1980s Wilson Graphite Experts: What is this?

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  1. michael_1265

    michael_1265 Professional

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    I posted a picture of this racquet in the Goodwill thread, and some of the more knowledgeable board members have seen it, but there is still some mystery as to what it is and when and why it was made:

    Item: Wilson Chris Evert Graphite with an Isometric head.
    I picked this out of the bin at a Salvation Army Store in northern Vermont.

    Weight: 11.25 oz or 318g
    Material: Graphite Composite
    Head: Labeled "midsize"
    Bumperless
    Buttcap Code: SKZ
    Beam: 17mm, constant
    Pattern: 16/18
    Grip: 4 3/8 (SL3)
    Balance: About 4 pts head heavy

    See pics below.

    Any ideas? Did Wilson make a quick little trip down the isometric design path when Chris was being dominated by Martina in the early/ mid 80s? Is it possible the this is a repainted Yonex? I am assuming at the very least that the detail and graphics should narrow the manufacturing date possibilities down to a small range, right?

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  2. Hannah19

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    It does not look like a Yonex with a Wilson paint job. The shape of the Yonex rackets was more box like. A bit like the Yamaha's from that era. The fact that it is made in Taiwan suggests a date around the end of the 1980's when manufacturers started to move their production overthere.
     
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  3. michael_1265

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    Thanks, Hannah. That is a good starting point. I agree with you about the shape, if I compare it to my r-22 and r-7, but I wasn't sure if there were any Yonex models that were a bit more rounded.
     
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  4. gavna

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    First it's not a repainted Yonex, Wilson put out so many sticks it's was hard to keep up - this was from the mid 80s line and yes they were looking to capitilize on the square sticks that Yonex and Fischer and Snauwaert we're putting out. They used Chris Evert on tonnes of stuff and this was geared for the B or C level player at the time.
     
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  5. retrowagen

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    My best guess is that it was a chain store SMU dating from the late 80's. Kinda reminds me of the Dunlop Turbo Pro adn Turbo Plus of the mid 80's time frame, again, with the squared-off head.
     
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  6. michael_1265

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    Thanks. It was an odd decision, given the fact that Wilson stayed with the oval head shape for the vast majority of their racquets. I guess they assumed that lower level players look more at the name than the head shape.
     
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