View Full Version : A racquet question for you historians

08-30-2005, 04:10 AM
Who was the last player to win a major using a wooden racquet?

Just curious...

08-30-2005, 04:27 AM
Was it Bjorn Borg?

08-30-2005, 04:31 AM
Im guessing McEnroe on the men's side and Chris Evert on the womens.

08-30-2005, 04:34 AM
It would also be interesting if any of you could remember a match with wood v/s graphite...

08-30-2005, 05:45 AM
Sure, Navratilova Vs Evert - Australian Open Final (1982 I think) but there'd have to be a few more before Evert switched to the PS85.

Also, Mecir Vs Lendl - 1989 (?) Australian Open Final. Mecir used a wooden racquet painted to look like one of the Snauwert graphite range. Of course, it would have been a wood composite so dont know if that qualifies.

Yannick Noah vs Mats Wilander at the 1982(?) French Open. Noah was using a wood comp frame.

Im not sure of Kevin Curren vs Mats Wilander at the 1983 Australian Open. Cant remember if Curren was still using wood or if he'd switched to graphite at that stage.

08-30-2005, 01:55 PM
Bjorn Borg was the last player to win a major tournament using a wooden racquet, so kudos to aidenous for his correct guess.

The 1981 French Open was the tournament.

Borg was also the last player to win Wimbledon using a wooden racquet.

08-30-2005, 02:10 PM
Thats only the men's side of the game. You asked for the last player to win a major so it'd have to be one of the women.

08-31-2005, 05:20 AM
Yep, Andrew I guess I did say "last player".

So who was it?