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  1. Kalugin

    Aslan Karatsev personal racket. Secrets.

    Never heard about that and never faced such stories
  2. Kalugin

    Aslan Karatsev personal racket. Secrets.

    The answer is - yes! Mister Gromov, who actually told me the story about Karatsev's racket tricks, also mentioned that long time ago he faced next situatuon. While stringing at Kremlin Cup in early 90-ies, one player asked him to do the opposite to Karatsev's racket thing - to make stringing...
  3. Kalugin

    Yevgeny Kafelnikov personal racket. Secrets.

    Stop, Stop! You was a bit inattentive) On one of the photos you can clearly see silicone in the handle! So Kafelnikov used an ordinary (like Nadal with his APD) Fischer Vaccum Mid Plus / VT Pro 98 / Pro 1 mold in 330 grams version. After that he added silicone in the handle and thats it. Nadal...
  4. Kalugin

    Yevgeny Kafelnikov personal racket. Secrets.

    Fischer produced this mold in two weight versions - 320 and 330 grams. Kafelnikov used the heavier one
  5. Kalugin

    Yevgeny Kafelnikov personal racket. Secrets.

    I have read this post and have seen that pic. But more i believe my own eyes and experince. Was following Kafelnikov since 1995, and i dont think that on this planet there are a lot of guys who knew this subject (Career of Yevgeny Kafelnikov) better. Maybe on another planet, why not. Kafelnikov...
  6. Kalugin

    Yevgeny Kafelnikov personal racket. Secrets.

    As you can see - no lead tape on this racket, and i never saw lead tape on his rackets
  7. Kalugin

    Yevgeny Kafelnikov personal racket. Secrets.

    So, there you are. As i promised, im presenting you one of the most unique rackets in my huge collection. This racket was the diamond part of Anatoly Lepeshin's collection. He was Kafelnikov's coach from 1991 till 1997. In his interviews Kafelnikov mentioned that the main builder of his success...
  8. Kalugin

    Aslan Karatsev personal racket. Secrets.

    We can make any guesses we like and we want, or we can take a racket that was used by Aslan and make some measurements. What i did
  9. Kalugin

    Fischer and Kafelnikov = my youth racketlove, Part 2

    TT Mid Plus Pro = i meant TT Pro. Thanks for your answer about differences. Yeah, as i thought non-Pro TT is like a "budget" version of TT Pro with with a "budget" layup.
  10. Kalugin

    Fischer and Kafelnikov = my youth racketlove, Part 2

    Man, all i want to say after just finished reading your article is - T H A T is H U G E!!! It was a pure joy to read all this info while having lunch this rainy Moscow day. Thank you for your trully Fischer passion and your knowledge! I agree, that smoky, or as i call it - marble paintjob with...
  11. Kalugin

    Fischer and Kafelnikov = my youth racketlove, Part 2

    Actually two different rackets with different molds: VT Pro 98/Pro 1 is tapered beam, and Pro Classic is constant beam) Anyway, a great classic racket too!
  12. Kalugin

    Fischer and Kafelnikov = my youth racketlove, Part 2

    Man, thanks a lot! Im very glad that on such a big planet of different people and their different tastes we have found our tag line - Fischer rackets! I will write a post about Kafelnikov racket next weekend. And today i want to share with you my happiness. Today, in my second wedding...
  13. Kalugin

    Fischer and Kafelnikov = my youth racketlove, Part 2

    You wrote "The Vacuum Twin Tec Mid and Pro Mid were very rare. Fischer made 500 of the Mid". So Mid is more rare than Pro Mid?
  14. Kalugin

    Fischer and Kafelnikov = my youth racketlove, Part 2

    Thank you once more, you are a perfect Fischer companion! How interestingly: ive read that your all time great is Elite Pro (also have this emerald in my collection). Elite Pro is almost noodles in terms of RA, and Fischer TT Pro is 66 - super stiff in comparison with Elite Pro, but you like...
  15. Kalugin

    Fischer and Kafelnikov = my youth racketlove, Part 2

    Thank you very much for another outstanding reaction and review! Thats the level of conversation i was looking for all my tennis years! Lots of top and basic information about Fischer Pro Stocks. I also have been told that Fischer made around 40 rackets (per year) for Kafelnikov. So #23...
  16. Kalugin

    Fischer and Kafelnikov = my youth racketlove, Part 2

    As I announced previously, here you are – the second part of my Fischer-Kafelnikov-My youth post. In the first part I told you that I became a huge tennis (=Kafelnikov) fan in 1995. Roland-Garros. Every evening I watched 30-minutes highlights on our First Channel. That was it. No more...
  17. Kalugin

    Fischer and Kafelnikov = my youth racketlove, Part 2

    As I announced previously, here you are – the second part of my Fischer-Kafelnikov-My youth post. In the first part I told you that I became a huge tennis (=Kafelnikov) fan in 1995. Roland-Garros. Every evening I watched 30-minutes highlights on our First Channel. That was it. No more...
  18. Kalugin

    Fischer and Kafelnikov = my youth racketlove

    Yeah, thats how he said - Fischer rackets can be the cause of elbow issues. My experience was completely different...For sure, Fischer rackets are forever in my heart. For me its already a pleasure to have them at home, just look at them) But our business with Fischer rackets is not end yet)
  19. Kalugin

    Fischer and Kafelnikov = my youth racketlove

    By the way one of my favs - red/silver Pro 1 - was used by another Russian guy - Andrei Stoliarov, who was in the squad when Russia won our first Davis Cup!
  20. Kalugin

    Fischer and Kafelnikov = my youth racketlove

    I never used 330 grams version, i loved 320 version of red and silver/red! My perfect weight for a strung racket is 346 grams. Few years ago i started having some light issues in my elbow. Top russian stringer, Victor Gromov, told me that Fischer rackets are famous for hurting elbows sometimes...
  21. Kalugin

    Fischer and Kafelnikov = my youth racketlove

    For sure! How we can forget about the man of ridiculous occasions! Dewulf had no so many highlights in his career, but those that he had - were huge! SF and QF at RG (using Vacuum Pro 98 mold, no 3 and no 4 in my collection above), beating Muster in Vienna final, and losing to Ivanisevic in 41...
  22. Kalugin

    Fischer and Kafelnikov = my youth racketlove

    Thank you so much for your attention! And thank your for some info about Pacific rackets - never used them, and after your words i understand once more time: the original product (Fischer in our case and Vacuum Pro molds) anyway will be better than something new, even if this new is more...
  23. Kalugin

    Fischer and Kafelnikov = my youth racketlove

    Well, they always had that first selection - i mean ski department. As an avid ski fan (during beautiful russian winters) i can confirm: Fischer has the most loud and huge name in cross-country skiing! It looked like they caught their wave in tennis with perfect rackets that were produced in the...
  24. Kalugin

    Fischer and Kafelnikov = my youth racketlove

    Thats a shame that Baghdatis was the last bright Fischer frontman in ATP. After golden Era, when Fischer rackets were used by superstars like Kafelnikov, Stich, Mcenroe, Cash, Medvedev, now young generation of tennis fans highly likely never heard of this great brand
  25. Kalugin

    Fischer and Kafelnikov = my youth racketlove

    Man...wow...just never thought that the racket story of my youth will have such an emotional reply and welcome from TT users! Thank you, thank you, thank you! I think people did love my post so much because it posseses one main thing - my post is a sincere one. And i totally agree: friends in...
  26. Kalugin

    Fischer and Kafelnikov = my youth racketlove

    Thanks a lot! Before joined TT, i read a lot of you about Fischer rackets, and i have a huge respect for you as a racket lover, Fischer fan and overall tennis enthusiast. I saw photos of your Fischer collection - a lot of Twin Tec rackets, i also have several - first edition (that was used by...
  27. Kalugin

    Fischer and Kafelnikov = my youth racketlove

    Anyway, thats a great racket - 320 (one of my all-time Top-2). So in my humble opinion its great to have this stick in home collection)
  28. Kalugin

    Fischer and Kafelnikov = my youth racketlove

    Thats the situation where satsfying the itch is more important than potentially winning Grand Slam)) Thank you very much! By the way, you ve got 330 grams version or 320? Kafelnikov used 330, i prefered 320
  29. Kalugin

    Fischer and Kafelnikov = my youth racketlove

    Thank you! Exactly! Full circle in 28 years! From nowhere with not a single Fischer racket - to a full set of 7 + his personal racket!
  30. Kalugin

    Fischer and Kafelnikov = my youth racketlove

    Karatsev, Youzhny, Kafelnikov Nadal, Kuznetsova, Davydenko Around 60 Fischers, Heads and Babolats Ivan Gakhov personal racket, just sold today
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