Angelique Kerber new racquet ?

jarko111

Hall of Fame
Good job on the photo comparisons. That's quality work. I love this board! You all rock.
I can't believe she left her Si 100. All her best results were on that stick. She could just have had them paint over it, right? Oh .. Yonex doesn't do that, do they?
 
Good job on the photo comparisons. That's quality work. I love this board! You all rock.
I can't believe she left her Si 100. All her best results were on that stick. She could just have had them paint over it, right? Oh .. Yonex doesn't do that, do they?
Yeah I don’t get it neither. From what I’ve heard from the responsible of Yonex Benelux (who played a major role in signing Ivanovic to team Yonex) told me that Kerber issued the way the racket was painted the first time the Vcore SV released. According to him, they made the exact same frame, but the paintjob was 3/4grams heavier than before. she was not happy with that apparently, so she played with her old frames for a while, until Yonex fixed that ‘problem’. He said he thought it was more a personal form issue rather than a racket issue.

Btw, I LOVE this forum! I’m new here but I just recently worked two years in one of the biggest tennis specialist stores in Belgium. You’ll see me around and have a great year everyone!
 
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Attila_the_gorilla

Guest
Actually on second look the 3 rackets may be the same, hard to tell.
 
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moon shot

Hall of Fame
It's all the same racquet. Vcore 100S. The bakcked out racquet appears to be the same mold.
Yup, all three the same. I’d expect this new one to be the same as well. The black paint for ends up being identical is just manufactured drama.

I guess it worked with H19 players going black with their ‘blades’ before they showed up with ‘ultra’ paint. Hopefully more reveals like that would result in a frame being released that is remotely similar to what is being used by the pro.
 

Classic-TXP-IG MID

Hall of Fame
Actually on second look the 3 rackets may be the same, hard to tell.
Look at the grooves at the base of the throat... all the same in the photos of her holding her racquets in different paint jobs... all different between the three retail models... It's always the same... Pros stick with the same model... find what works and keep it constant... it's their career we're talking about, they're not going to stuff around with ever-changing marketing gimmicks...
 

jarko111

Hall of Fame
OH OH OH.. I was confused. I thought the third photos showing the throats, which are all different, was also a continuation of what she was using. I am not sure if that was meant to show the differences or to support the claim she's changed so much. Obviously in the second group of photos she has the same racquet.

Sorry about that. Very much confused.
 

MRfStop

Hall of Fame
OH OH OH.. I was confused. I thought the third photos showing the throats, which are all different, was also a continuation of what she was using. I am not sure if that was meant to show the differences or to support the claim she's changed so much. Obviously in the second group of photos she has the same racquet.

Sorry about that. Very much confused.
If you look at each racquet that she has in her hand the throat is the same. The 3rd row of photos showing close ups of the throat are to show the differences in the throat of each model. Shes using the same racquet in all three pictures with a different pj in the first two rows.

Hubert has a blacked out Yonex as well which is different from his Duel G pj. Maybe Yonex is going to be putting new PJs out soon?

 

Classic-TXP-IG MID

Hall of Fame
Yonex is about to release a new Vcore (replacement for Duel G)... or am I wrong about that?

This might just be the phase before the release of the new model, where the paint job has not arrived yet as they are not ready to show the new model and its look...
 

MRfStop

Hall of Fame
Yonex is about to release a new Vcore (replacement for Duel G)... or am I wrong about that?

This might just be the phase before the release of the new model, where the paint job has not arrived yet as they are not ready to show the new model and its look...
Since Kerber, Garcia, and Hubert are playing with blacked out sticks I’m assuming Yonex has new pjs for the whole VCore line
 
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moon shot

Hall of Fame
OH OH OH.. I was confused. I thought the third photos showing the throats, which are all different, was also a continuation of what she was using. I am not sure if that was meant to show the differences or to support the claim she's changed so much. Obviously in the second group of photos she has the same racquet.

Sorry about that. Very much confused.
I should have described what I was showing, I can see how that'd be confusing.
 

6onza

New User
Since Kerber, Garcia, and Hubert are playing with blacked out sticks I’m assuming Yonex has new pjs for the whole VCore line
You might be right. We'll have to wait until Stan shows up to be completely sure. He's confirmed for Tie Break Tens in a few days
 

jarko111

Hall of Fame
Good thing is that the differences in the throat are so minutely small. It's an easy thing to paint on and no one would no the better.
 

Yoneyama

Hall of Fame
You might be right. We'll have to wait until Stan shows up to be completely sure. He's confirmed for Tie Break Tens in a few days

Practice court footage of Stan is on youtube from one day ago. Still the old VCore paint job. So maybe not?
 

6onza

New User
Practice court footage of Stan is on youtube from one day ago. Still the old VCore paint job. So maybe not?
Yup. I just saw it. It's strange because Yonex used to release Stan's VCore pjob every 2 years (Tour 97 2012-Dec.2013 / Tour G: 2014-Dec.2015). Maybe they're going to release it along with the rest of the VCore family later this year, but in that case Stan should be playing with a blacked out racquet. Something doesn't fit here
 

Yoneyama

Hall of Fame
Yup. I just saw it. It's strange because Yonex used to release Stan's VCore pjob every 2 years (Tour 97 2012-Dec.2013 / Tour G: 2014-Dec.2015). Maybe they're going to release it along with the rest of the VCore family later this year, but in that case Stan should be playing with a blacked out racquet. Something doesn't fit here
Who knows it might debut at the AO! I feel as though last year Yonex really did push the new SV line so surely it's VCores turn.
 
I saw her video on the website of AO talking about her new serve. They really zoomed in to her racket. I don’t get why she plays with it blacked out, yet there is a big Yonex logo AND a VCORE logo at 3’ covered halfly with lead tape.

They just should bring this blacked out version in stores, as a limited edition. I would love it..
 

glenWs

Rookie
Look at the grooves at the base of the throat... all the same in the photos of her holding her racquets in different paint jobs... all different between the three retail models... It's always the same... Pros stick with the same model... find what works and keep it constant... it's their career we're talking about, they're not going to stuff around with ever-changing marketing gimmicks...

Unless your name is Donald Young -- who changes rackets like underwear. Now he's playing Dunlop and looks terrible doing it.
 

glenWs

Rookie
I think the manufacturer probably encourages blackout as it creates buzz for the next product once the current one has leveled out in sales.

Looks the same to me:

Didn't Yonex release a blacked out version of the VCore in Japan? Looks like that's her paint job du jour
 

Classic-TXP-IG MID

Hall of Fame
Unless your name is Donald Young -- who changes rackets like underwear. Now he's playing Dunlop and looks terrible doing it.
That's because, as it's well known, it's the racquet's fault... :rolleyes: Don't you know that...? ;)

However, I must say I don't know Donald that well, so I can't comment on the frequency of his underwear changing... :p:D
 

glenWs

Rookie
That's because, as it's well known, it's the racquet's fault... :rolleyes: Don't you know that...? ;)

However, I must say I don't know Donald that well, so I can't comment on the frequency of his underwear changing... :p:D
Figure of speech. Most people change underwear daily. Young is getting close to that with racquets.
 

Classic-TXP-IG MID

Hall of Fame
Figure of speech. Most people change underwear daily. Young is getting close to that with racquets.
I understood the figure of speech and what you were saying... I was making the joke that since I don't know him, I don't know his underwear regime... he might not change daily... I was joking... hence the tongue sticking out and the grinning emoji that followed the sentence... Deadpan humor...
 

otifiwi

New User
Yeah I don’t get it neither. From what I’ve heard from the responsible of Yonex Benelux (who played a major role in signing Ivanovic to team Yonex) told me that Kerber issued the way the racket was painted the first time the Vcore SV released. According to him, they made the exact same frame, but the paintjob was 3/4grams heavier than before. she was not happy with that apparently, so she played with her old frames for a while, until Yonex fixed that ‘problem’. He said he thought it was more a personal form issue rather than a racket issue.

Btw, I LOVE this forum! I’m new here but I just recently worked two years in one of the biggest tennis specialist stores in Belgium. You’ll see me around and have a great year everyone!
hey i did post something on your profile, check it out and answer me please, thanks
 

ron schaap

Hall of Fame
So what are the differences between the vcore 100 S, the 100 SI, the SV, and the recent vcore 100, besides paintjob?
Would you experts think that normaal non pro's would notice it if these racquets weighted and balanced the same, while blindtesting?
 
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