Originally Posted by sundaypunch
I don't think you understand how a patent works. A 14x16 pattern has nothing to do with a 16x15 pattern. There have been many racquets with open patterns. Wilson seems to be the first to use less crosses than mains in an attempt to enhance spin.
Wilson has probably already sold more 99s in the first 3-days of preorder than Vortex has sold in 4-years. There is nothing new about the Vortex.
So, if I understand your comment correctly, there is something inherently innovative in fewer crosses than mains? If so, that rationale would be outlined in the patent application, no doubt. It will make for interesting reading. That is until someone unearths an example of prior art.