Visit to **** Tennis

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  1. baselinebrawler

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    Wall of pro racquets

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  5. baselinebrawler

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    Wall just for Agassi!

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  6. baselinebrawler

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    Thanks to ****!

    Much respect and gratitude to Roman for letting me take pictures and hang around. An absolute class act! :D
     
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  7. 156MPHserve

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    NICE PICTURES!

    Wow look at Andre's cabinet... didn't he only briefly use the LM Instinct during the FO... and there's 50+ of them... just like that...
     
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    Great stuff, thanks bb. I guess that one on the right is Agassi's testing bin? If so, it would look like he's gonna try some Babolats, an O3 Red and O3 White. My question is: Why wouldn't there be more of them with different weight and different string/tensions?
    bb, can you clear up some of the names on the bins? I see Rusedski, Sharapova, Haas, Capriati, Roddick, McEnroe, Ancic, Brad Gilbert(?), Davenport. And are those the racquet covers in Roddicks bins?
     
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  9. BreakPoint

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    GREAT PICS!!! Thanks for sharing!! Yeah, I've met Roman before and he's a really nice guy.

    I can't believe how many racquets some of these pros need. In addtion to Agassi's ridiculous stockpile, look at how many racquets they've got there for Rudsedski, Haas, and Roddick. I mean none of these guys are known for smashing racquets, so many do they really need to use in a year? Aren't 10 about enough? Now, if it was Safin, then I'd understand the need for 50 racquets per year. ;)
     
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  10. StraightSets

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    Great pics. Thanks for going to the effort of posting.

    I can't believe Agassi literally has a wall of racquets right there for him.
     
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  11. littlelleyton

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    BB, were these taking in the main shop area? i am going to be in NYC over new years and plan to make a trip To **** for the first time and just wondering what the set up was? great pics though.
     
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  12. Sixpointone

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    Hi Baseline Brawler,

    Thank You so much for sharing those awesome pictures of **** Tennis. I was there in 2000, back when it was Jay's Custom Stringing. It looks like they have somewhat changed things, but it still has that first class feel. Seeing those pictures I know I would like to make it back there someday, maybe in 2006.

    This year I sent some of my own Racquets, the Wilson Pro Staff 6.1 Oversize (110") Stretch (28") there to be customized. And I must say that when they came back they were nothing less than absolutely perfect. Not only that, the communication and conversation in regards to the process was great as well. And though knowing the reputation of **** this was not a surprise, it is truly incredible to me to own, and hit, with such custom craftsmanship.

    Also, Baseline Brawler, those pictures are so great that you might want to email them over to Roman and Todd at ****, in case the are interested in posting them on their website. And should you have any stories to share I know that I for one would be most interested.

    Thanks again and All My Best,
    John
     
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    Well, you've certainly proved one thing "A picture is worth a thousand words".

    Great post, greater pictures.

    I had no idea that Jay's became ****. Again, great set of pictures. Truly nirvana for those of us who love gear.
     
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    Hi Rabbit,

    I guess to error on the side of caution I should clarify.

    Jay Schweid was and is the owner of Jay's Custom Stringing, aka JCS.

    Roman Prokes, who worked with Jay, is the owner of **** Tennis, has since taken over the lease on the building.

    As such, what I meant to say is that I was last in the building, back in 2000, when the signs on the door, and the store's location, belonged to JCS.

    I hope I clarified my initial post.

    Regards,
    John
     
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    Thanks! This kind of stuff is really interesting to me.
     
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  16. Carl Roude

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    Great pics - on the first photo of the pro's rackets, some of the names are hard to make out - could you give us a list of who's rackets are shown - thanks!
     
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  17. baselinebrawler

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    Yes, these pictures were taken in the main shop. The shop is not big at all. They are just about doing the business of customizing for the pros. Hope you enjoy your visit there.
     
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  18. baselinebrawler

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    On the right were M.Ancic, B. Gilbert
    On the left were T.Haas, A. Molik, J. Capriati
    Also on the bottom was L. Davenport and some other players I never heard of.
     
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    These are some of the cooler photos I've seen on here. Great shots, I'm jealous.
     
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  20. matchpoint54

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    Wow! These pictures are awesome.
     
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  21. ShooterMcMarco

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    amazing pics, thanks for sharing brawler
     
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  22. toughcookie

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    Awesome pictures, thanks for sharing. Like was said, it's amazing how many racquets they have ready for the pros. Question: Is Agassi allowed to demo those non-Head racquets? I thought that would be a violation of his contract.

    **** seems like a very respectable place, a place where I wouldn't mind getting a job in the future.
     
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  23. andreroddick155

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    are those babolat rackets on the left? i guess aa is demoing babolats. thats cool.
    BUt wait, what are the red head rackets on the left and bottom?its not a head fxp, what is it? i kind of looks like it,but the sides of the racket are black. wunder wut it is? and y is there a aeropro, and o3 white in his cubby? weird.
     
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  24. zorg

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    And on AA's shelf there is a FP PJ with CAP grommets. But can you clarify something for me. They just let you go here without paying or w/e and look at pros rackets? Can you touch them? Can you buy them?
     
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    Double post :-(
     
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  26. nViATi

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    nevermind
     
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    Did you have a bit too much to drink tonight? ;) LOL.

    You have your right mixed up with your left.
     
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    Interesting pics. :)

    Is Brad Gilbert playing the senior tour? Not sure why he needs so many racquets if he is just coaching.
     
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    I think that Gilbert only has 2 racquets there, the other ncode's are Davenports.
     
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    Ahh... I think your right. Gilbert has the 2 racquets and the silver bucket (what is that thing?).
     
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  31. Rafferty

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    if agassi has that much i wonder what safin's supply looks like.
     
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  32. 156MPHserve

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    Wow... just imagine the guy came onto the court busting out a O3 White or APD... what a shocker that would be!
     
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  33. Grant Morgan

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    That is not cap gromets. It is black tape. Thoes were test rkts. They put in singel gromets and tape them in. If it is something AA likes them then they make the gromet strips later.
     
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  34. THE ANIMAL

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    Basically the most expensive part of the racket making process is the gromets the actual mould for the frame isn’t too much. It’s the injection moulding tooling for the gromet set which costs loads as Grant explained he’s monkeying about with stuff so this saves loads of money. Thanks for that bit of info Grant. Didn’t realize he fiddled about that much.
     
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    awesome fotos! I wonder how the players keep track of which are the 'good batch' of rackets and whatnot... are each numbered and given to AA to test to find the ones with the best 'feel'?
     
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  36. Grant Morgan

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    AA is KING of the (tinker with). He is a nice guy and very good to the people who work with him BUT!!!! You have to be ready for anything he comes up with. That is why there are so many rackets in his boxes
     
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  37. monologuist

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    nice pics. Andre demoing some tweeners huh? Looks like he's resorted to "Plan B" in his quest to defeat Roger!
     
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    There even a small box for Darren Cahill on the bottom. Some of the Instinct looks like Gasquet with the leather grip and no tourna grip wraped on. And I also see couple of liquidmetal radicals from last year.
     
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  39. baselinebrawler

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    Oh you mean this box:
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    wow i never seen this before. it's amazing!
     
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    Yeah, this is cool. Great post and insight to the pro's gear.
     
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    Great post....
     
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  43. jorel

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    enjoy these pics... **** doesnt allow pics of their place anymore.... unless you sneak them on your camera phone
     
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    thanks for bumping this thread. really cool to see.
     
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    This is my first time seeing these pictures, thanks for bumping; and of course thanks to "baselinebrawler" for taking them.

    -SF
     
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    I wonder what it takes to get Roman to sell some of his "loose" pj frames?
     
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  47. jorel

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    it takes the pro allowing him to.... as long as the pro gives him the OK.... he will sell the old racquets....

    he offered to sell me Bartolis racquet (without the handle molded yet)
     
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  48. Chauvalito

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    Does **** do Safin's frames?
     
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    i might have Lubies frame but I dont know cuz he couldnt remember

    a generic butcap and no logo on the buttcap... plus the grip does not feel like a Babolat, but more like a wilson
     
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  50. jorel

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    i also bought a first gen pure drive... no woofer, made in taiwain and a cool light blue pj... this was def a pros,,,, the handle was molded specifically with a groove where the index finger goes for extra snap on the serve
     
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