Racquet broke during string job, is this an age related thing?

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  1. Fr3nch

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    The racquet in question is about 10 years old (Dunlop 300g hotmelt) and has been restrung A LOT. I played sectional and national tournaments as a junior so this racquet was getting restrung more than twice a month for 4 years and about once every 2 months for 6 years. I am a power player and hit the ball hard (serves in the 120's). So my question is: could this be a fatigue crack? Or should I confront the shop that did the stringing?

    BTW I don't abuse my racquets, they look bran new.
     
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  2. ATP100

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    Pictures?

    Where did it break?
     
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  3. zapvor

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    yea post pics!
     
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    Snap. Our hotmelts if you bought new would be about same age. My hotmelt 300g collapsed at the top (at about position of 11) about 6 months ago. During a match. So I would say it is age, and the stringing shop has nothing to answer.
     
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  5. Fr3nch

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    Here are pics!


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  6. bertrevert

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    French - those pictures show a break exactly like mine. It's collapsed inwards just showing the structural integrity has gone. I would say it was just age, and wear - especially given your description of your play.

    Mine happened during a hard fought match and I was really annoyed as I lost the feel of the racq towards a very close finish - in a match which I lost. In this loss I felt justified to... yes, blame the racquet! :)
     
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  7. Fr3nch

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    Thanks for the input. I am pretty excited about getting new sticks now!
    What did you replace your 300g with?
     
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  8. SteveI

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    The Bio 300 is, I am told the best match in the Dunlop line.
     
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  9. Rock Strongo

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    I say viking burial! Or if you're wondering, set it on fire, then smash it.
     
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  10. gramdacious

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    now reduced to a Dunlop Hot Mess. Sounds like you got your money's worth out of that baby though.
     
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  11. Lambo

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    for sures sounds like structural fatigue.
     
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