesn't use a nBlade but a copy of his old Head racquet that Wilson made for him.
    Read this post: http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showpost.php?p=626463&postcount=1

    His paintjobbed racquet does not have the string pattern of the retail nBlade but has the pattern of the Head PT280. Look at where the bottom cross meets the mains on the 3 racquets. Check the comparison photos here: http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showpost.php?p=1664387&postcount=14


    And here's Tursunov using the same racquet but his is painted to look like a KSix-One 95 instead of a nBlade. Note that his racquet has no PWS at 3 and 9 like on a regular K95, that the "V" opening of the throat is much longer than on a regular K95, and that the head shape is more oval and less round just like on a Head racquet:

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  42. HEAD/PRINCE RULE

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    the new (k)s are to light
     
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  43. kerplunker

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    does anyone thik the kblade will be mad close to the PT280?
     
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  44. dunlopfan

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    it cant be a head liquidmmetal radical. there are no liquidmetal ridges...
     
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  45. chip&chrge

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    I saw the new K Blades in person yesterday...

    My local racquet shop had out the KBlade and KBlade Pro racquets. He said they would become available on Jan 23rd.

    I agree the nBlade and the Kblade are a little light for my taste, but the KBlade pro I'd like to demo. It was a little heavier maybe 11.7 unstrung / 6 pts HL with the leather grip like the K6.1 federer. Nice black finish with orange detail similar to the other K Factor racquets.

    I would think the KBlade Pro was probably designed for a tour player like Djocko. ....Maybe he is using the KBlade Pro? we'll have to wait and see.

    I also heard they discontinued the nPro Opens and will make a similar KFactor version this year.
     
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  46. HEAD/PRINCE RULE

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    Yep they will come out with (k)actor pro open i think it's called. The pj is the same as the (k) blade but with sea foam green instead of the gold/orange accents . :)
     
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    just watching the hopman cup now, and it looks like djokovic has a kblade, or a paintjob of a kblade on his old racquet. can anyone confirm this?
     
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  49. Pro_Tour_630

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    Saw the K blade tour, that is not what Joker plays with, He plays with a PT 630 MOLD painted to look like the Kblade, the drill patterns are not even the same
     
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  50. tennisee

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    Hopman Cup - K Blade PJ

    Who knows what's under the paint, but certainly today in Hopman Cup the PJ was K Blade
     
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