Laver using a Babolat!

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  1. sureshs

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    Photograph of Laver in the current issue of Tennis mag (in an article where he discusses drills) shows him with a Babolat!

    Considering how some posters here mock Babolat and revere old player's racquets that no pro uses, it is enlightening to see how truly great players don't have such prejudices.
     
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  2. RMB

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    I do not mind that by his age he plays with a Big Bubba.
     
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  3. gonzo2000

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    Excellent point! Babolats are effective weapons in the right hands. I have played against a D1 college player who can hit killer shots wit a PD. The pros, needless to say, can certainly bring out the full potential of Babolat frmaes.
     
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  4. hoosierbr

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    Not really a big surprise. Tony Roche seems to be using the Pro Surge, the Wilson stick the Bryans endorsed a couple of years back.

    Kevin Curren has been playing the Legends Doubles at Wimbledon with a Babolat the last couple of years.
     
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  5. Voltron

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    It's obviously a PJ of a PS 85. ;););)
     
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    He has switched to the dark side. He's emperor palpatine and federer is vader.
     
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    Perhaps he's using a Babolat in the photo because he has chosen that as his main racquet.

    However, it's more likely that he's using a Babolat in the photo because Babolat paid him a significant amount of money to do so, in the hopes that it would fool some people into believing that there isn't much difference between classic racquets and Babolats, and that if legends like Laver can make the switch, anyone can.
     
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    maybe he doesnt need the money and just wants to use babolat because he likes it
     
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  9. Muffin Man

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    he does use a babolat. he played in a pro-am out here a couple of years ago. our head pro has a pic of all the pros and laver is holding a babolat. i think it is a custom made 65 sq. inch one with wood fibers built into the woofer.
     
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    Which model was it? I think Babs are great looking frames, although I don't play my best with them.
     
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    That's it! I am switching to a PD! Count me in among the millions of unsuspecting public that buys the marketing gimmicks!!:roll:
     
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  12. ktownva

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    There should be warning label on the PD: < CAUTION: Full swings may result in loss of ball over fence. Do attempt to hit opponent's ball before it bounces, serious malfunction may occur. For best results, string with chicken wire at 85lbs. >
     
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  13. christo

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    Good one! Laver's frame is just a paint job over a Pro Kennex. Wait a second, the PD WAS a PK frame called the Destiny. Ranks right up there with Xerox giving all their good stuff to Steve Jobs.
     
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    people can mock babolat all they want, but the winner of the NCAA singles championship uses a pure drive, and i'm sure he could destroy 99.9% of the posters on this board.
     
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    I don't think Babs is going to pay a significant amount of money to a player whom today's juniors barely know. In any case, the racquet was dangling from his hand on the side and you had to strain to see that it was a Babs.
     
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    Duece, you're such a cynic. :) You think the youth of today would be so easily influenced just by a picture of Rod Laver holding a PD?

    I would bet he, in fact, uses the PD. I remember seeing him playing at the Hall of Fame a few years ago with or against McEnroe in an exhibition doubles match using the PD.
     
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  18. sureshs

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    Hey Kartik long time no see
     
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    I don't think it was a PD. It had black stripes and looks like a zebra. I forget which model that is.
     
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    For what it's worth - probably not much - the Pro's at Newk's all hit with Babolat's.
    Maybe there's a special Aussie/Babolat connection.
     
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  21. Mr. Sean

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    Why do people hate babolats. They are sick racquets if you hit with them. Great for big serving and forehands. My only complaint was that they felt like boards. I heard that the cortex actually improves feel so Im going to have to give them a try.
     
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  22. sureshs

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    Not as far as Hewitt goes ...
     
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  23. LarougeNY

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    Pros would play with any racket they're given, its different if they bring a racket to play with. I saw tony roche playing with an npro surge, a babolat pd, and an N90 in pictures (well he was holding an n90, and slumped over a chair, so I'm assuming he was playing with it).
     
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  24. laurie

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    Yeah, nice one.
     
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  25. drakulie

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    I wonder how many slams he will win with it??
     
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  26. Gundam

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    Laver was the role model for Sampras.
    Sampras was the role model for Federer.

    Laver plays a PD now. Then Pete, then Roger will follow the lead.
     
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  27. Morrissey

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    Cortex good.
     
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    I've played with a PD once, from my limited experience it wasn't a bad racket. And from what I've seen its easily the most popular choice of NCAA players.
     
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    Did I mention anything at all about influencing the young?
    No.
    Read my post - it should be quite clear that I was referring to adults of a certain age who are used to classic frames when I wrote:
    "...in the hopes that it would fool some people into believing that there isn't much difference between classic racquets and Babolats, and that if legends like Laver can make the switch, anyone can."

    It's good to read posts before you respond to them.
     
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  30. crazylevity

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    Yep, sure Pete n Roger will. When they're Laver's age. :)

    And I'll switch to a PD at Laver's age, too.
     
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    Well, I would think that older and wiser gentlemen, like yourself Deuce, wouldn't be influenced by Rod Laver holding a PD in Tennis Magazine. So I'm am so, so, so very sorry that I "assumed" you might have possibly been referring to younger adults that are usually a little more easily influenced.

    I'll make sure and read your posts many, many times before I respond to them but your quote "...in the hopes that it would fool some people into believing that there isn't much difference between classic racquets and Babolats, and that if legends like Laver can make the switch, anyone can." doesn't say anything about adults and neither did suresh's post either.

    So, nanny nanny boo boo. Maybe you should state a little more clearly what exactly you mean.
     
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  32. Deuce

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    Well, if your knowledge of tennis was as quick as your whining sarcasm, you'd know that there certainly ain't a lot of kids using the "classic racquets" I mentioned.
     
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  33. dirkgnuf

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    Laver "holding" a PD in a picture doesn't automatically qualify him as a user of one.
     
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  34. alwaysatnet

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    I'm sure he would play with a swordfish mounted on a plaque if they paid him enough. He's doesn't play competitvely anymore. He's retired. I'm sure he could use the dough. He used to use Pro Kennex for the same reason. You don't have to be Scooby Doo(as they say) to figure out this mystery.
     
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