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Discussion in 'Racquets' started by Ronny, Nov 16, 2006.

  1. Ronny

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    For those of you who are in sponsored by Vantage, I don't mind any grade will do, how long did it take them to give you a reply for your entry? (Duzza etc I am asking you)
     
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  2. Duzza

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    I got Grade 2, subsidized. Took about 20 days for a reply. I feel bad cause I haven't ordered anything yet and probably won't.
     
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  3. robkat

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    It took one month for my reply. I emailed my application to Vanatge on Sept 25 and received the reply on Oct 25.
     
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  4. louis netman

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    Paul was very responsive a few months ago when I needed grip pallets for my planned acquisition of some backup frames. I haven't heard from anyone since. Bob at racquetmaxx (Vantage distributor in US) said he can't sell me parts. I have since moved on and gone back to my old Volkls...
     
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  5. SFrazeur

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    I sent in my application on OCT 25, no reply yet.
     
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  6. 300Gkid

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    i sent mine on Oct. 29, no response yet
     
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  7. BreakPoint

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    Uh....Sept 25 to Oct 25 is ONE month, not two months.
     
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  8. BreakPoint

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    Wow, that was quick, louis netman! I thought you had found your "Holy Grail" in the Vantage?
     
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  9. louis netman

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    I still love the frame, however since my livelihood doesn't depend on my winning tennis, I can't justify dropping a mound of cash on some new, Vantage backup frames. There are a few, prospective frames (with incorrect grip sizes/shapes) for sale among members of this site. However, it seems the Vantage people have become too busy to deal with my petty, grip-pallet concerns...

    BTW, that funky, semi-circular beam shape (similar to PK 5g) is really starting to bother me now...
     
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  10. hoosierbr

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    Can't really say much but I can tell you that there have been some big developments at Vantage lately, especially here in the US which is the main reason you probably can't get ahold of anybody. Things should be calming down soon but there is a very good reason why things have been as they are.
     
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  11. BreakPoint

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    Please do tell. :D
     
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  12. SFrazeur

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    Hoosierbr, If I may ask; what your connection is to Vantage to be able to know this information?
     
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  13. hoosierbr

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    I've known Paul for several years as I played with Slazenger before and we kept in touch. I was one of the first to get with Vantage. Also I'm buddies with the main US rep so I get all the inside scoop. I've had the same problems recently so I know what everyone is saying but I'm ok with it, for now, b/c I understand why.

    I'm supposed to hear from the Vantage peeps any time about another matter so I'll ask if it's ok for me to enlighten you a little. I don't want to divulge something I'm not supposed to but my guess is it should be ok to spill a few beans.
     
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  14. robkat

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    Opps your right !... felt like two months
     
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  15. 300Gkid

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    yea, whats up, i sent paul an email regarding specs about a week ago and still no reply. Last time, it was like 2 days
     
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  16. <3Tennis

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    Do they email you not matter what? Or only if you get in....
     
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  17. Dunlopkid

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    Are you allowed to "spill the beans" hoosierbr?
     
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  18. Byakuya

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    Maybe Wilson or Head trying to "merge" devour Vantage in the U.S. :grin:
     
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  19. Dunlopkid

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    Are you just speculating, Byakuya? And I don't think that would be the kind of "big happenings" hoosierbr is referring to.;)
     
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  20. hoosierbr

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    Not publicly. Haven't gotten the ok yet. But those who are interested are welcome to email me and I can give you some details. I just ask that you not repeat it on these boards. Please, keep it to yourselves. I doubt I'd get in trouble but as I don't have an official ok yet I want to be careful.
     
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  21. 300Gkid

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    whats ur email hoosier, u can't PM anymore
     
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  22. hoosierbr

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    deleted post.
     
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  23. nalbandian_fan

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    haha me too.. im just better off finding good deals on stock racquets than getting vantages with that sponsorship deal.
     
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  24. Duzza

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    Yeah it's a shame..
     
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  25. BLiND

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    Well if you can play with any old discounted frame, then Vantage isn't for you... they give a custom frame so you need to know what works best for you.

    As for some big thing happening,... oooh interesting!
     
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  26. Dunlopkid

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    That's the frustrating thing with Vantage. Getting "Sponsored" with them is just like buying any other rackets. And there's no way to really tell if you'll like the frames.
     
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  27. BLiND

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    I think they have a money back period or something?
     
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  28. tenis

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    IMO, they simply have some problems or they are not that honest. More than month ago, they responded w.emails very next day, since than they're frozen and don't keep promises. Frustrating!
     
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  29. Duzza

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    That's because Paul is on vacation, and some of the time they take a while!
     
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  30. hoosierbr

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    Paul is overseas on Vantage business and will return to the UK next week. I just got an email from him and he assured me that things will get back on track very soon.
     
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  31. BLiND

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    wonder if we can we have access to his outlook calender?

    haha ;-)
     
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  32. Ronny

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    i have sent my form in over a moth ago and still have not gotten my reply...man this is getting fustrating
     
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  33. AAAA

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    Here is my guess

    'Vantage Nike' frames in shops soon near you.
     
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  34. Borat

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    how many level 3 sponsorships do they give out. What amout do they discount for all the sponsorships? What qualifications do you need for full sponsonship?
     
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  35. Mario

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    could someone answer borat?
     
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  36. Dunlopkid

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    I don't know much about it, but it seems like most people on these forums have gotten the middle grade. Seems like the first grade means you are ranked really high. The middle grade gives you a discount such as might simply buy rackets from other companies. In other words, it's not that great of a deal.
     
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  37. 300Gkid

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    hoosier, any news on when paul is getting back on track w/ emails ect.?
     
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  38. hoosierbr

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    I believe he returned to the UK this week. Emails and other correspondence should get back to normal.

    Depending on how long ago you sent an email, i.e. several weeks, I'd suggest resending it so they get to it.
     
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  39. 300Gkid

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    yea i sent it a month ago, so i'll send it again
     
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  40. hoosierbr

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    Paul is back in the UK and getting on top of all outstanding business.
     
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  41. McGee

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    Anything new re: Vantage? I have not heard back from an email sent a few weeks ago. Company sold? New distribution strategy? Vacation? Inquiring minds want to know? :)
     
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  42. hoosierbr

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    Things have gotten back on track for the most part. Suggest you resend your email.
     
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  43. ollinger

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    "back on track....for the most part." What does that mean, exactly? As responses go, it's rather vague. Are you the posessor of actual information or is that wishful thinking?
     
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  44. ACK4wd

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    So what is the news about Vantage, (now that over a month has passed)..?

    or still just rumors?
     
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  45. Nadal46

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    Today Iknow that I'm 2 grade sponsorship but I'd like to demo a racquet, who can gives me Paul email address???
     
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  46. hoosierbr

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    The news was that Vantage and RacquettMaxx had parted ways and Vantage was looking for a new US distributor. That's a big part of the reason why things got seriously held up in the US.

    At the moment all orders are being taken care of from the UK and with Paul back from his overseas travels things have gotten back on track.
     
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  47. SFrazeur

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    Have they found one yet?
     
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  48. sureshs

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    From racquetmaxx.com:

    RACQUETMAXX No Longer Affiliated with Vantage Racquets (12/11/06)
    Effective immediately RACQUETMAXX is longer affiliated with Vantage Racquets. All inquiries regarding Vantage products or orders/returns should be directed to Vantage International in the United Kingdom.
     
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  49. 300Gkid

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    NICE, vantage finally responded to my email after 3 months, i officially have a grade 2 sponsership
     
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  50. hoosierbr

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    I don't have any new information on that, sorry.
     
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