Stepanek's New Bosworth Racket

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  1. Chauvalito

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    Pictures of Stepanek and hid Bosworth Racket in Brisbane. Though I doubt this will generate as much interest as Hewitt's new racket, or Djokovic's new racket, I thought I should mention it anyway.

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  2. mrmo1115

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    Looks nicer than his old red one, in terms of cosmetics. Never been a fan of Bosworth, though I never tried one, just doesn't look like a racket I'd use.
     
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    this is very interesting!
    who really cares about Hewitt's new racket, or Djokovic's new racket?
    I'm sure there are some others interested on this post.
    thanks for posting!
     
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  4. Chauvalito

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    Your welcome! I think Stepanek may be the first pro to use a Bosworth on the ATP tour, unless someone played with one long ago.

    Also, I think this development leads to a bigger question. I am sure Stepanek and his management attempted to sign with one of the larger companies, and for whatever reason, terms could were not agreed upon and Stepanek was left without a racket sponsor.

    Hence, Stepanek is using a Bosworth. I have nothing against Bosworth, but we all know that 99% of top 100 players are sponsored by more well known companies.

    Stepanek then, is the only man in the top 100 without a major racket sponsor. Why?

    If Stepanek likes Bosworth, that's awesome, its quite good advertising for the company.
     
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  5. BobFL

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    This racquet looks huge. How big is the head? Must be 100inch+...
     
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  6. blackfrido

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    looks like the same racquet Martina Navratilova was using lately.
     
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    thats a 95 max, looks long if anything but sure its about the same specs as what he used before just with that very weird head shape
     
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    Indeed. Apart from the customizations which is what Bosworth does by default - the "tweak" stuff to your game. On a base level it looks the same, but play-wise chances are 99.9% that they are completely different.
     
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    what was he using before? - wonder who the first pro to use a Vantage will be or does someone already?
     
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    I am sure there are pro's using Vantage, but none of them are near the Top 100 in the rankings.

    This is unprecedented, a top 50 player using a custom racket from a small manufacturer like Vantage.
     
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    they list no prices and not even a price range. I am guessing more than $300 for a racquet?
     
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    because the guy can't have everything!!! dang, he lands a major racquet deal AND hingis and vaidisova???????

    sorry, but that is more than one guy deserves! ;)
     
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    He was using a "Vokl".
     
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    Which looks better: Stepanek or his racquet? :)
     
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    Wait till Drakulie hears about this
     
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    He was using a "Vokl".

    Are you sure it wasn't a "Dnlp"?
     
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  17. Chauvalito

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    Martina Navritilova's Racket Specs.

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    Martina's Racquet Specs (Strung)
    Head Size 96 in2 (619.4cm2)
    Length 27 in (686mm)
    Weight 364 grams
    Balance 314 mm
    SwingWt 349 kg*cm2
    Stiffness 62 ra
    Handle Shape Bosworth
    Handle Size 111.9 mm (3.25 8ths)
    Grip Material Bosworth Leather (.050")
    Overwrap Yonex Super Grap A440
    Frame Color Blue or Red
    String Bosworth Gut (Uncoated 16L)
    Tension 70-74 lbs (31.8-33.6 kilos)
    String Pattern 16M x 18X's
     
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    radek.. what a strange dude he seems to be.. jsut kiddin, saw him once on Eurosport ( like Espn in Europe) being interviewed by the cutie former pro Barbara Schett( Barb, if you read this , call me soon..)
    He was actually a funny laughing goof of a dude but not a nitwit. remembeknows he got like 6 questions on tennis history and did well with his answers .. he knew of past players and stuff .. others didnt do so well .. Nole was actually very bad at the same questions..

    Bosworth .. the most unheralded name on a frame these days.. kind of an anti-statement maybe from ol Radek.. the king of ladies on tour. .. is it the lips?:)
     
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  19. swedechris

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    Or a Knssl?
     
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  20. sureshs

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    What is the advantage of the octagonal shape?
     
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    wow this guy seems to tweak with his equipment quite a bit. hopefully he will find some success with this frame and it will give him a mental boost....because he needs it!
     
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    why would he switch to a bosworth having done so well w/his volkl last season? I do not see him defeating Federer w/this wacky stick

    And, LOL, its definitely not a paintjob of a volkl
     
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    what clothing line is he wearing!?
     
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    I was gonna say sailor moon's clothing line but its ALEA
     
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    LOL thats just wrong dude. :)
    what kind of brand it alea? does any other noteworthy pro rock that brand??
     
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  26. themitchmann

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    That's awesome. Glad Bosworth is getting some business.
     
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    Back in the 80's when Brad Gilbert played Fox octogon shape racquets the claim was that equal length sides and equal length strings meant less trampoline, more control.
    Robby C
     
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    Bosworth designed that shaped frame in the 1980's under the FOX brand. Brad Gilbert played with the 100% graphite model for a while. Model number 210
     
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    that was a nice frame! too bad Bosworth is a special order.
     
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    ^^^haha its funny because he had the prince racquet stencil and it obviously a bosworth w/the octagonal shape

    also, i'm going to email bosworth to see what specs stepanek's racquet is
     
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  33. JW10S

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    Actually Bosworth did work with Prince for a short time. Rafter experimented with the 8 sided frames but after several of them broke during play Prince and Bosworth parted ways. Rafter only used it or a very, very short time.
     
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    here you go:

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    Rafter used one of these

    I dont think this is the first time a Bosworth racquet has been used on the ATP Tour. I remember Rafter using an Octagonal racquet when he was still with Prince. It had the P on the strings but i beleive it was a version of this very racquet.
     
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    At least stepanek has his own racquet these days and is not having to borrow from others. haha.
     
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    because the guy can't have everything!!! dang, he lands a major racquet deal AND hingis and vaidisova??????? sorry, but that is more than one guy deserves! ;)
    radek.. what a strange dude he seems to be.. jsut kiddin, saw him once on Eurosport ( like Espn in Europe) being interviewed by the cutie former pro Barbara Schett (Barb, if you read this , call me soon..) He was actually a funny laughing goof of a dude but not a nitwit. remembeknows he got like 6 questions on tennis history and did well with his answers .. he knew of past players and stuff ..
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    God, if that's what it takes to attract cuties that can also play good tennis, I'll have the botox and I'll play with a funny-shaped blue racket (reminds me of viag*a - add that to the shopping list!!)
     
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  38. mctennis

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    He was using a VOLKL.
    Martina N. was using a Bosworth when she played her last years.
     
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  39. mctennis

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    Definately a Bosworth racquet. I wonder what year this pic was taken?
     
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    Which strings are equal? There is another racquet with equal length mains and crosses, but is this also true for Bosworth?
     
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    He used the Custom Bosworth for a very short period in Februari/March 1998.
     
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    Not exactly equal, but more so than the Prince Oversize that were the most popular racquets in the 80's. I played the aluminum Pro. It was a huge oval snowshoe of a racquet with uncontrolled trampoline from the extra long mains. The Fox racquets sold very little, and went under.
    Companies have the right to try new things, but my personal belief is that most players would be better served by a few classic style frames instead of the never ending change forced on the tennis playing public. But then we might waste our money on lessons instead of new frames every year. Can't have that now can we?
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    Am I the only one who thinks these pics are made with photoshop? Rafter with a Bosworth? Seriously.
     
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  44. Chauvalito

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    Does the P on Rafter's Bosworth frame indicate that Prince was possibly interested in purchasing the mold?

    So that makes two top 50 players that have used the Bosworth frame on the pro tour.

    Thanks to those who posted the Rafter pics, I had no idea he had played with the Bosworth frame in the past.
     
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    ^^^^
    Don't forget Ivan Lendl. He used the Bosworth Frame for a short time.
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  46. Chauvalito

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    Thanks VS. Very interesting...maybe this Bosworth racket is a sleeper?
     
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    I explained this in post #33 in this very thread...
     
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    Stepanek's teeth and his racket are matching! :)
     
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  50. Chauvalito

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    Got it, thanks. There must have been something inherently wrong with the frame then if they were breaking during play.

    Do you know where on the frame the racket was breaking?
     
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