New Tsonga Racquet?

Discussion in 'Pros' Racquets and Gear' started by estigma2001, Sep 17, 2013.

  1. estigma2001

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    He´s playing with this in the Moselle Open
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  2. ArliHawk

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    Babolat Pure Strike
     
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  3. estigma2001

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    looks like a Wilson frame!
     
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    new bab frame
     
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  5. Babolast

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    Wow that looks really cool!
     
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  6. gavna

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    He was to start using it (strike) at the US Open..............Babolat was assuring all that we was for sure going to make the switch from the APD.
     
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    Just wait until you see it in person. Looks absolutely fantastic in the flesh.
     
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  8. gavna

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    Wait until you play it.........easily one of the best frames Babolat has ever made.

    I just dumped all my PSLTD's on the Bay.........
     
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  9. Lukhas

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    Seriously? Hope they exist in a Plus version. And hope they have more spin than the Ltd. Goddman that pattern is tight, despite the absolute sweetness that frame is. :neutral:
     
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  10. gavna

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    No plus......I had 5 PSLtds (+) I gave a good home too.....I have one left.......going to end up on the wall. I love the 18x20 pattern.
     
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    Hopefully the RA is under 70....
     
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    Yep......just

    Strung with gut/poly hybrid and top out at 68RA - Tried full gut first and just a waste.
     
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  13. ArliHawk

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    Gavna, what would you say it plays like?
     
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    Babolat is going to send out test models to get a nice big sample of player feedback - no reviews until then. I will say I love it and I think it's their best stick.
     
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  15. Phantasm

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    Didn't know he was making the change to the Pure strike.

    Matching with the Adidas orange on his outfit too.
     
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  16. Lack

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    Looks pretty cool. Hope it comes out soon.
     
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  17. gavna

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    Yes it was no secret............he's Babolats top French player and they wanted and anchor for the new line......he tested tons of the prototypes - back at the start of the year there was a huge testing of the frame in France with most all of the top French national instructors.........universal praise on the stick -

    Plan was to have him use it in NYC - injury messed that up.
     
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  18. gavna

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    If schedule holds true you should be able to get it by Xmas in the states........look at how the 2013 APD was released. Mid Dec release here.......I understand some shops in Europe have had (very) limited supply.
     
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  19. Lukhas

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    How is the spin compared to the PS Ltd? I'll wait until I destroy my frames for the moment, especially if there isn't a Plus version. EDIT: Especially since Tsonga is known for using "Plus" frames. Indeed, him using it at the USO would've been an excellent marketing move by Babolat. Too bad it went by the window, but nice thinking.
     
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  20. ultradr

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    It is a boxy beam? I mean it is not like APD?
     
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  21. Hankenstein

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    I have this new frame at home in the tour version that i presume Tsonga use. It´s very stiff with an RA touching around 70 but it´s a really solid frame. Good power, good control.

    Only downside imo is that it has to be strung fairly tight. Recommendation was somewhere around 26-27 KGS. First it was strung with Xcel black at around 27 kgs and played like a dream.
    Then i strung it with Signum Pro Tornado in 22 kgs and it was not feeling so great anymore. Dont go to low with this new frame is my recomendation
     
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  22. jayserinos99

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    Why do you say that Hankenstein?
     
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  23. oest10

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    As if Tsonga is changing too a whole new racket.. He's just endorsing the new one by the use of a paintjob. It might still be different from his APD13, but then again, that wasn't the same APD13 that we buy in store either.
     
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  24. Lukhas

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    Have you ever seen an APD? It has a very distinctive mould. Like, very, very distinctive. It's really unique. Painting the Strike, which has a more boxy beam onto an APD would make one really obvious of a paint job. He could've requested a stick with similar specs, but painting an APD frame like any other Bab frame is stupid. Too obvious. Maybe not on blurry TV, but it's not rocket science either if you have a close enough picture. Even the Pure Drive has quite the unique mould, although it's a bit more easily to disguise.
     
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  25. realplayer

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    Counting the strings might help too if you wanna find out what Tsonga is using.
     
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  26. Lukhas

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    More like looking at the yoke/bridge. Strikes seem to have a 8 string bridge if we refer to prototypes we've seen here and there, while the APD has a 6 string bridge. He could perfectly have a 16/19 frame with an 8n string bridge. Not very common but it exists. The new Blade 98 2013 has an 8 string bridge in its 16/19 version, there's a bit less space between the 8 center mains than the other ones.
     
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    wow, Gav you must have a great Babolat contract!

    We are not (supposed) to sell the racquets under our contract terms.

    Having said that, most pros here are doing it!:twisted:

    Glad Tsonga is back playing, he could play with anything, just hope he stays... healthy!
     
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  28. oest10

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    I play APD 13's , thank you. I never said that he painted the APD to look like a strike. Obviously that would be easy to spot. I'm just saying he is probably using a frame customized for him, more boxed of a frame than he was using of course, painted to look like a new Pure Strike. Read carefully Ash.
     
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  30. gavna

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    Shhhhhhhhhhh!
     
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  31. dr325i

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    First, YES, Tsonga did play with the retail stick. Probably customized to his specs, but the retail (unlike Nadal and a few others).
    Second, the shape of the one in the pictures has nothing to do with the APD.
     
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  32. raging

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    sorry mate!
    But you were the one who posted it on the internet...
    keep your identity...private:twisted:
     
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  33. gavna

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    Jeez joke........I'm not hiding anything. No worries from my side - we've always donated or dumped older sticks - been doing it for years.
     
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  34. raging

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    No worries Gav! It's all Tsonga.

    no problem...just pulling your leg.

    I hit with the Pure Strike 305g 18/20 today & quite liked it.
    It was from distributor & strung quite snug @59/58lbs with RPM Blast.
    I would probably hybrid it with Xcel.

    But everybody has to pick their own string, weight & set-up.
    Going to hit with the 320g version tomorrow.

    Pleased obviously that Tsonga is back & I think the racket will be a good fit.
    I'm sure Babolat is hoping he can Slam with it!
     
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  35. Babolast

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    Anyone know when this stick will come out?
     
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  36. raging

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    Depends on what country your are in,
    I have heard anywhere between November to December in US.
    Ask Daniel in Babolat Official thread, he may be able to tell you.
     
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  37. crosscourt

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    Does this racket have the Aero throat? At one point there was supposed to be a replacement for the Aero Storm. Is this it?
     
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  38. gavna

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    Kinda and yes this is pretty much what replaces the Aero Storm line. It's really a whole new line.

    Playing with the new Heads as well - same damn color - black and that Flouro red/orange?

    New Head Prestige Pro SUCKS btw.
     
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  39. gavna

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    I love the tour version -
     
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    Sorry to burst your bubble, Jo is using a weighted/customized version of the one you will be able to demo.
     
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    Most of Europe in Dec. US will be Jan 2014.
     
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  42. Bdarb

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    does the new strike have the cortex handle?
     
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  43. byealmeens

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    Anybody have close-up pictures they can post?? This frame looks awesome.
     
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  44. crosscourt

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    Very interesting. And is the new line as comfortable as the new APD? I think the latest upgrade is a huge step forward in that respect.
     
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  45. raging

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    yes, it is quite a stick!
    Trying to keep it real with Tsonga as I really hope he makes a big tear at Oz Open.
    he is overdue.
     
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  46. dgoran

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    No he will not I hate misinformation...or misleading posts... tsonga is using extended racquet as afaik there will be no extended version for now so good luck for mere mortals "customizing" retail stick to use what tsonga is using. Missed opportunity for Babolat to bring exactly what tsonga is using to retail...Average "Jo" might not know the difference but talk tennis folks will :)
     
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    New babolat frame!!
     
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  49. estigma2001

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    i read that is more control oriented with enough power and spin!
     
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  50. Lukhas

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    Because the Hyper ProStaff 6.5 he used to use under a [K]Blade PJ was extended maybe?
     
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