Paintjob Conspiracies

Discussion in 'General Pro Player Discussion' started by iradical18, May 22, 2004.

  1. iradical18

    iradical18 Professional

    Mar 16, 2004
    Lorton, VA
    Everytime a major player changes racquets, we always see the argument about paintjobs. Recently, Roger Federer has switched from the Tour 90, to the nSixOne, now what i want to kno, is there any validity whatsoever to this argument?? Personally, evertime i hear it, it sounds like people just have way too much time on their hands, anyway lemme hear what you think!
  2. Excellounge

    Excellounge New User

    Feb 21, 2004
    Maybe people are a bit into this. But isn't it nice to know what the exact numbers are? But some players let us believe that they are using racquets that doesn't seem to suit a pro player game. For instance, Seles 'used' the Yonex Ultimum 2000. That stick is so light, do you really think she was using such a racquet?? So there is some validity there I guess. Sometimes you also see posts of people that strung at tournaments and they post the specs here. But true that we cannot get real proof of their measurements of course.
  3. Richie Rich

    Richie Rich Legend

    Feb 24, 2004
    I find it very hard to beleive that the top mens players change their racquets every time a new model comes out. I've spoken to a few people who string at the grand slams and they told me most are paintjobs, especially the guys "using" the LM prestiges (most use the prestige classic or version of it), LM radicals, NXG's (most use the pog 100 longbody or pog OS), and of course the tour mold 300g Dunlops. Even most players using the Babolat Pure Drive are using the older version without the woofer. Most guys that use the Pure Control are playing with the older heavier 2001 version.

    Take a close look at Ferrero's NXG and you'll see grommets when the NXG is supposed to be a grommetless frame. There was also a picture on here a while back of Safins i.prestige being strung and it showed the fake painted intellifibres on the frame. You have to look really hard to see the difference as the painted frames look so real. Next time you go to a ATP tournament and can get close to an outside court, take a close look at the racquets and you'll be able to tell they are paintjobs.

    That said, sometimes it's very hard to get away with using a paintjob if you are using a racquet that is unique like the new Volkl v-engine series - so I think that some pros do change racquets, just not as often as new models appear on store shelves.

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