Please explain Del Petro's Racquet Situation

Discussion in 'Pros' Racquets and Gear' started by REKX, Feb 1, 2014.

  1. REKX

    REKX Rookie

    Joined:
    Dec 4, 2013
    Messages:
    219
    From my experience and understanding, the strings and tension make most of the difference, frames are generally always constructed solid.

    Of course we know most of the pro's have customised racquets, although companies like Wilson release new racquets every so often, the ones they give the pro's are just paint jobs for marketing reasons. Wilson must know exactly the racquet Del Potro uses, it will be in their 'secret' directory along with all the others. Federer has been using the same racquet for like 10 years, Wilson provided exactly what he needed. Federer would not want to change his game to match a new racquet, and this applies to all the Pro's who regularly receive new racquets.

    Sure this is all in Del Potro's mind? Otherwise every time a pro received a racquet their game would have suffered?

    The man has a excellent forehand, hard and low, and efficient backhand, he is one of the best base liners and very good mover for his size. Using a 5 year old frame and coming to 5 set matches with 2 racquets, surely he is not doing himself favours.

    Cmon delpo sort it out.
     
    #1
  2. degrease

    degrease Rookie

    Joined:
    Oct 12, 2013
    Messages:
    218
    As a racket gets older the graphite or whatever "softens" giving it a different feel. James blake also had this problem. I think i read del potro using an old k factor but giving him new ones dont feel the same. Pro's have very sensitive feel so minimal changes they can register
     
    #2
  3. HRB

    HRB Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Apr 3, 2011
    Messages:
    1,530
    Mental and superstitious....all in his head, and besides if he was willing to give an PT57a a chance it'd be so much easier on his wrist...hell even Wilsons H22 knockoff of the Head! I love me the 6.1's but with a wrist issue...not the best choice.
     
    #3
  4. strive

    strive New User

    Joined:
    Sep 22, 2013
    Messages:
    12
    Even though he has been using his old racquets that he perceives softer, he is having another wrist injury. He should put his doubts on stiffer new racquets at rest.
     
    #4
  5. Say Chi Sin Lo

    Say Chi Sin Lo Legend

    Joined:
    Aug 30, 2005
    Messages:
    9,253
    I think he wanted to stick with the exact setup that won him the US Open, even down to the paintjob. Haha
     
    #5
  6. Seth

    Seth Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Nov 13, 2009
    Messages:
    2,422
    Location:
    Sarasota, FL
    Del Petrol.
     
    #6
  7. Lukhas

    Lukhas Legend

    Joined:
    Apr 3, 2013
    Messages:
    6,585
    Location:
    France
    They did produce some; same specs, same PJ, smae vib' dampener. Just search some of the threads on the matter. "It doesn't feel the same" was his answer. Maybe if they put it in a machine to wear it out prematurily, who knows?
     
    #7
  8. BreakPoint

    BreakPoint Bionic Poster

    Joined:
    Feb 18, 2004
    Messages:
    43,687
    Del Potro never used a K-Factor. It's a paintjob. He uses the old ProStaff 6.1 Classic underneath the paintjob. A racquet which came out in 1991. Wilson hasn't made them in a very, very long time, which is probably why Del Potro can't get any more.
     
    #8
  9. Silent

    Silent Semi-Pro

    Joined:
    May 6, 2007
    Messages:
    799
    It's very simple for Del Potro.

    Either he changes his racquet, or he changes his career.

    As soon as he understands that, he will be at peace.
     
    #9
  10. ENJOY TENNIS

    ENJOY TENNIS Rookie

    Joined:
    Jul 24, 2012
    Messages:
    100


    Good point
     
    #10
  11. REKX

    REKX Rookie

    Joined:
    Dec 4, 2013
    Messages:
    219
    I still dont see how this is a 'problem', if it were true then many pro's would suffer from this issue.
     
    #11
  12. REKX

    REKX Rookie

    Joined:
    Dec 4, 2013
    Messages:
    219
    Wilson do not make any racquets that proffesionals use as they are all custom made.

    Players wont just 'switch' to different racquets when Wilson decide to bring out a new line for business and marketing reasons, it does not work like that. Players like a certain frame and their companies ensure they are getting it.

    Ask the players on these forums, most including my self play with a certain racquet with certain strings and tension, we do not change because it is what we are comfortable with and works best for our technique. You cannot expect Pro's to change, unless is major like what Federer has done recently.
     
    #12
  13. aer0pr0

    aer0pr0 Rookie

    Joined:
    May 10, 2013
    Messages:
    109
    i have two prostaff 95 6.1classic... maybe he wants to buy them:p del potro if you are reading this PM me :D hehehehe


    its strange how that crazy ******* plays with such a old school racket and never changed it...its time

    i really cant imagine a PRO having only two frames.. but my question is: three or 4 months ago he still had 4 frames!! what happened to the other 2 lol??
     
    #13
  14. BreakPoint

    BreakPoint Bionic Poster

    Joined:
    Feb 18, 2004
    Messages:
    43,687
    Of course Wilson makes the racquets that the pros use. No, Wilson does not usually make custom racquets for the pros unless they are planning to come out with a new model or if the racquet does not fit their current line-up. Wilson makes the stock racquets and then AFTERWARDS, they may be customized by racquet customizers like Priority One or **** or by the players themselves.

    Just because a model is no longer sold at retail does not mean that Wilson does not make that racquet. They still make the stock old models for some pros with new paintjobs on them but you cannot buy them at retail because Wilson only wants to sell the new models to the general public and not the old models that are out-of-date but still loved by the pros.

    Just because a racquet is an old model does not make it a custom racquet.
     
    #14
  15. Amphor

    Amphor New User

    Joined:
    Aug 2, 2013
    Messages:
    13
    And i have always wondered why his racket doesn't look quite the same as K-factors Fed used (not saying that they weren't paintjobs either)...
     
    #15
  16. McLovin

    McLovin Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Jun 2, 2007
    Messages:
    3,245
    That's because they used completely different frames. Del Potro the Pro Staff Classic 6.1 mold (95 sq in, 22mm beam width), Fed the Pro Staff Original (85 or 88 sq in...can't remember, 17mm beam width).
     
    #16
  17. Amphor

    Amphor New User

    Joined:
    Aug 2, 2013
    Messages:
    13
    It was quite the rhetorical question, by the way
     
    #17
  18. McLovin

    McLovin Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Jun 2, 2007
    Messages:
    3,245
    Sorry about that. It is sometimes hard to tell who is kidding and who is serious.
     
    #18
  19. WARPWOODIE

    WARPWOODIE Rookie

    Joined:
    Apr 9, 2009
    Messages:
    369
    Boy o' boy...I recently acquired two the racquets below from a second hand store at $5.95 each! I would rate the condition as being 7/8 out of 10. I know he is short on racquets, I'm wondering if he will take mines ;-)

    http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/Wil..._16x18/descpageRCWILSON-WPVR61.html?from=this

    Also, I noticed that Del Potro is not currently in this website's (tennis warehouse) Wilson Player Profile. Is this because he is not using a current model? Just one of those hmmm??...what's going on moments.
     
    #19
  20. Amphor

    Amphor New User

    Joined:
    Aug 2, 2013
    Messages:
    13
    #20

Share This Page