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Blake's racquet?

TennisOz
11-15-2006, 01:20 PM
Or racket if you prefer!

What's the story, for a while now he has been playing with what looks like a Prince racquet to me but no cosmetics or logo, painted black.

Is he:

1 Still under contract to Dunlop but thinks they're duff and is using another racquet (and legal proceedings are pending)
2 In the process of developing a new model for Dunlop so no cosmetics (but why no logo)
3 Hasn't got a contract with anyone (seems unlikely, he could earn a lot from an endorsement)
4 Something else

TennisOz :)

Loremaster
11-15-2006, 02:33 PM
no it is Prince racquet developed uniquely for him

GlennMirnyi
11-15-2006, 02:38 PM
It's an experimental racket by Prince. They have been noticing that for a while.

lorenz
11-15-2006, 04:31 PM
It's Prince, but it seems like an old fashioned one. Very simple, without O ports, etc.

Loremaster
11-15-2006, 04:49 PM
It's a project that's way it looks old fashioned ,

mrserenawilliams
11-15-2006, 05:33 PM
they're working on finishing it for the 2007 season, so he can have something new.

Fumus
11-15-2006, 05:43 PM
Tennis' Newest Prince: James Blake

Blake Signs as Newest Member of Team Prince and Inks Long-Term Endorsement Deal to Develop and Launch New Racquet


"Relationships are important to me and this one just feels right. "


Prince Tennis announced today that James Blake, whose personal and professional comeback in 2005 gripped the tennis world, has joined Prince’s Touring Professional Team with a global, multi-faceted seven-year deal. The partnership involves Blake’s collaboration with Prince’s research and development experts to develop a racquet featuring O Technology that Blake will use on tour. This new racquet will launch in 2006 as part of Prince's best selling line of O3 Racquets.

When asked about Blake, Prince Sports' CEO, George Napier, said, "We are privileged and proud that James chose Prince to be his brand of equipment. He embodies the values our Team believes in and lives every day – integrity, respect, persistence, passion, and fearlessness. These characteristics were evident as his hero’s journey unfolded over the past year or so."

Blake was characteristically articulate when asked why he chose Prince from the many endorsement opportunities offered to him. "Everyone I met at Prince made me feel welcome. Relationships are important to me and this one just feels right. Also, the deal we developed is more than just a racquet endorsement. Prince is tapping my knowledge to help with product design, as well as some cool marketing initiatives focused on junior development. They are also enthusiastically supporting various charitable organizations that are important to me. And the equipment, O Technology is special and something I believe can help raise my game. The newest O3 we're going to launch later this year will be really sweet."

Napier continued, "I've been fortunate to get to know many professional athletes over the past 25 years in the sporting goods business, and this guy is, without a doubt, a remarkable person, in addition to his ‘way past ordinary’ athletic talents. James is going to be a huge part of our family and brand."

About James Blake
This past U.S. Open marked Blake’s fifth tournament appearance. In a series of memorable matches, he defied the critics and advanced to the quarterfinal round of the Open.

His progress was even more amazing when you consider that just over a year ago, Blake wasn’t sure he’d ever play tennis again. On May 6th of 2004, Blake broke his neck while practicing at a tournament in Rome. In May, he developed shingles, and in July lost his father to cancer.

He came to the US Open ranked No. 49 and staged a remarkable comeback, defeating 2nd seed Rafael Nadal to achieve his best Grand Slam effort and reach the quarterfinals. He was later defeated in the quarterfinals by Andre Agassi in a fifth-set tiebreak. Blake’s signature stroke is his down-the-line winners from nearly impossible positions achieved by his “monster forehand.” He is also known for his extreme agility and masterful ability to cover the court.

About Prince Sports
Prince Sports, Inc., based in New Jersey, is a recognized leader in game-improvement technologies and engineering-based high-performance sports equipment. Since 1970, Prince and Ektelon have revolutionized tennis, squash and racquetball with innovations including “Oversize,” “Longbody” and “Extender” racquet technologies, Natural Foot Shape footwear technology, Synthetic Gut String and Electronic Ball Machines. In 2005, Prince introduced O3, another breakthrough that features an expanded sweet spot (up to 54 percent) and increased racquet speed, a combination only possible with O3 Technology. Prince Sports has operations on three continents and distribution in over 100 countries. For more information, please visit www.princetennis.com.

TennisOz
11-16-2006, 07:56 AM
Thanks for the replies, I didn't know about the Prince deal but suspected it was a Prince racquet. It explains why you can pick up James Blake Dunlop racquets cheap! It would seem that he is playing better with it but it may be a psychological thing. There have been a lot of examples of players who have changed racquets to get more money but have suffered as a result. Ferrero's change from Prince to Head co-incided with his nosedive for example.

TennisOz:)

alfonsojose
11-16-2006, 11:43 AM
Hopefully they won't be that dumb to call it the O3 Black. Racism claims will be all over the place :tape:

lynnlovestennis
11-16-2006, 06:56 PM
The stick he's using now is a Dunlop with Prince caps on it so that it doesn't look ridiculous since he's getting paid like $400k/yr for a racquet that's not finished yet.

I believe his team calls it 'The Dunflop'.




(Honestly, I can't remember if that's it exactly. It's something as funny as that though....)

TheSwing
11-19-2006, 06:15 AM
Hopefully they won't be that dumb to call it the O3 Black. Racism claims will be all over the place :tape:

Racism aside, the O3 Black would still be an awesome name for a racquet. I've been waiting for an all black racquet to come out, doubt it will ever happen, but I don't want to paint mine.

smucav
01-22-2007, 08:57 PM
http://www.tennis.com/tournaments/2007/australianopen/australianopen.aspx?id=62912TENNIS.com
Last Modified: 1/22/2007 2:37:36 AM
The Latest Racquet: The pros’ 2007 picks
By Daniel Stern

So many kinds of racquets. Head heavy. Head light. Red with silver stripes. Yellow with black stripes. Japanese made. American made. Mid-plus. Oversize. How do you choose?

For most casual players, testing out 10 or more frames is too expensive and far too time-consuming. It’s so much easier to just select the racquet your favorite player is using.

Wandering around the 2007 Australian Open, I stopped by the racquet company booths that stand between Rod Laver Arena and Vodafone Arena in order to get a bit more information on what the stars are playing with this season.

Are you a Federer fan? Go for the new Wilson K Factor (also used by Jonas Bjorkman). Like Martina Hingis? Try the new Yonex RQS-11. Want to pound the ball like James Blake or Serena Williams? That’s a bit tougher to figure out.

Williams is currently playing with a Wilson nBlade, but for some reason it's painted black. This racquet is a dramatic change in head size for Serena, using a 106” frame, down from 113”.

Blake is currently playing with a Prince-made, painted copy of his old Dunlop. Prince reps say that Blake has had difficulties choosing an original Prince stick, but has finally picked one that’s in production. It should be available to the public this summer.

But beware, many pro players change their sticks quite often (e.g. Sharapova, Dementieva), so you just might not get to “be like Rog” for that long.

While at the Prince booth on Saturday, I asked a rep about Jennifer Capriati, expecting him to give me the usual “she’s injured, not playing yet” response. Instead, I was told that Capriati recently ordered some new racquets to test out, supposedly planning to start hitting again. This information was repeated by another Prince rep on Sunday, but then denied by a third rep today. So no change there – the Capriati outlook is unknown. She did, however, tell a Las Vegas conference last week that she’s “still trying to come back.”

© TENNIS.com All Rights Reserved.

smucav
05-26-2007, 06:55 PM
http://www.tennisnews.com/exclusive.php?pID=20355James Blake Signs with Dunlop

Dunlop Sports Group Americas announced today that James Blake has rejoined the Dunlop Tour Team, the most accomplished in tennis. Presently ranked # 8 in the world, Blake is the highest ranked American player to sign with Dunlop since John McEnroe in 1981. Adding to the excitement, Blake will be playing with a Dunlop frame at the French Open, his first tournament since re-signing and where Dunlop is the official ball supplier. Dunlop plans to unveil which one of its cutting-edge Aerogel racquets James Blake will play at the Wimbledon championships.

“I began my professional career at Dunlop, have played the best tennis of my career with a Dunlop frame and I am looking forward to calling Dunlop home again,” said Blake. “The new Aerogel racquet technology provides several frame specifications that will suit my game well and give me the confidence to know that I can take my career to new heights.”

Known for his speed and powerful forehand, Blake was first signed by Dunlop when he turned pro in 1999. He has won a total of 9 professional singles titles and finished 2006 at a career-high World #4. His unwillingness to accept defeat in the face of adversity and his charisma both on and off the court have made him a fan favorite.

“James has enormous talent, presence and respect on tour,” said Neil Morton, CEO of Dunlop Sports Group Americas. “He epitomizes what Dunlop tennis is all about. We’re excited to have him back, and we know he’ll have continued success playing with Aerogel.”

With Blake, Dunlop continues the strong momentum built behind its line of Aerogel racquets which has received a number of ‘best in class’ awards around the world. Aerogel is being played by an increasing number of top tour professionals and top junior players – its success made clear through record sales.

Dunlop Sports now boasts 4 players in the ATP top 12 -- James Blake (8th), Tommy Robredo (9th), Tommy Haas (10th), and Tomas Berdych (12th) -- all of them playing with the extraordinary technology of the new Dunlop Aerogel racquet.

Burrow
05-26-2007, 07:58 PM
Racism aside, the O3 Black would still be an awesome name for a racquet. I've been waiting for an all black racquet to come out, doubt it will ever happen, but I don't want to paint mine.

I much prefer plain and less flashy looking rackets, so all black would be fine, but my prestige classic will do me fine, i dont really care of look.

alfonsojose
05-27-2007, 01:41 AM
just another money whore :yawn:

Kolya
05-27-2007, 02:07 AM
Thanks for the replies, I didn't know about the Prince deal but suspected it was a Prince racquet. It explains why you can pick up James Blake Dunlop racquets cheap! It would seem that he is playing better with it but it may be a psychological thing. There have been a lot of examples of players who have changed racquets to get more money but have suffered as a result. Ferrero's change from Prince to Head co-incided with his nosedive for example.

TennisOz:)

JCF is now using a Prince Graphite painted all black.

xtiano
05-27-2007, 02:09 AM
I believe Blake is now using a Dunlop painted black with Prince logo on.
pics:
http://i2.tinypic.com/xc4rvm.jpg
http://i2.tinypic.com/xc515d.jpg
http://i3.tinypic.com/xc4xax.jpg

xtiano
05-27-2007, 02:22 AM
It seems that he has just gone back to Dunlop as sponsor.
http://www.tennisnews.com/exclusive.php?pID=20355 (http://www.tennisnews.com/exclusive.php?pID=20355)
James Blake Signs with Dunlop
Dunlop Sports Group Americas announced today that James Blake has rejoined the Dunlop Tour Team, the most accomplished in tennis. Presently ranked # 8 in the world, Blake is the highest ranked American player to sign with Dunlop since John McEnroe in 1981. Adding to the excitement, Blake will be playing with a Dunlop frame at the French Open, his first tournament since re-signing and where Dunlop is the official ball supplier. Dunlop plans to unveil which one of its cutting-edge Aerogel racquets James Blake will play at the Wimbledon championships.
“I began my professional career at Dunlop, have played the best tennis of my career with a Dunlop frame and I am looking forward to calling Dunlop home again,” said Blake. “The new Aerogel racquet technology provides several frame specifications that will suit my game well and give me the confidence to know that I can take my career to new heights.”
Known for his speed and powerful forehand, Blake was first signed by Dunlop when he turned pro in 1999. He has won a total of 9 professional singles titles and finished 2006 at a career-high World #4. His unwillingness to accept defeat in the face of adversity and his charisma both on and off the court have made him a fan favorite.
“James has enormous talent, presence and respect on tour,” said Neil Morton, CEO of Dunlop Sports Group Americas. “He epitomizes what Dunlop tennis is all about. We’re excited to have him back, and we know he’ll have continued success playing with Aerogel.”
With Blake, Dunlop continues the strong momentum built behind its line of Aerogel racquets which has received a number of ‘best in class’ awards around the world. Aerogel is being played by an increasing number of top tour professionals and top junior players – its success made clear through record sales.
Dunlop Sports now boasts 4 players in the ATP top 12 -- James Blake (8th), Tommy Robredo (9th), Tommy Haas (10th), and Tomas Berdych (12th) -- all of them playing with the extraordinary technology of the new Dunlop Aerogel racquet.

Frenchderer
05-27-2007, 08:57 AM
Saw him ( and talked a few words to him yesterday at the French Open exhibition day )at training and he had a Dunlop bag.Like on the picture I took of him.

Tzar
05-27-2007, 03:03 PM
This raquet is all black right with nothing on it?

gusman890
05-27-2007, 03:11 PM
i guess he is going aerogel sometime in the summer?

bedfordfalls8000
05-27-2007, 03:44 PM
Mardy Fish also played with a blackened Wilson at the Hopman Cup 2007
Now he seems to have the real Wilson painting on
But I don't know the story there...anyone?

*Viva Chile*
05-27-2007, 04:24 PM
I posted some time ago, that the "Prince racquet" of Blake is really a fake one and is indeed a Dunlop one, I posted pics with proves that were posted in the Tennis Warehouse forum time ago.

EDIT: the pics were the same as xtiano posted here ;)

Deboogle!.
05-27-2007, 09:21 PM
So James was sponsored by Prince for what, well over a year, and never even actually used a Prince racquet? Hilarious :haha: