Racquets used by the Legends

Discussion in 'Pros' Racquets and Gear' started by Avocat, Jul 1, 2004.

  1. Avocat

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    I need help identifying racquets used by some of the great historical players in the game. Anyone have information on what racquets were used by the following players?

    Louise Brough
    Francois Durr
    Shirley Fry
    Sidney Wood
    Maria Bueno
    Ted Schroeder
    Neale Fraser
    Mal Anderson
    Darlene Hard
    Jan Kodes
    Alex Olmeda
    Budge Patty
    Mervyn Rose
    Dick Savitt
    Vic Seixas
    Nancy Richey
    Gardner Mulloy

    Tough list, but I suspect someone out there has some real inside information.

    THANKS

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  2. galain

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    Last I saw him, Neal Fraser was using a Wilson, but I didn't take any notice of what it was. That was quite a few years ago though.

    FWIW - Tony Roche is using a Volkl Cat 10, Ken Rosewall a Head TiS2 and Fred Stolle a Head Liquid Metal 4. And I think Newk was using a Pure Drive.
     
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  3. NoBadMojo

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    aye galain..i think the poster was looking for info as to what axes these people used when in their prime? a lofty task...the only input i have is that i own a snauweart jan kodes autograph. maybe he used that for at least a part of his career. there was a metal racquet back then alot of the players used for a while and i cant remember the manufacturer (i don tthink the manufacturer exists anymore)..laver went to it i think as the woodie days were ending and rosewall did as well? i bet you remember.....ed
     
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  4. joe sch

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    That is a tough question. Unless you can find someone who played against them with a very good memory, you will need to do some time consuming research ... If I really needed this info, I would consult all my various pictorial tennis history books, looking for those players in action and try to identify the racket shown. Not an easy task. I recently did this for Rod Laver trying to determine which model of the dunlop maxply he used for his 1st slam and it was tough to distinguish the model from the pictures. I also started to do the same for Don Budge and also could not tell from the pictures if it was his endorsed famous players seriers wilson autograph racket ?
     
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  5. sportsfan10

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    Hmm- tough one. Can't contribute a lot, but I likewise remember the Jan Kodes autograph Snauweart.
    I believe that Wilson made a Vic Seixas autograph model at one point.
    I remember pictures of Francois Durr with an aluminum frame. Could have been a Chemold as Rod Laver endorsed for a time near the end of his career or a Seamco(Seamless) Ken Rosewall version--which was an interesting aluminum racquet with no holes in the frame. It had a system of plastic grommets which attached to a track or groove on the inside of the frame--their answer to the T-2000.
    For some reason I connect Maria Bueno with Dunlop although I'm a long way from sure.
    Pretty sure that Nancy Richey played at least part of her career with a T-2000.

    Good luck on your efforts!
     
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  6. Sean Dugan

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    Re: Laver......Chemold perhaps? But, they probably had paint jobs in the wood racquet era as well.
     
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  7. NoBadMojo

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    yea! good memory guys..laver and some of the others used a chemold metal frame when the woodie era was winding down. and francois durr def had a metal bat and who can forget her index finger grip?
     
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    At least for one picture, F Durr used the original Head Edge...extra grip/handle length for the finger. I wouldn't doubt that the Chemold hastened the deterioration of Laver's elbow. Saw him trying to use one of the original forearm straps(like a very early Aircast)...He had to link TWO together to circle his forearm!
     
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  9. dennis1188

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    Only one I remember, was that Jan Kodes, played w/ the wilson pro staff woodie (same racket as J. Mac).
    Laver was long time player w/ the Dunlop Maxply, before chemold.
     
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  10. woodie55

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    Neale Fraser used Spaldng when he was playing in the early sixties. I have a dim recollection of Mal Anderson using Spalding too, but would not bet my house on it. No idea what the models were.
     
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  11. joe sch

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    Laver did finally play the Chemold aluminum because of endorsments, he hated finally having to switch from his comfortable dunlop woodies. The Seamco (Seamless) Ken Rosewall aluminum was innovative design for the time and a much better looking racket IMO. I never like the metals and think they were terrible for the arms. The only one that I would play was the head ashe comps which were aluminum plates sandwiching a nice soft boron interior so they really played quite soft and had lots of feel. Dont know how Jimmy used the T2000s for all those years ofcouse a good natural gut can do wonders for taming any racket. Thats my 0.02 on vintage metals :D
     
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  12. K!ck5w3rvE

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    I saw Maria Bueno using a Tour 90.
    :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
     
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