Pros (Past and Present) Who've Swung a Babolat Pure Strike & Predecessor Control-Oriented Frames [Includes major winners]

gino

Legend
A lot of you are big fans of the 6.1 95 thread I made under this pretense. Will work on a list of various control-oriented frames.

*this exercise excludes aero and drive lineage frames, even the more control oriented offerings like the aero storm, aero vs/98 and pd vs/98

Feel free to comment some suggestions in the thread!

Babolat Pure Strike 98 Mold:
Dominic Thiem 18x20 (2020 US Open) - d. Cilic, de Minaur, FAA, Medvedev, & Zverev
Brandon Nakashima
Alexander Shevchenko 18x20
Felix Auger-Aliassime 16x19

Babolat Pure Strike 97/VS Mold:
Yulia Starodubtseva (nice catch at AO24 from @naturalexponent )

Babolat Pure Strike 100 Mold:
Jo-Wilfred Tsonga
Anett Kontaveit
Heather Watson

Babolat Pure Control Tour Mold:
Cameron Norrie
Christian Garin
Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi
Brian Baker

Babolat Pure Storm Tour GT:
Pete Sampras
Alejandro Falla
Rajeev Ram
Jerzy Janowicz
Santiago Giraldo
Maximo Gonzalez

Babolat Pure Storm GT:
Samantha Stosur
Alize Cornet
Vivek Ramaswamy

Babolat Pure Storm LTD:
Jack Sock
Rohan Bopanna
Ryan Harrison

Babolat Pure Storm XL:
Fernando Gonzalez

Babolat Pure Control Swirly:
Daniela Hantuchova
Jan Hernych
Kenneth Carlsen

Babolat Pure Control Original:
Nico Massu
Robby Ginepri
Benjamin Becker
Luis Horna
Brian Vahaly
Lars Burgsmuller
Gisela Dulko
Scoville Jenkins
Tommy Haas
 
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gino

Legend

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colan5934

Professional
Others who used the Storm/Control mold include:
Sam Stosur
Nico Massu
Nadia Petrova (used the 103 and 98/97)
Tommy Haas tested it, but I don't think he used it in competition
Benjamin Becker
Jerzy Janowicz used the LTD as a junior

I'm sure there are more but they're escaping me right now
 

gino

Legend
Others who used the Storm/Control mold include:
Sam Stosur
Nico Massu
Nadia Petrova (used the 103 and 98/97)
Tommy Haas tested it, but I don't think he used it in competition
Benjamin Becker
Jerzy Janowicz used the LTD as a junior

I'm sure there are more but they're escaping me right now
Thanks for the feedback - massu a great shout. totally forgot about Becker, that was low hanging fruit

had no clue about Haas, do you know what time period that was?
 

gino

Legend
It was the CarbonXtreme paint, so sometime around '07/08. I'm fairly certain it was just an off-season test that included other frames.

So cool, that was right around the time he went back to head. Think he went TGK 238.1 -> PT57A in 2009/2010
 

naturalexponent

Hall of Fame
thanks for putting this together @gino! Fun way to mark the release of the latest strikes.

Also brandon nakashima who was rocking a strike before the switch to YY.
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vsbabolat

G.O.A.T.
A lot of you are big fans of the 6.1 95 thread I made under this pretense. Will work on a list of various control-oriented frames.

*this exercise excludes aero and drive lineage frames, even the more control oriented offerings like the aero storm, aero vs/98 and pd vs/98

Feel free to comment some suggestions in the thread!

Babolat Pure Strike 98 Mold:
Dominic Thiem 18x20 (2020 US Open) - d. Cilic, de Minaur, FAA, Medvedev, & Zverev
Alexander Shevchenko 18x20
Felix Auger-Aliassime 16x19

Babolat Pure Strike 100 Mold:
Jo-Wilfred Tsonga
Anett Kontaveit
Heather Watson

Babolat Pure Control Tour Mold:
Cameron Norrie
Christian Garin
Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi

Babolat Pure Storm Tour GT:
Pete Sampras
Alejandro Falla
Jerzy Janowicz
Santiago Giraldo
Maximo Gonzalez

Babolat Pure Storm GT:
Samantha Stosur
Alize Cornet
Vivek Ramaswamy

Babolat Pure Storm LTD:
Jack Sock
Rohan Bopanna
Ryan Harrison

Babolat Pure Storm XL:
Fernando Gonzalez

Babolat Pure Control Original:
Nico Massu
Robby Ginepri
Benjamin Becker
Scoville Jenkins
Tommy Haas
Tommy Haas has never used the Babolat Pure Control
 

colan5934

Professional
Some guy claims he tested it in practice. That’s not someone who has used it.
That’s like saying Nadal switched to HEAD MXG because he tested in an off season.
OP’s choice to count it or not lol. But because it’s SUCH a big deal that he didn’t use it in competition…I agree that he shouldn’t be on the list
 

PistolPete23

Hall of Fame

“Nationally-ranked junior”

Edit: I can’t find any info on his junior ranking, just a nebulous “nationally-ranked junior” everywhere I look. One article said his strokes are fluid. I played in HS with nationally-ranked juniors on my team in NorCal. They don’t hit like that or had footwork like that.
 
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PistolPete23

Hall of Fame
Won’t disagree, but reportedly he’s a 5.0 which is at least above average for this place lol. Though I can’t find verification so I’d imagine there’s some degree of BS there
If he’s 5.0, watching him hit, I feel like I should rate myself at least 0.5 higher.
 

vsbabolat

G.O.A.T.
Won’t disagree, but reportedly he’s a 5.0 which is at least above average for this place lol. Though I can’t find verification so I’d imagine there’s some degree of BS there
I saw the video of him hitting forehands. He’s a 4.0-4.5 max. I wasn’t impressed by his technique. Also his foot is deplorable. Horrendous
 

PistolPete23

Hall of Fame
Eh. Strokes only tell so much. Doesn’t everyone on this board rate at least 0.5 higher anyway?
Come to think of it, to have strokes and footwork that look like his does, and have the confidence to post a video of himself playing shirtless while running for the highest office in the land, he must have amazing confidence on the court. So maybe it is possible he’s a 5.0 :eek:
 

vsbabolat

G.O.A.T.
Last UTR was a 9.04, is that a 4.5? Maybe he has impeccable tennis IQ. The happy Gilmore step into the forehand is hilarious.
He played a guy that is 5.xx that he barely beat 6-4, 7-6 and played an 8.xx that’s smoked him 6-0, 6-0. I think his true rating is UTR 5.to 6.0. No way he’s a UTR 9.04
Also it’s only league matches in Ohio and no USTA tournaments and no ITF tournaments.
I wonder how he can play with his tinfoil hat?
 
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gino

Legend
He played a guy that is 5.xx that he barely beat 6-4, 7-6 and played an 8.xx that’s smoked him 6-0, 6-0. I think his true rating is UTR 5.to 6.0. No way he’s a UTR 9.04
Also it’s only league matches in Ohio and no USTA tournaments and no ITF tournaments.
I wonder how he can play with his tinfoil hat?

He sucks and he’s an absolute moron.


I saw the video of him hitting forehands. He’s a 4.0-4.5 max. I wasn’t impressed by his technique. Also his foot is deplorable. Horrendous

you coming in here to "correct" me about Haas then going on a 4-post Vivek rant is just incredible comedy. we get it, you don't like the guy. his addition to the list was a joke

if you care so much about poster accuracy/staying on topic, what exactly is this little Vivek rant all about?

any additional players to add to the list? or just want to let us know about your political proclivities? really distracting from the intended purpose of the thread
 

PistolPete23

Hall of Fame
you coming in here to "correct" me about Haas then going on a 4-post Vivek rant is just incredible comedy. we get it, you don't like the guy. his addition to the list was a joke

if you care so much about poster accuracy/staying on topic, what exactly is this little Vivek rant all about?

any additional players to add to the list? or just want to let us know about your political proclivities? really distracting from the intended purpose of the thread
I mean, reference to any politician on these forums (or anywhere on the internet), joke or otherwise, is an invitation for a rant … this one was funny though
 

gino

Legend
I mean, reference to any politician on these forums (or anywhere on the internet), joke or otherwise, is an invitation for a rant … this one was funny though

The hypocrisy is my biggest issue. If you’re so intent on making sure that everything that said on these boards is correct, then maybe you should follow the pretense of threads
 

PistolPete23

Hall of Fame
The hypocrisy is my biggest issue. If you’re so intent on making sure that everything that said on these boards is correct, then maybe you should follow the pretense of threads
I’m just amazed that people here have knowledge like Haas once “tested” a PC during practice. How do you even go about getting that info?
 

mavsman149

Hall of Fame
Daniela Hantuchova used the Pure Control + swirly
Brian Vahaly Pure Control Team MP (I think it was a VS Control though)
Lars Burgsmuller VS Control/Pure Control
Jan Hernych Pure Control swirly
Gisela Dulko Pure Control
Brian Baker Pure Control before he went Aero
 

mavsman149

Hall of Fame
@gino the ones you labeled Pure Control original are more likely Pure Control Swirly, like the Pure Drive, there is a pre woofer original that was a 95 head.
 
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