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Virus
09-03-2006, 09:20 PM
My favorite racquet of all. It looked almost exactly like the POG. I regret selling it as I would love to take it for a whirl again. It took me to 1st seed single and doubles throughout my 4 years of high school. Would anyone have any pics of this vintage racquet?

Deuce
09-03-2006, 10:32 PM
Wimbledon was a brand of racquet back in the 80s. They had a few different models.

PBODY99
09-04-2006, 05:59 AM
This link is for a small picture. There was a rather large range of models, including the one Ken Flach used.:cool:

http://http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://i9.****img.com/05/i/06/af/d7/49_2.JPG&imgrefurl=http://cgi.*********/Wimbledon-GK-98-Tennis-Racquet-Case-with-Strap_W0QQitemZ7231805944QQcategoryZ20871QQcmdZVie wItem&h=150&w=200&sz=10&hl=en&start=4&tbnid=RC74V4SQqT6S1M:&tbnh=78&tbnw=104&prev=/images%3Fq%3DWimbledon%2Btennis%2Bracquet%26svnum% 3D10%26hl%3Den%26lr%3D%26safe%3Doff%26sa%3DN

jck01
09-04-2006, 09:18 PM
. . . There was a rather large range of models, including the one Ken Flach used.:cool:
Didn't Ken Flach use a Pro Kennex?

skuludo
09-04-2006, 11:12 PM
The link doesn't work.

Mick
09-04-2006, 11:40 PM
here's my old Wimbledon HM-88 racket

http://members.aol.com/mickey8637/pics/wimbledon.jpg

Deuce
09-05-2006, 12:32 AM
I don't think that racquets have improved over the years - but overgrips sure have.

LoveThisGame
09-05-2006, 05:10 PM
Wimbledon frames were around until the late 1990's, the last model being the Conqueror. Frames like the HMs and the Nova/Conquest/Sabre were high quality well-playing. There was about a 5 layer lacquer finish on the N/C/S frames!

OK, truth be known, I still play dubs with the N/C/S because I've never found amother frame with the weight, even balance, power and control for doubles play. I've continually tried other frames, some of which were just fine, but not quite as good. I've got 6 of them, 2 yet to be used. Weird, but true.

J-man
09-05-2006, 05:24 PM
They used to sell these rackets on H,olabird

Z-Man
09-05-2006, 05:33 PM
I kind of remember them being purple and green and looking a lot like the Prince racquets of the day. I wonder who made them.

Mick
12-17-2006, 04:47 PM
I don't think that racquets have improved over the years - but overgrips sure have.

Old HM-88 with modern overgrip and a new string job :)

http://i16.tinypic.com/29mqgs1.jpg

tennisguy2121
12-17-2006, 10:39 PM
i have a wimbledon racquet, I beleive it is called an All Pro. I might be able to take a pic of it tommorow. I loved that racquet, i am teaching my brother to play tennis, and will likely start with that racquet like I did. I played with it for my freshman year. great racquet.

aussie
12-18-2006, 12:24 AM
My favorite racquet of all. It looked almost exactly like the POG. I regret selling it as I would love to take it for a whirl again. It took me to 1st seed single and doubles throughout my 4 years of high school. Would anyone have any pics of this vintage racquet?

Okay, I reckon I know the Racquet you're referring to. Its the Wimbledon Super Boron. Around 120sq inches, gold in color with a throat stabilizer bar much like the POG's. Two brown color pinstripes run along the frame. Frame width about 18mm. Beautiful racquet, great control frame, large sweetspot and very flexible. I believe that Martina Navratalova used one for a time.

Made by Kunnan in Taiwan (Pro Kennex etc) I bought mine in 1989 at a close out sale in Australia. Probably best racquet I've ever played with right up to Pennant grade in Australia.

I've still got mine, and only strung it up again (at 74 lbs can you believe!!) for a hit about 6 months ago. Lacks power compared to the wider, stiffer frames we all use now, but the control was still there.

If that's the one you're thinking of I'll post a pic (how do you put a pic into these posts??)

psp2
12-18-2006, 12:40 AM
My favorite racquet of all. It looked almost exactly like the POG. I regret selling it as I would love to take it for a whirl again. It took me to 1st seed single and doubles throughout my 4 years of high school. Would anyone have any pics of this vintage racquet?

Perhaps you're talking about the "Tradition". It's all black with a throat bar like the POG, 98", 100% graphite and looks very much like the POG OS. I'll take a photo of mine soon and post it.

movdqa
12-18-2006, 08:13 AM
I have an old Wimbledon Widebody racquet. Looks identical to a Dunlop model.
Our daughter currently uses it but I'm looking for something else for her. Way
too much power.

Ruud
12-18-2006, 11:10 AM
They still make wimbledon rackets. I believe Prince still makes them. This is the link.

http://www.princetennis.com/product/product_subsection.asp?categoryID=279

Rabbit
12-18-2006, 01:02 PM
Didn't Ken Flach use a Pro Kennex?

No, his doubles partner, Robert Seguso, did. It was the ProKennex Silver Ace. I owned it and thought very highly of the frame.

aussie
12-18-2006, 05:41 PM
No, his doubles partner, Robert Seguso, did. It was the ProKennex Silver Ace. I owned it and thought very highly of the frame.

My sister still uses one and plays very well with it! Bought it for her in 1982 in Hong Kong. Nice stick.

javier sergio
01-15-2007, 04:30 PM
Didn't Ken Flach use a Pro Kennex?

yes....robert Seguso used to play a Pro Kennex Silver Ace, sweet little racquet !!!

superstition
01-15-2007, 08:16 PM
Okay, I reckon I know the Racquet you're referring to. Its the Wimbledon Super Boron. Around 120sq inches, gold in color with a throat stabilizer bar much like the POG's.
[quote]I believe that Martina Navratalova used one for a time.
I really doubt it. I can't imagine any pro of her era using a super-oversize seriously.

In the graphite era, she started with the Yonex R7 and used Yonex until switching to the Prince More series (More Attack, and then More Control). She only won one title with the More Attack, but started winning more frequently when she switched to the More Control. She switched from that after winning the Wimbledon and Australian Open mixed titles as well as a good number of ladies doubles titles, to Bosworth. She won a few titles with it, including the US Open mixed.

None of those racquets were oversize, as far as I know.

python
01-16-2007, 06:18 AM
Actually Martina tried the Wilson Profile for a while which was a very thick widebody, even if the version she used was a midsize (95 inches). She then switched to some Yonex widebody immediately afterwards - I can't recall the head size. I remember this because the announcers were talking about racquet technology during a match and noted that Martina's Profile was too powerful for her to control and that her new Yonex while still powerful was more controllable for her.

superstition
08-04-2007, 08:01 PM
She played the 1987 French with the Dunlop 200g and should have won the final against Graf, but choked away leads. I think that racquet hindered her volleys a bit.

As for the Profile. I've heard that she briefly tested it, but didn't use it for matches.

Rafa freak
08-04-2007, 08:02 PM
Old HM-88 with modern overgrip and a new string job :)

http://i16.tinypic.com/29mqgs1.jpg

That is so cool.

Polaris
08-05-2007, 05:15 PM
Old HM-88 with modern overgrip and a new string job :)

http://i16.tinypic.com/29mqgs1.jpg
Lovely racquet, Mick.

tennis939
08-05-2007, 06:08 PM
My favorite racquet of all. It looked almost exactly like the POG. I regret selling it as I would love to take it for a whirl again. It took me to 1st seed single and doubles throughout my 4 years of high school. Would anyone have any pics of this vintage racquet?

i acually have that racquet =]
it looks just like POG
and its great loll..it was my dad's and he gave it to me
its called wimbledon all pro

ill post pic soon

btw i want the specs for it


(sry for the crappy post im in a rush)

plasma
10-18-2008, 09:51 AM
I now own the one with the flourescent strings if anyone wants an hm 88 in awesome shape, great sticks, will trade for prostaff...danielrauch72@yahoo.com

treblings
10-18-2008, 12:03 PM
Ken Flach played the HM88. i still have a few videos of Flach/Seguso, so i checked to make sure.
Mikael Pernfors and Joakim Nystrom played with the Wimbledon Graphite, which for me still ranks as my all-time favourite.

samster
10-18-2008, 01:26 PM
I bought a used HM-98. How does it play?

treblings
10-18-2008, 01:35 PM
I bought a used HM-98. How does it play?

Give us a report as soon as youīve played with it:)
I have the HM88 and thatīs very comfortable, easy to maneuvre particularly at the net. Very flexible, if i recall correctly.

plasma
11-05-2008, 07:45 PM
r 7 ain't no mid!!!!

treblings
11-05-2008, 11:33 PM
r 7 ain't no mid!!!!

ainīt no wimbledon racket either!!!!!

plasma
01-27-2009, 10:43 AM
I have two used wimbledons, (88 and 98) up for trade if anyone's interested, would love to see pics of Martina with a profile or wimbledon, but probably never will...

Il Mostro
01-27-2009, 11:06 AM
I have a Wimbledon Boron Pro -- 98 square inches, manufactured by Kunnan (ProKennex). has US Patent #4294787. No idea who owned the patent (and no time to search right now) but it is a clone of the Prince Boron Pro and it may have very well been licensed from Prince.

tailofdog
04-03-2009, 08:07 PM
I have a Wimbledon Boron Pro -- 98 square inches, manufactured by Kunnan (ProKennex). has US Patent #4294787. No idea who owned the patent (and no time to search right now) but it is a clone of the Prince Boron Pro and it may have very well been licensed from Prince.

I just bought the WIMBLEDON PRO its 98 sq in about 11.5 oz .
Nice to swing. I will play with it tonight (WEATHER PERMITTING)
Quality item

WORLDWITHINAWORLD
11-18-2009, 08:31 AM
here's my old Wimbledon HM-88 racket

http://members.aol.com/mickey8637/pics/wimbledon.jpg

I AGREE THAT OVERGRIPS HAVE MADE GREAT PROGRESS.

Don't Let It Bounce
11-18-2009, 03:02 PM
I had a doubles partner who was on their free list and played with the very frame described in the OP. He swore by "me Wimbies". They looked like POG's, green & gold on gloss black with a crossbar, but the graphics were a little busier than Prince's. I also remember them being really light, but "really light" in the 80's would be about average now, I guess.

schu47
11-18-2009, 08:56 PM
This is the Wimbie that looks like the POG, I believe. It's the All-Pro. Quite a resemblance, really. Nice frame, too.

http://lh4.ggpht.com/_R75QH658YRs/SvCSeL2bAJI/AAAAAAAAcT0/jh8I6cy2w6Q/s400/P1040122.JPG

http://lh6.ggpht.com/_R75QH658YRs/SvCSdRmYezI/AAAAAAAAcTw/L97IWdVpo2o/s400/P1040121.JPG

http://lh3.ggpht.com/_R75QH658YRs/SvCScy9rhWI/AAAAAAAAcTo/L_kiJEj6akk/s400/P1040118.JPG

Ace4U
12-28-2009, 01:13 PM
Does anyone have one of these in good playing condition for sale?

yajim
03-16-2010, 12:49 PM
hey m8 i got these raquet wanna get? I'm from spain offer and i'll answere. Thanks I also got the McEnroe Dunlop One. Wood one. Both perfect ! Say things!

struggle
03-16-2010, 02:28 PM
I played these rackets in high school, introduced to them by some friends on their free list (they had lots of kids playing them!!). Nice sticks!! The version pictured was the one I liked best. They had an earlier version, slightly different graphics and slightly different composition if I remember correctly (a tad more flexible). Then after the All-Pro they replaced it with a GK-98. Same frame "mold" but it was red and I believe it has a touch of Kevlar mixed in, not sure. I don't have any more All-Pro's but I do still have a GK-98. perhaps i'll post a pic...

yajim
04-06-2010, 01:34 PM
M8 do you want it ?? or notttt??!

Ace4U
05-12-2010, 07:59 AM
Is this a Wimbledon All Pro 100% graphite? Would you post a pic?

zapvor
05-12-2010, 08:06 AM
i need to get one to add to my collection

eman resu
07-29-2013, 10:43 AM
I got a Wimbledon all pro 98 grafite/glass for less than 10 dollars. How should I string it? there's no reccomendation. It weights a little over 370g strung, around even balance, but its in fact shorter in length, close to 26,5" (I have extended it now to 27"). Very nice thin beam (thinner than my POG, maybe 17mm?). Grip 4 1/2.

serve and Justin
07-30-2013, 12:19 AM
I had one of those as one of my first sticks...Moved on pretty quickly.

Problx
08-29-2013, 10:56 AM
Does anybody know where I can find the Wimbledon Total Eclipse 88 widebody? It was made back in the late 80s early 90s. Even an oversize would be nice. Has anybody hit with it?

Problx
08-29-2013, 11:05 AM
What is the exact name of it?

struggle
08-29-2013, 11:09 AM
Total Eclipse. I have a 98 (black). Also have a HM Wide Body 98 (white).

Both are the same mold, the Total is 100% graphite, not sure about the HM as it doesn't indicate on the frame.

Problx
08-29-2013, 11:17 AM
What kind of shape is the Total Eclipse in?

struggle
08-29-2013, 12:00 PM
What kind of shape is the Total Eclipse in?

it's in decent shape, maybe 8/10. Headguard still in good shape, some scrapes, etc. I'd say great shape for it's age. Obviously i can't speak for the grommets which may be brittle but are still intact as of now.

Problx
08-29-2013, 12:39 PM
I am looking for the Total Eclipse 88 or 98. It is all black wide bodies.

Problx
08-29-2013, 12:40 PM
Can you send a picture to make sure we are on the same page?

Thanks

struggle
08-29-2013, 12:42 PM
I have one, it's a "98". Like I said.

feel free to e-mail me if you'd like, info should be on my profile.

Problx
08-30-2013, 08:19 AM
I didn't see your email on the profile. Can you send me a picture at theondr@lycos.com ? Thanks

Problx
09-04-2013, 12:04 AM
Did you not get my e-mail about the Wimbledon 98?

Theo

High street sw19
09-04-2013, 12:12 AM
Owned and maufactured as primarily a US brand by Kunnan / Kennex.

Problx
09-17-2013, 08:46 PM
Exactly what is the name of it? Can you add a picture?

Problx
09-17-2013, 08:51 PM
What are the exact names of the raquets? Color?

Problx
09-17-2013, 08:55 PM
I know what you mean. I would still be playing with my total eclipse 88 wide body if my daughter didn't lose it. Damn.....

Problx
09-17-2013, 08:58 PM
Exactly what is the name of it? Can you add a picture? In reference to the Wimbledon raquets for sale/trade.

struggle
04-09-2014, 12:00 PM
I didn't see your email on the profile. Can you send me a picture at theondr@lycos.com ? Thanks

"I didn't see your email on the profile. Can you send me a picture at theondr@lycos.com ? Thanks"

Here's where you bought the eclipse 98 (this thread lead up to it), i also have the e-mail trail.

Problx
04-10-2014, 07:12 AM
Oh, sorry, How are you doing? Yes, I remember. I forgot your user name. The black total eclipse plays like I remember(great). And the white one also plays like I remember(like a sledge hammer and gave me arm problems years ago)which is why I wasn't interested in that one. But, if you happen to come up with anymore(98/88) please let me know.

Thanks

Problx
04-10-2014, 07:37 AM
I am looking to buy Black Total Eclipse 98/88. Anyone??????

Problx
04-10-2014, 07:40 AM
I have two used wimbledons, (88 and 98) up for trade if anyone's interested, would love to see pics of Martina with a profile or wimbledon, but probably never will...

I am looking for the Black Total Eclipse 98/88 only. You have????

Problx
04-12-2014, 07:31 AM
I have an old Wimbledon Widebody racquet. Looks identical to a Dunlop model.
Our daughter currently uses it but I'm looking for something else for her. Way
too much power.

Looking to sell it? Can you put up a picture?

Thanks

movdqa
04-12-2014, 09:34 AM
Looking to sell it? Can you put up a picture?

Thanks

I gave it away to a friend that uses the Dunlop-painted version of the frame. He had two of them and one went I think so I gave it to him a few years ago. I can't actually hit with anything near that stiff anymore but he plays quite well with it. He played for CMU a long time ago.