Will adidas get serious with player

Discussion in 'Pros' Racquets and Gear' started by Tennis_dude ^_^, Jul 23, 2009.

  1. Tennis_dude ^_^

    Tennis_dude ^_^ Semi-Pro

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    will they soon start sponsoring players
    and have there rackets on tour
    it seems on there website for tennis that there rackets are jusr acessories to there cloths line
     
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  2. mtommer

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    I'm not sure it's that easy. Most pros don't make enough in racquet endorsements to justify switching what they currently use and potentially losing prize monies. As such, unless Adidas were to offer a Federer or Nadal level package to a player not of their caliber, I don't think we'll be seeing Adidas racquets in the hands of big name pros anytime soon.
     
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  3. Tennis_dude ^_^

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    hmm intresting
    thats sad
     
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  4. benxten

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    hm since you mentioned this, i was wondering how babolat started getting players to use their racket line when they first came out since babolat started out as a string company? adidas could try to follow the same strategy to start getting pros to use their rackets i guess.
     
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  5. Grizvok

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    Personally, I think it's a lot about producing a quality frame that the younger generations begin to use and feel comfortable with. Adidas doesn't really have any recognition whatsoever in terms of actually producing racquets yet so it's doubtful that they'd get any top players to join them (even if all the top players just get an Adidas paintjob).

    I think if any racquet company churns out great frames for a wide range of styles and players then we could definitely see them gain popularity both with the professional and amateur tennis players.
     
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  6. BoomerangX

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    Carlos Moya was the first to win a match with the Pure Drive. Everyone thought Babolat rackets were a joke until he won FO and became world number one.

    http://www.babolat.com/#/tennis/en/babolat/legend

    Don't know how they got him to use it though, but that's how it started :oops:
     
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  7. stanfordtennis alum

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    probably will, give them a few yrs
     
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  8. mtommer

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    Mmmmm....not necessarily. If one wants to compete in the market one has to keep making a quality product that will get noticed because of its quality. Marketing only goes so far if the product sucks. Maybe a sponsorship or two from Adidas to a known tennis club/academy such that juniors start playing with the sticks. Give it time.
     
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    I heard Babolat started by buying a huge lot of leftover frames sitting at one of the factories that were originally made for Pro Kennex, which had gone bakrupt. They repainted them and started giving out very favorable racket, bag and string packages to juniors.
     
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  10. ztennis002

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    I personnaly think that the adidas raquet line is recreational rackets and pros will start using them.
     
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  11. Tennis_dude ^_^

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    they better i want adidas to be back again
    i want my damn egg shape racket head
    i love thouse
     
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  12. CrackerJack

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    I'm liking the idea of the egg shaped head.
    But of course much bigger than the Lendl gtx pro, like 98 sq inches, definitely in excess of 12 oz, and Made in France while you're at it!
    Oh. and get someone like Gael Monfils to endorse it....recipe for success methinks.
     
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    Looks like they have to update the Sampras legend mark.
     
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  14. Dgpsx7

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    I picked up a few of their rackets when I went to a pro shop and I personally would not use any of them. Most of them seem too light for me like they are only made for intermediate players. However I don't think I got to look at the barricade tour because I just saw the specs of it and it looks like something I would use(12.2oz 7pts hl). If that racket was 16x19 instead of 18x20 that would really be something to look at.

    It would probably be hard for them to market these for players considering there is currently only one racket on their line that a pro could use.
     
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