does anyone remember what aluminum racket John Newcombe used????

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  1. jimanuel12

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    i cannot remember but i think i had one back around 1974.
    anyone remember???
     
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    Newcombe used Rawlings, for the most part, I believe. He won the US Open using an aluminum Rawlings called the Tiebreaker.
    That the one you had?
     
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    it may have been, i cannot remember, i think it may have been a
    Slazenger. i thought at one time john used a slazenger.
     
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    Yes, didn't he win the 1973 Australian Open with the Rawlings Tiebreaker as well as the US Open that year?

    And what did Newcombe use to win the 1975 Australian Open?
     
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    73 and 75 i think he used Australian Slazenger Challenge woods
     
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    Those were/are beautiful sticks. My last tournament-use wood racket was the Slaz Professional--slightly stiffer, especially in the shaft. I recently acquired one in great shape...the owner had even built up the grip to about 4 7/8", same as I used!

    Back in college, in a 'channels of distribution' course, I presented a talk on various retail avenues for certain tennis brands. Slazenger was a 'courtside pro shop only' line(our shop wasn't courtside but the owner was a USPTA pro) and was considered somewhat exclusive. Now, it's a mainstay of big boxes like Dick's Sporting Goods. How times have changed!
     
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    Thanks, and good to see you posting here:)

    I think your racquet photos were the best seen on here!

    And I wonder why Newcombe only used the Rawlings Tie-Breaker then for such a short time?
     
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    Photo of Slaz Prof coming up later:)
     
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    Cheers Jimbo

    i think his rawlings contract only covered the USA for a couple years.
    after that he went to Snauwaert woods i think
     
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    Here is mine:)

    [​IMG]

    All it says on the side is "sold exclusively by tennis professionals":)
     
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    ^^^Thats a really cool racquet, makes good memories :D
     
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    It's not a racquet I was aware of at the time, but seems to be really solid and well made:)
     
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