Did anyone else hear John McEnroe say the other day that before Nadal started using Babolat racquets, Babolat had no racquet business? He made it sound as if it was mainly due to Nadal's popularity that Babolat had FINALLY become a serious company. I realize that McEnroe and Gimelstob are hired as commentators more for their ability to talk non-stop for hours, rather than because they are ever correct or even insightful about anything, but this is ridiculous. Just for the record: + Babolat been in the tennis business since 1874. + Babolat strings were by far the most popular strings on the tour before the introduction of Luxilon strings. + A lot of players still use Babolat strings, both natural gut and polyester. + Babolat has been designing and manufacturing industry-leading stringing machines for decades. + Babolat start making racquets in 1994. + These racquets started catching on immediately thanks to players such as Andy Roddick and Carlos Moya (emphasis on Roddick, though).