Williams Sisters Go Gold At Wimbledon(Racquets)

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  1. Bones08

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    Williams Sisters Go Gold At Wimbledon

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    By Tennis Week
    06/20/2007

    The All England Club's clothing rule prompts players to wear white at Wimbledon. Former Wimbledon winners Venus and Serena Williams will cast a golden glow on the grass courts at The Championships racquets this year.


    The Williams sisters, who have combined to claim five Wimbledon singles and two doubles titles, will be playing for the first time with brand new Wilson [K] Factor gold limited edition racquets at next week's Championships.

    Both Williams sisters switched to [K]Factor technology at the beginning of the 2007 season. Serena won the Australian Open in January playing with a [K] Factor racquet for the first time in a major tournament and Venus captured the Memphis title wielding a [K] Factor frame.

    Wilson has created two special edition racquets featuring 22 [K]arat gold, which both sisters will officially debut at Wimbledon. Serena will play with a pure black frame and Venus with a pure white version, both featuring real 22 carat gold leaf laid into the frame.

    "I can't think of a better place to play with a racquet made with real gold than Wimbledon," said Serena. "I love the look of this racquet and the fact that [K]Factor technology has brought the added control I was seeking in my game. It has made a real difference and could put me in contention for the title again."

    Only 650 of each model of the [K]Factor gold limited edition racquets will be available worldwide for sale to the public this summer at a recommended retail price of $500. Venus and Serena will each autograph and donate 10 [K]Factor gold limited edition racquets for auction by The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF), a not-for-profit organization founded in 1993 by Evelyn H. Lauder to support clinical and genetic research on breast cancer. In addition, a percentage of every racket sold will go to benefit BCRF.
     
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  2. Tour 90

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    wow, [k]arat, are you serious? That is probably the stupidest thing I've ever read.
     
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  3. yourmom08

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    [k]arat is [k]ompletely stupid


    edit: i [k]opied tour 90's response
     
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  4. vsbabolat

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    Who are these Marketing geniuses at Wilson who think up this B.S.? I think it is the same group that thought up the W Line by Wilson.
     
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  5. Tempyst

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  6. GRANITECHIEF

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    Cool, gold em up instead of leading.
     
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    That's the lamest thing i ever heard....... OOOOOhhhhh let me run out and buy one so that I can say.. Look at me.. I have a gold leaf racquet.

    I hope I face someone with one, all it shows is a sign of weakness..;)

    It's just marketing, people will actually buy it thinking it will help there game.
     
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  8. lethalfang

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    That's a new racquet material called Bling, or Wilson (B)-Factor.
    Lame.
     
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  9. xtremerunnerars

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    lead is only 8g heavier than gold....might be an option...
     
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  10. Roger_Federer.

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    And lead is 8x less valuable than gold.
     
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  11. FEDEX1

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    it said that they switched to wilson at the begining of this year if i read it right. I thought the williams sisters had already been playing with wilson
     
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  12. Voltron

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    The Williams sisters have sunk to an even lower level, making them the least respectable players I have seen in a long, long, time.
     
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  13. BigBUBBA

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    You obviously haven't heard of Marcelo Rios,
     
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    Serenas gonna come play you ;)
     
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  15. Voltron

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    He's not even close to this level of badness.
     
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  16. Roger_Federer.

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    Rios was......different, almost unique.
     
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  17. Silent

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    No. It said that they switched to K factor racquets at the beginning of the year
     
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  18. Roger_Federer.

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    I mean, all players who want more [K]ontrol will use a kfactor. And apparently it works, with both Kfactor users winning the AO, but both losing to the champions of RG.
     
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  19. FEDEX1

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    o whoops i see now. thanks for clearing that up for me
     
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  20. BigBUBBA

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    He's plain bad. Serena is just...horn tooting, rude, and self absorbed.
     
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  21. carol4832

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    She already beat me.. in long beach
     
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  22. sloe_torture

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    $500 is a little steep. It's up there with the Prince Borons, Thundersticks, and the Wilson Profiles, which hovered around the $300+ price range when they first came out. However, the racquets sound attractive if they're going to be mainly white or black with some gold (pinstripe?). Maybe Federer should play with these special edition racquets to match his white Wimbledon blazer. They're at least a step up in looks compared to his K-Factor.

    BTW, Voltron, why would you consider this a 'low' move by the Williams sisters if sales of the racquets will benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation? Is it any different from some other top-ranking female playing with a with a pink paintjob to acknowledge breast cancer awareness?
     
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  23. Mad iX

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    I'm no fan of the Williams' sisters, but the blame lies solely on Wilson's marketing team with this one.
     
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  24. gonzo2000

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    This marketing strategy is just plain tacky.
     
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  25. pro_staff

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    Didn't Nike make gold shoes for Federer and Sharapova that they wore during last year's Wimbledon?
     
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  26. slice bh compliment

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    Not if you like rap videos.
     
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  27. Bones08

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    Picture added to 1st post of the racquets
     
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  28. Scorch

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    Ummm why does this make Serena or Venus bad people?

    It's a marketing gimmick that's all.

    Seems to me that certain posters will jump at anything to pour scorn and hate at certain players.


    chill.
     
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  29. Slazenger

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    That black and gold pj is WICKED!!

    I want one.
     
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  30. Sup2Dresq

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    Agreed. Its nice to see a black racquet without too much graphics. Most racquets these days have such color, but I suppose thats for marketing brand sake.
     
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  31. xshilinx

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    Most expensive customisation ever then. =D
     
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  32. TennezSport

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    Yup!

    They certainly did and doing it again this year. You really cannot blame the William sisters for this one ladies and gents. Wilson approached them with the idea, much as Nike did for Fed and Shreikapova last year, and the Williams will get a big bonus for the debut.

    You would be surprised at how these new racquets will sell to the rich and famous all over the world. The gold Nike shoes sold out in a week last year. I would not be surprised if the racquets did the same thing.

    TennezSport :cool:
     
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  33. Chauvalito

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    To be honest...I have no opinion on their gold rackets...

    I just want to know if their will be a k blade coming out sometime soon...
     
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    Only just now? I thought they did years ago.


    Ideas like this is what makes me almost ashamed to be using Wilson sticks.
     
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  35. Nuke

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    Well then, maybe Wilson's marketing strategy isn't so stupid if there are others out there like you, and willing to pay the $500. I don't care how the equipment looks, and would never pay outrageous prices just to get a "rare" racquet with a special paintjob, but Wilson figures thare are at least 1300 folks out there who will.

    I wonder, for anybody that might want to buy these racquets, is it something you'd actually play with, or something that's too valuable to scuff up on the court so you just hang it on a wall and admire?
     
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    Of course those racquets are going to sell like hotcakes. The longer I stay on these boards, the more I believe TW'ers see the world differently from other tennis enthusiasts.

    I don't see what is wrong with this marketing strategy. It generates interest. People are going to want to see Serena and Venus play with the gold racquets. What would top it off is if at least one of them made it at least to the semis.
    Plus the black and gold paintjob is totally cool.

    Yes, I would pay $500 to get a limited edition racquet with actual gold in it and a rocking paintjob. (The whole '[k]arat' thing is retarded though)

    Proceeds are going to cancer research right?
     
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  37. Slazenger

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    What exactly did they do to sink to a lower level?
    I'm not holding my breath for a response.
     
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  38. Nuke

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    It's the same strategy as Beanie Babies, and other phony "collectibles." Not "wrong" but for those of us who don't buy into it, it sure seems pretty stupid. The manufacturer makes some product with a minor change and then sells it to the willing at inflated prices because it's "rare." True collectibles arent things that the manufacturer artificially decrees are collectible. Real collectibles are things nobody thought to save when they were new, and now they aren't being made anymore and people have some nostalgia for.
     
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  39. Myng

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    Wow, that is some really expensive racquet there!
     
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    You are probably right.
    I want it because I think that paintjob is awesome! It's icing that it's actual gold and part of proceeds go to cancer research.
     
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    Why is this a bad marketing strategy? Most people who watch the game are casual fans, not hardcore racquet analysts like in here. The thing most likely to stick in their minds is the golden racquet from Wilson.
     
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  42. VAmazona

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    I like how some people really think the color of the racquet is a symbol of the quality of the person wielding it. This is just an excuse for some to take potshots. Proceeds go to charity, and its for one tournament. Some of you have to play with a K Factor everyday.
     
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  43. JRstriker12

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    "Venus and Serena will each autograph and donate 10 [K]Factor gold limited edition racquets for auction by The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF)."

    Only TW posters could hate the Williams sisters for participating in a campaign that supports cancer research. That's the only thing that's disgusting around here.

    I swear, if it was a K90 with gold and Fed instead of the Williams, half of the TW posters here would have had thier heads explode.

    I wouldn't buy that racket, but that black on gold paint job is bada$$. It's a lot better than any of the current K paintjobs.

    Black paintjobs on rackets are just too nice.
     
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  44. goober

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    Personally I don't have a problem with how the racquets look. If you want to buy it as a collector's item that is fine.

    Let's just call me skeptical about the part of donation to Breast Cancer Research Foundation. They never disclose how much they exactly are donating. If you raise the price of the racquet to $500 (or a lot more for the autograph versions) and only donate 1% to BRCF well that is more profit than charity in my book. There are many companies that do this (I am not saying Wilson is doing so), but I rarely if ever will buy something that says a portion of the proceeds go to "X cause" unless there is full disclosure which you almost never get. If you want to give money to BRCF just donate directly.
     
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    That's on Wilson but what does that have to do with the Williams sisters? That is what the person you responded to is saying.
    Someone said they have sunk to a new low. How?????????

    Then if you say people hate the sisters for 'other' reasons people start flaming you, lol.
     
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    Nice line, man. Well done.
     
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    Seems about the same time, there is going to be 2-different Mfg's introducing a 'special-limited-edition-frame' @ the $500.00 suggested price-range.

    So, if you were stranded on an island, had $500.00 lying around that wasn't needed...do you go for a William's frame, or the Becker 11 frame?

    Guess you need to pick your 'Charity'...I'll go for trying anything, (no matter how small) to put an end to ANY type of Cancer...
     
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    The black and gold one looks and I mean looks pretty good, I wonder if it comes in a 90' , and plays like federer's old racquet.

    I would like to play someone for a black and gold racquet for one of my old TI70's. :)
     
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    Question is, if you get the racquet and beat any of the williams sisters, would they blame the use of the racquet, their own poor performance, or that its for charity. Can't be that you are a better player or played very well that day. No way.

    I like that they are doing this for charity. I just don't like how they approach loses or wins. Give credit where its due!
     
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  50. JRstriker12

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    I don't mind that some people don't like the Williams sisters. It's the knee-jerk hate reaction that people express on every Williams thread that gets me.

    It's like if Canas auctioned off the shirts he wore while beating Fed to help homeless kinds in South America and I came up like, "I hate Canas, he's obviously putting those homeless kids on 'roids and putting them to work on a sweatshop.

    Even if I don't like him personally, I can at least acknowlege that he's doing something good (which you did).

    The Williams bashing can just get silly.

    At least you had a real reason for not liking thier attitudes.

    But you have to admit that the black stick is kind of sweet.
     
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