John McEnroe's rackets and variants (Pics)

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    The autographed MAX200G and Maxply McEnroe were the birthday presents couple years ago from John, I'm very upset due to can't find the John autographed Wilson Jack Kramer Pro Staff in my stash! :(
     
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    Thanks again for sharing Equijet!
     
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    Great collection but I think I have 2 variants that you don't have.

    I can't believe I sold my Max 200G Grand Slam racquets when I switched.:cry:
     
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    Equijet do you have this cosmetic version of the Max 200G?
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    Equijet, you have a truly awesome collection of racquets!!!!!
     
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    Yes, I do have the MAX200G what you have shown but I can't find it with the others in my stash, I feel terrible for losing those good ones. I'll supplement the photos when they are discovered later.
     
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    At least you still have them somewhere.

    Do have any of the Max200G Pro with the longer grips?
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    No, I don't have the longer grip MAX200G Pro. Seems Dunlop MAX200G series are your favourite rackets. :)
     
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    ^^^^

    Yes they are. Dunlop was my favorite company.

    Oh do you have MAx Competition that McEnroe used at the 1987 U.S. Open?
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    What about the Max200GT?
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    Wow! Impressive collection! I don't have MAX Competition and MAX200GT, thanks for sharing the pictures of those rackets to me. Prehaps I have to ask John to acquire the MAX Competition to complete my collection. :)
     
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    What is the difference between the Max 200 GT and regular Max 200?
     
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    Your collection is incredible!:)

    The Max200GT was the prototype of the Max300i. The Max200GT is a Max300i just with a clear coat on the cosmetics and with Max200GT written on it.
     
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    Thanks vsb.

    Equijet's collection is pretty amazing. Basesd on the fact she has also got so many real pro rackets include Fed's, I can't stop guessing who she is... :)
     
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    As always, thanks for sharing. What are the specs of the MAx200G and the Maxply? Much thanks.
     
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    Great pix you guys. Don't know how you do it!
     
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    WOW - VERY impressive. This rivals Bud's collection.

    Take care and have a great weekend-
     
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    vsbabolat, I have emailed the answer to you for your question. Check it out! Cheers! :)
     
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    is this a fake? i had one and it felt nothing like a 200g.
     
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    did he use that snauwaert racquet in competition? is it similar to the 200g? i remember him having a snauwaert stencil in the early 90's
     
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    It's not everyone who can say John McEnroe remembers their birthday AND sends them racquets to say congratulations!

    Equijet - thank you as always for your posts. It's great having you here.
     
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    No, It is not fake 200G but the last version. The photo shows the MAX500i what has same style graphic paintjob of that latest MAX200G. Possibly, the feels of your MAX200G was different than the others due to the MAX200G came with three different weight (L,LM and M) and balance (30.5-32.0). :)
     
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    sorry to bombard this thread, but i was wondering if either of you - having huge dunlop collections - would have any idea what this racket is?
    it reads "POWER MONDIALE" on the throat, and seems to be around the same headsize as my PS85. however ive checked all over the internet and asked at the tennis stores and cant find any information at all !

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    It looks similar to a Dunlop Turbo Plus I hit with a long time ago. I think that was the name of it. Looks like a similar mold at least. Not sure if that helps at all...
     
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    i just google,d couldnt find images of that either haha. maybe im just a bad googler
    i also forgot to mention its fairly headlight (gripped) and is 16x19
     
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    Equijet, that is a truly amazing collection of 200G's you have there:)

    I too collect the 200G series, and have always wondered about this Snauwaert. Do you know anything else about this racquet, I can see it has grommets and is not IMF, but apart from that is it an exact replica of the 200G?

    I have a very similar Snauwaert racquet. It has an identical paint job to yours above, but the frame is slightly diferrent, with a thinner beam and is definitely not 200G mould!!!
     
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    Superb collection!!!

    Any opportunity to show that 200GT eh:)

    What an amazing racquet, for a 200G and 300i collector like me, this must be the holy grail as it is a combination of the 2!!!
     
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    Equijet,
    I am looking for your elusive namesake - the Equijet. My collection can not compare to yours, but I may have something worthwhile to trade. For example, I have a Max Competition Plus I would trade for a used Equijet any condition.
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    I purchased one of these 4 years ago and it was not at all the feel of a Max 200g. Have you played it by any chance??
     
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    It does indeed feel different to the older versions!!!

    It feels slightly lighter, and is actually slightly stiffer, but there isn't a huge difference:)

    You will notice this most if using say a Medium 200G from say 1984 and then the racquet above, I admit you will then notice a difference!!!
     
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    I also have a Max Competition Plus, it is unused with tags, but I should point out that McEnroe didn't use this racquet, he only used the Max Competition, as far as I'm aware?
     
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    I will say this, I played nothing but Max 200g from 1984-1990/91. I had 11 in all. I still have one. This racquet I purchased felt nothing like the 200g's. tinny, very light, balane....it honestly felt fake.
     
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    Sorry for late reply Jimbo333 and everyone who expects my answers because I can't attend TW forum very often!

    John indeed played with this Snauwaert MAX200G clone racquet breifly when he was approaching the end of his professional career.
    Since he was sponsored by Snauwaert, he continue to play with his favouable MAX200G what has "S" stencil for endorsing Snauwaert,
    after awhile he needed a powerful racquet but with the same configuration of MAX200G to improve his game.
    Therefore Snauwaert copied the same design / geometry of MAX200G but used the conventional graphite lay-up structure to resolve john's requirement.
    (Basically, the conventional graphite lay-up contains longer graphite fibre what contributes the best stiffness conditions than IMF/ Hyusol Grafil fibre injection structure).
    Unfortunate, this Snauwaert racquet was abandoned after a few matches due to John felt this racquet lost the same feeling of his long time partner MAX200G. :)

    Jimbo333, would you please show me the similar racquet has the identical paintjob what you described? Appreciates in advance!
     
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    Hi Equijet,

    Thanks for getting back to me. It's great to hear exactly what happened regarding the McEnroe Snauwaert racquet!

    The Snauwaert that I have is amazing, as has identical paintjob, even the MCE001 detailing! Yet is quite a different racquet.

    Unfortunately I can't put photos up here, as my computer struggles with the upload to the required photos sites, I have no idea why? If you email me through my profile, will send photos of the racquet:)
     
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    What a great thread! It is not very well known that McEnroe used the Prince CTS Lightning 90 for a very brief time. I think only one tournament in Japan 1990.
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    I remember John actually using the lovely Estusa Power Beam for a little while - he was using it at one of the Challenge Cup events at the Forum in Los Angeles a few times when I was there and around him. I think it was when Mac put a beat down on Andre right after he had won the Open if my memory isn't failing me. He was around Boris a lot at that time so it might have been a bit of an influence.
     
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    wow, never seen Mac with a Prince, ever. It looks a look like my Graphtech DB frame which I still have! And there are all ALLtime favorite shoes, too. Wore those guys OUT.
     
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    Equijet, sorry for the delay, but this is that Snauwaert I was talking about (thanks Hans:)). It has an identical paintjob to yours, but is a completely different racquet!

    And I've since found out that this version is a paintjob of the Snauwaert Mikael Penfors Autograph!

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    Wish I had your version though:)
     
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    Thanks Jimbo333, Great photos of such classic racket what you have! It is really a cousin of mine! Interesting indeed. :)
     
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    Yeah, they are definitely related:)

    (Thanks again Hans for photos, and racquet of course:))
     
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    so who is equijet
     
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    To the OP, that collection kicks you know what. How envious I am!
     
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    how excelent was this thread ! >>>>>

    I remember all those frames and thanks for sharing.
     
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    The best racquet thread on TW! Thanks to all who contributed to it!
     
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