The Wilson Prototype (A.K.A. the sampras racquet)

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  1. nalk7

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    Discus anything you know or speculate about this new stick. I know someone in this boards said something about a followup for the ps85/95, that was supposed to be unveiled during the USO. could it be the same stick?
     
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  3. drakulie

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    It is going to be called the Pete Sampras Pro Staff Limited Edition. It will be 90 sq inches, and based on the PS85 and 95 frames. It is due to be released around this Years US Open.
     
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  4. nalk7

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    yeah i know about that thread, but its in the pro racquets and gear section, i started another one here for the commercial version of the stick, the one we will be able to buy and not the sampras one :p i just thought it would be more appropriate to move this discussion to the racquets board.
     
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  5. HeadPrestige

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    uhm.. where did you get all that information? I am pretty sure that all we know is that a new racket is coming.
     
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  6. drakulie

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    Just a wild guess. :)
     
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  7. leonidas1982

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    So far so good.
     
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  8. nalk7

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    man i cant wait to demo this thing, looks so good :D
     
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    no pictures yet?
     
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  11. HeadPrestige

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    thank god it is a reliable source.. now we all know!;)
     
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  12. king of swing

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    where did you get these pics?
    16x18 pattern.....interesting
     
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  13. nalk7

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    they were on the sampras vs federer racquet thread on the pro racquet and specs board. my guess is a stringer took them
     
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    It's 16 x 19. Count the strings.
     
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  15. drakulie

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    One thing is for certain. Everyone is getting way ahead of themsleves as no one knows anything about wilson releasing this frame or anything like it in the near future. Just because Sampras used it doesn't mean anything.
     
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    EDIT: never mind
     
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  17. nalk7

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    actually we do know: http://www.amny.com/sports/am-tennis...,4895406.story
    "He's playing a prototype," said John Muir, reached yesterday by telephone in Chicago, where he is general manager of Wilson Racquet Sports. "It's something that we've made and something that we're working on." Muir said he could reveal few other details during the five-minute interview.

    "We purposely have done it all black, just because it's a prototype and we're still working on it," he said. "Pete's got to play with it a little more. You need to be a serious player to play that racket. I'm not going to say anything more than that."
     
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  18. Duzza

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    Damn that was fast. Just edited my post after seeing in another thread.
     
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    the box frame really looks nice. one of my favorite shapes on a racket
     
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    Drak-did you try the K Blade Tour? For some reason I thought of you when I hit it.........CC
     
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  21. nalk7

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    LOL dont worry we got u covered
     
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    Why does this racket look just like the old Vincent prostaff he used to use ?? N-code is far superior racket anyway.
     
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    Oh man I hope I like these; I want like ten of them already!
     
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  24. nalk7

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    because its what many players wanted, a true prostaff 6.0 90. about the n-code i think its a matter of taste, i personally prefere the k90, and the ps85.
     
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    I absolutely hated it. I demoed it twice just in case the first demo was a fluke. Made sure on the second demo I got it with a fresh string job. I just did not like anything about the frame. It was really dissapointed.

    Did you try it out?? What did you think?

    Doesn't say anything other than, "It is a prototype". Which could mean anything, including it won't make it to production.
     
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    By Max J. Dickstein, amNewYork Sports Editor | mdickstein@am-ny.com
    March 12, 2008

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    Pete Sampras and the victorious Roger Federer were nearing the end of a news conference after their historic tennis exhibition at Madison Square Garden Monday night when a reporter asked the retired American which racket he'd chosen for the match.

    Both Sampras and Federer, the world's No. 1 and a 12-time Grand Slam winner, had played with Wilson rackets. But Sampras cracked his aces with a nondescript black stick that was wrapped with purple grip tape -- an apparent throwback to the Wilson ProStaff 6.0 models Sampras used to win his record 14 majors.

    So, Sampras was asked, was that an old ProStaff standby in your hand, the predecessor of Federer's newfangled Wilson K Factor [K] Six.One Tour 90?

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    "So you think," Sampras said with a coy smile.

    "It's not the racket I played with early on [in my career]," said Sampras, who stopped playing in 2002, but played several exhibitions in the past year. "I need the technology to help me play against these guys."

    Sampras and Wilson are developing a new racket, amNewYork learned Tuesday. Sampras was trying it out during Monday's NetJets Showdown, which Federer won 6-3, 6-7 (4), 7-6 (6).

    "He's playing a prototype," said John Muir, reached yesterday by telephone in Chicago, where he is general manager of Wilson Racquet Sports. "It's something that we've made and something that we're working on." Muir said he could reveal few other details during the five-minute interview.

    "We purposely have done it all black, just because it's a prototype and we're still working on it," he said. "Pete's got to play with it a little more. You need to be a serious player to play that racket. I'm not going to say anything more than that."

    Steve Hilliard, the head stringer at Mason's Tennis Mart, handled an order to string three of Sampras' prototypes Monday morning, before Sampras practiced for the exhibition.

    Hilliard said Tuesday that he couldn't help but compare these mysterious black rackets to their counterpart, Federer's K Factor, which came out last year.

    Sampras' prototype had a few cosmetic differences, Hilliard said.

    "It had a slightly different finish around the throat -- flatter, without the indentations," Hilliard said. "It was customized with lead tape. Some of the parts were different than what I see on the K Factor."

    Apart from noting other visual differences, Hilliard said he couldn't say much more about the frame until he could play with it. Muir offered no release timeline.
     
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    That looks lean and mean. I'd sure like to get my hands on one of the prototype's, love the matte black without the graphics.
     
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    good point, my bad, i certainly hope its produced. we can assume its going to be produced, since he says they are still working on it, i doubt wilson spends all that money if its not being intended for release. (anyways its my guess and could be wrong) ;)
     
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  30. nalk7

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    hell yeah, ive been thinking on re-painting my k90s all black.
     
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    Because you couldn't get a drop of pace on the ball no matter how hard you tried?

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    "It had a slightly different finish around the throat -- flatter, without the indentations," Hilliard said.

    I looked at the pictures and compared them with photos of PS 6.0. The throat resembles that of the PS 6.0.

    However, The string 16 X 19 pattern means it's definitely not a PS 6.0 painted black.

    Interesting racket. I bet this racket will be everyone's shoping list. Start saving up guys.
     
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  33. Jack & Coke

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    Looks cool..

    Just wondering though.. if it's a "Prototype", then couldn't Wilson just make the racket to the exact specs that Sampras likes?

    I mean why the lead tape? Why can't Wilson make the racket to what he really wants? Kinda like how Vantage makes customized rackets without all the lead tape.

    Not like it's a production run anyways.. It's all experimental "prototype" stuff right?
     
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  34. superstition

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    It looked like a regular PS 85 with lead tape on it to me (the Madison Square Garden match). It also seemed as if Pete's service was closer to what it was near the end of his pro career. He seemed to serve differently in China against Federer with the larger newer racquet with poly. His strokes may also have been a bit loopier. So, I assumed that he went back to his old PS 85 with gut.
     
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    If Wilson is coming out with a PS 90 that's basically a high-quality (not hollow or light) version of the PS 85, I'll be getting some. I just hope that it will be solid and have enough weight in the handle. It would be good for them to add some weight to the hoop, because everyone shouldn't have to put lead on a racquet to make it work.
     
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    I hope that when they do release this to the public that th graphics have a retro look. I can't stand the k90 graphics. I'd love to replace them with the Wilson kSampras. I am copyrighting that name btw.
     
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  37. hewittfan3

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    I think it would be cool if they just left it all black like Pete has it
     
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  38. HeadPrestige

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    You can tell by looking at the pictures that it is NOT a ps85. The 16x19 string pattern is clear... and not a characteristic of the 85. Also, it is confirmed that he was using a hybrid string set up...
     
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  39. 1970CRBase

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    Wilson kStaff Classic 90 :)
     
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  40. 1970CRBase

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    no red yellow pinstripe please.
     
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    Ladies & Gentlemen, we have a winner in the Wilson "Name that Racket Contest"
     
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    wilson kstaff 90 does sound really cool haha it should have like sampras' signature on it haha
     
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    i thought the pin stripes looked cool
     
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    KPete or PistolK
     
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    wilson pro pistol classic
     
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    maybe theyll even be made in st.vincent haha
     
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    Wilson KPete Tour 90 or Wilson KPro Staff n90 Pete Sampras Limited Edition 16x19. We can call it the KPSn90PSLE1619 for short. :)
     
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    Awesome. You made me chuckle, kudos to you good sir.
     
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    LOL!!! It was my pleasure!!!
     
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    Sampras would have no problem winning a few rounds. He's already won 50+ rounds there. He's older and a step slower, but he still serves in the 130's 1st serves, and can still drop 120+ 2nd serve bombs. His spins are just as nasty. Augment that with some nasty strings and newer racquet technology, and the fact that Wimby center court is Pete's 2nd home, and yeah. . . he'd definitely leave some current pros shaking their heads in disbelief. Pete's one of those guys who will always be great. When you hear players talking about levels, Pete is among the gods of tennis in the uppermost echelon.
     
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