NYT on Fed, Rafa, and Joker's Rackets

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  1. West Coast Ace

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  2. drakulie

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    thanks for the link.

    Interestingly, in the shop I work at, the biggest seller over the course of the last few months has been the Head frame. We are having a hard time keeping it in stock.
     
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  3. Fuji

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    Really? The shop I go to has been the total opposite. We have so many *******s in my city that the Tour 90 is NEVER in stock in any size bigger then 4 1/4! The Head is the least popular and then the Babolat is in stock, but people are always bringing them in for stringing.

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  4. Jim A

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    I've heard a lot of good things about the Speed frames and they seem to have a good following in Denver, especially the 2010 model.
     
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  5. drakulie

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    yeah, I definitely see the pure drive and aero the most when stringing. Of the racquets that sell, definitely those two are very popular. The BLX tour 90 is the least, although the blades sell very well.
     
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  6. bfactor61

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    interesting that the others are using a 93sq inch
     
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  7. BreakPoint

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    "In the industry, Federer’s racket is generally considered the most challenging to handle, above all for the recreational set. Its 580-square-centimeter, or 90-square-inch, head is the smallest in use by a leading player today, although Aleksandr Dolgopolov and the rising star Grigor Dimitrov use the same model, but with a 93-square-inch head."

    I don't think that's true. I'm almost positive that Dolgopolov uses a PS 6.0 95 under his paintjob, and I thought Dimitrov uses a Tour 90. Now maybe Wilson has a 93 sq. in. version of the Tour 90 that they give to the pros, but Dolgopolov at least, isn't using it. And if it actually exists, why don't they just sell it to the public? :confused: They would sell tons of them! :)
     
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  8. The Wreck

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    They didn't go out and say that they all use paint jobs, but they did at least acknowledge that it's not the same racket you go and pick off the rack at your tennis store.

    Also thought the line that said Rafa was the least particular of the three was interesting. He strikes me by far as the most nit picky and controlling, based on all his other idiosyncrasies...
     
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    A growing debate started by and fueled by certain Nadal fans who play weekend tennis with their kids. :D
     
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  10. Nextman916

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    I picked that up as well...seem strange they mentioned 93 frames. It has to be a mistake/typo, why wouldn't anyone know of these frames...
     
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  11. Fed Kennedy

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    nytimes fact check fail...
     
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  12. roundiesee

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    Thanks for posting the article OP! I like the way they write about the latest "technology" like "basalt" and "innegra" as though Fed and Nole actually used them! :)
     
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    +1 ...............
     
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  14. Rorsach

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    Stringed? .
     
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  15. vsbabolat

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    You are exactly right. Dolgopolov uses the Pro Staff 6.0 95 while Dimitrov uses the Tour 90. Mahut uses the Blade 93 with 16x19 string pattern in Tour 90 paint job.
     
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  16. BreakPoint

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    Yes, Mahut has actually gone smaller over the years. He used to use a PS 6.0 95 under his nCode 95 paintjob.
     
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  17. martini1

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    Interesting read.

    I suppose the best selling stick for *******s is still the k90, right? There must be a million of those for stringing all the time.
     
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  18. vsbabolat

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    He started out with the Pro Staff 6.0 85 when he was the number 1 junior and won Junior Wimbledon. So he started small, went bigger, back to a smaller racquet.:)
     
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    First thing I saw too.
     
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  20. baseline_monster

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    Good article, explains and sums up the racket industry in easy terms.
     
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