Discussion in 'Pros' Racquets and Gear' started by brinkeguthrie, Jun 25, 2013.
Yep, back in the day, Borg had an endorsement deal with Donnay for everywhere but America where he had a separate endorsement deal with Bancroft.
That is one cool looking frame for the Iceman! Borg won the AKAI event with it in 1982, beating both Lendl and McEnroe indoors.
He must have liked the frame because in November 1982, Borg won the big money Akai Gold Challenge Round Robin. He won matches against John McEnroe (3-6, 6-4, 7-5, 6-2) and Ivan Lendl (6-1, 6-4, 6-2). Lendl was 4-0 versus McEnroe during 1982.
Yup, definitely a Bancroft paintjob over a Donnay as the Donnay Allwood had sharper squared off edges on the shaft and hoop (like the frame in the pics) while the Bancroft Borg Personal had edges that were slightly more rounded off and the shoulder ply on the retail model was natural wood colored, not painted black as this paintjob is.
It's funny how today people complain that a 12 oz. racquet is too heavy to play with when back then Borg used this 15 oz. wood racquet.
Very interesting Breakpoint. His frames were heavy, with extra weight due to the extra layer of wood they used to reinforce his frames while they held ~80 lbs. tension of course. My first tennis coach was a Donnay Rep and he knew Mr. Donnay. He mentioned that in the 1970's Donnay would use some specific wood from certain forests in the U.S. for their very well made frames. Borg's Donnays and Bancrofts look magnificent with their grips and the polished wood. I love that Donnay Borg Pro finish!
Borg's endorsement deal with Bancroft ended at the end of 1979. Starting in 1980 Borg used his Donnay Borg Pro everywhere. The Bancroft deal was for USA AND Japan.
Amazing! Look at the length of that grip.
I had one of the Borg Pros circa 1979, and the grip was long but not that long!
It's very sad how you contrast old equipment to new equipment, but you (on purpose) never apply the same to the HUGE difference in the game styles from the 70's and now.
Yeah I don't understand why he would paint over a Donnay to look like a Bancroft. @Tsonga Fan was right- Donnay went worldwide start of 80.
PS found this photo--looks like he's wearing a Vilas shirt.
Borg used a semi-western forehand grip, used windshield wiper strokes, hit a two-handed backhand, hit with massive topspin, played mostly from the baseline, etc. Hmmmm.....exactly where's this "HUGE difference in game styles" between Borg and most players today? My description of Borg's style can be applied perfectly to Nadal today.
Same reason why many pros use paintjobs today - Borg was sponsored by Bancroft in North America but he preferred playing with his old trusty Donnay.
I've seen a zillion Borg photos, first time I have seen a Bancroft Borg with the black throat, where it should be beige. Huh, well, it was 30 years ago +.
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