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MarkNL
Dec 17th, 2011, 05:27 PM
A part from Maria Kirilenko, Zheng Jie, Ayumi Morita, Rebecca Marino and Elena Baltacha switching to the new Yonex racket, the Ezone Xi, (All of them were already playing with a different Yonex racket) Are there any other players who are going to play with a different racket than last season? :)

I'll keep a list here which I'll update if any of you guys know some more.

- Maria Kirilenko (From Yonex RDiS 300 to Yonex Ezone Xi.)
- Elena Baltacha (From Yonex Ezone to Yonex Ezone Xi.)
- Zheng Jie (From Yonex Ezone RDiS 300 Midplus to Yonex Ezone Xi 98)
- Rebecca Marino (From Yonex Ezone to Yonex Ezone Xi.)
- Ayumi Morita (From Yonex Ezone to Yonex Ezone Xi.)
- Ana Ivanovic (From Yonex Ezone to the Yonex Ezone Xi.)
- Petra Kvitova (From Wilson Tour BLX to Wilson BLX Steam.)

Sharapovian
Dec 17th, 2011, 05:33 PM
Ana Ivanovic is also switching to the Yonex Xi model.
Petra Kvitova is switching to the Wilson Steam model.

Excelscior
Dec 17th, 2011, 05:35 PM
Unless it's a product placement plug (whether or not she's going to actually change), Yazoo. C is right. Petra said in a recent interview, that's she's been practicing getting a feel of her new Wilson racket.

cowsonice
Dec 17th, 2011, 08:13 PM
Wow, Yonex. :yawn: Shouldn't there be other rackets you can promote? Has the Caroline Wozniacki marketing prospect fallen through?

I'm guessing Wilson Steam is brand new right?

Mynarco
Dec 17th, 2011, 08:21 PM
I wonder how a racket change affects Kvitova's game

cowsonice
Dec 17th, 2011, 08:27 PM
I wonder how a racket change affects Kvitova's game

Most players have very similar rackets even when they switch. Just the paint job is different, and maybe some customized specs.

Excelscior
Dec 17th, 2011, 08:57 PM
I wonder how a racket change affects Kvitova's game

I was wondering the same thing.

I guess we'll find out soon, if any?

Like I said earlier, Petra did say she's been practicing, "getting a feel" of her new racket (for what's that worth).

iPatty
Dec 17th, 2011, 09:11 PM
So the raquet manipulations helped her to win Wimbleon this year. Never in doubt.
Now she's planning to cheat in Melbourne. Wow.

Excuse me? :weirdo:

Her stroke is so pure it isn't going to matter what frame she's playing with anyway.

itta
Dec 17th, 2011, 09:16 PM
Excuse me? :weirdo:

Her stroke is so pure it isn't going to matter what frame she's playing with anyway.

:lol: Patty's strokes are pure and beautiful. Kvitova's are ugly and apparently unclean. Changing raquects now to win some more slams. Funny. Funny joke this sport of tennis has become of.

SpanishSuenos
Dec 20th, 2011, 07:10 PM
Many changes in Yonex,hopefully,they are be positive in players game :)
many players will change on Yonex Ezone Xi,is this racket better than previous??

macginity
Dec 21st, 2011, 01:22 AM
C'mon, probably they will just change the paintjob of the frame. Probably none of them will really change the racket, just just change the outside of whatever they already use for years so wilson, yonex, babolat, head and others can sell more frames.

cowsonice
Dec 21st, 2011, 01:27 AM
Eh, that's easier to tell with Yonexes because all their frames have the same shape. TennisWarehouse forum has really good posters who could tell the difference.

They knew that Tomas Berdych was using a paint job version of the same racket that Maria was endorsing.

KBlade
Dec 21st, 2011, 01:30 AM
Gajdasova has switched from the Wilson BLX range to Babolat.

macginity
Dec 21st, 2011, 01:31 AM
Maria doesn't use that instinct frame at all! Really, if you see the pictures of her racket and the "real" one it's very different.
BTW, most of head players use something completely different from their "official" frame.

cowsonice
Dec 21st, 2011, 01:36 AM
Which aspects of the frame should I look at?

See, then I don't understand why Maria switched from Prince to Head if her racket isn't ...real? (on the market/new frame)

macginity
Dec 21st, 2011, 01:50 AM
Which aspects of the frame should I look at?

See, then I don't understand why Maria switched from Prince to Head if her racket isn't ...real? (on the market/new frame)

It's not like her racket isn't real. It is, but it is for her.
She changed from prince because the frame wasn't doing good to her shoulder. I even read that her shoulder pain was coming back and stuff, but IDK if it's true.
So she moved on and head said "hey, we gonna do a special frame for you, with whatever you need to not hurt your arm so you can play well again". And so they did.
But what we mortal and weekend players buy is completely different from what they have. Our body isn't prepared for the frames that they use. But a lot of people just buy a racket because it's Nadal's one or Serena's one.

About Sharapova frame. The shape of the head. Compare the one she uses to the one they sell at tennis warehouse. Her frame seems more closer to the redical shape.

pradagirl
Dec 21st, 2011, 01:52 AM
I hope this racket works well for Ana.

chingching
Dec 21st, 2011, 03:41 AM
Gajdasova has switched from the Wilson BLX range to Babolat.

No Way! She was doing well with Wilson. The Babolat racquet will just bring more unforced errors with it.

darrinbaker00
Dec 21st, 2011, 03:52 AM
:lol: Patty's strokes are pure and beautiful. Kvitova's are ugly and apparently unclean. Changing raquects now to win some more slams. Funny. Funny joke this sport of tennis has become of.

I've been posting here for six years, and this is the first "One and Done" I've ever seen. :eek:

darrinbaker00
Dec 21st, 2011, 03:54 AM
A part from Maria Kirilenko, Zheng Jie, Ayumi Morita, Rebecca Marino and Elena Baltacha switching to the new Yonex racket, the Ezone Xi, (All of them were already playing with a different Yonex racket) Are there any other players who are going to play with a different racket than last season? :)

I'll keep a list here which I'll update if any of you guys know some more.

- Maria Kirilenko (From Yonex RDiS 300 to Yonex Ezone Xi.)
- Elena Baltacha (From Yonex Ezone to Yonex Ezone Xi.)
- Zheng Jie (From Yonex Ezone RDiS 300 Midplus to Yonex Ezone Xi 98)
- Rebecca Marino (From Yonex Ezone to Yonex Ezone Xi.)
- Ayumi Morita (From Yonex Ezone to Yonex Ezone Xi.)
- Ana Ivanovic (From Yonex Ezone to the Yonex Ezone Xi.)
- Petra Kvitova (From Wilson Tour BLX to Wilson BLX Steam.)

:secret: None of those players are actually switching frames. They're having their old frames painted to look like the new models. Don't tell anyone.

darrinbaker00
Dec 21st, 2011, 03:57 AM
It's not like her racket isn't real. It is, but it is for her.
She changed from prince because the frame wasn't doing good to her shoulder. I even read that her shoulder pain was coming back and stuff, but IDK if it's true.
So she moved on and head said "hey, we gonna do a special frame for you, with whatever you need to not hurt your arm so you can play well again". And so they did.
But what we mortal and weekend players buy is completely different from what they have. Our body isn't prepared for the frames that they use. But a lot of people just buy a racket because it's Nadal's one or Serena's one.

About Sharapova frame. The shape of the head. Compare the one she uses to the one they sell at tennis warehouse. Her frame seems more closer to the redical shape.

Actually, Head said, "Maria, we'll pay you more money to endorse our racquets than Prince is paying you now."

macginity
Dec 21st, 2011, 10:59 AM
Actually, Head said, "Maria, we'll pay you more money to endorse our racquets than Prince is paying you now."

Yes, and that.
of course that $$ was involved.

duhcity
Dec 21st, 2011, 03:00 PM
Lord, not all players have continuous paint jobs. Ana actually used the racket she endorsed at one point.

And it's also obvious that Maria is not using a Prince. There's no reason to believe she would be using another brand other than Head, as I'm sure every racket company would have shelled out the 2m a year for her.

Adrian1092
Dec 21st, 2011, 06:15 PM
What racquet is Jankovic using at the moment? It's always a mystery with her :lol:

cowsonice
Dec 21st, 2011, 06:20 PM
Last time I heard it was a Wilson, but nobody wants to sponsor her? :shrug::awww:

akosijepoy
Dec 21st, 2011, 06:20 PM
Stan Wawrinka from HEAD to YONEX

DefyingGravity
Dec 21st, 2011, 06:24 PM
^WTA Forum, dear. Though WOW Stan, Yonex....okay....

cowsonice
Dec 21st, 2011, 06:34 PM
Yonex is a chick stick :lol:

DefyingGravity
Dec 21st, 2011, 07:02 PM
Yonex is a chick stick :lol:

Lleyton Hewitt...David Nalbandian...Marcelo Rios...Paradorn Srichaphan...Juan Monaco....Mario Ancic...

mb011
Dec 21st, 2011, 07:09 PM
What racquet is Jankovic using at the moment? It's always a mystery with her :lol:

she was trying out wilson starting from US hard court tour this year...

cowsonice
Dec 21st, 2011, 07:19 PM
Lleyton Hewitt...David Nalbandian...Marcelo Rios...Paradorn Srichaphan...Juan Monaco....Mario Ancic...

Who??

Caroline Wozniacki, Ana Ivanovic, Maria Kirilenko....

Point is, Yonex sponsors more famous female players than male, thus the "chick stick" image.

cowsonice
Dec 21st, 2011, 10:56 PM
http://www.wilson.com/servlet/resize/765654/390/390/Petra%20Kvitova_390X390/

Petra with the new Wilson Steam

cowsonice
Dec 21st, 2011, 11:09 PM
http://d.yimg.com/a/p/sp/getty/a3/fullj.b1d3250250d774756a3cfac5938f7209/b1d3250250d774756a3cfac5938f7209-getty-507578042.jpg

Kim Clijsters with a new Babolat (paintjob)

http://d.yimg.com/a/p/sp/getty/db/fullj.157e75b37672be0b8ad9e0f8810f6e13/157e75b37672be0b8ad9e0f8810f6e13-getty-507811486.jpg

Same goes for Aga

Sharapovian
Dec 21st, 2011, 11:10 PM
Lucie is also using a new racket/or a new paintjob (looks like the new Wilson Juice model).

http://www.protenis.cz/galerie/data/media/258/DSC_0842_.jpg

cowsonice
Dec 21st, 2011, 11:13 PM
Looks about the same as DelPotro's!

doktor
Dec 22nd, 2011, 06:47 AM
Wilson's new paintjobs are hideous. Again.

The new Babolat Pure Drive is awesome, retro early 2000's colour scheme - i dig.

cowsonice
Dec 22nd, 2011, 07:30 AM
Wilson's new paintjobs are hideous. Again.

They remind me of candy canes.

Lighter
Dec 26th, 2011, 01:59 PM
Mathilde Johansson will play in 2012 with TECNIFIBRE racquet : http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=8498503&l=52932345f3&id=35478247172

Kəv.
Dec 26th, 2011, 10:45 PM
Mandy has new ones
From her twitter

http://p.twimg.com/AgIj7tWCIAAijZM.jpg:large

Kəv.
Dec 26th, 2011, 10:46 PM
Gajdasova has switched from the Wilson BLX range to Babolat.

:eek:

MiiMo
Dec 27th, 2011, 12:26 AM
Gajdasova has switched from the Wilson BLX range to Babolat.


Source ? Evidence ?

Yoncé
Dec 31st, 2011, 07:46 AM
Jarka is now using the same Babolat as Li :cheer: She was hitting with it today!

KBlade
Dec 31st, 2011, 08:33 AM
Source ? Evidence ?

Source - My own eyes. She was practicing on Pat Rafter Arena with a Babolat.

pov
Dec 31st, 2011, 02:55 PM
Wickmayer has switched (back) to Babolat.

Spring Pools
Dec 31st, 2011, 03:40 PM
Wickmayer has switched (back) to Babolat.

From Donnay? When did she make the first switch?

pov
Dec 31st, 2011, 08:18 PM
From Donnay? When did she make the first switch?
Yeah from Donnay.

http://i44.tinypic.com/vs1hfp.png




And I thought she was using Babolat before she switched to Donnay.

macginity
Dec 31st, 2011, 08:52 PM
And I thought she was using Babolat before she switched to Donnay.

She was.

She used donnay from 2010 until last year, right?

Mikey.
Jan 1st, 2012, 02:34 AM
So what's this new Babolat that Kim, Na etc are using?

Break My Rapture
Jan 1st, 2012, 12:37 PM
http://l.yimg.com/j/assets/p/sp/ap/be/fullj.e59bf2ef3a8c7c5f9c7aa4e651c72666/ap-201201010625231176520.1.jpg

Azarenka switching to Wilson? :speakles:

Kairi
Jan 1st, 2012, 05:45 PM
http://l.yimg.com/j/assets/p/sp/ap/be/fullj.e59bf2ef3a8c7c5f9c7aa4e651c72666/ap-201201010625231176520.1.jpg

Azarenka switching to Wilson? :speakles:

nice! :bounce:

cowsonice
Jan 1st, 2012, 07:08 PM
:speakles:

Well, Vika wasn't well advertised by Head anyways.

Kairi
Jan 1st, 2012, 07:14 PM
another Wilson/Nike girl :hearts: ..too bad Maria went to Head :ras:

pov
Jan 1st, 2012, 11:36 PM
She was.

She used donnay from 2010 until last year, right?

Yeah I think it was 2010 that she started.

cowsonice
Jan 2nd, 2012, 12:07 AM
McHale switches to Head Instinct (or so it seems from the paintjob) and Paszek is playing with a blacked out frame

cowsonice
Jan 3rd, 2012, 02:58 AM
Goerges, like Gajdosova, has switched from Wilson (same racket) to Babolat (same racket) :lol:

My best guess is that Wilson dropped some players when they wanted to market the new Juice/Steam line as well as make way for a Vika sponsorship.

pov
Jan 3rd, 2012, 03:56 AM
Azarenka switching to Wilson? :speakles:
She's not (yet?) listed by Wilson among their players and is still listed by Head.

Kairi
Jan 3rd, 2012, 03:58 AM
only a matter of time i guess..seeing as she already has the W stencil painted on :shrug:

pov
Jan 3rd, 2012, 04:08 AM
only a matter of time i guess..seeing as she already has the W stencil painted on :shrug:
Could be. We'll see. BTW her website still lists Head as a sponsor.

VeeJJ
Jan 3rd, 2012, 04:24 AM
http://l.yimg.com/j/assets/p/sp/getty/37/fullj.c65bff8d8b353dcd19fb8642b1c59d18/c65bff8d8b353dcd19fb8642b1c59d18-getty-507962527.jpg
Is that a Wilson Raquet?!?!?!?!?! :cheer: :cheer:

Yoncé
Jan 3rd, 2012, 04:47 AM
^http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lnzt7hdKTV1qeyzcb.gif

FINALLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :bounce:

Spring Pools
Jan 3rd, 2012, 04:54 AM
http://l.yimg.com/j/assets/p/sp/getty/37/fullj.c65bff8d8b353dcd19fb8642b1c59d18/c65bff8d8b353dcd19fb8642b1c59d18-getty-507962527.jpg
Is that a Wilson Raquet?!?!?!?!?! :cheer: :cheer:

I think that's just the light that makes it look like a juice/steam

VeeJJ
Jan 3rd, 2012, 05:19 AM
Then what is it?!?!?

Spring Pools
Jan 3rd, 2012, 05:21 AM
Then what is it?!?!?

No idea. She's been playing with a blacked out racquet for ages though. TW says that it's a prince exo3 tour, but I doubt it.

Vefci Y
Jan 3rd, 2012, 05:38 AM
Julia switched to Babolat too!

gianmarco87
Jan 3rd, 2012, 01:21 PM
Julia play with babolat now..Bye Wilson





Edited to remove blog link.

The Kaz
Jan 3rd, 2012, 01:23 PM
Player forum :)

A-Bond
Jan 3rd, 2012, 01:50 PM
Wow that's surprising, there wasn't any announcement, not even on her Website which is usually up to date. Wonder why Gajdosova and Goerges both decides to switch to Babolat, they're obviously not making less errors with their new raquets.

Break My Rapture
Jan 3rd, 2012, 03:06 PM
http://l.yimg.com/j/assets/p/sp/getty/37/fullj.c65bff8d8b353dcd19fb8642b1c59d18/c65bff8d8b353dcd19fb8642b1c59d18-getty-507962527.jpg
Is that a Wilson Raquet?!?!?!?!?! :cheer: :cheer:
She's definitely not sponsored by Wilson as the W stencil isn't on her strings.
Could be. We'll see. BTW her website still lists Head as a sponsor.
Azarenka's website hasn't been updated since the end of YEC so...

pov
Jan 3rd, 2012, 04:41 PM
Azarenka's website hasn't been updated since the end of YEC so...
Yeah. Like I said she may have switched . . but so far there's no word on it from her or either company. So we'll see. She plays in a week.

Break My Rapture
Jan 3rd, 2012, 04:59 PM
Yeah. Like I said she may have switched . . but so far there's no word on it from her or either company. So we'll see. She plays in a week.
It's pretty safe to say that she has switched. ;) Azarenka has played with a HEAD racquet since forever, and now she shows up playing with a Wilson that isn't blacked out (like Jankovic's) or anything. That's a pretty big change if you ask me. So we should be hearing something from both companies soon, I'm dying to see what this Wilson racquet will do to her game.

cowsonice
Jan 3rd, 2012, 11:10 PM
She's definitely not sponsored by Wilson as the W stencil isn't on her strings.
I remember last HC summer, there was the W on the buttcap of Jelena's racket.

Break My Rapture
Jan 3rd, 2012, 11:31 PM
I remember last HC summer, there was the W on the buttcap of Jelena's racket.
Blacking out/painting a racquet black and using non-corporated strings is one thing, I don't think they keep themselves busy blacking out the butt of the racquet though. :lol: Besides, if she was sponsored by Wilson, why wasn't the W on her strings at that time and why is she now playing with a non-blacked out Wilson racquet that doesn't have the W on the strings? If she were sponsored, the W would be on the strings and the frame would not be blacked out I think.

Spring Pools
Jan 3rd, 2012, 11:58 PM
I'm surprised that Jaja doesn't have a sponsor anymore. She's still a top 20 player.

Morning Morgan
Jan 4th, 2012, 12:01 AM
Ok, I think I have mentioned this before, but you do realize that the players don't actually use the racquets they advertise? Most of them have custom made racquets with requested balanced points, weight diatributions, etc, and they usually use the Pro Staff model which are not sold in retail. They only get the paint job of their racquet sponsor. I seriously doubt Julia or Jarmila actually changed racquets, more like changing the paint jobs. If you compare the so-claimed model the players use and the actual one, you can see a lot of differences in the fundamental make-up of the frame. It really is one big advertising scam.

Tunk
Jan 4th, 2012, 02:14 AM
Azarenka surely change to Wilson.
And she did it very well.
She can hit a great shot, amazing shot especially her lob shot.

chingching
Jan 5th, 2012, 01:29 AM
Kvitova using the Blx stram is basically the same as her previous game. I saw er at hopman cup an she doesn't hit the ball Amy harder. I don't thinn is just a paint job though, cause the racquet is more ractangualr. She does kick her serve better. Wozniacki is more of the same. Thought he might stop puddling but I was wrong. Her new coach had made no difference an she's slower! Kanepi also using blx steam.

aussiesharapova
Jan 5th, 2012, 04:13 AM
http://www1.pictures.zimbio.com/gi/Jelena+Dokic+2012+ASB+Classic+Day+1+oU4Nz6docpsl.j pg

I know her footwork in this image is terrible :rain: , but her Wilson frame looks kind of blacked out. She was using the Wilson BLX last year. Anyone got any idea?

cowsonice
Jan 5th, 2012, 04:23 AM
http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f250/Wyna123/JelenaJankovic2012BrisbaneInternational6sWIV2CL4p6 l.jpg

Another pic of JJ with Wilson buttcap. If she isn't sponsored, I don't know why she'd be using a blacked out frame...idk. :shrug::confused:

Break My Rapture
Jan 5th, 2012, 08:50 AM
TZ8akHk5vPQ

With the new Wilson racquet.

pov
Jan 9th, 2012, 02:12 AM
Yeah. Like I said she may have switched . . but so far there's no word on it from her or either company. So we'll see. She plays in a week.
And we've seen.;)

Sharapovian
Jan 9th, 2012, 03:32 PM
Wilson Sporting Goods has signed a long term partnership with #3 Victoria (Vika) Azarenka.

“I’m extremely excited to be changing to Wilson’s new Juice racket. The power and spin that I feel with this racket is insane and I look forward to seeing what I can do with it,” said Azarenka. In addition to the Wilson Juice tennis racket, Azarenka will accessorize with the matching new blue Tour tennis bag and exclusive EmotiSorb shock absorber every time she steps on the court.

“Vika’s talent is undeniable and she has been one of the tours most consistent performers. Our goal is to provide the best equipment to help elevate her game and help her reach her goal of winning her first Grand Slam,” said Renaud Vallon, global tour director for Wilson. “She’s is a powerful player, with a dynamic personality and we are very thrilled to have her join the Wilson family.”

In 2011, Azarenka finished at a career high of number three to become the highest-ranked Belarusian player in history, after reaching the semi-finals of Wimbledon and the finals at WTA Tour Championships in November. Azarenka has also begun to distinguish herself off the court as a tennis teen idol with her good looks, fashionista ways and engaging Twitter posts.

Leading up to the 2012 Australian Open, last week, Azarenka upset world number one Caroline Wozniacki, at the World Tennis Charity Invitation in Hua Hin, Thailand, by beating her 6-2, 7-5 and is off to a great start at the Apia International Sydney, defeating Stefanie Voegele 6-2 6-1 in the 1st round. She will now take on Jankovic.

http://a2.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/s720x720/383597_10150482100753657_26577873656_8731817_34445 5816_n.jpg

Break My Rapture
Jan 9th, 2012, 03:37 PM
And we've seen.;)
See above. :p

tennis-insomniac
Jan 11th, 2012, 10:07 AM
I wonder what's the difference of the balbolats racquets Kim Aga Li etc. are using right now and the older ones. Anyone know ?

Kairi
Jan 11th, 2012, 03:30 PM
Vika's racket is such a PJ :facepalm: no PWS :lol:

Spring Pools
Jan 11th, 2012, 04:05 PM
Vika's racket is such a PJ :facepalm: no PWS :lol:

pws?

Kairi
Jan 11th, 2012, 04:14 PM
Perimeter Weighting System, those knobs you see at the 3 and 9'o clock positions on the frame :lol:
this is what the racket is supposed to look like(same one kaia is using), notice the PWS
http://static.foxsports.com/content/fscom/img/2012/01/07/020712-Tennis-Kaia-Kanepi-JW_20120107092419361_660_320.JPG

and this is what Vika is using (certainly not the same frame)
http://l.yimg.com/j/assets/p/sp/getty/4f/fullj.977e558fc7f6947120b1ca01b7d76fa2/977e558fc7f6947120b1ca01b7d76fa2-getty-508097101.jpg

Spring Pools
Jan 11th, 2012, 04:20 PM
Perimeter Weighting System, those knobs you see at the 3 and 9'o clock positions on the frame :lol:
this is what the racket is supposed to look like(same one kaia is using), notice the PWS
http://static.foxsports.com/content/fscom/img/2012/01/07/020712-Tennis-Kaia-Kanepi-JW_20120107092419361_660_320.JPG

and this is what Vika is using (certainly not the same frame)
http://l.yimg.com/j/assets/p/sp/getty/4f/fullj.977e558fc7f6947120b1ca01b7d76fa2/977e558fc7f6947120b1ca01b7d76fa2-getty-508097101.jpg

Ah that's interesting. I think she used to use Liquidmetal Instinct, but I can't see the ridges that I expected to see. Do all Wilsons have the PWS?

Kairi
Jan 11th, 2012, 04:31 PM
:shrug: maybe its a PJ of an older/discontinued Wilson/Head frame, your guess is as good as mine :lol: ..As for the PWS, no, not all Wilson models have them, eg. the KBlade/BlxBlade line

Break My Rapture
Jan 11th, 2012, 04:45 PM
Good find. I did notice a different sound at contact point when she was playing though (yes you can sometimes hear it during the grunt), so I don't think this is still a HEAD racquet.

-NAJ-
Jan 14th, 2012, 10:55 AM
AO
http://img845.imageshack.us/img845/7051/b57f8a39371e209c17f7990.jpg
Dokic to Babolat?

duhcity
Jan 14th, 2012, 11:28 AM
That is an insanely unflattering picture

chingching
Jan 14th, 2012, 12:30 PM
http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f250/Wyna123/JelenaJankovic2012BrisbaneInternational6sWIV2CL4p6 l.jpg

Another pic of JJ with Wilson buttcap. If she isn't sponsored, I don't know why she'd be using a blacked out frame...idk. :shrug::confused:

That dress is disgusting on her!!!!!

aussiesharapova
Jan 17th, 2012, 01:55 AM
AO
http://img845.imageshack.us/img845/7051/b57f8a39371e209c17f7990.jpg
Dokic to Babolat?

Oh, thats not nice to look at.. :facepalm:

Dokic is using the same blacked out frame as JJ.
Not sure if you can see the Wilson logo painted on the strings clearly anyway..
http://www.australianopen.com/images/pics/misc/f_dokic_01_01.jpg

pov
Jan 17th, 2012, 02:50 AM
:shrug: maybe its a PJ of an older/discontinued Wilson/Head frame, your guess is as good as mine :lol: ..As for the PWS, no, not all Wilson models have them, eg. the KBlade/BlxBlade line

http://adjustingthenet.com/2012/01/09/wilson-adds-juice-to-azarenkas-game-with-new-deal/
“I’m extremely excited to be changing to Wilson’s new Juice racket. The power and spin that I feel with this racket is insane and I look forward to seeing what I can do with it,” said Azarenka. In addition to the Wilson Juice tennis racket, Azarenka will accessorize with the matching new blue Tour tennis bag and exclusive Wilson Emotisorb shock absorber every time she steps on to the court.

http://www.wilson.com/en-us/tennis/rackets/juice-pro/

Vincey!
Jan 17th, 2012, 04:51 AM
Julia Goerges change from Wilson to Babolat
Aleksandra Wozniak changed from Yonex to Babolat as well.

ArturoAce.
Jan 17th, 2012, 09:39 PM
Scheepers changed from Prince to Babolat
Tanasugarn changed from Dunlop to Prince

sweetadri06
Jan 17th, 2012, 09:44 PM
AO
http://img845.imageshack.us/img845/7051/b57f8a39371e209c17f7990.jpg
Dokic to Babolat?

jelly roll

Kairi
Jan 17th, 2012, 09:46 PM
http://adjustingthenet.com/2012/01/09/wilson-adds-juice-to-azarenkas-game-with-new-deal/
“I’m extremely excited to be changing to Wilson’s new Juice racket. The power and spin that I feel with this racket is insane and I look forward to seeing what I can do with it,” said Azarenka. In addition to the Wilson Juice tennis racket, Azarenka will accessorize with the matching new blue Tour tennis bag and exclusive Wilson Emotisorb shock absorber every time she steps on to the court.

http://www.wilson.com/en-us/tennis/rackets/juice-pro/

:confused: and....i think we've already established that she's not using a Wilson FRAME or the model she's claiming it is anyway, regardless of what PJ it has..

Elisse
Jan 17th, 2012, 10:03 PM
Akgul's using the new Babolat Pure Drive :)

pov
Jan 17th, 2012, 10:10 PM
:confused: and....i think we've already established that she's not using a Wilson FRAME or the model she's claiming it is anyway, regardless of what PJ it has..
Really? So . .IYO . . she's blatantly lying. Interesting.

Kairi
Jan 17th, 2012, 10:25 PM
Really? So . .IYO . . she's blatantly lying. Interesting.

:rolleyes: did you even read the stuff/comparison pics that were posted before? Btw, Vika isn't the first player to use non-sponsored frames painted to look like the acual model..Fed does it, Tsongs, Djokovic, Amelie did it, Justine too, and a host of other players :o its not that big of a deal..sometime players even use frames from the 90's, and just adopt the PJ relevant to the current model they're paid to endorse..and I never said she was LYING. :facepalm: its simple marketing..

cowsonice
Jan 17th, 2012, 10:58 PM
Yeah, what AKB said. Head is the worst offender when it comes to marketing/using paint jobs. Amelie, Marat Safin, Vika, Maria....

pov
Feb 21st, 2012, 02:58 PM
:rolleyes: did you even read the stuff/comparison pics that were posted before? Btw, Vika isn't the first player to use non-sponsored frames painted to look like the acual model..Fed does it, Tsongs, Djokovic, Amelie did it, Justine too, and a host of other players :o its not that big of a deal..sometime players even use frames from the 90's, and just adopt the PJ relevant to the current model they're paid to endorse..and I never said she was LYING. :facepalm: its simple marketing..
I get that the above is your opinion. According to articles I've read by top racket stringers, you're incorrect about Federer and Djokovic. Beyond that the
idea that a racket company would sponsor a player to use frames made by another company seems inane at best. Oh, and whatever euphemisms you want to try and use - stating something that one knows isn't so is lying.

Anyway, whatever racket you think Azarenka has switched to, it's working well for her.

pov
Feb 21st, 2012, 03:01 PM
http://wilsontennis.wordpress.com/tag/azarenka-tennis-racket/

Armed with her Wilson Juice 100 tennis racket, Victoria ‘Vika’ Azarenka dominates the Sharapova 6-3 6-0 to win her 1st Grand Slam Singles title, take the #1 ranking on the WTA Tour and is an undefeated 12-0 since switching to the Wilson Juice.

Vika’s gear:
Juice 100
Tour 15 pack tennis bag blue
Luxilon Alu Power 125
W vibration dampener yellow

Kairi
Feb 21st, 2012, 03:33 PM
I get that the above is your opinion. According to articles I've read by top racket stringers, you're incorrect
Anyway, whatever racket you think Azarenka has switched to, it's working well for her.

It's not my opinion, and I'm not incorrect :o
http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/print?id=1872892&type=story, that article just scratches the surface of the whole PJ issue
As for Djokovic, during his days with Wilson, he actually used another frame(by Head, the Prestige), which was painted to look like the Blade Tour.( Tsonga did it as well, but he used an old Wilson Hyper Carbon ProStaff frame).It does not take an expert to see that Vika's racquet is CLEARLY NOT, the same frame being advertised, which is why I posted comparison pics with Kanepi(who actually uses the right frame, complete with PWS) its a PaintJob! Look at the bloody pics..if you don't believe me, go to tenniswarehouse etc, get a pic of the model she's being paid to advertise, the get a pic of her from Sydney, and compare them
You don't honestly expect most pros to switch racquets everytime their sponsor rolls out a new line. :rolleyes:, hence the Paint Jobs .and in the event that a Pro becomes sponsored by another company, tell me which would make more sense, using their frames with differences in specs compared to their previous sponsor's frame, and potentially wrecking their whole game, or just using their previous sponsors frame, painted to look like the model of their current sponsor...its not rocket science.

pov
Feb 21st, 2012, 03:37 PM
It's not my opinion, and I'm not incorrect :o
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Yes, it is your opinion. And of course you think you're correct. I haven't seen many people who hold to opinions they think are incorrect.

And as for your points about Djokovic, you're distorting things. That happened because Djokovic after much time with Wilson was wanting to switch to Head. That's a helluva different situation to just starting with Wilson and yet using another racket maker's frame. That's not marketing that would be nuts for any company to do.

Back to the point - Azarenka's racket. My opinion is that she's using a Wilson Juice. You disagree and let's leave it at that.

Kairi
Feb 21st, 2012, 03:43 PM
Can you READ..? My god.. :facepalm: do you think I'm attacking Vika or something? Just stating what has been in the public for decades..You're acting as though im just posting whatever, without backing it up..I'm not just making this up :facepalm:

Spring Pools
Feb 21st, 2012, 05:51 PM
I get that the above is your opinion. According to articles I've read by top racket stringers, you're incorrect about Federer and Djokovic. Beyond that the
idea that a racket company would sponsor a player to use frames made by another company seems inane at best. Oh, and whatever euphemisms you want to try and use - stating something that one knows isn't so is lying.

Anyway, whatever racket you think Azarenka has switched to, it's working well for her.

They do it because looks are all that matters. If most of the public thinks that Azarenka is using the Juice, they'll buy the juice just because she's using it.

macginity
Feb 22nd, 2012, 09:53 PM
There is no way Vika is using the "real" juice.
the pattern of juice is 16x18 while whatever she uses (probably is the old head LM instinct) is 18x19. And this just one of the many differences between her frame and the juice one.

pov
Feb 22nd, 2012, 10:50 PM
They do it because looks are all that matters.
a - as a matter of course they don't do it.
b - no looks are not all that matters.
c - yes of course people will use a racket because they see a top pro using it. I mean . . .??

I guess that means I have to state that I'm not claiming Azarenka's racket is exactly the same as an off-the-shelf Juice 100. But that doesn't make it any less a Juice.

Kairi
Feb 22nd, 2012, 11:04 PM
There is no way Vika is using the "real" juice.
the pattern of juice is 16x18 while whatever she uses (probably is the old head LM instinct) is 18x19. And this just one of the many differences between her frame and the juice one.

That's incorrect.

oh really?
http://i42.tinypic.com/33ts687.png

pov
Feb 23rd, 2012, 01:55 AM
With apologies to all the nay-sayers :lol: after carefully examining a number of very hi-res images and reading the comments of a few stringers, I'm satisfied that Azarenka is indeed using a Juice (and to make it clear to all) - a custom molded Juice.

macginity
Feb 23rd, 2012, 11:14 AM
All I can say (and a lot of other people) is that this frame

http://i44.tinypic.com/aetuew.jpg

looks like this frame

http://i42.tinypic.com/axm990.jpg

that does look like this other frame (head LM instinct).

http://i173.photobucket.com/albums/w50/vsbabolat/Gasquet_2012_Aus_Open_4.jpg


But of course that Wilson won't say it. In the same way that Babolat doesn't say that Tsonga frame looks like a Wilson frame. In the same way that Head won't say that Djokovic speed doesn't look like a speed frame.

gaviotabr
May 22nd, 2012, 03:05 PM
Lisicki has changed rackets.

From Wilson Blade 98 at AO:

http://www1.pictures.zimbio.com/gi/Sabine+Lisicki+2012+Australian+Open+Day+2+B2KBTgoo-wUl.jpg

And Miami:

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-HAhntoszgls/T2_t56_E81I/AAAAAAAANKc/qps8jHpKTMo/s1600/16.jpg

To Yonex Vcore Tour in Strasbourg:

http://www.wtatennis.com/javaImages/13/e7/0,,12781~10872595,00.jpg

https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/389646_292738017486265_103013769792025_656238_1153 271463_n.jpg

Maybe the results are connected with her still adapting to the new racquet. Yonex's racquet shape is quite particular.

aussiesharapova
May 23rd, 2012, 12:22 PM
https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/389646_292738017486265_103013769792025_656238_1153 271463_n.jpg

Didn't Tamira use a black Donnay racquet at the Australian Open? So I assume she's back with Head now? :confused: