Why doesn't anybody use prince racquets?

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  1. gbeast

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    I never see any juniors at tournaments with prince racquets and although I dont look at everyones racquets it just seems odd to me and I wonder about it. Is there something wrong with that type of racquet?
     
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  2. raiden031

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    Maybe because Federer, Nadal, Roddick don't use Prince racquets?
     
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  3. gbeast

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    That's a good point.
     
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  4. Voltron

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    I see a lot of them around me.
     
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  5. K-LEG

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    I see lots and lots of Head...
     
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  6. BreakPoint

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    Out of the dozens of Prince racquets I've tried over the years, the only one I could possibly play with is the POG, which came out 30 years ago. Perhaps many others feel the same way?
     
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  7. BreakPoint

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    But Sharapova, Jankovic, and Davydenko do. ;)
     
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  8. Cheez-It

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    Good question. I have no idea why. I used the old Triple Threat Warrior for a few months, but when two frames cracked during normal play, I chose to avoid Prince racquets and have yet to try a new one. They're also expensive as hell.
     
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  9. PushyPushster

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    Prince

    Well, screw those guys. I do my pushing exclusively with the Prince Triple Threat Bandit. How's that for an endorsement?

    $50 of mightiness.
     
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  10. fridrix

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    I seem to see more females using Prince.
     
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  11. Jlocke

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    From what I have seen and demoed lately, the racquets just don't feel good, and they are too light.
     
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  12. tenniscore

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    there are actually a lot of US and international juniors playing prince - here are just a few from US:
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    Boys 18's
    ITF #8 - Kellen Damico - SP Tour
    #2 - Rhyne Williams - O3 Hybrid Tour
    #5 - Reid Carleton - O3 Tour Mid
    #16 - Eric Quigley - Diablo
    #19 - Austin Krajicek - Diablo
    #20 - Bryant Salcedo - O3 Tour Mid

    Boys 16's
    #8 - Devin Britton - O3 Hybrid Tour
    #14 - Ryan Noble - Diablo
    #15 - JT Sundling - O3 Tour Mid

    Boys 14's
    #6 - Sean Berman - O3 Hybrid Tour
    #11 - Gonzales Austin - O3 Tour Mid
    #17 - Maks Gold - Diablo
    #18 - Shane Vinsant - O3 Hybrid Tour

    Boys 12's
    #5 - Conrad Harron - O3 Tour MP
    #7 - Ronnie Schneider - Graphite Classic OS
    #10 - TJ Pura - O3 Hybrid Tour

    Girls 18's
    #11 - Chelsea Preeg - SP Black
    #19 - Kelcy McKenna - O3 SP Blue
    #20 - Ryann Cutillo - SP Black

    Girls 16's
    #5 - Zoe De Bruycker - O3 White
    #9 - Ryann Cutillo - SP Black
    #10 - Hanna Mar - Hybrid Hornet
    #12 - Jacqueline Cako - O3 White
    #13 - Lily Kimbell - O3 White
    #15 - Kate Turvy - Diablo
    #20 - Alexandra Cercone - Diablo

    Girls 14's
    #7 - Whitney Kay - O3 White
    #11 - Haley Martin - O3 White
    #20 - Caitlyn Williams - O3 White
    #20 - Molly O'Koniewski - O3 White

    Girls 12's
    #1 - Sachia Vickery - O3 White
    #5 - Brooke Austin - O3 White
    #18 - Nadia Echevarria - O3 White
     
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  13. sharapovafreak

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    i guess it depends where you live cause i mostly see like Juniors using Head and Babolat around my area. My friend who lives in washington, dont know which city told me that he sees plenty of people using the Prince O3 white and ive only seen about 2 people so far using the o3 white.
     
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  14. Cindysphinx

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    I see the Prince O3 around here sometimes, but I don't understand what justifies the sicko price. For me, the Babolat was better.
     
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  15. Prince racquets are better

    Federer actually likes Prince more, but Wilson pays him more to use their racquets. I thought that Nadal already used Prince.:)
     
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  16. It Probably depends on who the juniors like the most. If they like Federer, they'll use Wilson, if they like Shararpova, They'll most likely use Prince.
     
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  17. JMS

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    Just Curious, how do you know that?
     
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  18. JMS

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    Oh yea, many top players in this area use prince, especially the O3 tour Mid
     
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  19. TheKingOfClay

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    This is the reason...:)
     
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  20. LoveThisGame

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    Recent news said that the Bryan brothers are switching to Prince. At Wimbledon they used Wilson still.
     
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  21. Jack the Hack

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    As tenniscore listed above, there are plenty of juniors and pros using Prince. I just think you see more Wilsons, Heads, and Babolats because those companies are more aggressive regarding the number of people they sponsor and market, and (possibly) they make a stronger line of classic "player" frames.

    (I actually play with the Prince TT Warrior, but that was the first frame from Prince I've liked in a long while... and they don't make it any more.)
     
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  22. Costagirl

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    Funny I play with a Prince and seems like I always have. I love them as they are the best all around stick for me. I play the Black 03 speedport - not team.
    But I always comment on how juniors (good ones) tend to play with Babalot around me and Head secondly. Head is just to stiff and Babalot I can't control...so who knew...
     
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  23. OrangePower

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    Yes but do you play with a 6 year old prince?
    Way to revive an ancient thread!
     
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  24. tennis tom

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    I play with the POG mid-plus, have for about a decade. Bought them here at TW, two with gut, one with nylon for the rain.
     
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  26. Overdrive

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    There are less players using Boris Becker racquets than prince.

    Then I could say the same thing for Slazenger, Pacific, Gamma, Donnay, PowerAngle, etc.

    It all depends on preference. However, I see alot of kids in tournaments playing with darn Babolats.. :mad:
     
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  27. Timbo's hopeless slice

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    well, Ferrer, Isner and the Bryan Bros are hardly 'nobody'
     
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  28. schang70

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    I think the main reason is Prince has lost the market lead years ago due to bad business decisions and is not really relevant anymore. They bet their entire company on the O3 technology but a lot of pros including Maria Sharapova just couldn't hit with a racket that has holes in it so she switched to Head. They filed for bankruptcy last year and will be coming out with a new line of rackets that does not have holes in it. It's a shame, I remember in the 80's everybody played with a Prince. I always wanted the Prince Graphite but couldn't afford one, I played with the slightly cheaper Wison Pro Staff in high school.
     
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  29. Overdrive

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    I was going to post a thread asking about Prince filing for bankruptcy.. D:
     
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  30. tennis tom

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  31. schang70

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    I'm a nostalgic guy, so I might buy one to remind me of the good times in high school when life was simpler and I had no worries. I think they still make the original Pro Staff as well. It'd be pretty cool to hit with my daughter using one of these ancient rackets. I do like the modern rackets a lot better. It is so much lighter and more powerful. I recently started playing again after a 20 year absence. I use the Wilson Juice and I can generate a lot more pace and spin than the old Pro Staff.
     
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  32. USS Tang

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    No better racket IMHO than the O-Port technology, and I've played with Dunlop, Wilson, Head, etc. the past 45 years.
     
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  33. LuckyR

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    Because Babolat has better ads.
     
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