Wilson ProStaff RF97 Autograph

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  1. Jenda

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    It's official, this will be the name of the Federer racket, it will come in three different specs as listed below. Release date 10/1/14.

    Pro Staff RF97 Autograph:
    340g/12oz Unstrung
    22mm beam
    16x19

    ProStaff 97
    11.1oz unstrung
    22mm beam
    16x19

    ProStaff 97 LS
    10.2oz unstrung
    23mm beam
    16x18

    You're welcome!!
     
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  2. Vcore89

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    Thanks for the letting us all know!
     
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  3. Jenda

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    Excuse me, the LS string pattern is 18x16. Don't know how to edit post.
     
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  4. bert96

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    do you also know when they are coming out?
     
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  5. Down_the_line

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    Cool! Thanks for the heads up.
     
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  6. kimguroo

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    Wow. If this is true, probably someone in Wilson marketing person saw my post hahaha
    http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?p=8300695#post8300695

    Probably New racket might be nothing like Fed's actual racket.
     
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  7. BreakPoint

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    So they combined all 3 names that I suggested into one model?

    "Autograph", "Pro Staff", and "Roger Federer (RF)"?

    So do I get royalties on each one sold? ;-)
     
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  8. pug

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    Yes! I wish they would keep the paint mostly all black.
     
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  9. Jenda

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    I do not have any information on the aesthetics, we will know around mid-July most likely.
     
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  10. Vcore89

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    I trust you will be happy with an Autographed (personally by RF) Pro Staff!;)

    ...though I am still hoping for him to revert back to his 90.:-|
     
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  11. Jenda

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    Or maybe Fed will be sporting the new paintjob at Wimbledon, who knows.
     
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  12. Vcore89

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    Yep, about time the new paintjob is finally revealed.
     
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  13. BreakPoint

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    Somehow I would doubt they would do that if the racquet won't be released until October. But a new paintjob for the US Open I could see.
     
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  14. BreakPoint

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    I wonder if it will have this logo that we suggested on it?

     
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  15. Vcore89

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    My guess would be a hologram to that effect.
     
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  16. YarikA99

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    I thought Federer used a 98'' and not a 97''. Also is there gonna be an 18x20 pattern? :)
     
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    It is, where?
     
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  18. BreakPoint

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    I hope Wilson doesn't stop making the ProStaff 90 line though for people that prefer the smaller head and the box beam frame.
     
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    Hope this news is for real :) I was almost set on the Pure Control Tour, but will wait and see for this one.
     
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  20. Rajan Rackets

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    Is This Real Life - No Way

    Must Buy Nowww
     
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  21. Vcore89

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    I will continue buying into their box beam 90s (to the nth iteration; some I will skip of course, like I did with nCode).
     
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  22. jtkf81

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    awesome

    Wow, finally. Thanks for sharing the news!
     
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  23. jelle v

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    Federer's frame doesn't look like 22mm beam width..?
     
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  24. corners

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    Doesn't look that thick to me either. But a man who's strung it (Drakulie) says it is 22mm.
     
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  25. Cup8489

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    You skipped nCode?
     
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  26. drakulie

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    Like I said repeatedly and was ridiculed,,,,,,, 22mm beam width.
     
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  27. coolschreiber

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    12 ounces unstrung?
    Hmmm.... that means its about the same weight as the 90s.
    Interesting its 97 inches..but makes sense they want to differentiate it clearly from the blade like another poster pointed out.
    Cant wait to see the color scheme :)
     
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  28. TennisCanada1

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    What's the stiffness rating?
    The RA is the most important imo, I don't get why nobody asks that.
     
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  29. Cup8489

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    I never saw those posts regarding it, but i did see some posts suggesting 19mm and thought that was much thinner than Federer's frames appeared to be. To me, it always seemed as if he may have tried Tommy Haas' frames (whatever they are, cant remember), liked the general feel, and implemented a different throat (more like his Pro Staffs), PWS, and a 16x19 pattern. But since the Prestige frames that Haas uses are 21mm, 22 doesn't sound far off, all things considered.

    I'd have agreed with you.
     
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  30. Cup8489

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    I'm going to predict 66.
     
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  31. Geoff

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    I'll be the goof that asks if anyone knows what the graphics will be!
     
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  32. corners

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    As yet unrevealed, someone said up-thread.
     
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  33. Geoff

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    Thanks. I guess I was so excited I did not comprehend what I was reading!
     
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  34. corners

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    LOL, I'm selling off my racquet collection on the news. :)
     
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  35. BreakPoint

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    With a much bigger head and the same static weight, the swingweight may very well be much higher than that of the Tour 90 (assuming similar balance and weight distribution). This thing could be a monster! :shock:
     
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  36. SpinToWin

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    Ohhhhhhhh damn! Time to get a part-time job just for this racquet :D

    I'm a bit disappointed that the beam is so thick, but what can you do. Looking forward to playing it though :)
     
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  37. vsbabolat

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    October is too late! They should launch it this August for the U.S. open!
     
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  38. MrFlip

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    Where did you get this from? Can you reproduce some evidence for us? Thanks
     
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  41. George-Federer

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    All that talk about Fed's racket being a 98 and they release a 97?! It just doesn't make sense!
     
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  42. corners

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    August was the plan. But they only got the idea for "RF Autograph" from BreakPoint two weeks ago and had to scrap their previous plans for decals and such. (The originally planned cosmetic was nearly all gold to maximize sales in China and other developing economies; but the new, BreakPoint-inspired, cosmetic is satin black with very tasteful decals reminiscent of Wilson's historic Autrograph lines.) These very important changes have pushed the launch date beyond the US Open. Sad, but at least we won't be getting hideous gold leaf nouveau riche monstrosities. Thanks, BP!
     
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  43. big ted

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    thats true, strung it will be at least 12.5-12.6oz, that sounds pretty hefty for a 97sqin racquet
     
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  44. Ace of Aces

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    For all we know, the head is a 98 and they call it 97 to differentiate it from the blade.
     
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  45. SpinToWin

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    seems to be to my liking, I love it :D

    I may test the lighter version just to see if I can lead it up more effectively (in case the balance and weight distribution of the heavy version is off for me).
     
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  46. drakulie

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    Take away the PWS and it's a 98.
     
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  47. SpinToWin

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    very true. People seem to overestimate how much a square inch actually is... It's very little really.
     
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  48. BreakPoint

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    I would be be willing to wait for another whole year not to get a hideous gold colored monstrosity. :shock:
     
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  49. radtennisfan

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    I'm in!! Give me that 12 ounce beast stick!!
     
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    Xerxes to Wilson: "A racquet covered in gold is only worthy for Europa"
     
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