Never have I been so aggrivated with the idiocracy of a so called tennis professional as I was today. I had to drive thrity minutes to get to the closest tennis “pro” shop in order to sign my son up for a demo program to try some new tennis racquets. I gave the sales man the list we had come up with and he just looked at me with a puzzeled look and said “you don’t have a Bablolat on this list?”
“No, apparently not,” I replied. My response was met with the most condescending look as he shook his head at me and rolled his eyes.
“From your response, I assume you think we should be trying the Babolat.”
“Well it’s not the number one selling brand for nothing,” he replied in a snide manner.
“I’ll text him and check,” I replied nicely. So I obligingly texted my son and asked him. ”No, he said he really would prefer the ones he put on the list.”
“Does your son play tournaments at all?” the salesman asked me.
“Yes, he’s played USTA for about six years and has signed at a D1 college,” I answered becoming somewhat tired of this conversation.
“Well all the good players use the Babolat, and do you know Charlie Carr (made up name to protect the identity of the player)”
“Yes I know him well,” I again answered trying to be nice.
“Well he uses the Babolat.”
That was it, I was no longer in the mood to be nice, I couldn’t believe this sales pitch. This man was supposed to be an authority on tennis equipment and this was the garbage I was getting.
“Sir, with all due respect,” I began, “Charlie Carr is not a good tennis player because he is using a certain racquet. He is a good player because he works hard and is very talented. Further, my son has a completely different build than the other young man. Sir, a racquet doesn’t make a player, hard work, talent and drive makes a good player. We have always let our son knows he is the key element in his game and not the equipment, I have nothing against the Babolat but it is not the tennis racquet he is comfortable with. Now could we please have the racquet I requested.”
I have nothing against any brand of tennis racquet, I think they all have their pros and cons and the comfort and confidence the player has in the racquet is the most important element. If one company was so much better than the other, I would expect to see all the top pros using the same brand, but that obviously is not the case. Once again, I have nothing against Babolat, I just don’t think the racquet makes the player.