Sharapova's Racquet

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  1. jetlee2k

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    Here is the actual Sharapova's racquet.. I am not really her fan at all and surprisingly enough she signed the pictures and the racquet.. She's currently hitting with Prince O3 Speedport BLACK with 2 long strips lead tape at 3&9. The Cross is Babolat VS Touch and the Main is Luxilon .. Yes, it's specially made Luxilon "R" or something.. She had a whole reel of it.. It's thin like 18 gauge or so.. I have no ideas what's the racquet she's using for the tourney but she's current hitting with Prince O3 BLACK.. She had 3 of them identically setup and she signed one and gave it away.. !!

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    Here it shows clearly the lead tape

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  2. ihearit1st

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    Doesn't seem very likely.

    Luxilon doesn't make the "R" string, Babolat does.

    And that lead tape seems like its been on there forever, and Maria doesn't keep frames more than 3 months.

    The knots are also all facing different directions, so it probably wasn't done by a pro.

    And no stringer would use that thick of a finishing tape. Matter of fact, its not finishing tape, its electric tape, which is different.

    I'm not saying its not possible she signed it, but that isn't a frame she plays with.
     
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  3. dincuss

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    Where'd you get this racket?
     
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  4. jetlee2k

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    I have no clue if it's the racquet she's using to play the tourney but I know for sure she's using it to practice with. The gripsize is 4 3/8.. It is string at the local shop here so the guy is a pro stringer or not.. I am not sure either.. She had 3 identical setup like that. A few months ago, I saw her assistance at the same local shop were cutting up and trying difference setup on her racquet which is totally difference than this racquet. I was surprised to see her using the O3 black as matter of facts. May be she just use it to practice a certain shots or something.. who knows.. !!
     
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  5. CANADIAN763

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    She played with this frame in Miami
     
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  6. ncwxx717

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    do you happen to know what tension she gets her racquets strung at?
     
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  7. vsbabolat

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    Here is a photo of the racquet from Rogers Cup 2008. You can see the Babolat R red strings in the mains and the lead at 3 an 9 o'clock.
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  8. CANADIAN763

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    Oh, I didn't know that she used it in 2008. I just found a thread about her switching because her old frame was giving her shoulder problems and she wanted to try something else.
    By the way, I have hit with that racquet and hated it. It has a dead feel and serves just feel awful...
     
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  9. vsbabolat

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    Do you know what the weight, balance, and swing weight is?
     
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  10. CANADIAN763

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    I remember seeing it on some old thread about a month ago. I will look it up again...
     
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  11. Fedace

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    that looks like Proline2 to me. and i am only interested in Length, what is the length ? who care about weight.
     
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  12. CANADIAN763

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    The second picture says that the lenght is normal @ 27in and I think it says 10.8 oz but it is really fuzzy and it could be 10.8 11.8 or 12.8, not to mention all of the lead tape on her racquet.
     
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  13. ihearit1st

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    nice photo finds. maybe it was just a bad lead tape application.

    i can attest to the horribleness of this frame. i tried it with redcode/gut and hated it.

    funny thing is she switched from the white to this, and the white is less stiff, and roughly the same weight. i think the black is WORSE for an injury than the white, but someone is telling maria differently. i hope for her sake they are right.
     
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  14. zidane339

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    It says 308 grams on the throat, so it is about 10.8 oz.
     
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  15. CANADIAN763

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    It is worse and that is the point. One of her advisors/ coaches obviously screwed up. Or she is just that stupid and wouldn't mind staying injured for another couple of months:)
    PS-I used to have an O3 White and it played pretty good, and felt 1000% better than the speedport black.
     
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  16. jetlee2k

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    Thank you for the picture.. I doubted myself after I read ihearit1st reply.. I have no clue what's she playing but she for sure was hitting with this frame in practice.. I also wondered why didn't Prince send her some new Prince O3 black? She had 3 of these setup identical and it's pretty beat up I would say.. Bryan's brother are they playing with this frame too??
     
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  17. CANADIAN763

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    Yes the Bryans are
     
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    I was pretty sure I saw the word "luxilon" on that real. Michael said it's experimental string specially made for her.. May be he confused or something..
     
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  19. MarrratSafin

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    Very interesting. New strings from Luxilon? And thanks for sharing the pics man you were lucky to get these stuff! Jealous..:lol:
     
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