Racquets of the 2008 Australian Open

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  1. Indy Tennis

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    Agustin Calleri Head Prestige Mid Microgel
    Albert Montanes Prince Ozone Pro Tour
    Alejandro Falla Babolat Pure Control
    Alun Jones Head Radical Pro Microgel
    Amer Delic Wilson KSix-One 95
    Andreas Seppi ProKennex Ki 10
    Andrei Pavel Wilson nBlade
    Andy Murray Head Radical MP Microgel
    Andy Roddick Babolat Pure Drive
    Arnaud Clement Head Prestige MP Flexpoint
    Benjamin Becker Babolat Pure Storm Tour
    Bobby Reynolds Babolat Pure Drive
    Boris Pashanski Head Prestige MP Flexpoint
    Brydan Klein Head Radical Tour Flexpoint
    Carlos Berlocq Head Prestige MP Flexpoint
    Carlos Moya Babolat Pure Drive
    Chris Guccione Wilson KPro Tour
    David Ferrer Prince Shark DB
    David Nalbandian Yonex RDS 001 MP
    Denis Gremelmayr Head Radical Pro Microgel
    Denis Istomin Tecnifibre T-Fight 320
    Diego Hartfield Wilson KSix-One 95
    Dmitry Tursunov Wilson KBlade Tour
    Donald Young Head Radical Pro Microgel
    Dudi Sela Head Prestige MP Flexpoint
    Edouard Roger-Vasselin Babolat Pure Drive
    Ernests Gulbis Head Prestige MP Microgel
    Evgeny Korolev Prince O3 Tour
    Fabio Fognini Babolat Pure Drive
    Fabrice Santoro Head Radical Tour Flexpoint
    Feliciano Lopez Wilson KPro Tour
    Fernando Gonzalez Babolat Pure Storm Tour
    Fernando Verdasco Tecnifibre T-Fight 320
    Filippo Volandri Head Prestige MP Flexpoint
    Florent Serra Babolat Pure Storm Tour
    Florian Mayer Head Prestige MP Microgel
    Frank Dancevic Volkl Tour 10 MP Gen II
    Gilles Simon Head Prestige MP Flexpoint
    Guillermo Garcia-Lopez Head Prestige MP Microgel
    Harel Levy Babolat AeroPro Drive Cortex
    Hyung-Taik Lee Head Prestige Pro Microgel
    Igor Andreev Babolat Pure Drive
    Ivan Ljubicic Head Extreme Pro Microgel
    Ivo Karlovic Head Instinct Flexpoint
    Ivo Minar Fischer M Pro Number One 98
    James Blake Dunlop Aerogel 2Hundred
    Jamie Baker Boris Becker Becker 11
    Janko Tipsarevic Tecnifibre T-Fight 320
    Jarkko Nieminen Wilson KSix-One 95
    Jesse Levine Wilson KSix-One 95
    Jiri Vanek Fischer M Pro Number One 98
    John Isner Prince O3 Speedport Pro White MP
    Jose Acasuso Head Prestige Mid Flexpoint
    Joseph Sirianni Head Radical Pro Microgel
    Jo-Wilfried Tsonga Wilson KBlade Tour
    Juan Carlos Ferrero Prince Ozone Pro Tour
    Juan Ignacio Chela Babolat Pure Control
    Juan Martin Del Potro Wilson KSix-One 95
    Juan Monaco Yonex RDS 002 Tour
    Juan Pablo Brzezicki Head Prestige MP Flexpoint
    Julien Benneteau Babolat Pure Drive
    Jurgen Melzer Head Prestige Pro Microgel
    Kevin Anderson Head Prestige MP Flexpoint
    Konstantinos Economidis Head Prestige MP Liquidmetal
    Kristof Vliegen Tecnifibre T-Fight 320
    Lleyton Hewitt Yonex RQ iS 1 Tour
    Luis Horna Babolat Pure Storm Tour
    Lukas Dlouhy Fischer M Pro Number One 98
    Lukas Lacko Wilson nSix-One 95
    Marat Safin Head Prestige Mid Microgel
    Marc Gicquel Head Prestige MP Flexpoint
    Marcel Granollers-Pujol Tecnifibre T-Fight 320
    Marcos Baghdatis Fischer M Pro Number One 98
    Mardy Fish Wilson KSix-One 95
    Mariano Zabaleta Head Prestige MP Microgel
    Marin Cilic Head Radical MP Microgel
    Martin Slanar Wilson nSix-One 95
    Martin Vassallo Arguello Prince Ozone Pro Tour
    Mathieu Montcourt Babolat Pure Drive
    Michael Berrer Wilson KSix-One 95
    Michael Llodra Wilson KPro Tour
    Michael Russell Prince Ozone Pro Tour
    Mikhail Youzhny Head Extreme Pro Microgel
    Mischa Zverev Yonex RDS 001 Mid
    Nick Lindahl Babolat Pure Drive
    Nicolas Almagro Dunlop Aerogel 5hundred Tour
    Nicolas Kiefer Wilson KSix-One 95
    Nicolas Mahut Wilson KSix-One 95
    Nicolas Massu Babolat Pure Storm Tour
    Nikolay Davydenko Prince O3 Tour
    Novak Djokovic Wilson KBlade Tour
    Olivier Patience Babolat Pure Drive
    Olivier Rochus Prince Graphite TT
    Oscar Hernandez Wilson KBlade Tour
    Paul Capdeville Head Instinct Flexpoint
    Paul-Henri Mathieu Wilson KBlade Tour
    Peter Luczak Babolat Pure Control
    Philipp Kohlschreiber Wilson KBlade Tour
    Radek Stepanek Volkl DNX 9
    Rafael Nadal Babolat AeroPro Drive Cortex
    Rainer Schuettler Head Prestige MP Microgel
    Rajeev Ram Wilson KSix-One 95
    Richard Gasquet Head Extreme Pro Microgel
    Robert Kendrick Wilson KSix-One 95
    Robert Smeets Head Radical Pro Microgel
    Robin Haase Head Prestige MP Microgel
    Roger Federer Wilson KSix-One Tour 90
    Roko Karanusic Wilson KSix-One 95
    Sam Querrey Prince O3 Hybrid Tour
    Sam Warburg Babolat Pure Storm Tour
    Santiago Ventura Prince Ozone Pro Tour
    Sebastien Grosjean Head Radical Pro Microgel
    Sergio Roitman Head Prestige MP Flexpoint
    Simone Bolelli Head Prestige Pro Microgel
    Stanislas Wawrinka Head Prestige MP Flexpoint
    Stefan Koubek Wilson nPro Open
    Steve Darcis Wilson KSix-One 95
    Thierry Ascione Wilson nBlade
    Thomas Johansson Dunlop Aerogel 3Hundred
    Tomas Berdych Dunlop Aerogel 2Hundred
    Tommy Robredo Dunlop Aerogel 3Hundred
    Victor Hanescu Head Radical Tour Flexpoint
    Viktor Troicki Prince Ozone Pro Tour
    Vincent Spadea Prince Original Graphite
    Wayne Odesnik Prince Ozone Pro Tour
    Werner Eschauer Wilson KBlade Tour
    Xavier Malisse Prince Diablo Tour
    Yen-Hsun Lu Head Extreme Pro Microgel
     
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  2. Indy Tennis

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    I did this a few years ago and it turned up all over the web.

    I thought I'd give it a go again today. It took me all day to compile. Perhaps someone can format it better for me.

    Thanks
     
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  3. psp2

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    Let's pick out the ones that are actually factual. I'd say less than 10%.
     
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  4. xshilinx

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    i see alot of paintjobs had been done.
     
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  5. TheShaun

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    thanks for putting that together, i'm sure that took you a long time to do.

    i think it should be named "racquets they appear to be using" list.
     
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  6. galain

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    There is an official stringing area at Melbourne Park where the stringers are like goldfish in a bowl and the public can look in at them at work. I had my face pressed to the glass for awhile - and while I'm not that interested in paintjobs and conspiracies, there were many many frames there that did not have real Flexpoint technology!
     
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  7. baseliner87

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    one thing that i can say is that nadal does not use cortex technology i took a couple of photos of his sticks at the open if anyone is interested please tell me ho to load them up and i will.

    i also noticed the flexipoint thing and that some of the ke factor paint jobs are PS.
     
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  8. Bogie

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    guccione - kblade tour?? he isnt even using that paint not to mention the racquet. kpro open(tour?) paint.......
    same goes for llodra- kblade??? its thickness and green paint beg to differ. (kpro....paint, pj more than likely)

    korolev and davydenko- nope, still with the o3 tour mp (not even using the new paint)

    florian mayer- where'd you come up with babolat pure storm tour? he has always been with head and is using the microgel prestige mp paint on what i believe is either a pt280 or i.prestige, dont really remember and dont feel like looking it up.

    smeets and gremelmayr are using the microgel radical pro, not the extreme pro (dont know if smeets' is a pj)

    haase- microgel prestige mp pj, not the prestige pro.

    gicquel and horna both got new paint of their prestige/pc respectively
     
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  9. Indy Tennis

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    Bogie,

    I want to thank you so much.

    You were totally correct with the exception of Horna (I checked again and he’s using a Babolat Pure Strom – picture link below).

    With Chris Guccione and Michael Llodra I just didn’t see the green on the paintjob, so I’m sure you are right, those are likely KPro PJs.

    Totally messed up Davydenko and Korolev. Thanks for the catch.

    I got Florian Mayer mixed up with Florent Serra (first names so close). Sorry it was late. Thanks for that catch too.

    I agree Robert Smeets and Denis Gremelmayr are with the Radical Pro Microgels – changed them.

    With you being so accurate I can’t explain how you missed Luis Horna. He’s clearly using a Babolat not a Head Prestige.
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    http://news.yahoo.com/nphotos/slideshow/photo//080114/483/xmel18701140939/

    I’ve made the corrections. I very much appreciate the help. I want the list to be as accurate as possible.

    As for paintjobs, I have a friend on tour and he claims there are not as many paintjobs as people think. Many are stock frames modified afterwards with weight and or different pallets. For sure some of the Prestige Flexpoints are not Flexpoints, but again I think people would be surprised how many are the real frames.

    Thanks again Bogie. You help was awesome!

    Indy
     
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  10. Indy Tennis

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    Here’s the count:

    Head wins!

    Head is being used by 41 players (a full third of the Men’s field). The last time I did this (the 2006 Australian Open) Head was still the top maker, but with only 37 players, so they’ve gone up quite a bit.

    Congratulations Head!

    Babolat dropped from second in ’06 to third this year behind Wilson. I think several Babolat Pure Drive players moved to Head’s Extreme Pro and that hurt them a bit.

    Rounding out the Big Four is Prince with 15 players (up from 13 in 2006).

    Head 41
    Wilson 29
    Babolat 21
    Prince 15
    Dunlop 5
    Tecnifibre 5
    Fischer 4
    Yonex 4
    Volkl 2
    Becker 1
    ProKennex 1


    The top dogs outside the Big Four are Dunlop and Tecnifibre with five players each.

    Only two players are using my beloved Volkl (three if you count the Becker frame).

    There are 11 manufactures represented this year down from 12 in 2006. Kneissl and Slazenger are off the list now and Becker is new to the list.
     
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  11. babolatking

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    thanks for the hard working post two ?--
    Isner-Is it the real deal??-customized?
    Felicano Lopez-Thought he was using a ktour pj
     
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  12. Indy Tennis

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    Isner - real deal
    Lopez - KPro Tour

    Thanks
     
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  13. McLovin

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    I'd almost bet that Yonex and Prince end up in the top 3 for the women.
     
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  14. psp2

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    Lopez is not using the KPro Tour. 19 crosses, not 20.

    [​IMG]

    Looks like a pj of his old NPro.
     
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  15. Bronc10is

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    are you sure that fernando and massu are using the pure storm tour paintjob? i thought i saw the orange.
     
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  16. Indy Tennis

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    I just find it amazing that Head has such a large percentage of players.

    A third of the field in a Grand Slam!

    That has to be some sort of record.

    I wonder if anyone kept track of the racquets pros used at Slams over the years?
     
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  17. Bogie

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    just to clarify, notice how i said gicquel and horna prestige/pc respectively, meaning gicquel's prestige and horna's pc. pc= pure control which is the exact same mold as the pure storm and the babolat pros get their sticks customized to their specs anyway so you can call it either a pc or a ps.

    o and denis istomin has apparently switched to a tecnifibre stick and is no longer using his flexpoints.
     
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  18. tennis23

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    Players Raquests

    I put togther the list of players and filtered them so, you can click on a brand, such as Head as see all the pro's using them etc.

    Agustin Calleri Head Prestige Mid Microgel
    Ernests Gulbis Head Prestige MP Microgel
    Florian Mayer Head Prestige MP Microgel
    Guillermo ````````Head Prestige MP Microgel
    Hyung-TaikLee Head Prestige Pro Microgel
    Jurgen Melzer Head Prestige Pro Microgel
    Marat Safin Head Prestige Mid Microgel
    Mariano Zabaleta Head Prestige MP Microgel
    Rainer SchuettlerHead Prestige MP Microgel
    Robin Haase Head Prestige MP Microgel
    Simone Bolelli Head Prestige Pro Microgel


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    Arnaud Clement Head Prestige MP Flexpoint
    Boris PashanskiHead Prestige MP Flexpoint
    Carlos Berlocq Head Prestige MP Flexpoint
    Dudi Sela Head Prestige MP Flexpoint
    Filippo Volandri Head Prestige MP Flexpoint
    Gilles Simon Head Prestige MP Flexpoint
    Jose Acasuso Head Prestige Mid Flexpoint
    Kevin Anderson Head Prestige MP Flexpoint
    Marc Gicquel Head Prestige MP Flexpoint
    Sergio Roitman Head Prestige MP Flexpoint
    Stanislas Wawrinka Head Prestige MP Flexpoint
     
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  19. tzinc

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    Care to do a woman's list LOL
     
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  20. Indy Tennis

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    Bogie,

    You are the man! Racquet expert of the pros!

    I noticed Istomin had switched to Tecnifibre when he played Hewitt. He must have done that just before the tournament.
     
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  21. Bogie

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    ya, im glad tecnifibre picked up a hard working guy like denis. i remember when he went through the asian championships, and he won the whole tournament and thus got a wildcard into the aussie main draw only to play fed first round. he also wasnt really sponsored by head at the time and was paying for his own sticks(fxp rads) that were beat to hell by the time he played fed. he's just one of those guys who works extrmely hard and doesnt get anything for free, and has to work for every ranking point. good to see him playing better, he gave lleyton a real scare for the first 3 sets there.
     
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  22. CGMemphis

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    photobucket.com

    or

    imageshack.com

    or email it to me and I will be glad to upload it for you.
     
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  23. Mace

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    Lol. If the manufacturers put racquets weighing a pound on the shelves no one would buy them. So they give us realistic racquets. Big deal.

    Also, the average person knows nothing about physics. There are actually people who believe that Prince's O3 technology has some benefit at all. But the players don't buy it. The best technology is an old flat beam with egg shaped head like the Prestige and 90% of the players have this type of flat beam 18-20mm racquet. Money and sponsorship is not enough to play with a silly racquet with holes in it IMO.
     
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  24. LPShanet

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    Actually, they're both using stock PC+'s with PS paint jobs and weight/balance customization after. The Babolat pros don't get custom layups or molds, they do mostly aftermarket work.
     
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  25. Japie

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    Haase was in a dutch TV show (Holland Sport) this evening.
    He said that he's playing with a paintjob.
    He explains that he's using a 20 year old (painted) Head frame, just like Goran Ivanisevic did.

    He also said he beat Ljubicic in the 1st round last week with a broken racket:) (3rd and 4th set...).
     
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  26. D.  Nelson

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    Real Value In These Threads !!

    ....see....the 2 posts above that actually CONTRIBUTED something...were actually entertaining TOO !!! Now...shut up and...SERVE !!! :)
     
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  27. snoopy

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    Last night on espn, Cahill said that he thinks part of the reason for Ljubicic's decline is due to switching to a new racquet. He said that Ljubicic almost had to switch b/c Head gave Lubi a deal tht would take care of him long after he retires from tennis.
     
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  28. goober

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    Is David Ferrer really using a Prince Shark DB?
     
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  29. Mace

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    You think he would want a contract but I believe he is prevented from a new contract because he has to have the double bridge and that would be visible even with a PJ. I suspect he is playing with the old flat beam double bridge classic from years ago. That was a true player's frame. I don't remember the model but it has been around a long time.
     
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  30. swedechris

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    pavels nblade

    does anyone know if its for real.. looks a bit strange in its shape to me to be an nblade mp..
    he was with fischer for a long time .. could it be a pj ?
     
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  31. hoodjem

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    I watched Llodra (play doubles) and his supposed stick: "Michael Llodra Wilson KPro Tour"

    So do you think it's really a KPro Tour?

    Anyone hit with one yet?
     
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  32. Gasquetrules

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    Gasquet still using Liquid Metal Instinct XL Pro.... ?

    I've seen pictures of Gasquet's "Head Microgel Extreme Pro", and it's very obvious that it's the same Liquid Metal Instinct XL Pro that he has used for the previous few years. Just has the new paint job and decals, but the frame is clearly the Instinct XL Pro.

    Also, I read his bio on Wikepedia, and the writer confirms this.


    Was watching a recording of a recent Tommy Hass vs. Youzhny match. They had a closeup on his racquet, which I froze and counted the strings: 18 X 20 string pattern, which told me that it was probably a Dunlop 200 G painted to look like the 300 G. ... Or 200 Aerogel vs. the 300 Aerogel, or whatever Dunlop is calling their frames these days.

    I'd always wondered how a player of Hass's ability who has always used a full-weighted frame could play with something as light as a 300 G. Unless they took a 300 G frame and drilled it for the more dense 200 G string pattern, which I doubt. Also, the frame looked a bit too thin for the 300.

    This is odd. You would think that Dunlop would prefer to have Hass playing with the 200G, since he has always played with the full-weighted "pro" frames by Dunlop in the past.
     
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  33. racquet_jedi

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    Technically, Gasquet's racquet is called the Head LM Instinct Tour XL...

    Just wanted to get that in, hope you don't mind :wink:...

    Did the Tour XL have the same string pattern as the normal Instinct, or does it have 16 mains?
     
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  34. Fuzzy10sBalls

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    Vincent Spadea Prince Original Graphite = real deal, and G.O.A.T racquet
     
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  35. Jonny S&V

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    No, I think he still uses a More Control MP with a PJ.
     
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  36. Gasquetrules

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    You are correct with the nomenclature. Thanks. I own about four of them. I don't play my best tennis with them... but hey, I'm a Gasquet fan.

    The string pattern is 16 mains on the Tour XL and 18 mains on the regular Instinct. Not sure about the number of crosses. Probably 16 X 19 vs. 18 X 20. But the Tour model is indeed heavier, about 11.8 ounces... an even 12 if you add an overgrip and string dampener... and because of the extra length it has a fairly high swingweight. It's no "tweener" racquet. I find it heavier and bulkier to swing than your typical 12 ounce 27-inch "player's stick." You really need to be pretty strong to use the XL Tour Instinct. But it does have a lot of power. I can see how Gasquet can rally so well from 15 feet behind the baseline and even bust winners from there with this stick.
     
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  37. Bogie

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    he's using a 28 in. tt warrior.....
     
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