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Black Knight
08-18-2011, 06:45 AM
I fell in love with the sport courtesy of a slender, flexible blue Pro Kennex, named, funnily enough, the Black Knight. It took my serve and put it, well, in to the net almost every time, but I still learned to love the game through this little beauty! Now, it is the dog's chew toy unfortunately, but it is still in one piece and would surely hold up to a hit sets I am sure!

mrtrinh
08-18-2011, 07:11 AM
hyper hammer 4.3:twisted:

Mailiw
08-18-2011, 07:14 AM
My first own frame was a Wilson "Pro Staff 26". Obviously a juniors racquet. But the first racquet I ever played was a Prince Classic made out of steel. Kind of heavy for six year old. :shock:

gavna
08-18-2011, 07:23 AM
Adidas "HAILLET" a few years later they renamed it the Nastase Competition.

Ronaldo
08-18-2011, 07:27 AM
Dunlop Maxply Fort

phnx90
08-18-2011, 07:28 AM
hyper hammer 4.3:twisted:

Me too!

Well, a Hyper Hammer anyway...not sure which one. It was metallic green/olive and black and incredibly head heavy...any ideas?

And then the first racquet I got to choose for myself was a Prince O3 Blue. Then O3 Red. Then Wilson K Surge. Then APDC+. Then APDGT. :D

pheonix6579
08-18-2011, 07:33 AM
hyper hammer 4.3:twisted:

Yep, this was my first frame as well the OS version. Wouldn't mind having one in my bag for old times sake. The original found its end on a fence post, fortunately it was the one frame I have ever broken out of frustration, but def. regretted it.

Black Knight
08-18-2011, 07:35 AM
Dunlop Maxply Fort
I hope you've still got it! That'd be worth a bit now wouldn't it??

realed
08-18-2011, 07:37 AM
Head Team Pro

mrtrinh
08-18-2011, 07:39 AM
Yep, this was my first frame as well the OS version. Wouldn't mind having one in my bag for old times sake. The original found its end on a fence post, fortunately it was the one frame I have ever broken out of frustration, but def. regretted it.

I broke mine too through anger during a CIF match. tried to find one years later but was never able to find it in my grip size. I cant believe how head heavy it was compared to my current racket I play with (Pure storm tour gt). I miss the good ol head heavy frames

alanl228
08-18-2011, 07:42 AM
Wilson ncode n4 OS from Costco

jmjmkim
08-18-2011, 07:43 AM
Head Arthur Ashe Competition I

Ronaldo
08-18-2011, 07:44 AM
I hope you've still got it! That'd be worth a bit now wouldn't it??

Only had one racquet, broke strings monthly, hoop cracked within a year.

TheBoom
08-18-2011, 07:47 AM
Wilson ncode n4 OS from Costco

Ditto!! :)

movdqa
08-18-2011, 07:50 AM
Piece of crap $5 wood racquet which was quickly broken.

ChipNCharge
08-18-2011, 08:30 AM
Dunlop Blue Max

goran_ace
08-18-2011, 08:50 AM
Donnay Borg Junior Pro

UkeSoap
08-18-2011, 08:53 AM
Wilson ncode n6 from costco here! :)

jim e
08-18-2011, 08:53 AM
Tad Davis Imperial. Had to switch to a Slazenger challenger #1 as the Tad had a tendency to snap at the neck. After about 3 of them broke, I switched to the slazenger.The wooden racquet days!!I still have a Tad strung with Bow brand gut that I strung in 1971 and it is still playable!

jmjmkim
08-18-2011, 09:14 AM
My favorite was the Wilson Advantage.

flashfire276
08-18-2011, 09:17 AM
Head Ti. Eclipse. Yes, it was one of those beginner titanium racquets. It's my loaner racquet for kids.

BMC9670
08-18-2011, 09:22 AM
My first own frame was a Wilson "Pro Staff 26". Obviously a juniors racquet. But the first racquet I ever played was a Prince Classic made out of steel. Kind of heavy for six year old. :shock:

Funny, we had some wood racquets around the house when I was a kid and then my older brother, who was on the High School team, got a Prince Classic. I remember thinking how light it was - aluminum compared to wood! I thought that was the coolest looking racquet ever back then!

thug the bunny
08-18-2011, 10:33 AM
We also had some woodies for general family use, but then I got my own. It was a 'Hart' - aluminum frame with a plastic bridge. Anyone remember this brand?

Then when I joined the HS team I got a T2000.

tennis-kid
08-18-2011, 10:57 AM
My first racquet was Dunlop Tactical Energy.

Nuke
08-18-2011, 11:07 AM
Wilson T2000

jmjmkim
08-18-2011, 11:32 AM
The Terminator 2000 looked cool on Connors, but no mortal beings could use it. The head size was like that of a ping pong paddle. I remember one kid sprayed on a smiley on it instead of a W stencil.

The_Question
08-18-2011, 11:36 AM
A $10 generic black aluminum racquet with cross bar from Woolworth...that's probably about $30-35 in today's currency exchange...

ghia
08-18-2011, 11:41 AM
Dunlop Ceramax for me. I still have it, strung with some prince synthetic gut. It vibrates from a crack but I love it non the less.

tinyman
08-18-2011, 11:41 AM
Wilson Hammer 5.8 95, with a 4 5/8 grip (even now, two sizes above what I use). Still have it, just pulled it out to play with last week actually :). To this day, still my favorite racquet by far - everything I know about the game came with that stick.

Sadly enough, I had one with a small crack in it that really just gave way last night - it's no small crack anymore. If I could actually find two in workable condition, I'd likely play with them over my current volkls.

movdqa
08-18-2011, 11:42 AM
A lot of young players here.

jmjmkim
08-18-2011, 11:44 AM
I remember when using these old rackets, the balls came in a tin can. Not like the transparent plastic cans we have today. Also, there were ball compressors that supposedly kept the balls under pressure to reduce air leak. To me, those did not work, as the fuzz on the balls are just as important as the compression.

movdqa
08-18-2011, 11:57 AM
Yup. Used the tin cans to get water from the bubbler for drinks on the court. I recall the first time I cut my hand on one of the sharp edges too.

I remember the ball pumps too but never had one myself. Then there were the Tretorn tennis balls that were pressure-less.

Fednal7497
08-18-2011, 12:25 PM
Wilson ncode n6 from costco here! :)

mine too, what do u think about this racquet, it works great for me,

LinePainter
08-18-2011, 02:00 PM
Federer 25, about 10 years ago.
But, my first full size was a Babolat Pure Drive Cortex that my dad gave me used.

James Bond
08-18-2011, 02:25 PM
Yonex RQ Speed 7

wrxinsc
08-18-2011, 02:27 PM
Tee2k baby. in all its silvery spirally glory. massive "sweet" spot was NOT included. this was a hand me down from my father and i kicked serious high school pimply *** with this racquet.

FloridaAG
08-18-2011, 02:28 PM
1. Wilson wooden frame (don't recall model)
2. Wilson Defender aluminum
3. Wilson Triumph aluminum
4. Dunlop Max 200G - ah now there was a racquet

Xizel
08-18-2011, 02:34 PM
Walmart version of KBlade. I tried to be like Federer and leaded it up to 12+ oz when I've only been playing for two months. I can't say it was a waste of time, though.

Miso
08-18-2011, 02:35 PM
prince triple threat. I can't remember specifically which one but it was yellow, some silver, i think black on it too. Oversized head.

Triple threat though.

sunof tennis
08-18-2011, 02:35 PM
Wilson T3000 (even worse than the T2000). Then the Jack Kramer Autograph-a true classic

Rock Strongo
08-18-2011, 03:12 PM
First real stick was a Dunlop MW200 which I proceeded to break a few months later because it had a crack in it. I was only like 11 back then, don't get mad at me. I thought it was too heavy and lacked power. I'd like to try it again though to see if my opinion has changed!

Before that I used some cheapo aluminium sticks.

Ronaldo
08-18-2011, 03:15 PM
Yonex RQ Speed 7

That is a sweet racquet.

Larrysümmers
08-18-2011, 03:16 PM
the first one i bought was a prince classic os that was $.99 on ****.

FedExpress 333
08-18-2011, 03:18 PM
POS Wilson no name 8 ounce red racket.

I did not know about stringing then, so i had the strings in for 2 yrs, it was like 20 lbs.

PhotoBlue
08-18-2011, 05:40 PM
My first was a black and yellow fischer.

OldButGame
08-18-2011, 06:03 PM
Wilson T3000;,....back in the day,...freaking EVERYBODY had one of them!!!....(or a T2000),...

Black Knight
08-20-2011, 08:53 PM
A lot of young players here.

Yep...kind a wish I hadn't asked now! I suddenly feel v old!:cry:

tennischemist
08-20-2011, 10:35 PM
my mom's old prince original graphite oversize 110

still one of the best racquets i've ever used

considering the POG mid for my next racquet if i'm able to improve my game.

using Aerogel 300 tour now.

Squidward
08-21-2011, 04:15 AM
My first was a Western Auto "Revelation". Wooden, strung and only $5. (nearly 40 years ago)

TennisCJC
08-21-2011, 05:19 AM
I am having trouble remember. I think it was a Slazenger wood racket from the mid 70s. But, the 70s are kind of a blur. Went on to 1st OS on market which was the Aluminum Prince with green throat piece. Also, had Wilson Kramer Pro Staff (best wood racket), and Davis Tad (cool looking cosmetics). My 1st graphite was the prince precision oversize which was graphite with a plastic throat piece.

pizikylin
08-21-2011, 05:37 AM
LM radical MP Made in Austria.
I played with it for more than 4 years then switched to a MG prestige Mid

ced
08-21-2011, 05:43 AM
My first was a H.C. Lee (woodie), Xmas 1945.