My Slazenger Collection

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  1. ChrisABC

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    Here are my Slazengers.

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  2. ChrisABC

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    Slazenger Phantom Plus

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    Slazenger Phantom Plus vs Yonex R-22

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  3. jimbo333

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    Brilliant, and how cool is that Futura racket, wow!!!
     
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    Exactly....I love these woodies.
     
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    I've got three different Slazengers in my collection:

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    Slazenger Omega

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    Slazenger Phantom

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    Slazenger TM Plus
     
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  6. joe sch

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    I also admire the Slazenger rackets.
    The Phantom flexes like a banana :)
    I have a demon fishtail from the 1890s
     
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  7. pshulam

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    Very nice collection. I only have one Slazenger racaquet - panther ceramic pro that I used for many years.
     
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  8. ChrisABC

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    I've been lurking for a while, so I decided to post some of my collection.
    The Slazenger Challenge No.1 is my favorite wood racquet- I used it in High School. I remember when Manuel Orantes beat Jimmy Connors in the 1975 U.S Open on Clay using this racquet.
    Excellent touch, finesse by Orantes to beat Connors.
     
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  9. Hannah19

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    I'm currently hoping to win an auction for a mint woodie Graphite Challenge, same as seen above.
    Besides the Challange No1, I also have the Bi-hander version of this classic.
    I have not seen a second one after I acquired it, does anyone have a clue about it's rarity?
     
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    One nice Slazenger on the big auction site is a-
    NEW MANUEL ORANTES SLAZENGER
    Really Nice but $$$ and my wife thinks I have more than enough racquets.
     
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  12. Hannah19

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    Wow.....Nice piece!! I had not seen this white version before. Has that "Omega" look like the one shown above.
    Made in Japan..!!??
     
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  13. coachrick

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    Does anyone remember when the Challenge No.1 was beefier? I played with the Professional wood model that was nearly identical to the early Ch. No.1 before the latter went more 'Maxply'-like. The newer Challenge felt like a noodle to me while the Professional was a fair bit stiffer in the throat.

    I used to play mixed with a lady who used the Slaz Plus chromed steel model. She was a tiny thing; but she loved that racket. MY arm hurt just looking at it! :) I've got one on the wall; but I'm afraid I'll bust the strings first time out(and I don't feel compelled to restring it just for fun). My elbow twitches whenever I pull it down from the display wall ;).
     
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  14. JW10S

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    Yeah, I remember the 'beefier' model. But I loved that last generation Challenge #1--I thought it looked great and played great. I used to string tight back in those days and the Slazengers held up better for me than the Maxply Forts I used previously.
     
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    The later model was a beaut. With all the dozens of Maxplys I sold, I never owned one. In the Southeast US, Slazenger had a bit of snob-appeal since it was not widely distributed. That Professional with Babolat AFV @ 62# was sweet! That was the last wood racket I used before going with Rossi then Dunlop as a sales rep.
     
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    Loved the Slazenger No1.....a true classic.

    Love the picture with a set of old BlueStar string above...........horrible stuff but so popular - played nice for about an hour then turned into wet pasta....hahahaha
     
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  17. Hannah19

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    Is that Futura also made in Japan?
    The bamboo on the side of the shaft and the font on the side suggests it is.....
     
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  18. ChrisABC

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    Yes the Slazenger Futura was made in Japan (pictured with an old wood University Special Model)

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    Haha that's exactly what I was going to say, the bamboo gave it away!
     
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  20. jimbo333

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    I'm going to say it again, what a racket that Futura is, really does look superb!

    I collect Slazenger and am very jealous, as I havn't got one of these:?
     
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