Oliver

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  1. galain

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    Growing up in Oz it seemed as though Oliver was one of the major brands in the racquet world. I remember thinking (even at the time when wood was becoming a little "daggy" compared to the newer metals and even composites) that they had some really nice looking frames.

    In hindsight, I really have no idea how big a player Oliver was, nor when they vanished. Were they only an Australasian presence or a larger company than that? Anyone know?
     
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  2. MAXXply

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    ...as a homegrown (Adelaide) manufacturer they just didn't have the sexiness about them to compete with the big brands. I mean, what would you rather - an Oliver Bluebird or a Borg Pro/Ashe Competition ?
    They seemingly became defunct in the very late 80s...I recall some classy graphite composite sticks a la Prestige Pro - the Black Opal IIRC, with the ad campaign depicting the racket as if hewn from solid rock.
    Mal Anderson and Frank Sedgman - the only two Oliver names I can think of...
     
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    I have an Oliver Bluebird - it's a very attractive looking racquet. However "Bluebird" certainly isn't the most inspiring of model names, is it?
     
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  4. AndrewD

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    But that's in the 1970's. Go back a bit further and you'll find Oliver was a huge player in the market. That was due to several reasons but the main one was the presence of Frank Sedgman. Simply put, he was a figure of such magnitude and a superstar of such proportion that he is set apart from every other Australian player before or since. Based purely on the fact that Frank Sedgman used Oliver, it was a huge brand. Hell, it didn't even matter that their best frame was called the 'Bluebird', the fact that Sedge used it meant it was as good as you could get.
     
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    Good to see you here again, Andrew - it's been a while since you posted. :)
     
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    Thank you for the replies folks!
     
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