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Noelle
01-12-2005, 12:21 AM
I have a friend whose racquet doesn't seem to have a brand name painted on it. However, it has Boris Becker's name on it and the logo "BB" on the buttcap. Other information painted on the racquet includes the words "CTS Thunderstick" and a few numbers I can't quite recall now. It's not a Puma Becker (http://sport.supereva.it/borisbecker.freeweb/racchetta.htm?p) because its color is black, not red and blue.

Does anyone know the history of this kind of racquet? I'll take pictures next time I see this racquet and put them up here.

OnyxZ28
01-12-2005, 12:51 AM
CTS Thunderstick was a Prince racquet.

matchpoints
01-12-2005, 01:00 AM
the only "CTS THUNDERSTICK" I've ever heard of and according to google is by PRINCE. This is interesting. Do post the pics so we can examine this weird case....

tennisnoob
01-12-2005, 01:05 AM
There's so many versions of Becker's signature racquets from Estusa that I've lost count, I have 2 which is identical but both of different paintjob, both are Provantech PB models, 18mm beam, 18 x 20 string pattern, 1 is blue & red like the Puma Super & Estusa Power Beam Pro, the 2nd one has a black & white checkered paintjob....

thomas martinez
01-12-2005, 05:43 AM
Well, since you are from the Phillipines, it sounds like your friend has one of the early, WAY early 90s knock offs that were being sold out there. Back about 91 or 92 I think the USRSA had an article about them in their trade journal. Various Prince models and even a few Yonex(RQ 380 comes to mind) were being made and then stamped with the BB logo and name, and then sold as, Boris Becker RQ 380, or Boris Becker CTS Blast.

Noelle
01-12-2005, 10:02 AM
Yes, I did some research on the CTS thing and always came up with Prince, so it just confused me that it had Becker's name on it.

"Knock offs" though? What exactly were these early 90s knockoffs? Do tell, I'm very curious!

Will post pics next week when I see that racquet again. Thanks for the replies.

georgeyew
01-12-2005, 10:18 AM
What does the racquet look like? The Thunderstick is very wide (36 mm) in the head. If the racquet that you have does not look like that, then you can rule out it being a Prince Thunderstick.

Noelle
01-12-2005, 10:23 AM
Looking at it in profile, it's as deep as a frying pan, so yes, it's very wide. :)

Gaines Hillix
01-12-2005, 10:42 AM
Yes, I did some research on the CTS thing and always came up with Prince, so it just confused me that it had Becker's name on it.

"Knock offs" though? What exactly were these early 90s knockoffs? Do tell, I'm very curious!

Will post pics next week when I see that racquet again. Thanks for the replies.

The CTS racquets were thinner at the throat than at the tip of the hoop. Is that what yours looks like? CTS stood for "constant taper system." They were more flexible in the throat and stiffer in the head, which made them quite playable for a wide variety of players. KW Moose of this board is a big fan of the DB24 version.

Noelle
01-12-2005, 06:44 PM
This is not the actual racquet, but I found a pic of a CTS Thunderstick OS, and aside from the color and the text printed on the racquet, my friend's racquet looks just like this:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v602/noelledeg/thunderstickgreen.jpg

Noelle
02-11-2005, 02:56 AM
Hey all. I finally got some pics of my friend's racquet, particularly the B. Becker tags on the throat of the racquet and the buttcap.
Instead of the Prince name on the throat, it has "B. Becker."
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v602/noelledeg/bbeckerlogo.jpg

CTS Thunderstick.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v602/noelledeg/bbeckerthroat.jpg

Here's the buttcap.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v602/noelledeg/bbeckerbuttcap.jpg