Prince Pro found in trash!!!!!!

Discussion in 'Classic Racquet Talk' started by cknobman, Apr 20, 2012.

  1. cknobman

    cknobman Legend

    Joined:
    Sep 7, 2007
    Messages:
    6,082
    Location:
    Saudi Arabia
    I found this beauty thrown in the trash at my local tennis court!!!
    It is in excellent shape with only a broken main string.
    Looks like it has only been strung once from the condition of the grommets.
    If any of you have any history with this frame let me know your thoughts and opinions. I plan on stringing it this weekend and taking it out for a hit!!!
    (note pic is not the actual racquet I found just pulled from internet)
    [​IMG]
     
    #1
  2. mad dog1

    mad dog1 Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Jan 25, 2010
    Messages:
    4,829
    the prince pro was a very popular racquet back in the day. be careful restringing it as aluminum frames warped very easily during stringing. please be sure to share your experience!
     
    #2
  3. purple-n-gold

    purple-n-gold Professional

    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2008
    Messages:
    1,329
    Location:
    Down East
    played with it as a teenager as did ALOT of people...great for serving and topspin groundies
     
    #3
  4. Steve Huff

    Steve Huff Legend

    Joined:
    Feb 11, 2004
    Messages:
    7,266
    I bought one for my wife back in the day. They can come "out of round" when stringing. The key is to "stretch" them a little bit, but not too much as it can leave the throat piece and the grommets misaligned. They were designed to be strung as high as 80# though.
     
    #4
  5. Kirko

    Kirko Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Feb 18, 2004
    Messages:
    2,916
    if this frame were available today .... I'd play it ! plays like a "perfect" wood frame. I loved them !
     
    #5
  6. ritton07

    ritton07 Rookie

    Joined:
    Jan 14, 2009
    Messages:
    140
    ...I remember Pam Shriver, with the Prince Pro...
    and the not so known - maybe - Peter Doohan defeated Boris Becker at Wimbledon in 1987, using the 90 version, (IIRC)

    [​IMG]
     
    #6
  7. Don't Let It Bounce

    Don't Let It Bounce Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Sep 15, 2009
    Messages:
    1,616
    I think it might have been THE biggest-selling racket in the world back when I was using it, 1981-1983. It is probably the only racket I've ever picked up that improved my game by itself. (Of course, I'd switched to it from a standard-sized racket.)

    It got to be such a companion that when I saved up all my summer job money to buy an actual graphite racket and took that expensive thing out on the court, I went running immediately back to my PP's.

    Enjoy it, OP.
     
    #7
  8. gavna

    gavna Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Apr 29, 2010
    Messages:
    3,687
    Hugely popular frame after it came out in the early 80s......stiffer version of the original green throat Prince. Played at just about every level from hacks all the way to top pros. I used it on court when giving lessons and would sell out our stock on a regular basis.
    All the Prince 110 frame were to be strung at 70lbs+ and with nylon...what were where told by the Prince Techs is that Nylon (Syn gut) strung that high had the same playability as gut and there was no need to use gut. I know I routinely strung them at 75lbs+ every day a very very solid stick, great spin and was a monster on serve and at the net.
     
    #8
  9. vsbabolat

    vsbabolat Legend

    Joined:
    Nov 19, 2005
    Messages:
    8,843
    Doohan used the Prince Pro 110 when he beat Boris.
     
    #9
  10. coachrick

    coachrick Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Feb 19, 2004
    Messages:
    2,157
    Location:
    Austin, hook 'em, Texas
    She was still using the green 'Original' Prince when she tried to jam it into the court while losing to Laura Dupont at Shipyard back in the fall after her first US Open run('78?). She was NOT a happy camper! I'm not sure what the result of the match was...I couldn't watch that display.(She was only 16/17 at the time and feeling some serious pressure after a US Open final, I'm sure)
     
    #10
  11. ritton07

    ritton07 Rookie

    Joined:
    Jan 14, 2009
    Messages:
    140
    ..thanks , vsbabolat, for the clarification..
    (the new Prince Pro 90 I found some months ago for my collection, worth less, to me, then :( )
     
    #11
  12. GS

    GS Professional

    Joined:
    Feb 20, 2004
    Messages:
    1,310
    Location:
    Oakland
    Remember Jay Berger? He reached #7 in the world in 1990, using the Prince Pro 110. When he heard Prince was discontinuing that frame, I remember he went to every big-box store in south Florida to buy em up, the places that usually carried em.
    I loved the Prince Pro 90, but being all aluminum, it wrecked my arm. So I gladly settled on the POG 90 back then.
     
    #12
  13. coachrick

    coachrick Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Feb 19, 2004
    Messages:
    2,157
    Location:
    Austin, hook 'em, Texas
    Who could forget that serve? :)
     
    #13
  14. gavna

    gavna Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Apr 29, 2010
    Messages:
    3,687
    Boy between Berger and Brad Gilbert I'm not sure who had the uglier game. Both so hard to watch -
     
    #14
  15. retrowagen

    retrowagen Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Dec 4, 2006
    Messages:
    1,909
    Watching either of those guys could make a man want to take up a different sport!

    I got to play a couple sets against Brad Gilbert in the spring of 1990, back when he was doing pretty well in the rankings. I was a nobody then, and a nobody today, but seeing how he hit the ball back to me, my brain automatically thought, "There's no way I can lose against that!" However, what he lacked in beauty was made up for with a surplus of persistence. I think I got three games off him in each set. :)
     
    #15
  16. Cesare

    Cesare Semi-Pro

    Joined:
    Feb 1, 2010
    Messages:
    469
    Do you mean the Prince Magnesium Pro 90 endorsed by Pat Cash?that was one of the best that i ever tried, but the racquet just break at the plastic throat. very precise and a great control frame.
     
    #16
  17. coachrick

    coachrick Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Feb 19, 2004
    Messages:
    2,157
    Location:
    Austin, hook 'em, Texas
    Great story! I went to school(USC--the original--South Carolina) with Brad's older brother, Barry, who played for the Gamecocks. Barry played a pretty normal game as did their sister Dana, IIRC. Dana won the US Clay Courts one year, so the tennis talent definitely runs in the family.
     
    #17

Share This Page