PHOTOS of FEDERER's personal PROSTAFF TOUR 90 from MAY 2003

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    Firstly I apologise for borrowing this image, it is the best one I could quickly find showing this. It shows Federer in Rome in May 2003, using the same racket as mine. Some, but not all, of Federer's rackets in Rome had small amounts of lead at 11 and 1 o'clock near the top of the hoop of the racket, one small lead strip on one side and one on the other, as can be seen below.

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    Incidently there is no lead tape actually under the bumper.
     
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    He didn't seem to use that much lead back then but now he uses a lot (as seen from the photos provided by P1). I'm curious as to what dictated the switch.
     
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    You are right in that the racket above has about 0.5g near the top, whereas his custom K90's sometimes had about 3g under the bumper (at least in some tournaments). But don't forget he was only using the exact racket above for one month (May 2003), it is different to his custom K90. Also all his rackets that year appeared to have had quite a lot of lead in the throat (the lead was removed from my racket, you can see the marks there, photo to follow).
     
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    Hi, I sent you a message, but havn't heard back yet. It would be great to see a photo of the side view including the grommet channel please!
     
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    Here is a photo showing the outline of where the lead tape was in the throat, after it was removed. There was exactly 4" of 1/2 inch lead tape on both sides of the inside of the throat, so that would weigh a total of about 4g (0.5g x 8").

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    Hi, really hope you send the photos of the grommet channel at some point, would be great to compare to mine.

    Also thanks very much for measuring the weight and swingweight of your racket, could you please measure the balance point and post it here?

    Really hope to hear back, thanks very much in advance.
     
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    Its amazing how Wilson can come up with such amazing cosmetics like this but only for the Japanese market or they never are officially released but then end up selling some of the worst looking rackets to come out in a while to the rest of the world. Sick paintjob, one of the best looking rackets I've ever seen.
     
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    Yeah, I think that's the best Wilson paintjob ever. They should use that as the next ProStaff paint job. Kicks butt over the bloody q-tip.
     
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    haha bloody q-tip is a good nickname for them. The Wilson Blade looks pretty cool, all black with a bit of grey/silver but those 6.1's.....no comment.
     
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    Hi, thanks very much for posting these photos here, superb:)

    These look exactly like the rackets Federer used between June 2003-May2004, they are different to mine that Federer used in May2003, as yours have the 4 string holes in the PWS, and the shorter grip.

    Are they actually your rackets? Please tell us what you know about them.
     
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    I just checked Wilson Japan's website. They sell many many more rackets than in the US. Steam Pro 95 (Nishikori's real racket), Steam 95, different juice 100 and 100L paint jobs, blade 101L, etc. Plus they get the Nishikori pro stock every new generation (k factor, blx, and steam pro). They also sell Kei's Premier Choice (which is same as Federer's champion's choice except with 4G instead of ALU Rough.)
     
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    Hi Jimbo, thanks to you for starting this thread!

    You are right, they are from Federer personal batch made for the period June 2003-May 2004.
    They are uncustomized and never strung/used. No traces of lead in the throat or on the head.
    If you pay attention you will notice that there is a little difference in length between the handles of the two frames even if they are all grip L3. One is similar to the handle of the K90/BLX90 the other is shorter and is more similar to the old PS 6.0 used during 1998-2001. Maybe Federer was testing different solutions at that time...
     
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    This is an awesome thread!
     
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