Donnay Mercure racquet

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  1. Mth001

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    I have a question about a Donnay tennis racquet which I bought in the US during the early 80ties (quite expensive at that time).

    It is a Donnay Mercure (Kent) and in my opinion a very rare racquet.
    The Donnay Mercure is made of stainless steel, which is filled with mercury. During the serve, the mercury in the racquet rises to the top of the frame, increasing the power (at least that was the theory).

    Since I can not find anything on the internet about it, I just wanted to known how many of these Donnay Mercure were made, if it can be classified as some sort of collectible tennis racquet and maybe a subjective feeling about the actual value.
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  2. NLBwell

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    Sounds like a Superfund Liability.
     
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  3. Mth001

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    :) Yes, it actually sounds that way.

    I also have no clue why Donnay got a permission to produce these racquets but it is a true story.
    Just wanted to check out if someone knows more about it, how long and how many of them were produced, were there any famous players (doubt it) who played with the Mercure etc.... Any information is welcome.
     
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  4. big ted

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    i dont think any pros ever used it and i also dont think its legal to use in play. i suppose its collectible since its different but most collector racquets are collectors because a famous pro used them
     
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  5. Sarcastic

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    A racket that can cause birth defects, no wonder it's rare.
     
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  6. Mth001

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    Did found additional info on the Donnay Mercure in Kuebler's book. The Mercure belongs the "Classic Line" made by Donnay in 1976 together with 12 other models like the Super 2000, the Diamant, Rod Laver Pro, the Tiffany and the Kent, which was also stainless steel but without the moving mercury inside. So indeed, the Mercure is rare.
     
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  7. Rock Strongo

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    Why. Who even thought this was a good idea. If I were you I would safely dispose of the mercury inside and fill it with another metal that's liquid at certain temperatures, like gallium. Since having that lying around right now seems like a massive disaster waiting to happen.
     
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  8. rodracquet

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    Mercury Racquets date back to 1890's

    Mercury filled tubes inside racquets actually goes back to the 1890's. In Australia an inventor received a local patent for this idea which Slazenger then adopted into a few wood models. See http://tennishistory.com.au/2011/01/slazenger/
     
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