Where have all the Princes gone?

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  1. TripleB

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    I'm sure this has been happening gradually and I just haven't been paying much attention to it but....

    What has happened to players using Prince racquets on tour?

    In watching Wimbledon over the past couple days I've seen many Babolat, Wilson, and Head racquets, but very few players using a Prince racquet.

    I remember back in the 90's you hardly ever saw anything other than Prince and Wilson with an occasional player using Head.

    Have Prince racquets become that poor or have they stopped 'recruiting' players to use there racquets?

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  2. TheKingOfClay

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    Sharapova... Bryan Brothers... Williams sisters... quite a few if you look for them...:)
     
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  3. NastyWinners

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    Williams sisters use Wilson...
     
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  4. BreakPoint

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    Yeah, I heard it's because Prince's product line has quite a few holes in them these days. :lol: LOL
     
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  5. sureshs

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    LOL they should plug the holes in their portfolio with those inserts.

    The last frames to have extra holes in them (Flexpoint) have been discontinued.

    But the speedports do work. Definitely faster swinging, as I found when I demoed the Exo 93.
     
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  6. ckledzepplin

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    sam querry uses one
     
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    that was classic
     
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    HEAD and holes

    The only reason Flexpoint got discontinued was because it was just HEAD's latest gimmick......every two years they "invent" a new technology that is supposed to be the best ever and truth be told while Flexpoint was great, LiquidMetal was just fine. give me a LiquidMetal for $69.00 any day over any of HEAD's latest overpriced gimmick.....same with PRINCE.....they have always offered new stuff and nothing they ever make will compare to their GRAPHITE original.
     
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  9. cknobman

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    I will agree that there isnt alot of love for Prince in the mens game but I think there are more women using prince frames than ever before.

    Only notable men I can think of using prince are: Monfils, Davydenko, Ferrero, Bryan Brothers
     
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  10. SoCal10s

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    Head has a new gimmick 'Youtec".. somekind of hi tech material that 'when you hit soft shots it has flexibility and when you hit hard shots,it stiffens up.. what a bunch of BS... it's like every year that Head and Prince comes up with a marketing ploy and puts a new paint job and try to shove more junk down the consumers throats while paying high profile players to use their rackets and instead of winning,they go on a fast decline.. 2 years ago Djorko was looking good ,now a lot of people are turned off by his antics and he can't win anymore.. and Sharapova has been out for so long and just got bunched ,how is this helping to sell rackets and where are those millions coming from to pay on those endorsements ?
     
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  11. sureshs

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    I have examined the d30 material in a pro shop where it was up for display. I don't believe it will have any effect whatsoever in the minute amounts it might be present in the frame.
     
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  12. TripleB

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    Sam Q. went out today, Sharapova went out today....OK, who's left at Wimbledon still using a Prince racquet (excluding the Bryan Brothers)? :)

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    Sorry, I forgot the Williams sisters use Wilson...
     
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    David Ferrer uses prince, nikolai davydenko, viktor troicki, albert montanes
     
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    Prince has been spending money elsewhere, acquiring Viking Athletics Co. about a year ago. An article in Tennis Week last year indicated Prince's market share had increased in something like 36 of the previous 42 months, so they seem to be doing just fine regardless of who's into the round of 32.
     
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  16. OliverSimon

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    Simon Greul the guy who Djokovic beat today was sponsored by price from apparel to shoes to the racquet.
     
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  17. Polaris

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    Where have all the Princes gone?
    Where have all the Princes gone?
    Gone to baseline bashers everyone
    When will they ever learn?
    When will they e---ever learn?

    :)
     
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  18. Conquistador

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    Prince makes the most versitaile racquet ever made--the TT Warrior MP--its too bad they discontinued it because guys like Rafter used it at the end of their careers-with stunning results. You see prince has discontinued their thoroughbreds--its time that they get the DB Vendetta into American hands--bring back those Warriors as well..Those racquets built that company.
     
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  19. martini1

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    Jankovic is still in. Anyway Prince has been doing really well in the tweener market and with the beginners with some cash. The EXO and Speedport has been selling pretty well due to their flashy paintjob and nice finishes. For people who only want a lighter racket Prince just stands out on the racks compare to Wilson or Head.

    Prince has not have a top player in ATP for a long time but their sales doesn't seem to be affected by that very much.
     
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  20. orangettecoleman

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    maybe they are just concentrating on signing WTA players, since they have a very solid endorsement base there and it's been a very effective sales tool for them. As long as I can still track down POGs, I'll be happy, regardless of whether ATP players are using prince or not.
     
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  21. Raiha

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    Monfils is Prince's most visible player right now, but I don't think he played Wimby this year so he must be injured, again. They finally get Sharapova and Davy back playing and now the guy on the cards of their new frames is missing majors? talk about bad luck for prince.
    Malisse plays with an exo graphite, for what it's worth.
     
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    Rafter never once used the TT Warrior, just a paint job of it, while he continued using a custom Prince mold similar to a Response 660.

    No, the Graphites "built that company" 25 years ago.
     
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  24. mtommer

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    Talking with some of the Prince guys from last year's Prince tent at the Nats at the Zoo, it seems like Prince is focusing on juniors, recreational and club players at the moment. This is similar to how Dunlop markets their frames. While they may not be in the hands of many pros right now, in the future this may not be true.
     
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