Pete Sampras racket?

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  1. shaneno

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    Pete Sampras racket? Is he using the Wilson blade 98. The new one? It look like it. Watching the power shares series. His racket look like the new blade.
     
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  2. Tagg

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    doesn't he use a babolat pure drive these days?

    might well be a blacked out wilson mind

    but from the exos and senior tournies i remember, he was using a babolat these days
     
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    why can i not edit messages?

    it's bloody annoying

    EDIT: is this a series on youtube? do you have a link?
     
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    I think you can edit after 70 posts, or something like that. (Yes, it is annoying.)
     
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    Yes in the senior events this past fall he was using an all black new Blade 98 -

    In L.A. At the same time working out he had some of the new BLX Blades as well.......I'm sure some of the folks on these boards that frequent the shop he drops by at fairly often in Westwood can confirm.
     
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    Does Pete still have contract with Wilson and is obligated to use Wilson frames ?:confused:
     
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  7. gavna

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    He had a "lifetime" agreement with Wilson but really who knows exactly what the terms are. He was using a Pure Storm Tour since 2009/2010 and then a Blacked Out one for over a year.
     
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  8. shaneno

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    Yes i saw pete practicing with the babolat, but the image of the babolat doesn't seem to match the black out racket he using. The head size is total different shapes. and also the bottom of the grommet is not the same at all.

    http://cdn.c.photoshelter.com/img-get/I0000DzU6JPE2aQ8/s/880/880/CBH12101719-2012PowerSharesQQQChallenge.jpg

    http://www.tennispanorama.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/Day-3-Sampras-v-Chang-exhibition-3-522x450.jpg


     
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  9. Top Jimmy

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    He was hitting with some girl, forgot her name, on a link from TW's facebook page and if I'm not mistaken (could be) his racket was like octagon shaped. I can't get to FB at work so I can't provide the link.
     
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    He shoukd just revert to that old PS85 and make his opponents cry themselves to sleep that they couldn't beat him with their monkey stick Babolats.
     
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  11. gavna

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    There were a bunch of pics from the late summer when he had a workout with Bartoli......she and TW posted quite a few pics..... He was using his blacked out Babolat

    More recently Sampras and Lendl showed up at a club outside Boston and in some of the photos Lendl has his funky Bosworth stick (white one) and Pete had what is clearly the handle and edges of the new Blade of course all blacked out.
     
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  12. sandiegoman

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    Do you think he blacks out the racquet himself or the company does it for him?
     
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  13. gavna

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    Since he still works with Nate and his group I'm sure they do all the work up for him.
     
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