Muster with Babolat

Jules

Rookie
Thanks, got to see the end of the tie-break. It was a sold effort for Muster in the second set.
He actually played pretty well at times and was able to play more aggressive. I wonder for how long he will continue this comeback.
 

Devilito

Hall of Fame
He actually played pretty well at times and was able to play more aggressive. I wonder for how long he will continue this comeback.
Hope he keeps going. He's an inspiration. Plus he's not embarrassing himself out there. He's playing pretty good with room to improve with more match experience. That's very positive for him…
 

Dream_On

Rookie
I wonder how Sampras would do if he came back, probably a lot better since he has the type of game to trouble anyone still I guess.
 

db379

Hall of Fame
From what I saw in this match, Muster needs to work hard on his footwork and serve. His BH is also too weak. That being said, he can definitely improve. He was dictating most rallies and won a lot of points when his 1st serve was in, unfortunately his 1st serve % was way too low to bother any top 100-200 player. But he did play a pretty good 2nd set and showed nice things!
 

vsbabolat

G.O.A.T.
Interesting since Haider-Maurer, as the lucky loser, pulled out before the qualifying rounds due to injury. Makes you wonder if he was really injured.

He received a direct entry into the main draw.
Just to be clear Haider-Maurer retired in the last round of Qualies while trailing 6-3, 3-0 to Marsel Ihan. Haider-Maurer had won two three sets matches in a row to get to the last round of Qualies.
http://www.bankaustria-tennistrophy.at/raster/raster_qualifikation.html
 
Had muster played with a PT630 he would not have dumped a FH into the net, shanked a BH and returned a serve out during the TB. He is a deserter and a traitor:twisted::twisted::twisted::twisted:
 
Last edited:

migjam

Professional
Had muster played with a PT630 he would not have dumped a FH into the net, shanked a BH and returned a serve out during the TB. He is a deserter and a traitor:twisted::twisted::twisted::twisted:
Seriously... What's up with the move to Babolat. He has always been a Head/Kneissl guy.
 

Pinkskunk

Rookie
ok so what is the final score?

Somehow seeing someone playing with a ADP with one-hand BH looks odd to me, personally i dont think that racket was designed for a one-hander ...... but then what do i know about racket :)
 

0d1n

Hall of Fame
Aeropro drive is a very famous stick on the seniors, not only Muster is playing it, i also saw a lot of others using it, Corretja, Kafelnikov, Chang, Noah, Leconte (he must have used every single brand out there!)
ok so what is the final score?

Somehow seeing someone playing with a ADP with one-hand BH looks odd to me, personally i dont think that racket was designed for a one-hander ...... but then what do i know about racket :)
Well, if you can get passed the weird feeling throat shape it should be a good racquet. Performance trumps feel for these players...so ... whatever works.
From ericsson's list Corretja, Noah and Leconte also use 1 handers ...so it's "doable".
Yeah, Leconte is weird, I would not be surprised to see him play with a Big Bubba one tournament and a woodie the next.
I mean ... that's just a SLIGHTLY bigger change than the change from a Fischer Vacuum Pro Classic 90 (which he used) to the Aero Pro Drive (which he's using?...or at least used...you never know with that guy :) ).
 

Rabbit

G.O.A.T.
ok so what is the final score?

Somehow seeing someone playing with a ADP with one-hand BH looks odd to me, personally i dont think that racket was designed for a one-hander ...... but then what do i know about racket :)
How exactly is a racquet designed for a two-handed backhand versus a one-handed backhand? And if there is an answer, how does it work for a one-handed forehand?
 

adidasman

Professional
All I know is that seeing Tommy in adidas is sweetness indeed. And man, is he fit or what? He looks lighter than he did back in '95. Wow.
 

TheMatias10s

New User
Seriously... What's up with the move to Babolat. He has always been a Head/Kneissl guy.
He needed a racquet that even an 80 year old lady could swing.
Can't miss a ball when you have that large a hitting spot.
Head racquets feel way better than Babolat....at least 15 years ago when he was playing, Head was top
 

shogun90

Rookie
ok so what is the final score?

Somehow seeing someone playing with a ADP with one-hand BH looks odd to me, personally i dont think that racket was designed for a one-hander ...... but then what do i know about racket :)
Francesca Schiavone doesn't seem to have a problem with it.
 

Rabbit

G.O.A.T.
Not true. The Reach Machine was a Kneissl, as was the second generation Toms Machine. As for the first Toms Machine...ummmm...well...uhhh.... ;)
My reference was to Muster's admission in an interview, after moving from Head to Kneissl. He was asked how he liked his new racquet. Muster replied "New paint, same racuqet".

It is true that Muster tried the Tom's Reach Machine, but to my understanding he only used it during hard court season. For his clay court runs, he reverted back to the PJ for the Head frame.
 

King_roger

Semi-Pro
stock Babolat Aero Pro Drive GT (strung 375g with "Thomas Muster special grip" ;) ) strung with RPM Blast @ 23/22 kg, I had it in my hand.

He plays RPM Blast (did that even before on his HEAD stick)

BUT: Gulbis won't play - Muster will face Lucky Looser austrian Haider-Hauser
Andreas Haider-Maurer please ;)
who plays btw a stock K-Blade with Alu Power @ around 26/25 kg
 

mctennis

Legend
"Andreas Haider-Maurer please "

I agree. Wasn't much of a match. If Muster gets beat by this guy he'll take a real whipping when he meets a real ranked player. I loved Muster when he played years ago. He'd do better in the seniors tour. He would be appreciated for what he had done in the past rather than the comeback attempt now. Maybe I'm wrong but I don't see Muster staying around a long time on the tour with the type of players that are on the tour now. I hope he stays around long enough for him to come to Cincy next August. I'd like to see him play in person again.
 

adidasman

Professional
My reference was to Muster's admission in an interview, after moving from Head to Kneissl. He was asked how he liked his new racquet. Muster replied "New paint, same racuqet".

It is true that Muster tried the Tom's Reach Machine, but to my understanding he only used it during hard court season. For his clay court runs, he reverted back to the PJ for the Head frame.
I do know he eventually did that - played the Reach Machine on hard courts, the old Toms Machine/Head PJ on clay. But I'm not sure he did that at first. But playing a ton of hard court events - including winning Miami, reaching the final in Cincy, and reaching the quarters at the US Open in 1996 - with the Reach Machine seems a bit more than him "trying" that frame. (I loved that racquet. It eventually killed my arm - 28", head-heavy, and 12.5 ounces! - but I loved it.)
 

Rabbit

G.O.A.T.
I do know he eventually did that - played the Reach Machine on hard courts, the old Toms Machine/Head PJ on clay. But I'm not sure he did that at first. But playing a ton of hard court events - including winning Miami, reaching the final in Cincy, and reaching the quarters at the US Open in 1996 - with the Reach Machine seems a bit more than him "trying" that frame. (I loved that racquet. It eventually killed my arm - 28", head-heavy, and 12.5 ounces! - but I loved it.)
damn! those specs sound like a recipe for disaster....
 

Pioneer

Professional
I tried it. It feels a bit better now that I've the lead tape isn't touching the grommets.

It is a big difference. Just try it and you will see :) Lead should not resonate with grommets. Many people feel and hear the difference and they just don't know what is going on...
 

Figjam

Banned
you know, i have to say that Im rooting for muster, and frankly I find this more interesting that watching Nadal. I would like to see must play a top 100 player.
To bad he didnt break out his old PT630s
 

vsbabolat

G.O.A.T.
Everything I heard around 1995-96 was that, regardless of what he was endorsing, Muster was stringing with full poly at around 70 lbs.
My understanding was it was the original Isospeed (Or Classic that it is called now)
Player Racquet Mains Crosses Tension Event/Year Source
Muster, Thomas Head Prestige Pro Isospeed Isospeed 68-71/68-71 Roland Garros 1991 USRSA
Muster, Thomas Head Prestige Pro Isospeed Isospeed 81.5/81.5 U.S. Open 1991 USRSA
Muster, Thomas Head Pro Tour 280 Mid Isospeed Isospeed 86/86 U.S. Open 1994 USRSA
Muster, Thomas Head Pro Tour 630 Isospeed Isospeed 90/90 Roland Garros 1995 USRSA
Muster, Thomas Head Pro Tour 630 Isospeed Isospeed 90/90 U.S. Open 1995 USRSA
Muster, Thomas Kneissl Tom's Reach Machine Babolat VS Power 17 Babolat VS Power 17 79/79 majors 1996 USRSA
Muster, Thomas Kneissl Tom's Reach Machine Babolat VS Power 1.30 Babolat VS Power 1.30 86/86 U.S. Open 1997 USRSA
Muster, Thomas Isospeed Isospeed 38/38 Newsweek Champions Cup 1999 Star Stringing (Chris Lundquist, CS)
Muster, Thomas Head Isospeed nylon Isospeed nylon 31/31 Roland Garros 2009 Tecnifibre
Muster, Thomas Head Isospeed nylon Isospeed nylon 34/32 Roland Garros 2009 Tecnifibre
Muster, Thomas Head Prestige 600 Isospeed Professional Luxilon Alu Power 1.25 57/55 Australian Open 2010 Wilson
 

Bud

Bionic Poster
My understanding was it was the original Isospeed (Or Classic that it is called now)
Player Racquet Mains Crosses Tension Event/Year Source
Muster, Thomas Head Prestige Pro Isospeed Isospeed 68-71/68-71 Roland Garros 1991 USRSA
Muster, Thomas Head Prestige Pro Isospeed Isospeed 81.5/81.5 U.S. Open 1991 USRSA
Muster, Thomas Head Pro Tour 280 Mid Isospeed Isospeed 86/86 U.S. Open 1994 USRSA
Muster, Thomas Head Pro Tour 630 Isospeed Isospeed 90/90 Roland Garros 1995 USRSA
Muster, Thomas Head Pro Tour 630 Isospeed Isospeed 90/90 U.S. Open 1995 USRSA
Muster, Thomas Kneissl Tom's Reach Machine Babolat VS Power 17 Babolat VS Power 17 79/79 majors 1996 USRSA
Muster, Thomas Kneissl Tom's Reach Machine Babolat VS Power 1.30 Babolat VS Power 1.30 86/86 U.S. Open 1997 USRSA
Muster, Thomas Isospeed Isospeed 38/38 Newsweek Champions Cup 1999 Star Stringing (Chris Lundquist, CS)
Muster, Thomas Head Isospeed nylon Isospeed nylon 31/31 Roland Garros 2009 Tecnifibre
Muster, Thomas Head Isospeed nylon Isospeed nylon 34/32 Roland Garros 2009 Tecnifibre
Muster, Thomas Head Prestige 600 Isospeed Professional Luxilon Alu Power 1.25 57/55 Australian Open 2010 Wilson
Natural gut at 86#!?

Isospeed Pro at 90#!? And in a frame with a 95 sq. in. head and 18x20 pattern.

My god :shock:
 
Last edited:

Rabbit

G.O.A.T.
you know, i have to say that Im rooting for muster, and frankly I find this more interesting that watching Nadal. I would like to see must play a top 100 player.
To bad he didnt break out his old PT630s
+1 @ 100%

Natural gut at 86#!?

Isospeed Pro at 90#!? And in a frame with a 95 sq. in. head and 18x20 pattern.

My god :shock:
Well, come on now...you're supposed to string Isospeed Professional +10% to account for the tension decrease so you're really only talking 81 pounds here. ;)
 

adidasman

Professional
damn! those specs sound like a recipe for disaster....
All that in a very flexible frame with an extremely tight string pattern. (I'm looking at that frame on my wall right now - it's still mocking me, in Muster's voice. "Sissy boy...couldn't handle me...you'll never be man enough...ha, ha ha!!!") Yeah, a week at tennis camp finally finished me off; the elbow pain just wouldn't go away after that. I'm too old to have to work that hard at swinging a racquet. (And the rumor was that Tommy's were even heavier...)
 

migjam

Professional
My understanding was it was the original Isospeed (Or Classic that it is called now)
Player Racquet Mains Crosses Tension Event/Year Source
Muster, Thomas Head Prestige Pro Isospeed Isospeed 68-71/68-71 Roland Garros 1991 USRSA
Muster, Thomas Head Prestige Pro Isospeed Isospeed 81.5/81.5 U.S. Open 1991 USRSA
Muster, Thomas Head Pro Tour 280 Mid Isospeed Isospeed 86/86 U.S. Open 1994 USRSA
Muster, Thomas Head Pro Tour 630 Isospeed Isospeed 90/90 Roland Garros 1995 USRSA
Muster, Thomas Head Pro Tour 630 Isospeed Isospeed 90/90 U.S. Open 1995 USRSA
Muster, Thomas Kneissl Tom's Reach Machine Babolat VS Power 17 Babolat VS Power 17 79/79 majors 1996 USRSA
Muster, Thomas Kneissl Tom's Reach Machine Babolat VS Power 1.30 Babolat VS Power 1.30 86/86 U.S. Open 1997 USRSA
Muster, Thomas Isospeed Isospeed 38/38 Newsweek Champions Cup 1999 Star Stringing (Chris Lundquist, CS)
Muster, Thomas Head Isospeed nylon Isospeed nylon 31/31 Roland Garros 2009 Tecnifibre
Muster, Thomas Head Isospeed nylon Isospeed nylon 34/32 Roland Garros 2009 Tecnifibre
Muster, Thomas Head Prestige 600 Isospeed Professional Luxilon Alu Power 1.25 57/55 Australian Open 2010 Wilson
And was using the Tom's Reach Machine :)
 

migjam

Professional
"Andreas Haider-Maurer please "

I agree. Wasn't much of a match. If Muster gets beat by this guy he'll take a real whipping when he meets a real ranked player.
Andreas Haider-Maurer is no slouch ranked at 157. He beat Seppi and just took out the #2 seed Cilic as well.
 

Rabbit

G.O.A.T.
All that in a very flexible frame with an extremely tight string pattern. (I'm looking at that frame on my wall right now - it's still mocking me, in Muster's voice. "Sissy boy...couldn't handle me...you'll never be man enough...ha, ha ha!!!") Yeah, a week at tennis camp finally finished me off; the elbow pain just wouldn't go away after that. I'm too old to have to work that hard at swinging a racquet. (And the rumor was that Tommy's were even heavier...)
No, it was probably more like:

Thomas Muster said:
Kids don't try this at home, I am a beast...
:)
 

accidental

Hall of Fame
I saw muster practicing at the Aus Open yesterday and it looks like hes gone back to one of his older head prestige MP rackets.

He was using what appeared to be an all black head racket that looked like a Prestige MP type shape. Not sure what it was, but I took a few pics and will post them later. He looks like hes hitting the ball extremely well too and looks amazingly fit. He was hitting with some guy I had never seen before and later in the day he was hitting with David Ferrer
 

tandayu

Professional
I saw muster practicing at the Aus Open yesterday and it looks like hes gone back to one of his older head prestige MP rackets.

He was using what appeared to be an all black head racket that looked like a Prestige MP type shape. Not sure what it was, but I took a few pics and will post them later. He looks like hes hitting the ball extremely well too and looks amazingly fit. He was hitting with some guy I had never seen before and later in the day he was hitting with David Ferrer

I saw the pic from yahoo, looks like a blackout of the old blue or whatever pt it is
 
Top