Santoro designing a racquet?

In Fabrice's blog he talks about meeting with a company called "Inesis" with regards to designing a racquet. Has anybody heard anything else about this?
 

TennisAsAlways

Professional
prestige18 said:
In Fabrice's blog he talks about meeting with a company called "Inesis" with regards to designing a racquet. Has anybody heard anything else about this?
I have never heard of that story.

I have heard of that company "Inesis" however. They manufacture generic sporting good equipment and apparel. One retail chain that I know of that carries their line of products is a company called "Decathalon".

Good day now. 8)
 

raftermania

Banned
Of course, the Santoro Signature Edition. With every racquet comes a free how to video, on how to catch a ball thrown 300 feet in the air on your racquet.
 

dmastous

Professional
TennisAsAlways said:
I have never heard of that story.
I have heard of that company "Inesis" however. They manufacture generic sporting good equipment and apparel. One retail chain that I know of that carries their line of products is a company called "Decathalon". Good day now. 8)
Do they still exist? I thought they went OOB a couple years ago.
 

TennisAsAlways

Professional
dmastous said:
Do they still exist? I thought they went OOB a couple years ago.
I think you are getting things a bit mixed up. "MVP Sports" were the guys who went OOB. "Decathalon Sports" bought them out.

Good day now. 8)
 

dmastous

Professional
TennisAsAlways said:
I think you are getting things a bit mixed up. "MVP Sports" were the guys who went OOB. "Decathalon Sports" bought them out.

Good day now. 8)
Yup. I'm all mixed up. It must be MVP sports. Thanks.
 

jackcrawford

Professional
The British tennis magazine ACE discussed this prototype two years ago - mentioned a 4pt headlight, 11 oz, 98in head size, 21mm beam - pretty much the IRad MP he was playing with for a while.
 

TennisAsAlways

Professional
http://corporate.decathlon.com/netjob/EN/marques_passion/marque_inesis.jsp

(info from website):

Fabrice is particularly meticulous with his equipment leaving absolutely nothing to chance. From now on, Inesis and its staff will be the ones to benefit from his attention to detail. Together they wish to develop better and better rackets. Kitted out with Inesis equipment, Fabrice Santoro has a reputation for being one of the most difficult men to beat in the big tournaments. He won two consecutive Australian Opens with doubles partner Mickaël Llodra in 2003-4. He also made the final of Roland Garros in 2004 with the same partner.
 

TennisAsAlways

Professional
I wonder why they chose him to design a new frame. Santoro is 34 years old or so. Usually players that old are nearing retirement. Maybe that's why "Inesis" (the generics) are the ones willing to work with a non-up-and-coming player. They probably can't afford to have an endorsement deal with a younger superstar.

Good day now. 8)
 

alfa164164

Professional
At the US Open, he was carrying his sticks in an Inesis bag, but he was using what looked like Head LM Radical MPs.
Previously, he had been using all black "experimental" type rackets, before switching back to the Heads. I guess these were the Inesis test rackets or prototypes (or possibly LM Radicals blacked out). But me thinks recalling the all black stick may have had a thinner beam.
 

Exia

Banned
Fabrice Santoro signed a three year deal June 2003 worth 155,000 euros which explains why he is in a hurry to get this Racquet finalised. Its a bit odd considering Inesis(Decathlon) are not a major Racquet supplier in North America with only one store in the Boston and and after searching the forum no one seems to have a inesis Racquet (apart from me!) but that is another topic entirely.

Is this the raquet in question?

 

BDAZ

Professional
at least here in the boston area, although mvp sports went out of business when decathalon bought them, a lot if the decathalons closed also. the only one in the area that i can think of that's still open is the one in burlington.
 

TennisAsAlways

Professional
Exia said:
Fabrice Santoro signed a three year deal June 2003 worth 155,000 euros which explains why he is in a hurry to get this Racquet finalised. Its a bit odd considering Inesis(Decathlon) are not a major Racquet supplier in North America with only one store in the Boston and and after searching the forum no one seems to have a inesis Racquet (apart from me!) but that is another topic entirely.

Is this the raquet in question?

I have 2 Inesises. I dissected one for research.

My main frame is a PS 6.0 85.

Good day now. 8)
 

TennisAsAlways

Professional
^ Give me a break!!!! He's a Bostonian, I am a Bostonian! It's a, "Hey what's up man. Yeah, we're both from Boston. Haha." thing. You are so paranoid! BTW, "Yankees Suck" has nothing to do with their W/L record. It's a thing that Bostonians say since there's a rivalry between the two! I said that in good fun so that I could relate to him. Geez. Simmer down!
 

Exia

Banned
Exia said:
so is it just a head with black pj?
just visited the website and half of the rackets are "designed" him.
A Bit of a cop out.

Why does the atp site say he uses a head racket? To get more sales on TW?
 

hummer23

Hall of Fame
To the question of qhy they might choose fabrice: becaue he plays with a lot of spin, and extreme grips. Lots of juniors use teh same ideas, althought few have the 2h FH. Many people can identify with him and his game, so he would be a good spokesman, and manican for the frame. That being said, ive nbever seen him use anythign other than a radical, most recently i he walked right by me on his way off the practice court at the US Open last year, and he was holding his lm raidcal paintjob frame, unstenciled. I guess we'll have to wait and see.
 

Exia

Banned
if he does design a new racket i hope it is up for sale on the tennis warehouse,. Decathlon are unheard of in the us with one person i know of that owns an decathlon racket and he diseccted it!
 

TennisAsAlways

Professional
Exia said:
if he does design a new racket i hope it is up for sale on the tennis warehouse,. Decathlon are unheard of in the us with one person i know of that owns an decathlon racket and he diseccted it!
You "know" me? :confused: I did say that I dissected my Inesis frame, but I doubt that you "know" me. Maybe you are referring to a "different" person, who also has an Inesis frame, and they happened to have dissected it just like I did? I doubt it though; what are the odds of that being the case?

Good day now. 8)
 

TennisAsAlways

Professional
Deuce said:
I thought this was the racquet he designed...

That's the weirdest looking frame ever! Was it an edited pic? If not, what the heck is the purpose of having two handles?....Is it made for Special Olympics-type of players? *nods* What the........
 

Deuce

Banned
TennisAsAlways said:
That's the weirdest looking frame ever! Was a an edited pic? If not, what the heck is the purpose of having two handles?....Is it made for Special Olympics-type of players? *nods* What the........
The photo - and the racquet - are very real.
 

serveitup911

Semi-Pro
I have played a guy that used that two handled racket. He plays for Dartmouth now, but switched to a normal racket. He could produce some sick spins with the racket; he was a very unorthodox player.
 

TennisAsAlways

Professional
Has anyone ever seen one of those "snake"-handled snow shovels? Well.... that's probably something that they'll apply to tennis racquets as well. *sighs* What's this world coming to?
 

Deuce

Banned
TennisAsAlways said:
Has anyone ever seen one of those "snake"-handled snow shovels? Well.... that's probably something that they'll apply to tennis racquets as well. *sighs* What's this world coming to?
Be careful what you ask for...

 

Exia

Banned
Inesis Exult 96 review

PRICE: £80 WEIGHT: 11.2OZ (318G)
BALANCE: 32.7CM FLEX: 67DA
LENGTH: 27IN (68.5CM) HEAD SIZE: 96SQ IN (624SQ CM)
GROUNDSTROKES: 6.5/10 VOLLEYS: 6.5/10
SERVES: 6.5/10 STYLE: 5/10




Manufacturer Says Exclusively available at Decathlon stores, this great value for money racket is a perfect fit for a tournament player with a large swing who is searching for precision.


Expert Says A relatively light racket with a head-light balance, this will not be as tiring on the arm as some of the others. It is probably best suited to a player approaching performance standard, possibly a junior.


Testers Say Andrew described this as "the most surprising in the test". He added: "The frame felt solid and produced crisp groundstrokes and volleys with lots of control and little vibration. I could hit powerful serves and felt confident on smashes." James found it had "a nice feel" and "generated a lot of power on all strokes". But Mili said: "My arm felt worn out the more I played with it" and Owain was not impressed: "Awful. I couldn't get any length on groundstrokes and it vibrated on volleys and serves."


Stockists -
http://www.-.co.uk
 

PBODY99

Legend
TennisAsAlways said:
That's the weirdest looking frame ever! Was it an edited pic? If not, what the heck is the purpose of having two handles?....Is it made for Special Olympics-type of players? *nods* What the........
This frame was designed over ten years ago. A James Ridgelyr from Washington DC used it for a while. I met a gentlemen from who said he designed it in 2004 at the Men's Grass courts 50's and he played very well with it. It did make using two hands easier for an old single handed player such as myself. I found the swing weight to be higher than I like.
g
 

Skppr05

Semi-Pro
raftermania said:
Of course, the Santoro Signature Edition. With every racquet comes a free how to video, on how to catch a ball thrown 300 feet in the air on your racquet.
wait......really? :confused:
 

Amone

Hall of Fame
Alright, Deuce, where are you coming up with this stuff? I mean, do you just have a database of wierd racquets that you search, and then buy them up when they become available on certain not-to-be-named auction sites? Or are you just lucky? or what??

On another note, how does that two-handled racquet work?
 

TennisAsAlways

Professional
Has anyone ever seen one of those portable telescopic fishing rods? I wouldn't be surpirised if they end up making tennis racquets like that.

*crosses fingers, hoping Deuce will come up with a picture of such a racquet*
 

Amone

Hall of Fame
lol! I think Deuce has a special superpower that lets him make and use molds within minutes, and then cool them with his mind, and paint them. Like superman and his quick-changing skills. And then he just takes a picture and says it's been around forever. ;)
 
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