Jeanrot Foldable Racquet

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  1. rodracquet

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    Back in 1986 a patent was granted to Patrick Jeanrot in relation to a foldable racquet. This was the first model I know of that relates to this pattern. It was made by Snauwaert yet unlike their tri shaft models ELLIPSE etc. this one has a central shaft which can be unscrewed thereby releasing the pivoting handle to fold around. The inventor must have given the concept another crack in the mid 2000's featuring the JENRO removable handle. Either way the concept is about portability and in the latter even the ability to carry a few heads in case of string breakage aka Tretorn 1968.

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  2. rodracquet

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    In fold mode

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    ^^^Crazy design!

    Sometime handy to have a much shorter racket, packing wise, but i can imagine these are horrible to play with.
     
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    That was the thinking behind the Jenro racket. The Jenro actually plays OK but has significant flex where the shaft connects to the head. Rod's Jenrot is significantly rarer! Here's the Jenro:

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    Very interesting. I never knew about the Snauwaert Jeanrot. Since the Ellipse series came out in 1990 (per Kuebler), after the Jeanrot, does that mean Snauwaert incorporated Jeanrot's design element into the Ellipse without giving him credit? Maybe that's why they never mentioned that these frames can be taken apart - so as to avoid infringing on Jeanrot's patent!? This also begs the question: what exactly was Johnny Mac's role in this, given that he is credited with helping to design the Ellipse series?

    The two US patents printed on the frame of my Jenro are both issued to Patrick Jeanrot. One for the two part frame (issued in 1988 ), one for the injection molded handle (issued in 1994), so it clearly involves the same guy. The flex in the handle David mentioned may even be one of the design goals. Jeanrot seems to believe that a softer (injection molded) handle coupled with a rigid (conventionally molded) frame provides the ideal setup for both control and comfort.

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    He probably decided to name his second effort 'Jenro' because he got tired of telling people - it's not Gin-rot, it's Zh'on-Rrrrroh. The 't' is silent, you ignorant peasant!
     
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    That's probably true!
     
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    Here's my Jenro, this one is part of the Lufthansa Sports Collection it seems!

    Comes with one handle and 2 racket heads, amusing as you can change string tension, or for that matter strings by swapping over the 2 different heads provided. Also useful if the strings break.

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  8. rodracquet

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    Very nice set Jon........perfect for carry on luggage. Incidentally, in Australia we can now bring a racquet on board as hand luggage whereas up until a year ago it was deemed a potential weapon and was confined to the cargo bay. This at least means if you find a nice racquet in another OZ city you should be able bring it home easily now.....
     
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  9. rodracquet

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    My version of the modern design

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    Nice, amazing how many different versions were made!
     
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