Paint jobs and "the integrity of the game".

#1
Customer came in today with a Pure Aero and in the course of discussing his stringing options I mentioned that nearly everyone who appears to be using the Pure Aero on the pro tour is using a paint job. He appeared stunned by the news.

When Sharapova was suspended for 2 years for using meldonium I think I recall Rafa Nadal being pretty harsh in his condemnation, citing "the integrity of the game".
I don't know how many millions of dollars Rafa gets from Babolat to use their racquets/paintjobs but am I the only one who thinks he is taking bucket loads of cash to help perpetrate fraud on the unsuspecting public?

In terms of "the integrity of the game" which do you think is worse?

Judging by the look on his face I'm guessing my customer today was more miffed with Rafa.
 
#2
For Wilson that would be accurate. Babolat only has a couple of players that play prostocks. Nadal being one of them. Look at the Bryans and Melo. All playing older rackets because babolat won't paint them with the newer paint and use the older tech.
 
#3
The misrepresented racquet “paint job” is not a performance enhancing surrogate. However, they have a common thread I agree; one is fraudulent in function, the other merely in appearance.


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#4
I don't know how many millions of dollars Rafa gets from Babolat to use their racquets/paintjobs but am I the only one who thinks he is taking bucket loads of cash to help perpetrate fraud on the unsuspecting public?
Well, it probably is a fraud of sorts. On the other hand even if you got a fresh from the factory Rafa frame it still wouldn't be quite what he plays with. I'm pretty sure he puts lead on it and adjusts that weight from time to time. So what the public is buying is a Rafa endorsed frame, not a Rafa frame. The fact that manufacturers don't print some sort of statement like that on the inserts might be problematic in terms of fraud, they also don't print that it is the exact frame Rafa uses either. If they did print that how many people would read it or care? So I'm not sure this isn't much to do about nothing.
 
#5
Oh jeebus, ever seen one of those Toyota Camry's on the Nascar circuit?

Lighten up. If anyone is fooled by this, screw 'em. It's just marketing.

Don't try to compare this with doping. That's just silly.

You think the Air Jordans you buy at Dick's are the same as the ones MJ wore (ok, a dated comment, but still the same)?
 
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