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How to Spot a Fake Babolat Tennis Racket

Updated on January 24, 2014

Price

Check websites such as pro direct tennis and PWP for their current prices. The latest Babolat rackets are usually £140 and up. eBay fakes usually are listed for 'buy it now prices' of around half this. However this does not prove the racket it fake but is a good sign.

Genuine and a fake comparisons

Fake packaging on the right hand side.
Fake packaging on the right hand side.
Genuine black grommets on the Aeropro Drive 2013 model
Genuine black grommets on the Aeropro Drive 2013 model
The real buttcap on the right has a deeper red colour. The fake is pale and rougher.
The real buttcap on the right has a deeper red colour. The fake is pale and rougher.

Price tag and hologram

Fakes usually have all the information on the swing ticket written in an Asian language, normally Chinese. This indicates a fake racket. Fakes will also include a hologram to copy the genuine rackets. Look for holograms not aligned straight and be aware a genuine racket only has one serial number sticker.

Grommets

Grommets on the genuine Babolats are high quality and all the same. On the fakes grommets can be torn or bent and even different sizes. On the Aeropro Drive 2013 the grommets should be all black.

Rafa Nadal, a Babolat user.
Rafa Nadal, a Babolat user.

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Balance

The balance of the racket should be almost even balanced on your finger. The counterfeit is extremely head heavy.

Also be careful of the 'bait and switch'. It seems that some sellers have displayed photos of the original purchased here in the UK, but will send you a counterfeit. Make sure you research the seller and ask questions to verify whether the item could potentially be a counterfeit.

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