I think the paintjob issue degrades the image of tennis. I mean is there any other sport where the manufacturers and players cheat media so much? (Maybe badminton and squash deal with same issue, I don’t know for sure.) Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s fine to tune your sport equipment to get the best results. But painting the pros’ racquets to look like the new models and saying it is the same racquet is sooooo wrong. Is everything allowed in the name of marketing? The companies look like fools in my eyes. Okay, the paintjobs are not the most important thing in the world and general public may not know or doesn’t even care this matter, but I still think the paintjobs suck. There is great danger that the tennis fan who wants to buy his or her idol’s racquet gets cheated. The racquet he or she wants to buy looks like the one his idol uses but it’s not the same. And what about the responsibility of the shop keeper. I know from experience that some of them go along with the racquet manufactures and not tell the truth (or are not even aware of the issue!). I know the reason for paintjobs is money, right? One explanation is that without paintjobs the companies would die because they wouldn’t sell enough racquets. But what if there was a company that would have guts to go against the grain. At least I’d appreciate and support a racquet manufacturer that wouldn’t do paintjobs for their pros. That company could say that we don’t have to produce new (players’) racquets every year. If our pros want to play with the old ones we produce them (in any colour you want) as long as we come up with some good racquets our pros want to use. I may be an idealist but I know some of you tennis fans think the same. Now I’ll stop whining and taking your time. I'll pack my bag and go to hit some beautiful slices . Sorry for bad Euro-Engrish .