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joe sch
07-03-2004, 08:41 AM
Does anyone know the details on how Jimmy T2000s were customized ?
I heard he futher weighted them up with lead tape ? Anyone know approx how much are at what positions ? There were several T2000 variants over the years like many of wilson other racket, ie prostaff, does anyone know which model he required ?
TIA, Joe

big ted
07-03-2004, 04:08 PM
i thought there were two versions of the t2000, one with a regular sized grip and one with a extra long 2 handed grip. i just assumed he would use the 2 handed one. i dont know how much lead tape he used but he put it at the 3 o clock position and always held his racquet the same way so the lead tape would be on top, prob to help keep him from spraying balls everywhere

Rabbit
07-03-2004, 04:27 PM
Connors did not use a T2000 with a two-handed grip. From what I've read, there was lead tape all over the frame. So much so that it rendered the frame virtually unplayable by all but Connors. This is from a Tennis Magazine article on him from way back. Connors did play with a specific version of the T2000 and I remember reading that when Wilson dicontinued it, and then he ran out of stock, some of the other pros (like Billie Jean King) who had used them began sending him what they had.

K. Wilson Moose
07-03-2004, 10:06 PM
Rabbit,

I think you are right about the grip.

If you ever stop by Hidden Dunes, one of Connor's T2000s is hanging in the pro shop. It was given to a pro who used to work there. She used to have her kids hit with that T2000 to refine their technique and focus.

Hey man, I still have a Wilson T3000, but am terrified at the thought of restringing it :o.

JohnThomas1
07-03-2004, 11:26 PM
Not much but i found this

Connors used a basic Wilson T-2000 racket, size 4 5/8 light with lead tape applied to the bow of the head and on the sides of the upper shaft. The T-2000 was always thought to be difficult to control.

Steve Huff
07-04-2004, 02:41 PM
Moose, I'm glad to see you posting again.

Kirko
07-04-2004, 05:06 PM
Connors always used the T 2000 with the short grip with a perforated leather grip. His came from Wilson much lighter than the ones for sale to the public. He added lead tape to the top part of the hoop . All this according to Johnny his older brother. Who I know.

big ted
07-04-2004, 07:17 PM
no lead tape here -

http://editorial.gettyimages.com/source/CFW/details_Pop.aspx?iid=3294761&cdi=0

or here


http://editorial.gettyimages.com/source/CFW/details_Pop.aspx?iid=1245338&cdi=0

Kirko
07-04-2004, 07:49 PM
1st pic. you can see were it starts.

RB
07-04-2004, 07:51 PM
Big Ted----He put tape at the top of the hoop and on ONE side ----you cant see that fron either of those pics.......---ive seen it on other pics before......---the T2000 is aluminum and the lead tape is hard to see in the first place------

Steve Huff
07-04-2004, 09:48 PM
All of the t2000's I've played with and strung were not aluminum, they were steel. That 1st picture does look like there is some tape added to the outside of the frame near the top.

Will
07-05-2004, 03:41 AM
I have my Dads T2000 which is quite hard to use but when Im having a good day I can use it . I saw the Connors McEnroe match in one of the Delays at Wimby and I saw some lead tape then

RB
07-05-2004, 07:30 AM
oops---i meant steel.........*S*

K. Wilson Moose
07-05-2004, 07:45 AM
Moose, I'm glad to see you posting again.

Thanks Steve, I've always enjoyed the TW boards, but 2004 has been a hectic year for me.

joe sch
07-05-2004, 09:44 AM
Thanks for all the replies. Most agree with what I have heard but I did not know that Jimmy only weighted up one side of the racket and the top of the hoop thus producing a shovel effect. He was great at scrapping up those low balls and maybe this helps show part of his advantage. I do doubt any other player would be able to effectly use such a odd tennis racket.