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Petra Martinnen
06-04-2007, 10:36 AM
Wondering: When did top pros, guys and gals, switch from wood to graphite? Was it 1983 when Mac did? And when was last US Open won with a wood racket? Did Wilander win his early Slams with wood?

And does anyone know the head size of first pro graphite rackets? 85"?

vsbabolat
06-04-2007, 11:29 AM
Wilander won ALL of his Slams with one racquet the great and fantastic Rossignol F200 that was made out of Graphite and fiberglass.

John McEnroe was the last player to win the U.S. Open with a wood racquet in 1981. Mac used the Dunlop Maxply Fort that year. The next two years Connors won with the T-2000. A conventional head size Steel racquet.

The first graphite racquets were conventional sized in the 1970's.

FEDEX1
06-04-2007, 11:44 AM
ya cuse i know connors lost to arthur ashe in the wimbledon final in like 1975 or around there with the t 2000

Arafel
06-05-2007, 06:42 AM
Wilander won ALL of his Slams with one racquet the great and fantastic Rossignol F200 that was made out of Graphite and fiberglass.

John McEnroe was the last player to win the U.S. Open with a wood racquet in 1981. Mac used the Dunlop Maxply Fort that year. The next two years Connors won with the T-2000. A conventional head size Steel racquet.

The first graphite racquets were conventional sized in the 1970's.

Actually, Evert was the last player to win the US Open with a wood racquet, back in 1982, when she beat Hana in the final. The last person to win a GS title with a pure wood racquet was again Evert, winning the 83 French.

In 83, also Yannick Noah used a hybrid wood racquet made be Le Coq Sportiff to win the men's French Open, so the 83 French was the last stand for wood for both men and women. After that, Navratilova went into steamroll mode over Evert, leading to Evert's switch to the Wilson PS85 in 84. McEnroe switched to the 200G in 83, and Lendl was using the Kniesl and Connors switched to the PS85 in 84, so 83 was also the last stand for metal racquets, as Connors won the 83 US over Lendl using his T2000.

From 84 on, graphite ruled.

Rabbit
06-05-2007, 07:59 AM
And does anyone know the head size of first pro graphite rackets? 85"?

Nope, they were standard sized 60-something inch frames. Remember, graphite was around long before oversized frames came into vogue. The Gullikson's spring immeidately to mind, they played doubles with the Adilla Cannon graphite frame.

Other pros who used graphite frames of standard head size were Sandy Mayer (Snauwaert), Tony Trabert (C-6 Graphite), Arthur Ashe (Head Arthur Ashe Comp 3), Roscoe Tanner (PDP Graphite Open), Stan Smith (Fischer), Frew McMillan (Fischer), Cliff Drysdale (Kawasaki Graphite Ruler), and Aaron Krickstein (Wilson Ultra PWS).

Likewise, there were a host of graphite frames available in regular sized heads:

Adila Cannon
Fansteel Graphite
Bancroft Scorpion
Wilson Ultra PWS
Tony Trabert C-6 Graphite

are the ones that come to mind quickly.

Arafel
06-05-2007, 09:15 AM
Nope, they were standard sized 60-something inch frames. Remember, graphite was around long before oversized frames came into vogue. The Gullikson's spring immeidately to mind, they played doubles with the Adilla Cannon graphite frame.

Other pros who used graphite frames of standard head size were Sandy Mayer (Snauwaert), Tony Trabert (C-6 Graphite), Arthur Ashe (Head Arthur Ashe Comp 3), Roscoe Tanner (PDP Graphite Open), Stan Smith (Fischer), Frew McMillan (Fischer), Cliff Drysdale (Kawasaki Graphite Ruler), and Aaron Krickstein (Wilson Ultra PWS).

Likewise, there were a host of graphite frames available in regular sized heads:

Adila Cannon
Fansteel Graphite
Bancroft Scorpion
Wilson Ultra PWS
Tony Trabert C-6 Graphite

are the ones that come to mind quickly.

Andrea Jaeger also used the Ultra PWS, and then she switched to the first generation Ultra 2, which was a standard head size of 70 inches. In 84, Wilson discontinued the standard Ultra 2, going with just the mid and the OS. The mid was later used by Krickstein, Mandlikova, Maleeva, Jordan and Garrison, to name a few.

Rasta
06-05-2007, 10:51 AM
I seem to recall that Borg briefly came out of retirement and tried using a wood racket but only for one tournament. Anyone else recall this?

Rasta
06-05-2007, 10:55 AM
Here is what I found on Wiki:

"In the early-1990s, Borg attempted a comeback on the men's professional tennis tour. This time around, however, he was completely unsuccessful. Playing with his old wooden rackets in an attempt to regain his once-indomitable touch, he lost his first comeback match in 1991 to Jordi Arrese at the Monte Carlo Open. A series of first-round losses to lowly-ranked players followed over the next two years. The closest he came to winning a match was in 1993 in Moscow, when he pushed Alexander Volkov to three sets and lost a final-set tie-breaker 9-7. After that match, he retired from the tour for good and confined himself to playing on the senior tour, with modern rackets, where he delighted crowds by renewing his old rivalries with McEnroe, Connors, and Vilas."

Rabbit
06-05-2007, 12:00 PM
Borg actually contracted with a firm in England that made real court tennis rackets to manufacture his wooden frames. They were custom built to his specs, not his old stock.