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The tennis racket

Updated: September 2, 2004, 11:03 AM ET
By Darren Rovell | ESPN.com

NEW YORK -- A Yonex brochure found at its store at the U.S. Open shows Lleyton Hewitt, the company's high-profile spokesman, playing with the racket manufacturer's RDX 500 model. But at center court Wednesday at Arthur Ashe Stadium, Hewitt used an older, discontinued racket that was painted to look like the newer model to dispatch Wayne Ferreira in a first-round, straight-sets victory.

Those inside tennis circles know that Hewitt is one of many players who use a paint job to disguise their ...

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