Largest Frame on Tour

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  1. drakulie

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    Anyone know what the largest frame on tour being used (past or present) by a pro right now is? Female and/or male?

    Here is the rule on frame size: (not sure if this rule is still up to date)
    b. The frame of the racket shall not exceed 29 inches (73.66 cm) in overall length, including the handle. The frame of the racket shall not exceed 121/2 inches (31.75 cm) in overall width. The hitting surface shall not exceed 151/2 inches (39.37 cm) in overall length, and 111/2 inches (29.21 cm) in overall width.
     
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    The Williams sisters do use enormous poweful racquets that are supposedly beginner racquets, although at the australian open I saw Serena sporting a smaller headed blacked out racquet that looked more like a players frame. wonder if that has something to do with her successful comeback
     
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    Well, I found this post in another thread. Anyone know which male uses the largest racquet on tour right now?

     
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    Didn't Nathalie Tauziat hit for a while with the PK Super Legendary Destiny?! As far as I remember it had 800 cm² which is 124 sqinch. Apart of this Monica Seles last Yonex frame has a good chance to get the crown.
     
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  6. AlpineCadet

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    Wasn't the 85 the smallest on tour up until a few years ago? So the smallest current frame size is 90, correct? So I guess there's a small shift towards larger headsizes, hmmm. Is that pretty prevalent among the touring professionals? I mean, their careers depend on them winning, right? If they want to win, they should use the best equipment suited for their personal games. So I would think going down a few square inches would actually be detrimental to their games. I mean, you won't see Federer using an 85 anytime soon, nor would you see Safin going towards a 85 headsize. Headsize does matter, but to a certain extent. But making exaggerations to prove a misleading point isn't going to help solve anything.

    BTW, Drakulie started tihs thread just so he could quote you guys on another thread to prove me wrong about how "racket headsize." If it wasn't noticeable, he still hasn't written any further input here, but he has quoted a few of you in another thread.
     
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    I thought that the 93" Prestige was sort of 90"..?
     
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    Hahaa yeah Alpine Cadet's wrong, the prestige is 89.5 sq.inches
     
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  9. Ronaldo

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    JM Gambill used a Prince Thunderbolt, 115" head back in the 90s.
     
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    Way to answer his question.

    Monica Seles's huge, extended-length racquet (I believe it was a Yonex) is definitely a candidate for the largest racquet used on tour. As of currently active top pros, there aren't any (besides the Williams sisters) that I can think of with hugely oversized heads. Jankovic uses the 03 Red, which has a 105 sq inch head.
     
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    Yo Drak, what's up? Without doing any research (because I'm lazy like that), I would probably say guys like Spadea, that are still using the POG OS, would be using the largest racquets on tour. Just a guess though. I wouldn't think many male pros would be using racquets bigger than that these days.
     
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    Thanks couch. I thought of Spadea >. I believe he still uses the POG OS?? I was wondering if there were other pros that use a larger racquet???

    By the way, got a deal on a used Volkl c10. I should be receiving it with in the next week. I'll make sure I post a pic of me holding it :)
     
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    The "POG", Prince Classic, or whatever it's called is also used by Ferrero.
     
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    I think she played one tournament with it, or an exhibition. I asked in another topic about the Gypsy Rose racquet because I had never seen her actually use it. Someone found a photo, I think.

    She won the AO with the new thin-beamed black control racquet.
     
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    I don't know of any males that would use anything "bigger" than that (110 sq. in.), or want to for that matter. :). I would venture to guess that you won't see any of those (110 sq. in. heads) around after Spadea calls it quits.

    Sweeeet! I can't wait to see the c10 in your hands. Did you get the 98 or 93?
     
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    Ferrero uses the POG LB. It is in the same "mold" as the POG frames but it's a 100 sq. in. and 28" long.
     
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    What is the head size of Gasquet's racquet??
     
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    100 sq inches.
     
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    agassi's was a 107sq in. i dont know a man who uses a larger frame nowadays.

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    is it that big?
     
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    There seem to have been a shift rather to 100 sq in. 15 years ago you either used 90-95 or 107-110, now most people use 98-100 IMO.
    It would be interesting to see a list of headsizes on the ATP and WTA. This should be easier to determine than weight etc.
     
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    Seles in 2000 used the Yonex Super RQ-1000 Long aka "Big Yonie". Massive 130 sq. in. head, super thick 36mm, and extra long 28.5". She strung that beast at 90 lbs. with Tecnifibre 515.

    http://members.cox.net/chuxwords/Seles.jpg

    I've always thought that she had to compensate for her two hands on both sides and lackluster movement with a bigger racquet.
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    I don't remember Monica EVER using a racquet (or 'that' racquet) that big...???!?!? I know she used the Super RD Ti2000 ....a MUCH different frame...
     
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    I got the 98. Next time we all go out I'll have a hit and make sure I post a pic. :)

    I'll may even buy a 93 so I have both.
     
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    I figured it would be the 98. A lot of people probably don't even know it comes/came in a 93. :) Can't wait to see how you like it, and even better, see the pics. :)
     
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    I acutally have a fishnet painjob of the c-10 and pictures can be seen at http://photos.yahoo.com/duey6447 along with some of my other frames.

    -Kevin
     
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    couch, received the frame today. Here are some photos. I'll let you know how it plays, and be sure to post a pic of me playing with it. :)

    By the way, do you feel there is any difference between this one and the fishnet? Also, does the fishnet come in a 93?

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  29. AAAA

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    Hey drak, have you made a complete U-turn on volkl racquets?
     
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    ^^^ LOL. I collect racquets and wanted to add one to my collection. I don't have any volkls. couch helped me pick one out.

    I think volkls, like every other brand make great frames. They all have a "flagship" racquet that that goes on throughout the years. Volkls, in particular are just not my cup of tea (too soft). My issue isn't necessarily with the racquet, but a certain poster who **used** to shove them down everyones throat.
     
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    I did initially type two questions for you but deleted one of them in good taste. However you have answered my curiosity.
     
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    AAAA- email me privately, and I will answer any questions you have, and provide a detailed explanation.
     
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  33. AAAA

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    Drak, No need for an e-mail You have answered my curiosity in your 'first' reply.
     
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    Hey Drak, sorry I haven't replied but I've been out of town the last couple of days. I'm not sure if there are any differences between the two frames but I think both of them came in 93 and 98 sq. in. Maybe a "real" Volkl expert can answer this for you. I've used a few of their frames (Tour 10, Tour 10 Gen. II, Volkl DNX 9, Tour 8) but have always gravitated back to the 8's. The 8's, IMHO, are a less powerful, thinner beam, version of a Pure Drive.

    Looks like you got a good looking one (shape wise). Have fun with it and let me/us know how you like it.
     
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    ^^^ yeah, it's in great shape. Got it for 50 bucks too. Not bad.

    I have a hit scheduled for tomorrow so I will post my thoughts. Additionally, I am hitting with the guys from the South Florida Chapter on Tuesday, so we always take pictures and post them. I'll make sure to post one with me hitting with it. :)

    Not sure if you have visited this thread, but there are lots of photos of all of us hitting in different locations. This memorial day, we played at center court of the Ericsson Open. The feeling was unreal. The pictures from this day start on post 1059. Let me know what you think.

    http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=129762&page=53
     
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  37. couch

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    I read the thread when you first posted it and thought it was really cool that all you guys got together. I just thought the thread was a continuation of that, I didn't realize you guys get together on a regular basis and then post new pics. I'll definitely take a look. :)
     
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    ^^^ yeah, we have been getting together about once a week and then posting the photos.

    The pics from the Ericsson are amazing! Just so you see what I'm talking about:

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