Sharapova's new racket

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  1. RafaPan

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    Does anyone know more about it? It doesn't have a Logo, but it must be Prince. Maybe a prototype to help her with her injuries?
     
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  3. dlesser13

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    Looks like a head frame? Some sort of youtek?
     
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    It can't be. She has a life time contract with Prince...
     
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  5. psycho0

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    The white grommets look like a 16/19 Head speed pro racquet
     
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  6. Doubles

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    Maybe, but it is a Prince Prototype. It has to be due to her contract...
     
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  7. RafaPan

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    She doesn't have a lifetime contract. Only ten years, but they're not up yet.
     
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  8. Murray_Fan

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    Yeah i thought that it look like Teflon Grommets and a YouTek Racket
     
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  9. dantheman

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    it looks like a head youtek radical or speedpro. i think head might try picking her up for endorsement
     
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  10. Blade0324

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    Looks like a Head Yutek to me. 16x19 about 98 in. frame I'd say either a radical custom drilled or possibly a speed. Judging by the throat I'd say speed. Pretty thin beam too.
     
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  11. Bud

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    That ultra-stiff Prince Black finally blew out her arm.
     
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  12. vsbabolat

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    Looks like a YT Radical Pro to me. Smart move on her part to get away from those very stiff O port racquets. It will help her elbow and shoulder problems a lot. The Radical Pro is only 58RA.
     
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  13. NLBwell

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    Anyone know if she really changed from the White to the Black or was it just a different paint job? The Black is significantly stiffer than the white.

    I'm wondering if she is checking out different rackets and that Prince would just try to duplicate whatever one she likes for her?
     
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  14. Don't Let It Bounce

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    Is it known that Sharapova's racquets (as opposed to the retail EXO3 Black) are in fact stiff?
     
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  15. dgoran

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    I was just going to write this. I agree 100% YT Rad Pro
     
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  16. bad_call

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    now i know where dgoran gets his tennis fashion...
     
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  17. Uvijek Argen

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    :) Hahaha!!...you have to send him the link from this thread.
     
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  18. flashfire276

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    Finally! Now she gets a legit racquet!
     
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  19. BobFL

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    No no, you got it all wrong! Now you know where Sharapova gets her tennis fashion after good "performance"! ;)
     
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  20. Nanshiki

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    90% chance that she got fed up with the bullcrap new racquets and went back to the racquet she won her slams with, regardless of what her contract said.
     
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  21. Automatix

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    I'm curious... what did Sharapova actually used during her career?

    To my memory:
    TT Hornet MP
    TT Hornet MP (More Attack pj)
    Prince TT Hornet MP (Japanese edition frame closest to this is the Game Shark MP, marketed by Sharapova as Turbo Shark which was available everywhere) with Babolat Pro Hurricane/VS gut
    Prince O3 White XF (Japanese edition frame promoted as O3 White)
    Prince O3 White XF (promoted as Speedport White)
    Speedport Black - she hurt herself with that one....

    Could anyone knowledgeable shed some light on this? Thx!
     
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  22. NoleDjoko

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    radical pro
     
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  23. Sushi_1001

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    You are correct....

    I have a contact in the Pro and yes, Head is trying to develop a racket for her because of her injury. It will be a custom racket with a YouTek PJ just for her.
     
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  24. Automatix

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    She would have to end her deal with Prince first...

    It doesn't make sense really. If someone was to develop a frame for her it would be Prince not Head...
     
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  25. vsbabolat

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    That is right she has a $25 million dollar deal with Prince. You think she could get Prince to step up and make her a custom racquet that would help her shoulder and elbow.
    Sharapova’s Prince Deal Worth $25M; Sponsors Activate
    Maria Sharapova’s lifetime endorsement deal with Prince “is set up to be worth about $25[M] over the next 10 years,” according to a source cited by the AP’s Howard Fendrich. Sharapova will earn royalties from sales of “various Prince products, and there are clauses tied to tournament appearances, success and rankings.” Prince VP/Sports Marketing & Communications Linda Glassel: “The contract is very similar to others in many ways, where she has the opportunity to earn additional dollars with even stronger performance.” Glassel said this is the first time Prince has agreed to a lifetime contract with a player (AP, 8/28).

    http://www.sportsbusinessdaily.com/article/105392
     
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  26. bsandy

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    Maybe they tried and failed. There are exit critera in every contract.

    . . . Bud
     
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  27. Murray_Fan

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    so its a prince prototype
     
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  28. Murray_Fan

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    Also with Teflon Grommets?
     
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  29. RafaPan

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  30. OK Tennis

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    saw it at NBTA

    It is a Prince proto-type,, looks similar to Triple Threat Hornet with cross section with no bumper and no big grommets on sides
     
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  31. themitchmann

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    I hope it's a Prince, but the pic of the butt cap makes me think otherwise (Head).
     
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  32. OliverSimon

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    Looks like a Head buttcap.
     
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    No, it must be a new prince. I think it is her OLD prince precision approach that she won wimbledon with..
     
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  34. Gtech

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    I am not buying that it is a Prince. The buttcap is clearly a Head. Plus her last known string combo was Lux M2 with Gut. The strings she is playing now are black. Can you say Head Sonic poly?
     
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  35. bsandy

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    If it were a just a Radical Pro, why would they tie off the crosses at 9t rather than 5T?

    Hmmm ?
     
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    Definitely looks like the Radical/ prestige head grommets at the throat....
     
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  37. ihearit1st

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    If **** is stringing those racquets, which they usually do, the crosses will be tied off to a cross. Even though 5t would be the manufacturers tieoff, it's going to lose a lot of tension because it's so far away from the last tensioned string.
     
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  38. Nanshiki

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    The buttcap looks sort of like a Head because of the white ring and the shape, but I would bet money that's an OLD racquet... probably something she used early in her career when she was winning slams and didn't have a gimp shoulder.
     
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  39. InsideOutBackhand

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    I was speaking with a Head rep on Sunday. He mentioned that they were currently working with Sharapova.
     
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  40. featherlight

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    it def looks like a head racket
     
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  41. themitchmann

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    I thought so too...
     
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  42. liehssahmster

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    Even with the new frame, another early round loss.

    Seems to me exit criteria could work both ways. Why wouldn't Prince be happy to get out of this contract that doesn't seem to be working for either party?
     
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  43. sammyboy

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    ouch...that is bad news for prince!
     
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  44. themitchmann

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    Not with the results she's had recently.
     
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  45. sammyboy

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    doesn't mean she does not sell racquets!
     
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  46. Puredrivetennis

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    but why pay someone whos not winning? head, however, gladly will ;)
     
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  47. themitchmann

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    True. However, winning tournaments sells more.
     
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  48. bsandy

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    Yonex does too.
     
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  49. CzechM8

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    I think Kournikova would tend to disagree :)
     
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  50. ClubHoUno

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    I know from a WTA insider at Strasbourg last week, that Sharapova is testing and currently playing with a Head Prototype......
     
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