Is there any hope Pacific tennis rackets will return?

Brett69

Rookie
I absolutely love the feel of those frames and can’t believe they’re out of the racket business. Does anyone have any good news on this company?
 

McLovin

Legend
I absolutely love the feel of those frames and can’t believe they’re out of the racket business. Does anyone have any good news on this company?
They are not out of the racquet business. They are, however, out of the US market.

About a year ago their North American distributor quit, and to date, they've not lined up another distributor (at least nothing that I've heard). If you want to get new ones, contact @michael valek.
 

SFrazeur

Legend
Pacific has been (insert corporate jargon here) the US distribution for over a year now. A number of us former Pacific Dealers are tennis pros who were left in the lurch when Pacific USA shutdown with NO warning. We only found out when we tried to order, received no response, and had to contact Pacific in Europe.

I'm with Snauwaert now and very happy and pleased. I was an Ambassador and now I am the Territory Manager for my state building the brand.
 

Booger

Hall of Fame
What's great about them? On paper, nothing really stands out, but I've never hit with one. Only ever seen a few guys use them, but to be fair, one was a 5.5 Spanish kid who beat me bad.
 

Brett69

Rookie
What's great about them? On paper, nothing really stands out, but I've never hit with one. Only ever seen a few guys use them, but to be fair, one was a 5.5 Spanish kid who beat me bad.
Quality and feel. They had a “zero tolerance” policy on their frames that all models were identical in weight. You should’ve asked to hit with the one that kid beat you with. Great frames that couldn’t seem to break into the big market because they couldn’t sign a big name player, besides Marcos Baghdatis.
 

Booger

Hall of Fame
Quality and feel. They had a “zero tolerance” policy on their frames that all models were identical in weight. You should’ve asked to hit with the one that kid beat you with. Great frames that couldn’t seem to break into the big market because they couldn’t sign a big name player, besides Marcos Baghdatis.
I'll definitely try one if I ever get the chance.
 

Rabbit

G.O.A.T.
Pacific/Fischer are really nice, old-school flex rackets. Unfortunately, I just didn't jive with them but they felt very nice on the hit.

I think the reason they're not around here is the same reason Fischer isn't around here. They never could find an audience in the US.

To answer the OP, I'd put my money on "NO". From what I understand Pacific is still family run and the person running the show is a bit flaky and undependable. He will make no real commitment to the American market for string or frame. This has happened more than once here except back then it was his father who just plain let the American market disappear.

I checked a couple of sites in Europe and Pacific is either off the website or in clearance.
 
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mavsman149

Hall of Fame
I loved my Fischer MSpeed Pro One 98 SL so much, incredible racquet. I never had the opportunity to hit with a Pacific.....because I've never seen one in person.
 

Frankc

Professional
Well, I searched one out and I am very glad that I did. The X Tour Pro 97 was enjoyed on this Board, so I listened. Fischer is a great bloodline - that matters to me. The Pro 97 is a superb blend of control and tactical power - and that string pattern loves natural gut and softer strings...
Imo, what really separates Pacific is that they are small and you know how that matters in today's marketplace. The difference that I see with Pacific is that they do not have a list of pros playing paint jobs and a bunch of posters with a glaring look and open mouths... Pretty sad, imo...
I like small, innovative companies and I have learned to seek them out... a smaller, less driven company may actually attempt truly innovative products. Fischer was innovative and very Europe centered - Pacific is similar...
One thing more, fortunately, we often travel in Europe and , naturally, I bring a racquet (now, a Pacific, was a Fischer/Head) and I search out good local tennis on their slow red clay. I can assure you that the tennis is wonderful and varied - and, stated briefly, the good local European players see and enjoy tennis in a different fashion - tactics, skills and attitude than those in my experience in the U.S. Very different - the clay is part of that...but there is more...
 

Alex78

Hall of Fame
Very good insight by Frankc I think.
Even though I prefer the original Fischer frames to their Pacific heirs ;)
If you can manage to resist the temptations evoked by what you see on TV and in the hands of your tennis partners, those small brand racquets do offer unique playing characteristics.
 
Used a Fischer Pro 1 in the mid 90s for a while. As I got older, I began using the MSpeed 105. I have 4 of them, but currently, not playing. They will be the racket I use whenever I am able to play again.
 

siata94

Rookie
Hope you recover and play again soon...

I've been exclusive with the MSpeed 105 well over 10 years and have 10 of them, both SL and UL. I have been faithful...

My only want - replacement grommets because I frequently dig for volleys
 
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Brett69

Rookie
I loved my Fischer MSpeed Pro One 98 SL so much, incredible racquet. I never had the opportunity to hit with a Pacific.....because I've never seen one in person.
I will admit that, imo the quality of the Fisher frames seemed to be higher. Everything from the materials used up to the paint job seemed superior to Pacific’s standards. However, the feel of the frames were nearly identical.
 

mavsman149

Hall of Fame
I will admit that, imo the quality of the Fisher frames seemed to be higher. Everything from the materials used up to the paint job seemed superior to Pacific’s standards. However, the feel of the frames were nearly identical.
honestly paint job was probably my biggest complaint with my Fischer, I thought it chipped pretty easily, that may just be because of the shape of the hoop being so thin though
 

Alex78

Hall of Fame
Adding to what I wrote in post #13:
I have four Fischer Vacuum Pro Classic MP (with the 'Retro' design; got them all NOS) and they feel much softer than the Pacific X Tour 97 I had some years ago. Really like a night and day difference. To be precise, the Pacific didn't feel 'bad' at all and it probably is better suited to the "modern" game, but in comparison with its Fischer ancestor, you could say it was more 'direct', had more power, and - at least that was my own impression - gave you the idea of a much shorter dwell time of the ball in the string bed.
 

NicoMK

Professional
I have one X Pro Tour 97 (and some Fischer…). I know that some won't agree but I don't think they are quite the same. Definitely close but not identical. I agree with Alex78 when he says that the Pacific has a more modern feel so all in all it's all a matter of what you may prefer or not. I do prefer the Fischer feel though.

The X Pro Tour remains a solid player's racket with good power and a great comfort, a frame with a much better feel than any others by some popular brands ;)
 

gbgTennis

New User
For anyone else in the U.S. looking for Pacific racquets, you can contact me and I'll try to help you out.
As for the Pacific frames vs. Fischer frames, I certainly cannot find a drop in quality. The Pacific frames are all a couple of points RA stiffer than their Fischer equivalents, but that's just due to market demand I suppose. In my experience the only complaint about quality with Pacific is their paint, which chips somewhat fast. But that has been an issue with Fischer also, so that allone makes me think that they did not really change anything about their production.
The paint problem hopefully will become obsolete with the next iteration of the X Force and X Pro Tour racquets, as they have an entirely different paint, which is matte and will hopefully last longer.
 

NicoMK

Professional
The paint problem hopefully will become obsolete with the next iteration of the X Force and X Pro Tour racquets, as they have an entirely different paint, which is matte and will hopefully last longer.
I saw the X Force new PJ in another thread and I have to admit that it's gorgeous.

I wish they could sell more and have a SERIOUS top player or two, it would help (like people started to get interested in TF just because Medvedev had more wins last year).
 
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gbgTennis

New User
I saw the X Force new PJ in another thread and I have to admit that it's gorgeous.

I wish they could sell more and have a SERIOUS top player or two, it would help (like people started to get interested in TF just because Medvedev had more wins last year).
Pacific isn't planning on sponsoring any current top pros, as it's not part of their business model apparently. They are however sponsoring juniors, and currently some of the best U14,16 and 18 in germany are playing with X Tour 97.
 

michael valek

Professional
Basically their business model focuses on the domestic market and that’s about it. Been dealing with them for years. Germany is a big rich country they don’t really need to look outside.
 
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