With the release of the new 2010 version of the Babolat Aeropro Drive GT there is the inevitable wave of counterfeit or fake copies that flood the market as well.
It is a shame that there are less than reliable copies of this racket on the market already considering it is a relatively new addition to the tennis marketplace.
Furthermore, it seems that counterfeiting is becoming a more and more precise art and this makes it increasingly difficult for the untrained eye to spot the real thing from a fake.
This can be a costly and also disappointing lesson to learn if you happen to be one of the unlucky people that is sold something which is not what it claims to be.
However there are a few steps that you can take to minimize your chances of this happening.
Some of the things you may be able to use to identify a fake racket include;
- The inside of your racket will look disorganized and poorly constructed when you remove the butt cap.
- The center divider should be straight in a genuine copy but skewed in a fake.
- The background of where the “GT Technology” text is located should have a grey background with small lines. Fake copies will almost always have a black background with no lines visible to the naked eye.
The Aeropro Drive GT is a moderately expensive but immensely popular racket and it was made popular by the fact that Rafael Nadal openly claims to use this racket in competitive matches.