What racket is Del Potro playing with?

jarko111

Professional
#6
Delpo's refusal to change almost any part of his racquet is kind of a legendary status type deal. Everyone talks about it.. especially TV commentators. lol Wish I could compile all the times commentators have talked about it, almost always in conjunction with his surgeries. Even if I did, every time I put a collage of clips from TTC or ESPN2 I get reported. booo. But there are entire matches up from both channels by users without the rights. Ah well. haterz.
 
#7
He likes em broke in and graphite fatigued" gives him that sweet flex ...
Like Becker used too .
I love it when a racket starts to break down . Same thing with my strings .. I never play as good right up until I hear that " snap " sound .
 

Seth

Hall of Fame
#8
Delpo's refusal to change almost any part of his racquet is kind of a legendary status type deal. Everyone talks about it.. especially TV commentators. lol Wish I could compile all the times commentators have talked about it, almost always in conjunction with his surgeries. Even if I did, every time I put a collage of clips from TTC or ESPN2 I get reported. booo. But there are entire matches up from both channels by users without the rights. Ah well. haterz.
He's like the modern day Petros Sampras using the same racquet and shoes for years.
 
#14
Surprising that a player with all those wrist problems hasn’t taken a look at his equipment.

I was watching the ESPN doc on Martina and Chris and there was one part where she mentions how in addition to increasing her fitness that changing her racquet really helped.
 
#15
Surprising that a player with all those wrist problems hasn’t taken a look at his equipment.

I was watching the ESPN doc on Martina and Chris and there was one part where she mentions how in addition to increasing her fitness that changing her racquet really helped.
She played during the wood to graphite transition though, which is what I assume she's referring to. The 6.1 isn't really any different from any other modern player racquet in terms of construction.
 
#16
She played during the wood to graphite transition though, which is what I assume she's referring to. The 6.1 isn't really any different from any other modern player racquet in terms of construction.
Perhaps she was referring to her switch to Yonex later? Not sure, it was a very quick comment.
 
#18
Perhaps she was referring to her switch to Yonex later? Not sure, it was a very quick comment.
Possibly. I just mean that there was a lot of racquet development going on at that time, whereas now the manufacturers have to resort to marketing gimmicks to differentiate themselves.

I thought he played a 6.5 hyper carbon staff
6.1 hyper carbon from what I've read
 

moon shot

Hall of Fame
#21
Does anyone have spec / lead placement?
All specs are linked to source posts

Juan Martin del Potro, Delpo
Wilson 6.1 95 18x20 27in
:: ProStringing, Jun 19, 2016
352g 317sw :: unstrung :: drakulie, Feb 28, 2011
Juan Martin's String & Tension:
25.9/25.9kg
:: ProStringing, Jun 15, 2016
Luxilon Alu Power 1.25 / Wilson Gut 1.25 :: ProStringing, Jun 15, 2016
2015 2nd and 3rd Left Wrist Surgery
— 2014 1st Left Wrist Surgeries

56lbs :: drakulie, Feb 28, 2011
Full Luxilon Alu Power 1.25 :: drakulie, Feb 28, 2011
2010 Right Wrist Surgery
62lbs :: vbranis, Jun 27, 2009
63lbs :: jura, Jan 3, 2009
 
#23
All specs are linked to source posts

Juan Martin del Potro, Delpo
Wilson 6.1 95 18x20 27in
:: ProStringing, Jun 19, 2016
352g 317sw :: unstrung :: drakulie, Feb 28, 2011
Juan Martin's String & Tension:
25.9/25.9kg
:: ProStringing, Jun 15, 2016
Luxilon Alu Power 1.25 / Wilson Gut 1.25 :: ProStringing, Jun 15, 2016
2015 2nd and 3rd Left Wrist Surgery
— 2014 1st Left Wrist Surgeries

56lbs :: drakulie, Feb 28, 2011
Full Luxilon Alu Power 1.25 :: drakulie, Feb 28, 2011
2010 Right Wrist Surgery
62lbs :: vbranis, Jun 27, 2009
63lbs :: jura, Jan 3, 2009
25.9kg = 57.1lbs which is still pretty tight for poly but the nat gut really helps soften that setup. Also the old school graphite is softer than todays hard carbon. Hitting big flatter strokes works well on 6.1, 6.0 and other classics like pc600s. Too bad they are not longer available from the manufactures. Glad I still have stock piles ;)
 
#26
25.9kg = 57.1lbs which is still pretty tight for poly but the nat gut really helps soften that setup. Also the old school graphite is softer than todays hard carbon. Hitting big flatter strokes works well on 6.1, 6.0 and other classics like pc600s. Too bad they are not longer available from the manufactures. Glad I still have stock piles ;)
Especially in an 18 X 20 pattern... at least he's not going full poly....I always though small wonder he had wrist problems stringing at 68 pounds with an all-ALU setup.
 
#27
He plays with some iteration of the pro staff 6.1 18x20, probably older versions like HPS or so.
This guys tend to like things the same way once they find the right racket, and it's not rare they play with the same racket throughout their career. They tend to try minor changes with weight and balance, and sometimes they change strings, but not much

He probably plays with a pro stock version of that racket. All retail 6.1's have around 70 RA, that's too much for a pro player, specially a guy with wrist problems like him. I've seen pro stocks 6.1's on string forum with lower RA, on mid 60's range, so probably Wilson gives him older 6.1's version, with softer layup like those
 
#28
He plays with some iteration of the pro staff 6.1 18x20, probably older versions like HPS or so.
This guys tend to like things the same way once they find the right racket, and it's not rare they play with the same racket throughout their career. They tend to try minor changes with weight and balance, and sometimes they change strings, but not much

He probably plays with a pro stock version of that racket. All retail 6.1's have around 70 RA, that's too much for a pro player, specially a guy with wrist problems like him. I've seen pro stocks 6.1's on string forum with lower RA, on mid 60's range, so probably Wilson gives him older 6.1's version, with softer layup like those
A few of you are still guessing and as @vsbabolat has stated, its a "6.1 95" the classic.
 
#30
His toweling off routine always flashes the buttcap to the camera and can easily see on my big TV that he uses the older HPS/nCode style buttcap - but where there would be a red square, is now black... I don't know but *guessing* that being so sentimental/attached to his older frames (to the point of not replacing grommets) - perhaps they switched his old buttcaps onto the newer (FST paintjob) sticks after painting over the red? Just to have some/any part of the old sticks on the new?

I did once see a picture of him young with big hair and using the red/white nCode paintjob... Who knows if he used HPS/nCode under the Kfactor paintjob and presumably now...
 
#31
His toweling off routine always flashes the buttcap to the camera and can easily see on my big TV that he uses the older HPS/nCode style buttcap - but where there would be a red square, is now black... I don't know but *guessing* that being so sentimental/attached to his older frames (to the point of not replacing grommets) - perhaps they switched his old buttcaps onto the newer (FST paintjob) sticks after painting over the red? Just to have some/any part of the old sticks on the new?

I did once see a picture of him young with big hair and using the red/white nCode paintjob... Who knows if he used HPS/nCode under the Kfactor paintjob and presumably now...
http://www.zimbio.com/photos/Juan+Martin+Del+Potro/Australian+Open+2007+Day+4/kYE4cyFtoza

This one?
 
#35
I still have one n-6.1 in 18/20 string pattern. Nice, stiff and very loud frame. And a bliss of a paint job...
I hate ps 90's, but i have to say that the n-90 is very good looking, the red and white in a square frame is lovely. I have one of those too. Beautiful, but never liked the way it plays.
Maybe it's just me but after all those new Wilson pjs I really started to appreciate the beauty of the n6.1 pj.
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#39
Tennis nerd needs to get the most important spec that almost is never given and without the RA it’s all absolutely pointless to me . I don’t care about sw or balance it’s the flex am I off point here ?
 
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