Lendl playing doubles...Mixed doubles!!!

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  1. SpaceCadet

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  2. Mick

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    wow. lendl and graf on the same team :shock:
     
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    Yup! Did a big double-take on that one!

    Did you see how Emilio and Ivan tagged each other, but still smiled through it?
     
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    i think it's because it's an exhibition match -- if it was a regular match, they probably would not have taken it that well :)
     
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    Yeah it was an exhibition:)

    But what racquet is Lendl using???

    Is it a Prestige Pro paintjobbed as a Mizuno?

    It certainly had lots of lead at 3 and 9 oclock, whatever it was (as can be seen right at end of clip):)
     
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    I think it's the same as this one:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n4GVllyLWhU

    I've long wondered as well. If it is indeed a custom Bosworth frame, was there a non-custom sibling and did it ever hit the stores?
     
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    Lendl German Speaker?

    I had heard many years ago that Lendl spoke Czech, Slovak, Polish, German and English. I had never seen him speak German before.

    He seems to not need any translation (unlike Sanchez) to the interviewer posing questions to him in German and seems to respond quickly.
     
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    He's definitely using a Bosworth Fox frame in the clip you have just shown, and there are a few retail frames that are similar, in mold at least!

    The one he is using with Steffi is a different frame to that one, anyone else have any ideas?
     
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    Whoops!

    Had another look, and it does look like the same racquet after all. The Bosworth Fox, with Mizuno paintjob:)
     
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    Wow, I forgot just how high Steffi's skirts were.. No leg-in's in those days guy's..

    As for frames. Lendl was using his modified Mizuno frames, and Steffi looked like she was still using a blacked out 200G...
     
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    Another clip from the same tournament. This time it's Lendl/Graf vs. McEnroe/Garrison-Jackson.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qk3uuhPGLa4

    What racquet is McEnroe using? It's no longer the Max 200G. It looks different from Graf's.
     
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    Great to see this:)

    Lendl was definitely using the Bosworth Fox Mizuno, Steffi definitely using the purple/green Max200G. I just can't clearly see what McEnroe was using but I agree it doesn't seem to be a Max200G, possibly one of the Snauwaerts he was trying out around that time!

    Whatever it was he didn't like it:shock:
     
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    Yeas - strange to see Lendl without his adidas frame.

    And it's obvious he was never going to be a world class doubles player, but it's equally obvious he knew the doubles game better than he was ever given credit for. Nice vid - thanks for posting it!
     
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    By the way - was the Bosworth frame he was using a custom built Bosworth job, or a Fox frame modified by Bosworth? Anyone know?
     
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    I think it was a Fox frame modified by Bosworth with a Mizuno stencil, but I could be wrong.

    Also it's interesting that nobody can work out which racquet McEnroe is playing with!
     
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    Hard to believe that the board is stumped! :shock:

    Somebody's gotta know what stick McEnroe's using. Didn't he swtich to Volkl after the 200G? Could this be the Volkl prototype?
     
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    Glad you liked the vids! I had fun watching them.

    Lendl did win 6 doubles tournaments, and achieved a career-high doubles ranking of 20. Not too shabby!
     
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    Mandlikova was asked why she never played mixed doubles with Lendl, whom she knew from their junior days ( and were pretty good friends back then). " You know, I play doubles for fun...and Ivan isnĀ“t the funniest person in the world"
     
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    If memory serves he also played the Hopman Cup with Mary Jo Fernandez. The only time he represented the US I think.
     
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    Yeap, in 1994
     

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