James Blake's Prince O3 Tour 18x20 Prototype!

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  1. JBlockFan

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    I purchased this stick from e Bay. Check it out and tell me what you think. Its a Prince O3 Tour 18x20 prototype made specifically for James Blake.

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  2. nickb

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    Cool....could you please tell us the weight, balance and grip size etc? Looks like hes using gut mains and ALU crosses instead of the regular full ALU...

    Nick
     
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  3. cujays

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    did he ever use it??
     
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  4. Fedace

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    Is this racket just as good as what he is using now ? aerogel 200 james blake ??
     
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  5. seacard

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    No, he would go down 4 rankings if he used this racquet. His rating would go up 22 points if he switched to Yonex.
     
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  6. BiGGieStuFF

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    It looks kind of like the hybrid tour except it has o-ports at 12 and 6 o'clock. Have you hit with it yet? What strings are those? Looks like Luxilon
     
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  7. MikeCrowChip

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    ...it could just be a o3 hybrid pj'ed with some air brushes.
     
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  8. nickb

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    Try looking at the pics again...

    Its not a hybrid tour becuase it has O ports at 6 and 12...its not o3 tour because of the string pattern and the number of O ports...
     
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  9. JBlockFan

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    It is strung with Babolat VS Touch gut mains and Luxilon Big Banger Alu in the crosses. The gripsize is a Prince 4 3/8, but when I did my inspection under the grip it had double-sided tape making feel a little bigger. I don't know the exact weight and balance. There is 6 strips of lead tape at the 3 and 9 o'clock positions plus 2 strips of lead underneath the grip. There is no headguard just black tape perfectly cut to resemble a headguard and there is 4 little strips of lead under the tape.
     
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  10. Chauvalito

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    You can buy this racket brand new from a racket modification company on the east coast.

    I dont want to say the name because the mods might get mad.
     
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  11. Chauvalito

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    Wait, that might be the 03 hybrid tour in an 18x20...
     
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  12. JBlockFan

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    Yes, the guy I bought it from said James Blake playtested this stick in Florida.
     
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  13. JBlockFan

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    actually there is 6 strips of lead at each side of the 3 and 9 o'clock positions.
     
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  14. BiGGieStuFF

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    The O3 Hybrid Tour might have been based off this racket but it isn't exact because even the hybrid tour 18x20 doesn't have O ports at 6 and 12 o'clock
     
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  15. JBlockFan

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    Babolat VS Touch 16g gut mains, Luxilon Big Banger ALU Power 16L in crosses.
     
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  16. JacKKyKung

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    Does it real Blake's prince? I used to see some pics of his sticks with the word "Experiment".
     
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  17. ericsson

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    Looks like a nice find man! can you tell us the weight?
     
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  18. saram

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    I have to ask...how much was it????
     
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  19. Fedace

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    I think James would play his best with Yonex RQIS tour-1 frame.
     
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  20. sharp*shooter

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    he uses it to scratch his butt with
     
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  21. djsiva

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    How do you know this is James Blake racket?
     
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  22. vkartikv

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    The beam is rounded as opposed to the regular 200/300 series dunlop frames.
     
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  23. Seansaysrawr21

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    your attempt to make a worth while joke has resulted in a epic fail
     
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  24. sharp*shooter

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    i think you should walk off a high cliff, thanks
     
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  25. iplaybetter

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    i was told by a prince sponsored pro stringer the that tour hybrid was gona be his racket
     
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  26. Seansaysrawr21

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    dude you are just full epic fail, you should give up tennis, go live in a cave like the hermit you are, and make sure to tell all your e-friends so that they dont mis you, not that they would anyways
     
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  27. sharp*shooter

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    Shh, I don't take insults from fat people. Change your myspace picture chubby.
     
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  28. keithchircop

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    Prototype/experimental racquets dont usually have the player's name written in huge funky fonts on them.
     
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  29. foetz

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    james' sticks always had
     
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  30. mctennis

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    He needs something to bring his game up. When he's on he's great when he's down he might as well walk off the court. I like him but he needs more mental control to stay in the game.
     
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  31. love15

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    Hy,
    can you give me this name ?
    on PVT if you want mcerba@alice.it

    RGDS
     
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  32. love15

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    Sorry dudes,
    message was for chevalito .

    L15
     
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  33. DY3K1D

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    umm when he was using the prince he was using luxilon (two diffrent colors)
     
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  34. m1stuhxsp4rk5

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    hows the racket play?
     
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  35. DY3K1D

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    i think you mighta gotten a fake dude. because i have a picture of his racket at a stringer and its his same mold but dipped in black. there are no speedports in it. and also the string is two diff colors...

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  36. aceroberts13

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    This is his actual racquet he used during matches, the dunlop/prince/whatever, the op bought a prince prototype that blake playtested. He never switched to it(obviously becuase he is back with Dunlop)

    Or did he? And now he has a prince with a dunlop pj? :twisted: muhahaha
     
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  37. Leelord337

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    Cool Racket. How much did you pay for it?
     
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  38. Leelord337

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    does anybody know which dunlop racquet this is? i actually have 2 blake blackouts (will post pix) that i use as my main racquets and can't find these headguards anywhere
     
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  39. ngtaj88

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    Hahahaha you should try selling them back to James since he only has 2 or 3 left. But definitely show pics. How did you acquire these frames?
     
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  40. vsbabolat

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    Blake, Berdych, and Haas all used the same the MOLD as the Dunlop AG 300 Tour. So the Dunlop AG 4D 300 Tour grommets should fit.
     
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  41. NikeUp

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    Maybe i'm going mad, but it looks to me like the racket has 5 mains in the throat? Something i've never seen before...
     
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