Pics of Nadal's Racquet

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  1. vbranis

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    I managed to get some pics of Nadal's stick at the IW stringing room.

    His strings are labeled as Babolat Pro Hurricane Tour Nadal, 15L. It is more likely an older, discontinued string, although I'm not sure what (Some have said that it is Kirschbaum). Anyway, the tension is 25 kilos, and his grip size is indeed 2.

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  2. zidane339

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    Awesome pics!!!

    Thats babolat duralast!

    And you can tell the cortex is painted on!
     
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  3. OliverSimon

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    thanks for the pics man!
     
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  4. OliverSimon

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    haha fake hurricanes!
     
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  5. OliverSimon

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    and 15 gauge wow!!
     
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  6. vtc

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    From far away the cortex really does look real. Thanks for confirming it is just a paint job for me.
     
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  7. The Don

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    HOLY ****!!! Damn good eye whoever noticed that Cortex was painted. I didnt even noticed aha it looks so real from far distance. but hmm you think he really is using that Aero pro drive? or maybe he's using his older racquet the one he used in like 06 but with a apdc paint job? idk you guys think so? just curious. but thanks for the pics :D:)
     
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  8. iplaybetter

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    the stringers thought otherwise but its up to you....
     
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  9. saram

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    He's using Duralast and a PJ of the APDC. He's using the APD. There are about a thousand threads on the matter....
     
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  10. iplaybetter

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    im just sharing what the stringers said, its up to you if you want to believe them and thus me or not
     
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  11. SFrazeur

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    You put the man's racquet on the floor with an clean, white overgrip?!

    Dude, that's cold.

    -SF
     
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  12. velkov

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    grip size 2 ????? are you sure ??? any overgrip ??
     
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    Babolat Aero Pro Drive Cortex PJ
    Babolat Pro Hurricane Tour PJ
    Nike Air Court Ballistec PJ

    oooohh Rafa :roll:
     
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  14. Bolivian Ace

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    That's really funny!!!! What's next??? PJ Bandana?????:)
     
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  15. alextennis0805

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    and he uses lead tape under the grommet
     
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  16. madmanfool

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    No weight or balance?
     
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  17. vbranis

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    Yes, 100% sure. He does use an overgrip.

    Well, he won the tournament afterwards, didn't he? 6-1, 6-2, no less. I don't see a problem.:)

    Plus, I couldn't find any red velvet carpets, royal pillows, or wool rugs.
     
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  18. kimbahpnam

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    and wouldn't it be only the towards the butt of the handle that would touch the floor because it protrudes outward?
     
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  19. penguyen17

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    Ooooh... So thats where Nadal's racket went off to when he sent it to be restrung during his match with Roddick and it was missing for a while.

    Haha. Just Kidding
     
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  20. tomas9848

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    thats pretty awesome you got to go in there.
     
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  21. imalil2gangsta4u

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    Very nice pics of all the rackets. Did you get anyone elses?
     
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  22. vbranis

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    No, it's pretty crowded in there, not much time or space to take pics, but I do have the stringing info for most of the players there. I can take requests, just let me know and I'll post back.
     
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  23. betovanbuuren

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    Put all of them that you have
     
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  24. Morrissey

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    There's a bunch of threads on Nadal's racquet and strings. We've had past stringers post pics of his equipment before this one and he does use Babolat Duralast 15g and a painted Aeropro Drive without Cortex. But hey, that's just my opinion and practically everyone else's in here.
     
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  25. vbranis

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    :idea: All right, I'll try to put up the complete list sometime this week.
     
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    thanks a bunch :D
     
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  27. jcstennis

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    looks like the overgrip is wrapped for a righty not lefty. ;)
     
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  28. cork_screw

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    Did you recall if that yellow cortex "v" that is the cortex painted on or is it actually "raised" and physically there?
     
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  29. iplaybetter

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    just paint, not raised at all


    it was mine as well, and i talked to the stringers about and asked if it was duralast and they said they thought it was kirshbaum and yes they know what duralast is and is like and yes either way the reel says pro huricane nadal
     
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  30. featherlight

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    are u a stringer
     
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    Thanks :) buddy
     
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  32. Rickson

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    Nadal really takes that small a grip size?
     
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  33. The Don

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    I know huh? pretty crazy isn't it? i feel whenever i use a small grip size i have more feel for the racquet. but i dont use a small grip size
     
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  34. ronalditop

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    with such a small grip, his racquet would be very unestable and twist a lot if it wasnt for the big amount of lead he puts on the racquet head.
     
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  35. Rickson

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    A number 2 is female size though.
     
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  36. kimbahpnam

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    Not my number 2s......

    a little poo joke there. :)
     
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  37. jackcrawford

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    Yeah, he's got a "tweener racquet" and a "female" grip. The real men are the country club and public park dudes with Pro Staff 88s and 4 5/8 grips who, despite having a robust fantasy tennis life, are not # 1 on the ATP World tour.
     
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  38. stoble

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    Any idea how many overgrips? It doesn't look that small in the photos.
     
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  39. LeftySpin

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    nice nice, those are duralast and the cortex is painted on, im surprised that he is still using an older racquet
     
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  40. Blade0324

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    I'm surprised so many here are shocked at the small size of his grip. It has been discussed before pretty often. I know I use a size 2, not because Nadal does but because a small grip feels much better to me. I have pretty good size hands for my height 5'11" and by measuring should use a #4 but when I have tried grips this size I feel like a caveman swinging a club. Oh well different strokes I guess.
     
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  41. kashgotmoney

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    Just play with whatever you feel comfortable with. thats what i do and i feel cmftble with a 3/8 but according to the measurements, i should be a 1/2
     
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  42. lemoneatrz

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    does everything else look like the old APD? how is the weight?
     
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  43. vbranis

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    Everything I saw indicates that he's playing with the old AeroPro (the fake cortex really gave it away). I didn't check the weight.

    BTW, I haven't forgotten about this, I just haven't had the time to dig up all the stuff. Eventually, I will put it up.:)
     
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  44. pham4313

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    please do :), as we are still waiting
     
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  45. DunlopDood

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    I've said it before, and I'll say it again! That is one ugly racquet, it looks like a toy and why is the throat so bulbous?
     
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  46. Fedace

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    Grip size 2 ?? does he have baby hands ?? how does he keep it from twisting in his hands from all those power shots.?
     
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  47. RFtennis

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    awesome pics
    good job getting them..
     
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  48. jms007

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    A Babolat nr.2 grip feels like a nr. 3 compared to most other racquets. So I don't think it's that weird that Nadal would use a 2.
     
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  49. gymrat76

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    ^ Even so, nadal's true size will not be a 3.

    Not only Nadal but so many top spin oriented pros are using way smaller grips than the traditional "thumb bet. palm and fingers". played with an atp pro friend's becker 11 pjed dnx 10 mp sticks. he is 6'3'', sticks are size 2, no repl grip, only a tournagrip over pallet. feels so nimble to play with. tho not my cup of tea as i am not used to it..
     
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  50. dincuss

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    He has a size 2, Babolats is bigger than regular size 2 and he also puts on two overgrips.

    This has been discussed numerous times.
     
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