tennis rackets 1900 1925 1930 1940 1950 1960

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  1. joe sch

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    Here is a little history on the changes in tennis rackets with pictures of models from 1900 1925 1930 1940 1950 1960.

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    Rackets displaying changes of racket design from early heavy wood rackets to transitional metal to modern lighter woods with painted designs.

    1. WRIGHT AND DITSON CIRCA: 1900 ..

    2. WRIGHT AND DITSON: MODEL: COLUMBIA....CIRCA: 1925

    3. DAYTON: CIRCA: 1928-30'S...METAL HEAD...METAL STRINGS...MODEL: NEW DAYTON

    4.SPALDING MODEL: KRO-BAT...CIRCA: 1940'S

    5. MacGREGOR WOOD TENNIS RACQUET: MODEL: "WINTON" CIRCA: 1950's ...LOGO'S INTACT

    6. WILSON: "MUSTANG" MODEL...CIRCA: 1960's...LOGO'S INTACT.
     
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    Did they go to using some metal then go back to all wood or was the "transitional metal" still used in the 60s?
     
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    No, the Dayton metals circa 1930 were just an offering really for durability. None of the players used them, they were mostly used by schools so they would holdup to many years of abuse for kids learning tennis. The metals in the late 60s, like the t2000 which was released in 1967, were actually intended to change the game and be transitional but they were not very well liked by the players especially when they were causing arm and elbow problem.
     
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    I certainly don't want to disagree with one of our resident experts so I'll just point out that three different players won majors using the T-2000. One, Jimmy Connors, used it throughout most of his playing career up to 1984 - long past the racket (and Jimmy's) prime years. The T-2000 (and its various iterations) was also enormously popular with lesser players becoming Wilson's second best selling racket series behind the Kramer autograph. Right now if you look on the auction site you'll find 72 for sale!
     
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    No disagreement here, Jimmy used the T2000 to win most of his slams and championships. Laver and Rosewall also used metals to win some championships but both of them want back to wood because of hurt arms. There were many other popular metals that won some titles for some top players but most of those players also went to the better playing granite rackets. Who were the other players who won slams with the T2000 ?
     
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    I'll bet those players that switched to "granite rackets" really got some arm pain! :)

    Billie Jean King won Wimbledon in 1968 and Ann Jones won Wimbledon in 1969 using the T-2000.
     
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    Agree, ceramic is bad but granite is big pain :)

    Forgot about those ladies also taking advantage of the wood to steel (t2000) power boost. Wonder how long BJK played the t2000 before going graphite ?
     
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    She went back to wood

    I remember BJK getting her autograph model in the ~1970 to 72 era and playing next with a Bancroft wood by 1974. She played wood vs Bobby Riggs.I cannot remember when she went to a graphite. I know she used a Yonnex R series in her latter playing days.
     
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    Hi Joe

    I drive past the Alexander Racquet Company's original factory most days. I believe they were among the first to use laminated wood in high end frames and had at least one Wimbledon to their name in the 30s ( I think)
     
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    Hey Tim,

    Alexander Racquets were really well made. I have a few and they are nice wall hangers. Where exactly is the factory ? Im surprised the factory is still there.
     
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    Little city called Launceston in Tasmania, Australia. It's actually long since closed and been converted into a youth club/gym but a few years ago somebody found the original sign from the racquet company's heyday in the basement. So they polished it up and hung it back on the wall! If I wasn't on a phone three thousand miles from home I would put up a pic for you.
     
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    Nice story and would be really entertaining if a few of the kids found some old woody rackets in storage and went out for some hits against the wall :)
     
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    Here you go Joe, as promised..

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    Thanks for posting the picture of the the Alexander Racquet Company's original factory. Its nice to see a wood racket factory that is still intact. I bet some of the tools of the factory can still be found scattered around the area, maybe some awls in second hand thrift shops ?
     
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    There's actually a section at the local museum dedicated to Alexander..
     
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