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mawashi
02-03-2009, 07:54 PM
I have absolutely no idea anything about this frame.

It used to belong to my dad. Any info appreciated.


http://i42.tinypic.com/5v94zd.jpg
http://i40.tinypic.com/294laj5.jpg

mawashi

plasma
02-03-2009, 07:58 PM
I thought they stopped painting faces on racquets by the time the maxply was around...was this a retro tribute LE or the original maxply???

vsbabolat
02-03-2009, 08:05 PM
^^^^
The Maxply Fort was manufactured from 1932-1983.

mawashi
02-03-2009, 08:16 PM
I thought they stopped painting faces on racquets by the time the maxply was around...was this a retro tribute LE or the original maxply???

LOL! I came here for answers not more questions LOL!

As I posted I HAVE NO IDEA LOL!

I know NOTHING bout this frame at all.

Sorry I can't help you there but if you need more photos I'll gladly post them :).

Oh on the side it says "Frame only by Dunlop - England" Light Grip 4
The other side say Made in England.

More pics:

http://i40.tinypic.com/2w4k13l.jpg
http://i41.tinypic.com/jrv688.jpg
http://i40.tinypic.com/14sla82.jpg

mawashi

Virginia
02-03-2009, 08:31 PM
It probably came out around 1962. Are you interested in selling it by any chance?

mawashi
02-03-2009, 08:50 PM
It probably came out around 1962. Are you interested in selling it by any chance?

Sorry mate but I intend to pass it on to my future kids saying it's grand daddie's old racquet.

mawashi

VGP
02-04-2009, 03:42 PM
I posted this in the other thread.....not really info on the racket since it looks like a Dunlop Maxply Fort with additional decals. If you wanna know more about the racket, just search for the frame itself.

Just my opinion on Lew Hoad....

Read up on Lew Hoad. The guy was probably THE BEST. I repeat, THE BEST.

Now I'll qualify my statement. This is comparing guys' games at their peak on a one-off winner take all situation. I've seen some old footage.....he could hit the ball huge and was super athletic. I was awestruck. When his game was on, even Pancho Gonzales said that if he played his best Hoad could still beat him. That says a lot. Back problems eventually sidelined him.

Jack Kramer says that when you add up Hoad, longevity and accomplishments, Hoad was overrated. But from what I can tell, if the situation was right, he could beat anyone, any time. Tilden, Vines, Gonzales, Laver, Borg, Sampras, Federer.......

Search the Former Player forum and you'll find other people's opinions on him......

mawashi
02-04-2009, 04:26 PM
Hi VGP,

Many thanks for the help n info, I will do a search for the man n the frame but all I got was info bout a regular Maxply not his personal model.

I figure that they may play similar so I'm getting a couple of vintage Maxply off Fleabay to just really mash about.

Laver said that in terms of talent n game, Lew was one of the very best and that's a lot from the tennis great.

I've no doubt bout the strength of Lew n I'm going to do more research on the man.

Cheers n info bout this personal model will be appreciated.

mawashi

plasma
02-04-2009, 09:52 PM
isn't that one of tennis mags top 10???

Virginia
02-05-2009, 11:12 AM
VGP, you are absolutely right about Hoad - he was considered by fellow players at the time to be the best. It was a long time before he could beat Rosewall however!

I saw many of his matches (singles and doubles with Rosewall) in the 1950's. I had pinup photos of these two on my bedroom wall!

I have Hoad's autobiography - it's very interesting and he himself had no idea why he would go "off the boil" at times for no apparent reason. We used to nickname him "Laconic Lew".

VGP
02-05-2009, 12:51 PM
Thanks for your input Virginia!

I would have loved to see those guys live at their peaks.

I saw a legends' event in Cincinnati in the summer of 1990 and saw Laver, Rosewall, and others play. They could still hit great and got to see them really construct points. It was entertaining for sure.

That was the read on Hoad though. Mercurial. His highs must have been great!

BTW - haven't heard "off the boil" much since Fred Stolle left the international commentary booth..... :)

adidasman
02-26-2009, 11:28 AM
I have a friend who was on the tour in the early- to mid-Sixties and says Hoad was the best he ever saw.