Originally Posted by Jesquimaux
are you serious....
Totally. In fact, Chanda uses a custom-molded Ti.S2 painted to look like the i.X6. I got that from the guy that strung it for her at the US Open. Here's his statement when asked if it was either an i.X6 or an i.S6 with a paintjob:
Nope, it's neither. It's a special molded frame for them. It's similar to the old Head Ti.S2 mold. Some have standard length (Chanda Rubin) - She's also got a TON of lead under that bumper. VERY head heavy, but a bit light static weight - others have a longer frame, in varying lengths. Patty Schnyder though, she's using an i.Prestige. I've only come across one WTA player using an i.S6 frame, and that was Angelika Roesch from Germany playing the i.S6 MP with Topspin Super Poly 130 at 31 KG. Tauziat she uses a genuine i.X6 OS from the looks of it as well.
Here's a quote about Monica Seles' Yonex: (by another source)
For shame Yonex!! I pray that Yonex people read this as theirs is the worst ad lie in the entire galaxy of silly endorsements. I am told that not only does she not use anything even remotely like the Ultimum 2000, but she still uses a 28 incher close to the old SRQ 500 Long. On the order of 11.5 ounces and a 4 points(?) light. Customized from 27.5" and 8.6 ounces and 14 points heavy!
For Younes El Aynaoui: (from the stringer again)
Younes uses the Prestige Classic 600 with Polystar strings painted to look like an i.Prestige. I can't remember the tension. Hope this helps & have a great day
Now, don't get me wrong, a LOT of players - mainly on the WTA - DO use off-the-shelf racquets which are then customized for them by adding lead tape, either under the handle, on the hoop generally at 3 and 9 o'clock, or under the bumper. It's just that the really big name players have huge endorsement contracts, and it behooves the manufacturers to have a Serena or Venus Williams or Kim Clijsters seen playing the manufacturer's newest, hottest stick - even if they really aren't - to raise sales. Many people think that if they play with the same stick as their favorite, they'll play LIKE their favorite, instead of finding the proper bat for them
Now, the ATP, THAT'S
another story. Most of them DO use paint jobs.