Pros playing Rossignol

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  1. Dino Lagaffe

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    I thought it would be interesting to compile a list of pro players using Rossignol. I'll start with just a few names, and will update the list as your stream of info pours in... ;)

    Tim Mayotte - F100
    Mats Wilander - F200 (F295?, FT 5.50/6.60?)
    Jose Luis Clerc - ?
    Johan Kriek - R40, Johan Kriek Carbon, F250
    Andres Gomez - ?
    Ricardo Ycaza - ?
    Raul Antonio Viver - ?
    Tim "Doctor Dirt" Wilkinson - ?
    Harold Solomon - Strato

    Kathy Rinaldi -
     
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    Tim Wilkison
    Harold Solomon - Strato
     
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    kathy rinaldi...didn't recall her playing w/ a rossi, but i guess the pic doesn't lie?
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    Interestingly want to know why, after Wilander won 3 slams in 1988, he never came close to winning another slam. Look at these pics and spot the difference.

    His last slam win, the 1988 US Open..
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    And at the French Open in 1989
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    *During the end of season break he changed to a Prince. As far as I know, no greatly successful male player slams-wise - has ever used a Prince. POS
     
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  5. struggle

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    ^^^^^^^^^

    male pros tend to stick with a stick for much of their career.

    there have been very few greatly successful "slams-wise" players. period.

    if they had started with a prince, they'd likely have stuck with it.
    brand doesn't mean alot IMO.

    pat cash, agassi and chang were all quite successful with prince rackets
    (maybe not "slams-wise", but......they were.)

    not many were greatly successful with adidas, dunlop or puma either.
     
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    as was patrick rafter and gabby sabatini!

    you're right. those brands didn't have a lot of successful players using their racquets. adidas only had lendl, dunlop only had mcenroe and puma only had vila and becker. those are the only ones know of.
     
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    had nothing to do w/ the racquet and everything to do w/ his loss of motivation but this is all completely off the original thread topic.
     
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  8. Bobby Jr

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    Yes, fair call - I was being silly. Other than one frame, Prince have basically made POS racquets forever. As Wilander went to a frame marketed almost exclusively to women - my kid sister had one ha ha - I would like to give Prince some of the blame for his decline!
     
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  9. Bobby Jr

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    For sure.. but Becker won more slams himself using basically the same frame than Chang, Cash, Rafter and Sabatini combined using Prince frames.

    Ditto for McEnroe and Lendl with their frames.

    Prince seems to be a relative chump frame in the scheme of things. :p

    Back on topic... Other than the list at the top, I can't think of anyone else who used Rossignol. The most I see of Rossignol these days is on the ski slopes.
     
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    ^^^^you are caught up in it, to be sure.

    any reasonable racket is a capable weapon in the proper hands. and marketing goes along way in some sense, as to
    which a "stick" a player may choose to brandish.

    lastly,
    the Andres Gomez I remember played a yonex.
     
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  11. N23

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    Malivai Washington played Rossignol. I believe he played the FT5.80 among other Rossi's.
     
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    Libor Pimek >>>>>>>

    he also used them :)
     
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    Her wheels weren't too bad, either :) .
     
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  16. vsbabolat

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    Clerc used the Strato
    Gomez used the RT
    Fritz Buehning used the Concorde and the Strato
    Catherine Tanvier used the F300
    Carlos Costa used the FT 6.60
    Jonas Svensson used the paint job of the FT 5.80. I believe that the F295 was under the paint job.
     
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    derrick rostagno did starting from 1990. i´d like to know what racket he had played before.
     
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  18. vsbabolat

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    I know Rostagno used the HEAD TXP in 1987.
     
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    Richard Fromberg used the F200
    Catherine Tanvier used the F200
    Mark Woodforde used something like the F295 (was playing it when he and McEnroe won the US Open doubles)
    Stefan Edberg used Rossignol for a time as a junior (metal frame, no idea what model)
    Yoakim Nystrom used the F200
     
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  20. AndrewD

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    Didn't he use a relatively obscure brand like 'Antelope' ?
     
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  21. vsbabolat

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    Yes he did. But at the 1987 Tournament of Champions at the West Side Tennis Club Rostagno used the HEAD TXP. I know because I have a photo of him using it. I was at the match.
     
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    Catherine Tanvier used the F300.
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    In 1989 Woodforde used his Snauwaert Hi-Ten when he won the U.S. Open with McEnroe.
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    man, vsbabolat, you're simply amazing. :)
     
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    Rostagno did use a Vectris at one stage.

    I think it was Carlos Costa who used one of the FT models

    There are photos of a very young Agassi holding a Strato

    And I can't believe you're all forgetting Mighty Matt Anger - F200!

    VS Babs Tanvier photo was actually used in Rossignols 1983 catalogue. It was the F300 she used to use. Woodforde used an F295 to knock Noah out of the Oz Open one year. Not sure if that was when he also beat Courier.
     
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  25. AndrewD

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    Perhaps I'm thinking of Pascale Paradis (who did use Rossignol at one stage), although I still feel that Tanvier used a white Rossignol F200 on one of her early trips to Australia.

    As for Woodforde, although I'm obviously wrong about the US Open I am right in saying that he used Rossignol in 1989. They'd made him a frame designed specially to accomodate the macro string pattern he preferred. I'm pretty sure it's what he was using when he beat Yannick Noah at that year's Aus Open and McEnroe twice during the US season.
     
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  26. Kirko

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    he sure did ! >>

    I had an Antelope the Mars an oversize Pancho Gonzales used them also and YES VS ... you know your tennis !!!!!!!!! :)
     
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  27. AndrewD

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    Kathy Rinaldi (as mentioned previously - but better pic)
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/43555660@N00/3937468489/in/set-72157615253005839/






    (Although off topic I couldn't resist posting these pics - same source but of Pat Cash playing his Slazenger V-24
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/43555660@N00/3717669484/in/set-72157615253005839/
    Newk using the Prince Boron
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/43555660@N00/3673643512/in/set-72157615253005839/
    Henri Leconte using a Slazenger wood - classic shot
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/43555660@N00/3390456709/in/set-72157615253005839/
     
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  28. Kirko

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    V-24 >>

    how beautiful that frame was ! I used to hit the ball with a guy from Australia who used them when I lived in Stateline Nevada, we used to practice quite a bit at night at an indoor court (Lake Tahoe). I had just made the transition from my Kramer "firm-flex" wood rackets to the Head Graphite Edge. his name was Lynton Franzi.
     
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    How long did Woodforde use the Hi-Ten, anyone know? I know he was "hitting" with it at the '86 U.S. Open 'cause I strung them, but don't remember if he was using them in matches. I just remember cringing when one came in for stringing.
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    Not sure about the vintage of this pic, but just from the shape of the frame and the pj, I'd guess that's an F250 Graphite.

    I think Kriek may have dabbled in the F100 before the F250.

    Lastly, I believe Wilander's Prince was a CTS Graduate 90 (or at least that pj), which was one of the thinner, more traditional of the widebodies that were prevalent in that era. I also used the CTSG90 for quite some time after the F250, but I think I made the move before Mats...he copied me.
     
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    Are you sure that was a Strato young Andre was holding in the photo? I suspect the picture you're thinking of shows him playing with a Garcia frame, which looked a bit like a Strato. I could be wrong, though.
     
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    Ummmm...Dunlop had one or two other decent pros. Someone called Laver, and another called Graf...and then there was Tony Roche...and Lew Hoad...
     
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    Pretty sure the Garcia and Strato were the same racquet, with an almost identical paintjob, save for the name.
     
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    Kriek used something else in the Rossi line - didn't he? More like a Head Comp aluminum-fiberglass sandwich thing? An R-40 or something like that? Maybe I'm completely wrong here. Does anyone know?
     
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    That'd make sense. Garcia was primarily a fishing company; I doubt they tooled up just to make tennis racquets.
     
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  36. vsbabolat

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    I used to have a poster of Tanvier on my wall. Rostagno's Purple Vectris was a paint job it was the FT 5.60 under the paint. Costa used either the FT 5.60 or 6.60. I seem to remember Agassi holding a Garcia.

    On Woodforde, are you sure it was the F295? Because that was purple. I remember him using a Black and silver racquet. The FT 5.80 for a very short time.
     
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  37. vsbabolat

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    Kriek used the R40, The Johan Kriek Carbon, and the F250.
     
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    That would be Cragin Garcia...the Garcia 240 was the predecessor to the Rossi Strato(essentially a cosmetic change only). The Rossi folks took over the Garcia wood racket facility in Van Buren, Maine...the last operating wood racket factory in the USA...shut down in the early '80s.

    If the mods allow, here is a link to the Garcia 240, of Harold Solomon fame(amongst others).

    http://denver.craigslist.org/spo/2018266264.html
     
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    Tim Mayotte used the F100 before switching over to Head.
     
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    Almost certain. I have an anniversary video of the first 10 years of the Oz Open and being the Rossignol disaster that I am it was the first thing I noticed. When i get a chance I'll plug in the VCR and have another look.
     
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  42. vsbabolat

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    I have a photo of when Zina won the U.S. Open juniors in 1981. She used a Prince Graphite........
     
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    It's "Antelop" with no "e"... just sayin'.
     
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    Agassi essentially did stick with the graphite his whole career....a Donnay replica...then a Head replica. He even could be seen using it in practice as late as 1999.

    Agassi switched for ONE reason...MONEY. At the time when he switched to Donnay, there was a bidding war for Agassi, but Prince's policy at that time was not to engage. They felt they could let a top player go if that's what they wanted, and rely on junior players coming up with Prince racquets.
     
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    Chang won the French with the Prince Graphite.

    But back to Rossignol: I have a very foggy recollection that one of the pros from India used a Rossi frame of some sort in the 80's. Anybody remember this too, or have I been working too hard and need some mental rest?

    Thanks,
    retro.
     
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    Hmmm...Vijay Amritraj used Donnay, I seem to remember. Not sure.
     
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    I have a vague whisper of a memory of her using a Prince Pro as an adult. I must be misremembering, though: going from the Graphite to the Pro seems unlikely. Anyone else remember that?
     
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    Libor Pimek ...... he used Rossi's and I'm pals with a guy who strung rackets for him way back and he was so frugal he still would have rackets "patched" , remember having a frame patched ? it was about 1.00 when I was a kid.
     
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    my only recollection of zina garrison is playing w/ wilson racquets.
     
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    No she switched a few times Wilson, Yonex and Rossingol - I remember being on court with her when we were both Jrs in 78 - 79 and she was using the R40.
     
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