Lucky me, Haas's broken racquet

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  1. wings56

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    Lucky for me I was front row and center at Court 1 at Wimbledon during the Haas/Berdych match. Well if you didn't know, Haas broke his racquet during the second set, threw it near the net post and the ball boy proceeded to put the racquet into the trash can. Well, 3 and a half sets later after Haas lost the match I was able to get the attention of the chair umpire and I asked him for the broken racquet out of the trash can and I got it! I'd love to post the pictures I have of it if someone would mind filling me in on how to do it. Thanks!
     
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  2. Return_Ace

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    great find!

    if you have them already on your pc, then

    you need to upload it somewhere on the internet, this can be done at:

    www.photobucket.com - creates a personal account, more control over what happens with the pics.

    www.imageshack.com - Just upload the pic, don't know if you can edit and stuff

    www.tinypic.com - see above

    then paste the URL in between [ img ] url [ /img ] (no spaces) tags and then you're done

    max 3 pics per post though.
     
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  3. wings56

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    ahhh thanks!! i should have some by the end of the day!
     
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  4. Return_Ace

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    good, can't wait :D
     
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  5. ShcMad

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    HAHA, the chair umpire must have been a nice guy.
     
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  6. Marat Safinator

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    who was the umpire?
     
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  7. J-man

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    That's great. I can't wait to see the broken racket
     
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  8. The ball was in

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    Hi I was at the same match and from what i remember....Haas, after loosing the game and going back to his chair....put the racquet at an angle in the doubles alley, stood on it (which ofcourse would break any racquet lol) and he GAVE it to the ball boy to dispose of. He didn't throw it near the net post....also, I was watching him pratice that same morning on the same outside court as Federer....he wasn't at all pleased with his strings at that point...and neither was he happy with them during the match!!

    Maybe I should've asked for the racquet...i was tempted :D
     
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  9. bsandy

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    After loosing in Indy, Tommy got pissed and left his racquets for the spectators.
     
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  10. katastrof

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    Zeus! I'm watching that match right now (w/ breaks) from Wimbledon Live. Great match, by the way.

    Are you visible in the broadcast? Where were you sitting & what color were you wearing? Maybe another way to legitimize the thread when no picture is available :)
     
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  11. ionutzakis

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    hey Wings, show us the racquet!
     
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    The link doesn't work for me....someone please help this man.
     
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    gd mf it took me long enough, you dont even want to know the hell i had to go through to get these on here!!
     
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  18. The ball was in

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    Had a similar problem when i was posting pictures too!!

    Great job tho
     
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  19. wings56

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    id like to take some more pictures from more angles and stuff so u can really see more details but ive had enough of this crap for now so ill post more later
     
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  20. diredesire

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    Thread has been cleared of ranting.

    In the future, instead of whining, just let the thread die if you don't think anything is coming ;)

    To the OP: Kudos
     
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  21. mileslong

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    can you tell what model he is really playing? is that a full gut job?
     
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  22. brucie

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    Was going to say whats happened to ranting?

    Good pics cool personalisation.
     
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  23. Return_Ace

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    aahahah, everyone else who started moaning on this thread got OWNED!!!

    gj dire :)

    /laugh @ all you non-believers.


    really nice pics wings
     
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  24. wings56

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    wings56 pwnz n00b nonbelievers....j/k lolz <----just kidding on all that gay crap, but yes it was full gut with string dated 6/30 and 31/29 kg tension, and it is definately not an mfil300 there is no emblem on the butt cap and underneath the tourna grip it isnt white and red, the head size is definately too small, and the paint job isnt even very good... let me try to post some more pics...
     
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  25. Redflea

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    It sure isn't an M-Fil 300...string pattern doesn't match, but they've done a great PJ on whatever it is....
     
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    there we go, i think that pretty much covers all of the racquet
     
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    Nice pics and nice find, wings56.

    I'm *just a little* disappointed the thread was cleaned, it would have been nice to wait, watch & see a list of apologies come in! :) (No criticism intended dired - just would have been amusing).
     
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  29. wings56

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    yeah i know, it is a shame...
     
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  30. Povl Carstensen

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    Hey Wing, thanks for the pictures. Someone once wrote that there was lead tape at the top of the grip on Tommy Haas racquet (under the replacement grip), can you see if that is true?
     
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  31. theace21

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    Wings - cool stuff, thanks for sharing
     
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  32. wings56

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    ummm, well for sure there is no lead u nderneath the tourna grip, but i dont really want to remove the replacement grip to check but i was squeezing near the top and it didnt feel like there was any lead tape but theres really no way to tell
     
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  33. ericsson

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    why dont you look for lead under the basic grip? i mean the racket is damaged already. it would be interesting howmuch is under there as im sure there is, considered he use a lot at 3 and 9.
     
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  34. JohnMatrix

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    Funny

    Funny because today (wednesday 26) I was at the Countrywide Classic in LA and Haas threw his racquet up in the air and after it broke he threw it in the trashcan and some kid probably 18-20 asked him for it after the match and Haas handed it to him.
     
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  35. jackson vile

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    So what was the static weight, balance ect? I would like to know, it could tell us a lot.

    He puts lead along 3 & 9 right?
     
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  36. tarheels2323

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    Wow. That racquet is wrecked.
     
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  37. Volly master

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    he probally got it off TW, they sell them here right?
     
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  38. wings56

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    i got a deal on my tecnifibre's through my college coach, not at TW, sorry
     
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  39. chayajay

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    I'm more interested in what racquet he is using if its not a 300, I'm guessing a PS lol jk around
     
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  40. panic

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    It would be very nice, if you could post the weight of the racquet. And see under the grip, how much lead he has there, if he has
     
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  41. jackson vile

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    Prestige Classless, says that you are a liar and that the racket is indeed a 300gxl, not the 200gxl (minuse the extra half inch)

    How much does the racket weigh before lead, some with the racket measured 12.5-12.75oz with out the added lead and up to 14oz with lead.
     
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  42. Gatsby007

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    Dude,
    Let it go...Haas' frames do not weigh 14oz's
    That is amost laughable :)
     
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  43. CivicLx

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    have you played with it yet:mrgreen: i have to admit that while reading the post, I was a bit skeptical, but can't deny the pictures...what a great souvenier!! i went to the US Open last year and was just happy to get a collectors cup from the concessions:)
     
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  44. wings56

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    umm, im sorry i dont just have a scale accurate to tenths of an ounce or grams, but i can gaurantee you just by holding the racquet it doesnt weigh any more than 12.5 ounces
     
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  45. jackson vile

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    Here is an email I just recieved from alfa164164, helping shed more light on the subject


    alfa164164- I sold the racket, so I can't give you an exact measurement anymore.
    There were no specs listed on the racket's throat or hoop to tell you what the headsize was.
    In my estimation, it looked very close to the 200G Hot Melt XL mold, albeit at standard length.
    The width of the frame from 3 to 9, was narrow, like Dunlop's 95 sq. in. molds, however the main strings were just a tad longer than Dunlop's Revelation 200G, Muscle Weave 200G 95, 200G Hot Melt, or 200 M-Fil.
    Paul Angell, the founder of Vantage tennis, and former R&D guy at Dunlop, told me that Haas' mold, as well as some of the other Dunlop Tour players was more or less based on the mold of the 200G HM XL (obviously the length, weight, string pattern, and even flex was custom). Based on the headsize, beam width, etc. of Haas' frame that I had, that is exactly what it appeared to be.
    Haas' racket was also not a paintjob of the Head Pro Tour 270 or 630 or whatever it was called. Obviously he may have continued to use it for a period of time when making the switch from Head to Dunlop, but by the time he was using the 300 M-Fil paintjob, that was definitely NOT a paintjob of an older Head racket.
    Haas' racket weighed about 12.7 ounces strung without any lead on the head or under the grip.
    Fully leaded (if memory serves me correctly) the racket was somewhere north of 13.5 ounces.
    Sorry I can't be of more help mate, but I don't have any of these sticks anymore.
    I get'm and use'm for a spell and eventually find a home for them that will appreciate the collector's value more than I will.

    Sent : Sunday, August 6, 2006 10:11 PM
     
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  46. wings56

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    376 grams. finally weighed the damn thing after 5 years. didnt take too long...
     
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  47. ericsson

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    That is quite heavy but it doesnt surprise me, Haas is an oldie and back then these weights were rather normal...
     
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  48. zapvor

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    wow just saw this. interesting. good pics! do you still have the frame?
     
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  49. wings56

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    oh definitely. i just saw it in my room and finally decided to put it on the scale
     
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