adidas vintage fiber racquet

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  1. ritton07

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    Hi everyone,
    some days ago I went to the seaside for a short holiday and, buying a suntan cream in a leisure articles/toys shop, I was surprised to see a rack with old wooden racquets - and a few fiber ones, too (!)
    I was interested in (and bought :) ) an adidas fiber model, I am adding a few pics on the matter... (its colour is dark blue)
    Does anyone know this racquet? And can maybe tell me if it was a....high end one?
    (Don't have with me the ..."bible", Kuebler's book...)
    The hoop reminds me of other Lendl frames, but the racquet is thinner, on the front.
    If its name was "Grand Prix", as you can see from the buttcap,..it would be the first time I see a racquet name there...
    I also noticed it was made in Austria (I thought it came from France),...might it have been produced by Kneissl, then?
    Thanks everyone for possible info,

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    I think "ads 770" is the model.

    It does look somewhat similar to the fiberglass composite Kneissl models of the mid-1970's (before the White Star Pro that Lendl used from 1978-on, which has a totally different, egg-shaped head and a much more substantial, 8-beveled tapering shaft), but the molding of the bridge seems different.
     
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  4. ritton07

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    ...thanks, robbo, I think the racquet is indeed that one, from 80s-tennis site; nice to know it came before the GTX series...
    Dear retrowagen, I think that those "ads numbers" were just article nos. that adidas gave to their various racquets models, besides each name (while "fiberglass" on top of the head should only show its material...
    I think this model indeed has an egg shaped head, too (I took the pic from a misleading angle).
    Back home, I'll try to show a front pic with this model and a GTX Pro, side by side :)
     
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    Wow, looks brand new.
     
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  6. ritton07

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    Yes, it is :)
    (I also found a new Head Royal, there... another nice model I had looked for some years, since I started collecting these vintage racquets)
     
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    The first Adidas composite was the Adistar (blue/white). Made in Austria by Montana.
    It looks similar to the Yamaha YFG Series and exactly like the Montana frames. The Grand Prix was available in two clour schemes, the blue/red and a brownish maroon/white one. Where they were made, I don't know.
    Lendl's GTX Pro's where first made in Austria by Kneissl, later the production moved to France. It is possible that the Grand Prix was made by Kneisll too.
     
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    (Thanking Hannah19 for his useful info...)

    ... Here is a picture of the Grand Prix model with a GTX Pro one, for possible comparison...
    besides head sizes, I think their shapes are quite similar (both racquets were made in Austria)

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    (...I meant, their head shapes - not the whole frames :) )
     
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    (...does anyone know if some brands supplied all their racquets ranges with Fairway grips?
    Or just the high end models?)
     
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    This dark blue one is "Grand Prix Grass".
    That age, ADIDAS have two type sticks.
    One is this "Grand Prix Grass".
    another one is "Grand Prix Graphite".
    Grand Prix Graphite is black body color.
    Romanian Ilie Nastase used Grand Prix Graphite in his late carrier.

    I looking for Grand Prix Graphite in good condition,,,,


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    ...thank you, nycoara, for your contribution,
    a friend kindly sent me the below ad.... (it seems also Nastase was involved in its development - but maybe they wrote it just to attract more buyers :) )

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    ...and someone suggests it might be this one.....who knows? :)

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    Required lots of stencil ink, didn't it?
     
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    ...today I went back to that shop at the seaside - to check if I had missed any particular frame during my previous visit :) ; it seems so.....
    I am not 100% sure if it's the version mentioned before by Hannah19 and Nycoara, but the old lady there took out from the back of one rack another adidas Grand Prix model, a dark brown (black?) version with beige lines and "graphite" on top of hoop...
    Judging by a label, the racquet original price was 120,000 Liras...then the shop made a simple...custom conversion to euros, removing the last three digits.
    With some...negotiations, I might take this frame for 70-80 euros.....
    too expensive, maybe?
    The racquet is brand new and I think it would be nice to make a nice couple with the blue fiberglass one..

    (I also saw other interesting frames there....some examples, a new Yonex R-22 - but with an original price of 206,000 liras, so, for them, around 200 today's euro, maybe out of market.. - ; a brown Dunlop Maxpower, fiber , open heart one, "kevlar reinforced" - maybe one of the first Dunlop composite frames of late 70s.....
    a silver, wooden midsize open heart Dunlop frame, with McEnroe name on it...
    many temptations, there.... :) )
     
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    ...the couple was put back together (in a good home :) )

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    I would have a question, now (despite I'm raising not so many feedbacks with this thread of mine ... :) ) :
    why were these early fiber frames - like some other brands' ones - ...spared from sale, back then? Because they were too expensive? Or, simply, because they didn't play that well? (Else?)
     
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    Great collection!
    I’m so jealous!!!
     
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