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Old 09-01-2007, 03:50 PM   #1
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Default Nadal doesn't use an APDC???

I got new evidence from my trustworthy friend that Rafael Nadal does not in fact use Babolat AeroPro Drive Cortex... he still uses a regular AeroPro Drive, with a paint job to make it look like an APDC. Look at these pictures:




These pictures clearly show that the cortex system has been painted onto the racquet. Who else but Nadal would be crazy enough to paint one on instead of just using the real thing?
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Old 09-01-2007, 03:52 PM   #2
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Aren't those like Fede's pics?
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Old 09-01-2007, 04:00 PM   #3
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roddick doesn't use a real cortex either
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Old 09-01-2007, 04:03 PM   #4
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If it's true, this shouldn't surprise us. Hardly any of the top pros use what they are claimed to use.
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Old 09-01-2007, 04:03 PM   #5
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From a stringer who recently strung for him:

- no Cortex
- 21Kg of tension or so (which is so similar to Fed)
- the strings are custom, carry his name on them in small print, they are not the off-the-shelves stuff, don't believe the marketing
- 5 racquets ready for the match, identical in tension
- 2-3 strung during the match from those used up, just to be on the safe side
- uses the tournament stringers, not one of those private stringers (which have a hold on 12 of the top 20 male players these days)
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Old 09-01-2007, 04:10 PM   #6
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From a stringer who recently strung for him:

- no Cortex
- 21Kg of tension or so (which is so similar to Fed)
- the strings are custom, carry his name on them in small print, they are not the off-the-shelves stuff, don't believe the marketing
- 5 racquets ready for the match, identical in tension
- 2-3 strung during the match from those used up, just to be on the safe side
- uses the tournament stringers, not one of those private stringers (which have a hold on 12 of the top 20 male players these days)

Yes, the strings say "Pro Hurricane Tour Nadal" which is in reality "Tour Duralast"
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Old 09-01-2007, 04:19 PM   #7
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Damn, i believe that Nadal put that overgrip on in the lockers, he did not have a pair of scissors to cut the extra material. Ugly.
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Old 09-01-2007, 04:27 PM   #8
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that is sad that so few players actually use the racquet that "they" say they do. but it is really the company that sponsors them, because im sure most players don't exactly love having to play with racquets with pjs and all.
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Old 09-01-2007, 04:31 PM   #9
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Damn, i believe that Nadal put that overgrip on in the lockers, he did not have a pair of scissors to cut the extra material. Ugly.
The ridiculous things people care about....
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Old 09-01-2007, 04:40 PM   #10
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I thought that pics were from French open and nadal has since switched to Aeropro cortex ?? He had been experimenting with the cortex all summer long, my local babolat rep told me.
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Old 09-01-2007, 04:47 PM   #11
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The racquet OBVIOUSLY doesn't have cortex. It's so easy to tell because no matter how hard you try, paint will never look 3Dish enough to look like the real cortex.
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Old 09-01-2007, 04:48 PM   #12
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I thought that pics were from French open and nadal has since switched to Aeropro cortex ?? He had been experimenting with the cortex all summer long, my local babolat rep told me.
It sounds like local Babolat Rep has no idea what Nadal is really using. He or she is out there trying to make a living selling Babolat's line of products. Or if the Rep does know that a player is using a Paint Job they will never admit to it because they want to sell the newest line of products to their accounts.
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Old 09-01-2007, 04:57 PM   #13
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Aren't those like Fede's pics?
Uhhh... Federer uses a Wilson nSix-One... I don't know how you came up with that idea.

And yeah, there would be no reason to paint on a cortex if he really wanted to use the original AeroPro Drive without cortex. What I don't get is, why wouldn't he want a cortex? I have an APDC Plus and I love the feel of it.
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Old 09-01-2007, 04:57 PM   #14
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man i believed in rafa so sad now, jk
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Old 09-01-2007, 05:00 PM   #15
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It sounds like local Babolat Rep has no idea what Nadal is really using. He or she is out there trying to make a living selling Babolat's line of products. Or if the Rep does know that a player is using a Paint Job they will never admit to it because they want to sell the newest line of products to their accounts.
I really thought the Cortex was a better frame, a improved version, it is too bad if rafa is not using it.
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The ridiculous things people care about....
The tape barely makes contact on the racket...
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Old 09-01-2007, 05:13 PM   #17
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Aren't those like Fede's pics?


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Uhhh... Federer uses a Wilson nSix-One... I don't know how you came up with that idea.

And yeah, there would be no reason to paint on a cortex if he really wanted to use the original AeroPro Drive without cortex. What I don't get is, why wouldn't he want a cortex? I have an APDC Plus and I love the feel of it.
You misunderstand what Jonnyf has said. "Fede" is a member here at TW and he orginally posted those photos of Nadal's racquet you have now posted up in this thread.
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Old 09-01-2007, 06:30 PM   #18
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You misunderstand what Jonnyf has said. "Fede" is a member here at TW and he orginally posted those photos of Nadal's racquet you have now posted up in this thread.
Oh, well in that case, they probably are, because the friend I got them from is always on this website.
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Old 09-01-2007, 06:42 PM   #19
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gosh, that pic is old, but yea, i think some of the only pros that use the cortex are some of the WTA tour members
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Old 09-01-2007, 07:15 PM   #20
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ARE YOU SERIOUS????
YOU GOTTA BE KIDDING ME.... RIGHT????


Sorry dude.... Old news....
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