Sampras goes to Babolat! (pics incl.)

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  1. Texastennis

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    Wilson aren't doing a good job of holding on to these legacy players - Graf also switched (to Head).
     
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  2. Gorecki

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    not that this whole post is less pretentious than those who claim to "need" mid frames...

    but hey... judgemental is as judgemental sees!

    I just find certain things funny
     
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  3. Nanshiki

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    Notice the frame is still heavily leaded up... probably a custom handle too.
     
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  5. baseline_monster

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    At the end of the day the PSTGT is a proper players stick. I have mine with leather grips and that bit of weight is felt, there not a girls stick. If the guy feels good with it, its not about money, he;s doing whats right for him and not one person on here knows better than him. Its a joke when idiots say his game will suffer, what the hell do you know that one of the best players in the open era does not!?
     
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  6. slice bh compliment

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    Good point. Must not matter much to Wilson. ANyway, in my mind I think Graf, I think Dunlop Max 200g....not that weak 7.5 Wilson.

    By the way, I'm sure Wilson does makes perfectly reasonable frames aimed at the aging elite player: theK-blade tour, 6.1 95..KPS88, whatever....something custom for Pete.... but they all do not feel as good as the heavier Storm series frames: AST, PST and PSLtd. Nice combination of classic specs, maneuverability, control and power. They take powerful sticks and make them feel good. I used to make fun of the Woofer system, but there's probably something to it.

    Allez Pete!
     
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  7. dincuss

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    Personally if I was Pete's age, I wouldn't want to be using a KPS88, I'd rather go for something lighter and easier to use.....
     
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  8. Fedaver

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    I bet Pete is using a VS gut 17 (mains) and RPM blast 17 (crosses) comfort hybrid combo at 73-75 lbs. in his new Babolats. Last I checked he used a VS gut 17 (mains) and Luxilon Rough 16L (crosses) combo in a comfort hybrid at 73 lbs. in his K prostaffs. This sudden switch in frames is a total shocker!
     
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  9. Ultra2HolyGrail

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    He's retired from the pro tour. He won ALL of his majors with a 85in racquet. It's pure speculation that he would of been just as good with a babolat. Don't forget federer still uses a 90in.

    Time to dump those antiques :)
     
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  10. Fedaver

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    Federer would be better on the backhand side with a larger frame, he might still use a 90 sq. inch but it affects him on high balls, especially on clay! He shanks it several times off the backhand whenever he plays on clay. He'd be better off using 95 sq. inch frame like the Prostaff 6.0 95!
     
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  11. marosmith

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    I am sure it is customized to the exact same swingweight as his old stick, and the same stringbed stiffness he was using as well. Just more headsize and power. I don't think he'll ever use a Head because he is accustomed to stiff frames.
     
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  12. marosmith

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    I dissagree, I think the small headsize is easier on the bh.
     
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  13. Nanshiki

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    Federer is 28. Sampras is almost 39. If it wasn't for the desire for more power, Sampras probably would have stayed with the KPS88.
     
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  14. marosmith

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    I think it is more about experimentation with feel and increased forgiveness then power.
     
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  15. jcstennis

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    man oh man!... those pics/vids of pete... too weird!

    i'm a year younger than pete and have watched him for over 20 years with a Wilson. looks so strange... imagine Jordan wearing adidas.

    still as weird as it looks, maybe we could see a new "pete" racquet developing in the near future? interesting
     
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  16. Ultra2HolyGrail

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    Nobody knows why he switched and nobody should really care unless it affects there choice in racquet they play with. It's downright silly to play with a racquet because your favorite pro plays with one. People should use what they play best with. I've used widebodys like the wilson profile and i didn't care what anyone thought.

    The only people that are affected by this are the ones who choose to play what there favorite pro plays and are devastated, and feel betrayed by sampras's choice in not just a different racquet, but a Babolat. :shock:
     
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  17. slice bh compliment

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    Truth^

    I'd laugh so hard if for whatever reason Roddick and Rafa switched back to Prince(ss).
     
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  18. ClubHoUno

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    This is freakin' AMESOME !!!!!!

    Pete playing with a customized version of my favorite frame for the last 2 years......that guy knows what he needs at his tender age :twisted:

    The Pure Storm Tour GT is an awesome players racquet - great control, great power, great feel and nice touch :D

    Once again I play with the same racquet as Pistol Pete :p

    Babolat here we come !!!!!!!!
     
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  19. logicflawed

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    even pete's joined the babolat alliance! good to see, i've played babs for the last 8 years and love them!
     
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  20. SFrazeur

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    I can see a KPS 88 user liking the PST. The muted plush feel of the KPS 88 reminded me of the PST I hit with before.

    -SF
     
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  21. Ultra2HolyGrail

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  22. logicflawed

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    well done holygrail! :)
     
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  23. BobFL

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    I like this photo! Lacoste and Babolat :) It must be Roddick's bad influence ;)
     
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  24. cy1126dragonamul

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    anyone here, whoever's a big sampras fan, currently using
    k prostaff 88, planning on changing to BABOLAT pure storm tour?

    just wondering....
     
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  25. Jimmilson

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    I completely agree with you. I moved from an Babolat Aero Pro Drive Cortex to the Wilson Six One Tour BLX and it vastly improved my backhand. It just felt like my swing was so much smoother. If I find that I middle the ball enough to handle a Six One Tour then I don't think Federer would find any benefits in a larger head size.
     
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  26. mawashi

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    Doesn't really surprise me cus Chang, Kafelnikov n quite a few other champions have changed to babs already so why not the king himself : )
     
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  27. VGP

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    Sampras did say when he started back playing that he needed to use an "old man's" racket. Now that he's even older.....

    I'm a self-admitted Wilson mid user. I think if I were to switch frames I was quite tempted by the Babolat APD. But, since I've been getting my favorite frames for $25-$40 each on the used market, it doesn't make much financial sense right now......
     
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  28. tacoben

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    Kiss and made up?

    Just a side note and not to derail the thread. The pictures shows Agassi and Sampras shaking hands after the match and appear to have reconciled after the Hit for Haiti incident? What's the scoop?
     
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  29. Fee

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    Pete did a radio interview with Justin a few weeks ago, said it was all water under the bridge. I put the podcast links in the former pro player section, in the thread about the May 22 exo match.
     
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  30. leonidas1982

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    And Sampras won in 3 sets.
     
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    My guess is that the legacy players aren't driving sales at any appreciable level. Contracts run out and they received no returns on investment so could probably care less about "losing" the legacy players. Most likely it was an amicable split. I really don't see this as being any different than when Chang took up Babalot. If Federer changed then THAT would be significant for the mfg's.
     
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  32. Marcus

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    So father time finally caught up with Pistol Pete !! Every PS 85/88 user has to one day accept he's not got the footwork and the strokes to hit out with a mid anymore..... lol
     
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    Are his serves in the 170 mph range now?
     
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  34. spindoctor673

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    Wow...didn't think i'd see the day when Pete stepped outside Wilson.
     
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  35. Rockitdog

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    I stayed away from this thread thinking it was some kind of a joke and all I can say is wow... just wow!
     
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  36. teto29

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    wow.... something im sure no one saw coming
     
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  37. hoosierbr

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    Given that Sampras is playing a lot more now between the senior events and exhibitions it's not a big surprise that he wants a more powerful racquet. However, I am suprised he didn't go with something in the Wilson line.

    I myself was a bit of a Babolat snob until very recently when I play tested the new Pure Drive GT for a week. It's one of the racquets I'm contemplating switching to.
     
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  38. Cup8489

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    i doubt power is the issue, but rather forgiveness and comfort. He will never be lacking for power.
     
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  39. hoosierbr

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    That's true but not sure that Babolat would be the right choice if comfort and forgiveness is all he's looking for. If it were then are several Wilsons he could have moved up to, the K90 or even a 95.
     
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  40. leonidas1982

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    According to TW's power map, KPS88 has more power than PST GT.

    http://twu.tennis-warehouse.com/cgi-bin/storepower2.cgi?racquetA=KPS88|88|Wilson|KPro:Staff:88|RCWILSON|x&racquetB=BPSTGT|98|Babolat|Pure:Storm:Tour:GT:2009|RCBAB|x&racquetC=61TBLX|90|Wilson|BLX:Six-One:Tour:|RCWILSON|x&racquetD=K61T90|90|Wilson|KSix-One:Tour:90|RCWILSON|
     
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  41. hoosierbr

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    Because of the weight I'm sure. Lot more than the PS GT. I have no idea how heavily customized Sampras' Babolat is but I wouldn't be shocked if it's lighter, maybe not a ton but a little. That combined with the bigger headsize might have been what he was looking for. But I don't think anyone really knows why he suddenly switched.
     
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  42. leonidas1982

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    Kudos to Sampras. My assumption is that Sampras got tired of Wilson's games and lack of respect.
     
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  43. RalphNYC

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    Who's Pete Sampras?
     
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  44. pug

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    A sad day for Wilson, they may regret this. Good for Babolat, I hope they take the opportunity to get Pete onboard and push out a ltd edition Sampras stick!
     
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  45. Rockitdog

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    Oh kids these days...
     
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  46. Spin-A-Lot

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    I think this question goes with "What's a Babolat?" ;)
     
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  47. marosmith

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    Yeah, maybe they make a limited edition stick that doesn't suck like the rest of their line lol...
     
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  48. rommil

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    The racket company or his wife?
     
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  49. rommil

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    This is just a simple case of the Babolat stringer doing work on his Wilson racket and got carried away with the stencil.
     
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    Damn, that's pretty interesting! Pete wants to set the serve record or something?
     

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