Switch from Wilson?

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  1. GatorNation

    GatorNation New User

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    Would Roger Federer ever consider switching to Head or Babolat similar to Sampras? Tommy Haas's Prestige seems to be working fairly well for him.
     
  2. sureshs

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    Because he also lost?
     
  3. HRB

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    MILLIONS IN SPONSORSHIP...Head can't touch him. If he wants a Head racquet it'll just be in the form of H22 or whatever knockoff Wilson makes him.
     
  4. Chezbeeno

    Chezbeeno Semi-Pro

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    He signed a lifetime deal with Wilson, I don't think a switch will happen (to another brand, that is).
     
  5. johnchung907

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    Until the Doctor went to Trenzalore... haha. Anyways back to subject why in the world would Federer want to switch to head or babolat in the first place?
     
  6. caesar66

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    With today's racquet market the only real reason for a switch is money, and no ones going to give him a better deal than Wilson. If he tried a pure drive and it was heaven on earth, Wilson would paint one like a pro open. Prestige-voila, here's your new blade, etc. All manufacturers make some version of everyone else's racquets now.
     
  7. RF20Lennon

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    For the billionth time, he has a lifetime contract with Nike and Wilson. He cannot switch.
     
  8. MAX PLY

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    Actually he can switch--he may be in breach of contract if he does so (and thus may be liable for damages) but I suspect it would be impossible for either company to force him to use their products. It's a contract, not an indenture. That said, I think it would be highly unlikely for him to do so.
     
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  9. Rabbit

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    Yeah, the "lifetime" deal is probably fraught with conditions on both sides and the ability to cancel is given to both sides. It's really more a marketing thing than anything else, as evidenced by Agassi's and Sharapova's "lifetime" contracts.

    That said, I think it should be noted that Federer could try any racquet and technically, Wilson could replicate whatever he wanted.
     
  10. SFrazeur

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    Yeah. As long as Federer was reasonable (ie not James Blake) Wilson could make him just any racquet that is physically possible to make.
     
  11. Dragan

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    True, indeed.
     
  12. vandre

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    I could see a switch happening AFTER retirement (Sampras switched to babolat for some champions tour matches) but not while he's active on the atp tour. too much moolah on the line, too many lawyers and it isn't like he's going to have a ton of off time to adjust not just to a different stick but to a different company's stick. as is evidenced by the class action lawsuit against Wilson, fed can move product so Wilson isn't letting him go anywhere for the time being.
     
  13. augustobt

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    Sharapova had a lifetime contract with prince.
     
  14. BreakPoint

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    Both Sharapova and Prince mutually agreed to dissolve her "lifetime contract". Sharapova wanted to move to Head and Prince was in financial trouble and near bankruptcy so they were more than happy to stop paying Sharapova millions of dollars a year. I think it worked out for both parties. :)
     
  15. hersito

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    If he wants a prestige like raquet wilson would make it, the blades are a copy of prestige and radical molds, so...
     
  16. sixone90

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    so...they're not as good
     

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