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Thursday, January 20, 2011 Dunlop Biomimetic 200 Plus

After hearing about the unveiling of Dunlop Biomimetic today we are going to discuss the heaviest frame in the initial line, the Dunlop Biomimetic 200 Plus. The new Biomimetic line will be shown off at next year’s Australian Open by the Dunlop staff. The six initial racquets are set for a November 1, 2010 launch date. If anyone saw or read the press conference following Nikolay Davydenko’s second round beating from Richard Gasquet at the 2010 US Open, he stated that he was ready to “throw all my old racquets in the garbage”. We’ve all had those kind of days, but the difference is that at the US Open, Davydenko was playing with his old Prince O3 frames while wearing his new sponsor, Dunlop’s, apparel. Since the US Open, Davydenko has completely switched to his new racquet, and today’s feature, the Dunlop Biomimetic 200 Plus. While similar to his old frame, the 200 Plus does feature a few differences. The two most noticeable differences are the lack of Prince’s O3 ports, and a significantly denser 18x20 string pattern vs. his old 16x18 pattern. The 200 Plus comes with a matte black and blue paintjob and with these unstrung specs: Biomimetic 200 Plus Head Size: 100 sq. in. Weight: 11 oz. Length: 27 in. Balance: 9 pts head light Beam Width: 20 mm String Pattern: 18x20 All of the new Biomimetic racquets feature three new technologies, Aeroskin, HM6 Carbon, and Gecko-Tac grips. Designed for club through advanced players, the 200 Plus gives players a tight string pattern and solid weight to provide plenty of control. The Aeroskin technology is inspired by the skin of a shark and uses small bumps along the red graphics of the frame, creating small areas of turbulence around the frame as it moves through the air. This localized turbulence allows the racquet to get through the air with less resistance. The quicker racquet head speed means greater power and maneuverability. The HM6 graphite comes from the honeycomb structure seen in a typical beehive and Formula 1 race cars. These are sheets of carbon that are formed using a network of hexagonal shaped units to create a stronger carbon sheet. The HM6 sheets are woven in along with Dunlop’s Aerogel graphite primarily in the throat area of the frame. The cell structure consists of approximately 95% air, helping to dampen out unwanted vibration from reaching your hand. This means greater comfort and enhanced feel from all parts of the court. Gecko-Tac is a new grip developed by Dunlop based on the pads on a Gecko. The grip features a surface treatment for greater tack, giving the player more control of the racquet and ensuring a comfortable grip. The surface is also perforated for moisture wicking, so the grip never loses its comfortable, tacky feel. The new Dunlop Biomimetic 200 Plus will be arriving in early November and is seeing tour action now in the hands of Nikolay Davydenko. This one will be a hit with the players seeking a slightly larger head in a heavier, control oriented frame. This fits a category that has been tough to find as most frames featuring a 100 sq. in. head also have thicker beams and lighter weights to fit into the tweener category. This racquet is a bit heavier with a much thinner beam giving a very nice control racquet with a bit larger head than most control racquets. A great baseline racquet due to the dense string pattern and larger head, this one will provide a stable frame for today’s baseliner.


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