Jimmy Connors and Spaulding

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  1. gopokes

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    What was the retro frame that Jimmy played with at the end of his career? I think it was a Spaulding - it looked like a big lollipop. Does anyone have one, and how does it play? Thanks

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  2. vsbabolat

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    That was the Prince Mono.
     
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    Spaulding was Judge Smails' grandson.
    Pancho Gonzales played with a Spalding.

    Post t-2000, Jimmy played with some interesting sticks....at least two of which could be lollipops.

    Like vsbabolat said, he played the champions tour with the Prince mono [single shaft and round head - total lollipop].

    Before that he had an Estusa so brightly colored it looked like it was designed by a candy shop clerk with an airbrushed tee at the beach. All day sucker - lime.

    Before that, there was a cool, minty, white Slazenger (Phantom was it? I think it had retsyn), and before that there was the trusty old Pro Staff.
     
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    Before the Slazenger Phantom 90 (or was it the 95?, I'm still not sure, anyway that was in 1999), Jimmy used the white Slazenger Panther Pro Ceramic 1987-88, a superb racquet. There were 3 different versions of it.
     
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    As has been pointed out above, it was a Prince Mono.
     
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    One of the best comedy movies of all time!
     
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    I remember when the Pro Staff first came out. It was said at the time it had been designed for Connors (though I think Evert adopted it at the same time), and whenever he hit a winner with it he made a big show of holding the racquet up and running his finger around the edge of it in a "Look how huge my new sweetspot is" gesture. (God, how the Wilson boys must have loved him.) But not long after that, I seem to remember him giving up on it and going back to his T-2000.

    Did he pick up the Pro Staff again for a while before moving on to the Slazenger, or were you hitting only the highlights in his racquet history with this post? (Or am I somehow misremembering entirely?)

    P.S. I think I also remember that the Smails kid once picked his nose with a Prince Mono. I remember because I lost $50 betting against it.
     
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    He still hits with it too.
     
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    Yes Jimmy helped design the ProStaff apparently:shock:

    He also demoed a smaller headed ProStaff as well (that is top of my wants list, in fact I havn't even seen a photo of it), although he only actually used the normal ProStaff for a few months, and then went back to his T2000 for the whole of 1985 (maybe used Prostaff couple of times then, not sure) and part of 86.

    In 1986 he tried a few different racquets before settling on the Slazenger Panther Pro Ceramic around the end of the year. Like I said before there are 3 slightly different versions of this white frame (mainly cosmetic), and then in 1989 Jimmy used the Slazenger Phantom 90 (or maybe the 95), before going to Estusa in 1990:)

    He mainly used the Yellow AMX2EPT in 1990 and the yellow Pro Legend in 92, and used both in 91. He also used other coloured Estusa's during this time!
     
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