Federer's racket Dubai....pics!

roundiesee

Hall of Fame
Does anyone know what he was doing to the racket at the changeover? When he takes out a newly strung one? Seems to be peeling something off the throat....
 

PeterFig

Professional
Does anyone know what he was doing to the racket at the changeover? When he takes out a newly strung one? Seems to be peeling something off the throat....
A good guess would be that since his regular stringers (P1) are not stringing for him at Dubai, the tournament stringer probably puts some kind of sticker (string/tension info) on the inside of the throat and it's probably something he doesn't want to see in there / is different than he's used to with P1.... so he rips it off.
 

roundiesee

Hall of Fame
A good guess would be that since his regular stringers (P1) are not stringing for him at Dubai, the tournament stringer probably puts some kind of sticker (string/tension info) on the inside of the throat and it's probably something he doesn't want to see in there / is different than he's used to with P1.... so he rips it off.
Thanks! :) Very plausible indeed!
 

HeeK_ILRF

New User
or maybe PWS not i thought yes....
a lot of ppl talk about this myth in the forum but really it's larger then one can see in the pics above....
 

Crisp

Professional
I reckon these pics are actually from Aus open... Not Dubai. Am I the only one who thinks this.
 

Crisp

Professional
Never mind. There seems to be a glitch with my PC/ the photos. Originally they had the 7 sport logo at the bottom and were of fed returning... Now they seem to be him sitting down at changeover and yes they are Dubai. My apologies. I was incorrect. ( bet you've never seen anyone admit that on Talk Tennis.
 

Nostradamus

Bionic Poster
Once they finally add some Paint on that racket, wouldn't that change the Specs ? paint weighs significant amount
 

Wodz

Rookie
Federer removed a tension sticker that the on-site stringers had placed inside of the throat of the frame.

P1 generally places a white sticker with the day of the week and tension for that setup. On the black frame a stick like that would stand out. During that change over I did notice Federer go to the inside of the throat and remove and discard the sticker.

I am 100% sure it was a tension label that the on-site stringers added.

Paint the frame already!!!!!!!
 

roundiesee

Hall of Fame
Federer removed a tension sticker that the on-site stringers had placed inside of the throat of the frame.

P1 generally places a white sticker with the day of the week and tension for that setup. On the black frame a stick like that would stand out. During that change over I did notice Federer go to the inside of the throat and remove and discard the sticker.

I am 100% sure it was a tension label that the on-site stringers added.

Paint the frame already!!!!!!!
Yes, thanks! Excellent observation! :)
 
Yes the profile looks a bit like a lower-beam PS Classic (not saying its not 98" though). Which would be great to tame the power of the Classic a bit. Now all I want them to make is a higher beam, narrower PS Original, K, BLX or whatever. And ofcourse make these available in say 3-4 different headsizes. And ofcourse both 16x19 and 18x20.
 

SwankPeRFection

Hall of Fame
Take a close look at the pics of him spinning it. You can see lead running about an inch longer beyond the head guard on one side but not the other side. Also, on the first game of the Final, he also had to adjust the grip finishing tape as whomever put it on wasn't OCD enough to make it straight like P1 does and it was the usual Wilson BS finishing tape that comes with the over grips. P1 uses the black 1/2" finishing tape you usually can get from Gamma.

Fed, let me tag along and solve these issues for you. I just require room and board. ;) I'll even sit in your box and cheer instead of staring at my phone all the time like I don't want to be there.
 

Rogael Naderer

Semi-Pro
Take a close look at the pics of him spinning it. You can see lead running about an inch longer beyond the head guard on one side but not the other side. Also, on the first game of the Final, he also had to adjust the grip finishing tape as whomever put it on wasn't OCD enough to make it straight like P1 does and it was the usual Wilson BS finishing tape that comes with the over grips. P1 uses the black 1/2" finishing tape you usually can get from Gamma.

Fed, let me tag along and solve these issues for you. I just require room and board. ;) I'll even sit in your box and cheer instead of staring at my phone all the time like I don't want to be there.
It is not lead you can see, I'm sure there probably is lead under the bumper guard but what you can see is a point on the racquet that has been gazed on the court surface, stripping the paint in one spot only as Fed always swings his racquet the same side down.
 

Wodz

Rookie
He has a front and back of the racquet.. are you suggesting that he ALWAYS hits with only ONE side of the racquet face?
 

Crisp

Professional
He has a front and back of the racquet.. are you suggesting that he ALWAYS hits with only ONE side of the racquet
He is suggesting that fed always has the same side down. Thus scraping that side all the time.
 

tennis_hand

Hall of Fame
the racket head is wider. i.e. more towards the modern racket design than than the old long but narrower head shape.

this helps him with top spin with less shanks.
 

SwankPeRFection

Hall of Fame
It is not lead you can see, I'm sure there probably is lead under the bumper guard but what you can see is a point on the racquet that has been gazed on the court surface, stripping the paint in one spot only as Fed always swings his racquet the same side down.


That's definitely the side that's always down, I can tell from the stencil, but it looks too much like the lead strips he runs under the head guard on each rim of the frame up top.

I dunno, it's hard to be 100% sure since I can kinda make out the end of the head guard and that 1" area seems to start after that and then there's the small chip up in the middle of it. On the thumbnails of the pic you can see how it can look like something else. The other scrape at 12 o'clock is definitely that and it does look like there's white under the black paint there too so...
 
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