Blade 98 - Pros who actually play these (all versions)

Ross K

Legend
Yes, pro-wise, who does actually play with a real Blade 98, be it the new Black Blades, gold/black, K Blade, etc, etc?

Just curious.

TIA
 

spinovic

Hall of Fame
Monfils switched to the new black Darth Vader version this season? I believe it is the 2013 Blade 98 (18x20)...

...unless its a PJ. I'm sure someone on here knows.
 

Ross K

Legend
Okay... Raonic, Dancevic, David Goffin, Filip Peliwo, Laura Robson, Monfils...

Q. Is Raonic using a K Blade really?... Monfils must be a pj surely?

Anyhow, keep 'em coming!
 

Power Player

Talk Tennis Guru
He switched to Tec. Plays the 305. It's more a $$$ thing probably.

But it's funny because the 305 is what made me check out the Blade. I was very impressed with that stick, but the Blade is even better.
 

Ross K

Legend
^ I didn't know this. That's a shame for Wilson. They obviously should have paid him more! Does he still post on TT I wonder? It was great to have someone of his high calibre chatting to the likes of us lol!
 

morandi

Rookie
I think Monfils is still playing with the Rebel 95 thats just painted to look like a Wilson Blade. At the aussie open I could see the speedport holes.
 

Ross K

Legend
I think Monfils is still playing with the Rebel 95 thats just painted to look like a Wilson Blade. At the aussie open I could see the speedport holes.
Yes, I thought he was probably playing a pj...

So, do any of these pros play the actual Blade lol?:)
 

Ross K

Legend
ProStringing ^

Thanks for great pics and names.

Er, I'm curious - don't suppose you happen to know what strings Phau (confess I don't know the player) has in there?
 

spinovic

Hall of Fame
I know players often play with PJ's, which is generally older models of the same racquet, of different model but same brand.

Are there actually guys who play with different brands than they're endorsing? So they end up with a Prince racquet and a Wilson PJ?
 

Bdarb

Hall of Fame
^pretty sure I heard Monfils is currently playing a Wilson painted racquet with prince o port holes. This is a pretty blatant example but short answer is yes absolutely. This is one reason I hold Sampras in such high regards, they tried to throw money at him and he stuck with his racquet (not for any ideological reasons mind you but I still like that he was partial and you could see to what)
 

vsbabolat

G.O.A.T.
^pretty sure I heard Monfils is currently playing a Wilson painted racquet with prince o port holes. This is a pretty blatant example but short answer is yes absolutely. This is one reason I hold Sampras in such high regards, they tried to throw money at him and he stuck with his racquet (not for any ideological reasons mind you but I still like that he was partial and you could see to what)
That's not true! Show me the Portholes.... Monfils is really using a Wilson racquet.
http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/n...nd-taped-up-in-his-third-news-photo/159715666

http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/n...-racquet-during-his-mens-news-photo/159713817
 

Bdarb

Hall of Fame
Totally false!!!!!!!! Watched him hit yesterday and again this morning and he is using the Wilson........
Pardon me just something I read on here somewhere. Point stands, yes companies pj other companies frames for players. As for Monfils, it's probably just the light but isn't the blade a matte finish, that looks kind of glossy. What's he hitting with vsbabolat? H-something or other or is that a new blade?
 

kimguroo

Legend
Monfils uses wilson blade or pro stock but not sure which one.
I am 100% sure that He does not use Prince rebel 95.
I think previously Monfils used prestige but I don't think it's prestige paint job.

Prince rebel 95 offers pin point control but less power so monfis might use actual blade which offers good control and power. Hope he won't have any injuries from blade haha.
 

spinovic

Hall of Fame
Regardless of what Monfils is using, does this happen where a guy gets a Wilson PJ on a Head racquet? Or whatever companies you want to fill in the blanks with? Just curious.
 
ProStringing ^

Thanks for great pics and names.

Er, I'm curious - don't suppose you happen to know what strings Phau (confess I don't know the player) has in there?
Hi Ross,

Bjorn Phau's string setup (in June 2012) was:

Mains - Luxilon Big Banger Alu Power @ 23.0 KGS
Crosses - Wilson NXT @ 22.0 KGS

ProStringing
 

Bdarb

Hall of Fame
Tell you what.......gonna be on onsite today and tomorrow and if I get a chance I will see what he is playing with......all theses claims he is using a prestige (he's not) or still a Rebel or a H19.......try to find out this week.
Thanks. Just curious. So he did def bump up his head size 3 in though from the rebel.
 

spinovic

Hall of Fame
Thanks guys. I was just curious. I haven't been on the forum that long, so I've read a few examples of guys with different PJ's within the same brand, but I hadn't seen any examples of a totally different brand.

Not a huge deal, but does seem a little strange.
 

Ross K

Legend
Thanks gavna, ProStringing, suppawat, and everyone for great feedback. Keep it all coming in, really good info.:)

BTW, I do like that pic Matt!

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Ross K

Legend
Well LaMonf told me when I asked if he knew what he was playing with he said he didn't know. It's an H19 from what can tell.....he said he just tells Wilson what he is looking for and they send him sticks tweaked. Then Off to P1 for final set up.

I will check out the stringing room tomorrow ( buddy of mine stringing again this week).
I don't know which I find more priceless - the fact that you spoke with Monfils in person and asked him about his frame, or the fact he answered he didn't know! :)
 

Ross K

Legend
Met him a few times and trade emails........met him on vacation and he has been very cool with our youngest son.....now that he is in Houston and my son a ballkid this week he hit with my kid since Thursday. Very very cool......
Yes, how special is that eh? :cool: Now gavna, ask ask him again, GRILL him on what frame he's really using! :)
 

Bdarb

Hall of Fame
I will check out the stringing room tomorrow ( buddy of mine stringing again this week).
Tt, Hands down the coolest website. That I can talk with someone with that kind of access to someone like Monfils stick is pretty neat.
 

dgoran

Hall of Fame
Not sure if we mentioned Daniel brands
New Blade 16x19 think as of this year he used some other Wilson before
 

Ross K

Legend
Actually leaving in 10 min to head out there....loooong day with 16 quali matches on the 4 courts -

Gonna grab his sticks out of his bag and take close up pics (not).
gavna, what's the lowdown then? Hope you weren't caught red-handed as it were taking quick pics and rummaging through his bag!:eek: This TT Special Ops work is dangerous business!:)
 

Ross K

Legend
He's using the H22 - pro stock of the 98.....leather grip with tourna grip.
Sticks were all 4 1/2 I saw.
Thanks for the confirmation. Superb 'Special Ops' work there my friend. :)

Anyone ever played an H22? How was it? How does it compare to the Blade?

dgoran - A bit off topic but what frames you hitting with ATM? Have you gone the TF 315 Ltd route as well? I say that as I do recall some of your previous frames/preferences, some of them great Head MPs like PT630, Rad Pro, etc. I think the Ltd is meant to be a contender for the mythical frame that plays like an easier to use PT630?
 
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