Swiatek...countdown to racquet change

fox

Semi-Pro
It will be hard to replace her racquet as it is low in weight, high SW and 18x16 string pattern. I can’t see anything to switch to excluding custom drill pattern or painting Prince racquets as others. Maybe Wilson will have copy as P22 :D
 

Subway Tennis

Hall of Fame
Prince has hit marketing gold with such a wonderful young player with a dynamic game using their racquets.

Maybe the money freed up from Pouille can be used for Prince to look after Iga.

If not Prince, then Yonex or Technifibre.

I cant believe Nike lost sponsorship of such a terrific player and role model. Asics has been very lucky to get Iga when they did.
 

Nostradamus

Bionic Poster
Still no stencil going into the final of a major. Prince is too dumb or broke to get her under contract.

What racquet will she be using in 2 months...Babolat, Head, Yonex or Wilson?

I'm going with Head or Babolat.
This is a great point. We have a young player about to reach mega stardom. someone will have to make her a racket with great dampening with good power and control, soft feel racket like Prince. Then give her a mega contract to use it....lol. Most likely Head, her being european as well. babolat and wilson tend to be stiff feelling with less feel. It will be very interesting to see which one she chooses.

Personally, i like to see her contract with Yonex. I think Yonex will give her the best chance to display her best game, but not sure if they can afford her with so many big contracts they already have on the plate
 

Nostradamus

Bionic Poster
Prince has hit marketing gold with such a wonderful young player with a dynamic game using their racquets.

Maybe the money freed up from Pouille can be used for Prince to look after Iga.

If not Prince, then Yonex or Technifibre.

I cant believe Nike lost sponsorship of such a terrific player and role model. Asics has been very lucky to get Iga when they did.
It would be a huge deal for Prince. but unfornately, they just can't afford her
 

fox

Semi-Pro
The question is also if she opts to stay with currnet racquet with no money from Prince or very little money if they can offer sth or get a big deal but maybe struggle later with new stick...
Anyway a person who wanted her in Asics will get a nice bonus I think :D
 

Nostradamus

Bionic Poster
The question is also if she opts to stay with currnet racquet with no money from Prince or very little money if they can offer sth or get a big deal but maybe struggle later with new stick...
Anyway a person who wanted her in Asics will get a nice bonus I think :D
she won't struggle with new racket. They will custom make anything to her specs that she likes with mold that she would be happy with. these days it is so easy to make custom rackets to player's spefications with all the super computer and racket manufacturing techs out there.
 

fox

Semi-Pro
she won't struggle with new racket. They will custom make anything to her specs that she likes with mold that she would be happy with. these days it is so easy to make custom rackets to player's spefications with all the super computer and racket manufacturing techs out there.
Ohh it has happened many times in tennis that racquet change was the beginning of the downfall
 

Nostradamus

Bionic Poster
Ohh it has happened many times in tennis that racquet change was the beginning of the downfall
That has Never happened with Yonex or Wilson rackets. they have too much flexibility to change and customize their rackets to any specification that player wants or needs
 

David Le

Hall of Fame
It will be hard to replace her racquet as it is low in weight, high SW and 18x16 string pattern. I can’t see anything to switch to excluding custom drill pattern or painting Prince racquets as others. Maybe Wilson will have copy as P22 :D
I could see her endorsing (or even playing) the Blade 98S v7 (or any other model prior) since it’s the same pattern, but the feel won’t be the same.
 

bleno567

Semi-Pro
Ohh it has happened many times in tennis that racquet change was the beginning of the downfall
Yeah. The most apparent case of this was Juan Carlos Ferrero when he switched to the flexpoint radical and stopped winning matches nearly overnight.
 

Shaolin

G.O.A.T.
The question is also if she opts to stay with currnet racquet with no money from Prince or very little money if they can offer sth or get a big deal but maybe struggle later with new stick...
Anyway a person who wanted her in Asics will get a nice bonus I think :D
You know the big companies will take the racquets she reaches the RG final with and paint them to look like their own current racquets (without the slightest hesitation or twinge of conscience) right?

Then they will get around any lawsuit by saying that player "endorses" that model, not plays with it.

Paintjobs are very common in the game.
 

fox

Semi-Pro
You know the big companies will take the racquets she reaches the RG final with and paint them to look like their own current racquets (without the slightest hesitation or twinge of conscience) right?

Then they will get around any lawsuit by saying that player "endorses" that model, not plays with it.

Paintjobs are very common in the game.
I mentioned this before in the thread.. but it doesn’t change the fact that sometimes even this can have an impact on player... Kerber and Sampras both complaining that new paintjob is too heavy is first :D
 

Keizer

Professional
So she isn't sponsored by Prince but has custom 18x16 drill pattern? Stock TT290 is 16x18.
 

Keizer

Professional
yes 16x18... should have typed this way :)
No worries. And yeah, I have no clue what she could use. Gravity MP maybe? Slightly higher stock weight but very similar SW and reasonable flex. But it's 16x20.... don't think that'd fly.
Maybe a leaded VCP100 (280) could do the trick with a 16x19 pattern...

Think she's getting a custom layup for sure. No stock rackets for her anymore.
 

esm

Hall of Fame
I hope she will do well in her first final. Whatever comes after that would be a bonus for her!
Maybe Prince can pay her the Isner money instead. Lol
 

Keizer

Professional
I hope she will do well in her first final. Whatever comes after that would be a bonus for her!
Maybe Prince can pay her the Isner money instead. Lol
For real, though. Like who ever bought a prince because of Isner. With her, I'm sure they could get some European female juniors to buy in.
 
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Shaolin

G.O.A.T.
I mentioned this before in the thread.. but it doesn’t change the fact that sometimes even this can have an impact on player... Kerber and Sampras both complaining that new paintjob is too heavy is first :D
Sampras never played with a PJ to my knowledge. Don't know about Kerber.

It's said (I believe by Paul Annacone) that Pete could tell whether his racquets were stenciled or not just by holding them without looking.
 

jarko111

Hall of Fame
Mary Carillo said after the Kenin/Kvitova match (on NBC) that Iga was putting it out there she is ready and willing to leave her old prince racquet to demo and sign a bigger $$ contract.
JohnnyMac said she better not switch anytime soon.

It was really odd to hear them talking about this right when we started talking about it nonstop. I think Mary Carillo reads this forum.
Mary even said "old prince racquet' which makes me think.. why wouldn't she just say she's looking to get a new racquet.. why mention the current brand?
Mary is coming for Prince lol

As a Prince lover and someone who is loyal to TW and to this forum.. it saddens me Iga won't be staying and leading a newer generation back to this great brand.
I'm already a huge fan of hers. After watching her celebrate and asking the crowd for more applause. I like this future, if not soon-to-be, GS champion.

Someone joked about the TW Logo.. maybe that's not the craziest thing in the world. TW-P
 
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As a Prince lover and someone who is loyal to TW and to this forum.. it saddens me Iga won't be staying and leading a newer generation back to this great brand.
If Prince wants to endorse her they’re going to have to fork over a few hundred grand @ the least. But they’ll never be able to match what Babolat, Head or Wilson can offer.

On the other hand, racquet switches don’t always work out so well. Might not be worth it.
 

big ted

Hall of Fame
ive followed tennis a while and i can barely remember anyone switching racquet brands successfully,
unless they already used that brand previously..
 
Volkl does plenty well.

They're just smart enough to know that their core demographic are 40+ year old 5.0 players that don't care what racquets pros are endorsing.
Völkl makes quality racquets for sure. And maybe Prince wants to follow a similar path. But if they want to grow & reach a larger audience, endorsements are necessary.
 

socallefty

Hall of Fame
The fact that Swiatek doesn’t have a contract in spite of being a Junior Slam winner tells me that her management is smart and had a lot of confidence in her. They must have felt that she could do well in major tournaments once she got into Slam draws and get a more lucrative contract. I guess their faith in her was well-placed as she is in the final of the first Slam she is playing with a decent chance to win it.
 

sredna42

Hall of Fame
Still no stencil going into the final of a major. Prince is too dumb or broke to get her under contract.

What racquet will she be using in 2 months...Babolat, Head, Yonex or Wilson?

I'm going with Head or Babolat.
Head make the most similar IMO, with their traditional box beam type frames. There's not much out there with the same feel as Prince frames though IMO. I bet her game goes to crap once she switches frames
 
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