Ashe and Nastase - rackets thru career?

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  1. Frankc

    Frankc Semi-Pro

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    Just enjoying the Nastase and Ashe US Open match - Ashe with his Head Comp and Nasty sporting a Dunlop Fort...
    Curious, I remember seeing Ashe with a Budge and the Head ... any other frames? Any ideas on years?
    Same with Nastase - I remember the Adidas and the Dunlop... other frames and the years?
    Did see Nastase at the Open, later years, with a Graphite Adidas...
    Thanks , interesting with the players of that era and their racket shifts and $$s...
     
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  2. Devilito

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    that match is awesome. Such aggressive and powerful play
     
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  3. Limpinhitter

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    My understanding is that Nastase's Adidas racquets were Dunlop Fort's made for Adidas. I also read an article (probably World Tennis Magazine) back in the early 70's that Nastase cut a half inch off the butt of his racquets for more control.
     
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  4. treblings

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    pardon my ignorance, but who produced a Budge? named after Don Budge i presume, but never heard of that racket.
     
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  5. robow7

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    When did the Head Ashe composite racquet come out? I remember a couple kids on my high school tennis team with them in 72'. I also remember them prone to warp and they were expensive.

    Edit: ah, I found it, 69 or 70'
     
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  6. rdis10093

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    why did ashe have to retire?
     
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  7. Migelowsky

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    The Arthur Ashe was my first real racket, I got it for Christmas in 85,
    It was new but I guess at the time each model had a very long life.
    Another friend had the Arthur Ashe 2 , that one was red.
    I bought recently one, I remember being 11 and super small and skinny
    and the racket didn´t seem heavy at all, until now that I played with it
    again. I think I was better then.
    I love the minimalistic design with sharp boxy edges.

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  8. Frankc

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    treblings,
    I may be wrong, but I remember a pic of early Ashe NCAA or so using a Wilson Don Budge (?) model. I'm testing the memory here, but there was another frame besides the Kramer that played a bit stiffer in the shaft - wasn't that the Budge model? What model did Stan Smith play? I believe that was the same racket.
     
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  9. treblings

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    interesting, i´ll have a look at küblers book of rackets tomorrow to see if i can come up with some information
     
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  10. JW10S

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    Ashe won the 1st US Open over Tom Okker using a Wilson Tony Trabert Autograph (that racquet later became the Stan Smith Autograph).
     
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  11. joe sch

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    Wilson produced many of the earlier famous player models like the Budge and Vines photo decal versions:

    http://www.woodtennis.com/budge_vines/wilson_budge_vines_fp3.jpg

    I believe there was also a later Wilson Budge model circa 1960s that you maybe remembering. I may have it but not a picture.
     
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  12. Limpinhitter

    Limpinhitter G.O.A.T.

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    I wonder if Budge actually used that racquet because when I went to Don Budge's tennis camp in about 74' his racquet was custop made for him by Rawlings to be a replica of the racquets he used in the 30's and 40's, 16oz, ridged wood handle, with strip of leather for a butt cap.
     
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  13. hoodjem

    hoodjem G.O.A.T.

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    I had one of these in 1978. It was the brownish Head Comp II Boron.

    Stiffer than steel. Gave me bad tennis elbow. I went back to wood.
     
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