Stepanek to Head

Discussion in 'Pros' Racquets and Gear' started by ricki, Jul 29, 2012.

  1. ricki

    ricki Professional

    Joined:
    Mar 8, 2011
    Messages:
    1,199
    Location:
    Czech Rep.
    Hi, seems that Štěpánek is back to Head. Is that real Speed MP?

    [​IMG]
     
    #1
  2. colan5934

    colan5934 Rookie

    Joined:
    Jul 6, 2008
    Messages:
    290
    Looks like a Prestige or PT57x underneath that Speed paint.
     
    #2
  3. Doublebounce

    Doublebounce Professional

    Joined:
    Dec 29, 2010
    Messages:
    1,329
    theres no stencil so it doesnt look like hes sponsored
     
    #3
  4. *Val*

    *Val* Semi-Pro

    Joined:
    Jan 10, 2009
    Messages:
    629
    well, stepanek does need a new head
     
    #4
  5. Cup8489

    Cup8489 Legend

    Joined:
    Jun 26, 2007
    Messages:
    9,268
    Location:
    Silvis, IL
    Not a speed, wrong headshape. Looks like it could be a Radical underneath the paint.

    Maybe he stole from Djoko, even looks like a gut/ALU m/c hybrid.
     
    #5
  6. vsbabolat

    vsbabolat Legend

    Joined:
    Nov 19, 2005
    Messages:
    8,879
    He used Voelkl before Bosworth. I think he is new to HEAD. It's not a real Speed MP. Looks like a Radical MP. Great find BTW!
     
    #6
  7. hcb0804

    hcb0804 Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Jul 18, 2009
    Messages:
    2,287
    and face......
     
    #7
  8. JoelDali

    JoelDali G.O.A.T.

    Joined:
    Mar 30, 2009
    Messages:
    10,728
    I'll admit that I love Head alot.

    I just refuse to use them because of Rampras Tardisms.
     
    #8
  9. dr325i

    dr325i Legend

    Joined:
    Nov 7, 2007
    Messages:
    5,296
    Location:
    TX
    Definitely not the Speed. The head shape is different.
    I guess he's using one of Novak's sticks...
     
    #9
  10. hcb0804

    hcb0804 Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Jul 18, 2009
    Messages:
    2,287
    I'd love to see Julia Goerges use Head, and some Tail.

    You know, Tail makes some hot looking skirts, and tops for tennis.
     
    #10
  11. *Val*

    *Val* Semi-Pro

    Joined:
    Jan 10, 2009
    Messages:
    629
    well, it's definitely not a bosworth PJ :D
     
    #11
  12. insiderman

    insiderman Rookie

    Joined:
    Mar 1, 2007
    Messages:
    356
    Location:
    in a house
    Both 'Steps' and 'Joko' originally used the Head Pro Tour 280 (remember the 'blue one?) so seems they are coming back to their roots...
     
    #12
  13. t135

    t135 Semi-Pro

    Joined:
    Sep 1, 2009
    Messages:
    791
    How the heck can anyone look at that photo and see anything but the head shape and paint colors?
     
    #13
  14. Motherwasp

    Motherwasp Semi-Pro

    Joined:
    Mar 17, 2007
    Messages:
    482
    Location:
    London
    Maybe an airline lost his rackets so he is borrowing from Novak?
     
    #14
  15. dr325i

    dr325i Legend

    Joined:
    Nov 7, 2007
    Messages:
    5,296
    Location:
    TX
    Djokovic has never used the PT280, unless I missed seeing it...
    He used the LM Radical.

    And the racket in the picture is not a PT280, looks like MG Radical MP
     
    #15
  16. ricki

    ricki Professional

    Joined:
    Mar 8, 2011
    Messages:
    1,199
    Location:
    Czech Rep.
    #16
  17. sureshs

    sureshs Bionic Poster

    Joined:
    Oct 1, 2005
    Messages:
    35,673
    Wasn't he using a Bosworth before?
     
    #17
  18. treblings

    treblings Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Mar 24, 2008
    Messages:
    2,408
    see post #6 or do a search bosworth+stepanek:) it´s been widely discussed
     
    #18
  19. Tar Heel Tennis

    Tar Heel Tennis Semi-Pro

    Joined:
    Feb 27, 2009
    Messages:
    729
    Location:
    North Carolina
    The photo in post #16 indicates that he is indeed using/trying out Head. I can't imagine he would put one of his custom buttcaps on a borrowed racket.
     
    #19
  20. novak.20v

    novak.20v Rookie

    Joined:
    Mar 18, 2010
    Messages:
    312
    Location:
    Salt Lake City
    I can tell by throat shape & width, as well as the head shape.
     
    #20
  21. Nostradamus

    Nostradamus G.O.A.T.

    Joined:
    Nov 30, 2011
    Messages:
    13,242
    Location:
    In the future
    if Radek is using the new speed MP, makes me want to try one out.
     
    #21
  22. Doubles

    Doubles Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    May 4, 2010
    Messages:
    4,295
    Location:
    Approaching the net
    Then try it.
     
    #22
  23. JoelDali

    JoelDali G.O.A.T.

    Joined:
    Mar 30, 2009
    Messages:
    10,728
    #23
  24. ericsson

    ericsson Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Dec 7, 2005
    Messages:
    3,681
    Location:
    Land of beer and chocolate
    He's not, it is a pro stock.
    Radek never used retail rackets (apart from the C10)
     
    #24
  25. Crisp

    Crisp Semi-Pro

    Joined:
    Sep 3, 2007
    Messages:
    640
    Maybe Radek was being treated the same as Bosworths retail customers. I tried for well over 6 months to get some and kept having the secretary say I will get a call back, which never happened. Was the worst customer service I have ever experienced... Like they didn't actually want to sell product.
     
    #25
  26. Cup8489

    Cup8489 Legend

    Joined:
    Jun 26, 2007
    Messages:
    9,268
    Location:
    Silvis, IL
    for some reason I distinctly remember an occasion in which a pro borrowed another pro's frames because his were lost or something, but I can't remember who.

    I know it was relatively recent, though.
     
    #26
  27. Crisp

    Crisp Semi-Pro

    Joined:
    Sep 3, 2007
    Messages:
    640
    It actually was stepanek at the year end championships
     
    #27
  28. JW10S

    JW10S Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Sep 27, 2006
    Messages:
    1,896
    Actually it was Stepanek at the WTF a few years ago. His luggage got lost for a few days and he borrowed Djokovic's racquets for some matches. I'd be very surprised if the same thing happened again to the same guy though. You have to believe since the passing of Warren Bosworth that at the very least things are in disarray at Bosworth the company.
     
    #28
  29. dr325i

    dr325i Legend

    Joined:
    Nov 7, 2007
    Messages:
    5,296
    Location:
    TX
    Warren did not run the company in the last 10 years...
    His son, Jay runs it and continues to run it the same, solid way.
    A month ago, I needed some help from those guys (I know them personally) and they were too busy to help. So, I don't think the business is in disarray...
     
    #29
  30. Crisp

    Crisp Semi-Pro

    Joined:
    Sep 3, 2007
    Messages:
    640
    Well they have been too busy to email or phone me in any way for over 12 months. Very disappointing.
     
    #30
  31. Dave M

    Dave M Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Mar 23, 2007
    Messages:
    1,941
    Location:
    England
    before that actually it's been well documented on here that the email/ online spec sheet don't get replies but then we are not world class tennis players and we'd probably attempt to phone back again another time.
     
    #31
  32. Crisp

    Crisp Semi-Pro

    Joined:
    Sep 3, 2007
    Messages:
    640
    I made half a dozen phone calls actually, always spoke to a receptionist who said jay would call asap. Never happened.
     
    #32
  33. lambros

    lambros Rookie

    Joined:
    Feb 28, 2008
    Messages:
    118
    Location:
    Toronto
    This picture was taken by one of the stringers at Rogers Cup.
    [​IMG]
     
    #33
  34. Doubles

    Doubles Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    May 4, 2010
    Messages:
    4,295
    Location:
    Approaching the net
    Nice picture. It looks like a leather grip under the og, I thought he was using a Gamma hi-tech grip on his old frames.
     
    #34
  35. li0scc0

    li0scc0 Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Aug 13, 2009
    Messages:
    2,173
    YES! Same here.
    I told them I would buy 3...THREE...racquets. Three.
    Never got a call back.
    Called again.
    No calls back.
    Filled out the online form.
    No contact.
     
    #35
  36. ericsson

    ericsson Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Dec 7, 2005
    Messages:
    3,681
    Location:
    Land of beer and chocolate
    That's correct, on his Bosworth rackets he used Gamma Hi-tech grips, no overgrip.
     
    #36
  37. Crisp

    Crisp Semi-Pro

    Joined:
    Sep 3, 2007
    Messages:
    640
    I was also after 3. Was a 30th birthday present for myself... Very disappointed.
     
    #37
  38. quest01

    quest01 Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Jan 22, 2006
    Messages:
    4,616
    Yeah I'm watching him play against Del Potro, looks like Djokers racquet. It also looks like he's looping his forehand more.
     
    #38
  39. Fuji

    Fuji Legend

    Joined:
    Aug 30, 2010
    Messages:
    6,597
    His game seemed a lot more solid with them. He wasn't hitting puffballs, his shots actually looked heavy for a change! :razz:

    -Fuji
     
    #39
  40. roundiesee

    roundiesee Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Feb 20, 2004
    Messages:
    2,867
    Ericsson, do you happen to know if this "Prostock" has a code B078007 sticker on the throat?
     
    #40
  41. ericsson

    ericsson Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Dec 7, 2005
    Messages:
    3,681
    Location:
    Land of beer and chocolate
    I dont think so, that code has a 16x19 drill pattern if memory serves right...
     
    #41
  42. West Coast Ace

    West Coast Ace G.O.A.T.

    Joined:
    Feb 11, 2005
    Messages:
    13,696
    Location:
    So Cal
    Wow! Nice customer service.

    I'm sure JMDP's pace helps! :)
     
    #42
  43. roundiesee

    roundiesee Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Feb 20, 2004
    Messages:
    2,867
    But the code is a legit code for a Head Prostock IG Speed? Just not the one Radek is using?
     
    #43
  44. dr325i

    dr325i Legend

    Joined:
    Nov 7, 2007
    Messages:
    5,296
    Location:
    TX
    I don't think the code is specific to a racket...but to a player
    I have seen many PT57As with totally different sticker codes on them.
    And I've had different PJs form the same player with identical sticker codes...
     
    #44
  45. Fuji

    Fuji Legend

    Joined:
    Aug 30, 2010
    Messages:
    6,597
    Bahahaha yes!!!

    -Fuji
     
    #45
  46. MindoverMatter

    MindoverMatter Professional

    Joined:
    Jul 20, 2011
    Messages:
    923
    He must have gotten one heck of a sponsorship, I don't even want to imagine how much it cost him to get a custom Bosworth (multiples actually), considering that he went there and spent several sessions working out his exact specs. Multiple thousands of dollars I would think.
     
    #46
  47. Lemoned

    Lemoned Rookie

    Joined:
    Jan 7, 2011
    Messages:
    331
    Now his partner Leander Paes too

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
     
    #47
  48. decades

    decades Guest

    looks like a sponsorship thing. head is sponsoring the doubles team.
     
    #48
  49. PrincessAdam

    PrincessAdam Rookie

    Joined:
    May 8, 2012
    Messages:
    162
    Location:
    Shreveport, Louisiana
    I was hitting at bolleteri in like July, and he, nishikori, and lisicki were there too. I was hitting on a court beside him and he was switching back and forth between a speed and his weird racquet. Thought that was kinda weird. Didn't give him too long to adjust to the new racquet if he just recently switched.
     
    #49
  50. novak.20v

    novak.20v Rookie

    Joined:
    Mar 18, 2010
    Messages:
    312
    Location:
    Salt Lake City
    But there's no logo on his racquets .. :confused:
     
    #50

Share This Page