Tennis Racquet Hall Of Fame

Discussion in 'Classic Racquet Talk' started by Hall of Fame Racquets, Aug 25, 2010.

  1. Hall of Fame Racquets

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    I began to play tennis in 1976 as a balance for the work I was doing as a clinical psychologist and psychotherapist. I needed a vigorous outdoor exercise to provide relaxation, stimulation, challenge to the heavy duty mental and emotional work I was doing.

    I soon became aware that tennis was not only a very vigorous physical game but also had many many psychological challenges. In 1978 I founded the Sport Psychology Institute to help promote the integration of tennis and psychology on many levels. I have done mental toughness training of athletes from many sports over the last 32 years but have focused on training tennis players especially. My learning of the biomechanics and teaching of tennis has been enhanced by membership in the USPTA and the PTR tennis teaching groups.

    When I started with tennis I found myself learning to play tennis with more and more physical and mental skill I broke my first wood racquet quickly so I decided to buy a racquet that would not easily break so I quickly moved on to steel, graphite, and next great space age racquets that came on the scene. However, in 1997 I realized I did not have a wood racquet in my small collection of racquets I had used for the last 20 years and I sought one out. In addition my new stringer was working out of his condo and he had the walls of his work room lined with racquets from the last fifty years.

    During the next three years I visited 80 thrift stores and numerous second sport stores and developed my collection of about 1000 racquets mainly from 1960-1990. I created a Wimbledon Room, US Open Room, Australian Open Room, Roland Garros Room, Grand Slam Stairway, etc. in my home. The best of the many racquets I found on the "thrift store circuit" went on the walls of the various rooms. My initial goal was to collect racquets which reflected the history of tennis. In order to add meaning and depth to my collecting adventures I decided to go to the International Hall of Fame Induction of Jimmy Connors in Newport, R.I., July, 1998, and also meet with the Tennis Collectors Society that was meeting in Newport at the same time. This experience of seeing the great Tennis Museum at the International Hall of Fame and meeting with many other tennis collectors led to another significant collecting goal and that was to identify and collect the ten most significant tennis racquets from each tennis decade beginning in 1870-2010.

    During the past 13 years I have developed a collection of 4200 racquets and I am providing a photo display of my progress. http://photobucket.com/alamocrest

    An additional goal that has emerged to stimulate my thinking is to identify and collect the racquets that were used by the 182 tennis players that have been inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. I have 157 players identified with the type/brand/model of the racquets that they used. Each of the last thirteen years I have spent at least five days at the Tennis Hall of Fame attending the inductions and studying the history of tennis with a special emphasis on the tennis racquets that Hall of Famers have used.

    I did not know about this TW Talk Tennis site until a few weeks ago and I am looking forward to reviewing and learning from the many comments and suggestions that have been posted by many of you. I hope you enjoy the photos of my collection and might be further inspired in your own collecting pursuits.
     
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  2. petercoffey

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    I'll let someone else say what my first response was....all that's left to say after that is..........."Master"
     
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  3. ericsson

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    Well that is quite impressive!
    It looks like the perfect place to watch some tennis ;-)
    Do you have any pro sticks too?
     
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  4. max

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    What does your wife think of all this? :)
     
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  5. goran_ace

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    That was my first thought as well.
     
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  6. Tennis Man

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    Great stuff. Welcome to the board. By the way, what racquet are you currently playing with?
     
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    Some friends call me a freak because I have more than 10 racquets :)
     
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    I just met a new friend the other day. He came over for some tennis string and noticed I had over 200 rackets in my room. He was shocked to discover that there was a tennis racket collecting community out there. There are many people who do not understand our obsession due to the fact that they do not have the same. But, sometimes we look at people and wonder why people would spend hundreds or thousands of dollars on a single stamp or something other type of collection. I feel every one has a hobby and some are more common that others. We all have something that we spend a lot of money on and to us its tennis rackets. For others it might be something else. We are not freaks, we are just a different types of collectors
     
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  9. joe sch

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    That is an amazing amount of rackets for the space. Those rackets must feel like they are in heaven.
    Thanks for sharing
     
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  10. retrowagen

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    Stellar collection. Hope termites don't discover the place, what with all that wood to snack on! :)
     
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  11. mad dog1

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    OMG!!! WOW! :shock:
     
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  12. VGP

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    Thanks for sharing your pics.

    I wonder how many people would understand when someone mentions "bulbous and fishtail handles," "convex throats" or "semi-flattop heads." They would think that they were talking about medical conditions.

    I really enjoyed seeing the ITHOF. Identifying the HOFer's frames and adding their pic to the strings is a great touch.

    I'd love to come up with a clever way to display my modest collection. Don't really have the display space.

    I wonder if you placed all your large display rackets on one wall. The viewer would feel they've become all lilliputian.

    BTW - love your Hazell Streamlines!
     
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    I continued looking through your pictures.....don't know what I find more impressive, all the rackets or all the magazines, print ads, posters, tennis ball cans, memorabilia, etc.

    Everywhere you look there's a nice tidbit of tennis history in your home.
     
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  14. TheRebelofPrince

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    hall of fame racquets, GET GOOD HOME AND PROPERTY INSURANCE!!!! JUST IN CASE
     
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  15. jimbo333

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    Yes Joe, as I mentioned in another thread, it's the use of space that really impresses me!

    That and all the amazing racquets obviously:)

    I really think it may be the best racquet collection in the world. I've been lucky enough to visit some absolutely amazing collections this year all over the world including Belgium and even New Zealand:) But this collection really will take some beating!
     
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    Wow... that is incredible! You should turn your house into a musuem and open it up to the public!! :)
     
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    Thank you for the wonderful pictures, an awe inspiring collection!
     
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    Incredible collection, thanks for the pictures !
     
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    I think you now rank #1 for the number of racquets collected.
     
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    That is absolutely amazing!!!
     
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  21. Hall of Fame Racquets

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    Wimbledon Room Tennis Theatre

    Thanks for the affirmation! I have been watching tennis matches in the Wimbledon Room since 1998. I often invite friends over for Breakfast at Wimbledon each year which starts at 6AM and it is great fun!

    I have taped almost every match on TV in my area since 1980 so I have probably the largest videotape collection of tennis that I am aware of. The cassettes are located behind the racquets in the Wimbledon Room (1980s) and in the US Open Room (1990s). The 2000s are located in boxes visible in the Australian Open Room. Of course the 2010s are on DVDs so they will take up far less space! Through the years it was challenging to tape the TV tennis matches when I traveled on vacation or was at the US Open or Wimbledon tournaments. I often had seven VCRs taping while I was away and often I hired someone to change videocassettes each day. It is easier currently to tape tennis as I have four hard drives to record matches. When the Grand Slams occur such as today when the US Open began in New York I use all four DVD recorders I have to tape the matches.

    I do have many racquets which are from the last decade! Since I have attempted to collect the ten most significant racquets from each decade as well as the racquets used by Tennis Hall of Fame inductees i have most of the "pro sticks" of the past and the present. I am especially interested in collecting the racquets of the current players that will very likely be inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame and I will be sure to have as many of their racquet types as possible. For example, Agassi will likely be inducted in 2011 and obviously you can name others that will be in the Hall of Fame when they are eligible five years after they retire.
     
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  22. MarrratSafin

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    This is absolutely amazing. Well I thought Virginia with her 500 or so frames is one of the greatest collectors today. Thanks for sharing, Hall of Fame Racquets!:)
     
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  23. Bom

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    WOW 4200 racquets!!!!!!

    very very very very very good job
     
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    you are a true whackjob!

    kudos to you, great collection and display!
     
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  25. joe sch

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    That is also quite impressive that you record soo many matches.
    Like many tennis fans, Im not happy with the matches shown by the big networks and was wondering if you can provide copies of some matches that that you recorded from streams ?

    For example, I would have loved to see some of Dent's win yesterday at the 2010 USO 1st round. Do you have it ? Do you keep a list of all your matches ?

    TIA, Joe
     
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  26. VGP

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    I'm wondering if the good doctor would happen to have any Jaime Yzaga matches......
     
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  27. MAXXply

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    What's even more amazing than The HOF's 4200 rackets is the fact he was completely oblivious to these Forums until a few weeks ago:)

    PS - HEY EVERYONE, TENNIS PARTY AT HIS PLACE !!! YYYEEEAAAHHH...!!!
     
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  28. Hall of Fame Racquets

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    Tennis Racquet Hall of Fame/Family Reaction

    I am often asked when I show the progress of the Tennis Racquet Hall of Fame about whether I am married and if so what does your wife think about what is happening in the house. Most of the members of the Tennis Collectors of America meeting each year in Newport, Rhode Island, USA have seen my collection before but the new attendees haven't and surely someone will ask the question. Actually, my family of four children and wife have been very complimentary regarding my tennis collecting interests and activity. About ten years ago my daughter presented me with cards which she had designed with the designation that I was the "World's Greatest Tennis Collector". She soon left home as my older three sons had so that meant that the freedom to further develop the various tennis rooms emerged. The "empty nest" provided more opportunity to collect more passionately!! No competition existed for the TV rooms, pool table, closet space, etc.

    My wife of 44 years has been quite supportive!! It has probably helped that I am clinical psychologist, marital therapist, and so called "communication expert". I have worked with thousands of couples to help them manage their differences which I believe is the 1# issue in successful marriage relating. I like to say that we have an equal opportunity marriage so that translates to my wife having seven rooms in our home to decorate as she chooses and I have seven rooms. Her parents were both artists so the rest of our home is decorated with their wonderful artwork. The only tension came in the past year when I thought that the Wimbledon sign that is visible often in my photos was placed by me in the kitchen area leading into the Wimbledon Room. One day I found that this favorite sign was taken down and one of my wife's favorite ceramic angels was in its place and the Wimbledon sign was placed inside the Wimbledon Room instead of this great location that I had selected. You will see the current positions in the collection photos.

    I asked her yesterday how she would respond to the your post question and she said I could quote her reaction to the Tennis Racquet Hall of Fame and her response as "WOW" I just make sure that no racquets exist in her seven rooms and I think we will make it to 50 years. However, at times I wonder what my collection would look like if I had "her" rooms to collect into also.

    Thanks for the question. I hope I have clarified better the wife/collection reaction.:)
     
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  29. Hall of Fame Racquets

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    Tennis Collecting Humor!

    I am enjoying your observations and humor! :) I am occasionally asked to speak to tennis groups about the mental toughness training and tennis collecting which I do and I try to bring some humor to these presentations. I will remember your medical associations with various tennis racquets! Often my presentations focus on the kind of psychological personality that would use a particular historical racquet. I have many racquets that reflect a creative and humorous side to player personalities.

    I think placing the 15 display racquets which I have on the walls of one room some day would certainly be an interesting display. I wonder if there are others in the TA Talk collecting community that collect display racquets and if so what are they? I would love to find a Wright & Ditson and a Dunlop Maxply display racquets! I have seen them in photos but do not have them in my collection. It would also be interesting to make a list of all of the display racquets which might be in various collections.

    Yes, the Hazel Streamline racquets are a favorite of mine and it was satisfying to collect the four stars: green, red, blue, and white. Also, to obtain the Gray's more recent Streamline version was meaningful.

    Thanks for noticing the many forms of tennis memorabilia amidst the racquets. I enjoy collecting many aspects of tennis history and ball cans, photos, advertising, banners, books, magazines, articles, cards, player photos, etc., are fun to collect also to display in the various rooms.
     
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  30. jimbo333

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    I thought all of us here had at least 5 Hazells Streamlines:)
     
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    One of my favourites as well:)

    I havn't got a White Star though, and I really didn't like that 70's Grays Streamline, thought it had a really ugly paintjob, it is rare mind!
     
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  32. Hall of Fame Racquets

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    Racquet Heaven!!

    I suspect if these racquets were personified they might feel very fulfilled to make it into a Tennis Racquet Hall of Fame. I know I personally feel like I am in a Tennis Heaven on Earth! Everyday I rest, sleep, peruse, touch, smell, examine, compare, focus, read, dream, etc., amidst the great racquets of tennis history. I spend five days each year in Newport at the International Hall of Fame and think that is like a tennis heaven but to live in my own tennis collection heaven is to feel blessed!:)

    Thanks, Joe, for your many special comments and affirmations! I am also enjoying the many racquets and special information which you have brought to cyberspace tennis collecting!!
     
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  33. Hall of Fame Racquets

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    Tennis Museum/public availability?

    My father in law was an architect during his career and though he died at nearly 99 years several years ago, he would often suggest that I turn the Tennis Racquet Hall of Fame into a Tennis Museum that tennis fans could regularly visit. He even offered to design more rooms for my collection! Maybe I will open the collection more to the public some day. In the meantime I share it personally with family and friends with occasional visits from other tennis collectors. However, I never thought my collection might be made so visible in cyberspace. :)
     
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  34. ericsson

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    I would love to see a list of your rackets...
     
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  35. Virginia

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    HOFR, will you be publishing a list of the Hall of Famers and the racquets they play(ed) with?
     
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  36. joe sch

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    I totally understand and agree.
    Its very hard to open ones home to strangers since there is always risk involved. The internet info and pictures options makes these treasure available to anybody in the world. Another option that I also hope to provide in the future is video tours. Your collection and rooms would really provide a great such display that could be provided on youtube. It would also be nice to hear your personal feelings and stories as an audio especially since I believe you are an outstanding speaker.

    Best regards,
    Joe
     
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  37. Hall of Fame Racquets

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    Tennis Racquet Lists!

    I do have a hundreds of pages listing each of the 4200 racquets in my collection and these pages include the racquet, price, and source of each racquet. I also ask occasionally about the ownership history of the various racquets. Sometimes I receive some wonderful history of the racquet as it was used and collected by certain persons.

    As I have indicated I am developing a list of the racquets used by the 182 tennis players who have been inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. I have fifteen players to go to achieve a complete list of player/racquet connections.
    I also am developing a list of ten significant/classic racquets from each decade of tennis history. I will publishing these results in various tennis magazines and journals in the coming year.

    Finally, with 4200 racquets to consider, I will be developing a CFame list of racquets. These collection categories will list the various " fame" racquets in the following categories: 1) Classic, 2) Contribution, 3) Creative, 4), Championship, 5) Collegiate, 6) Company, 7) Composite, 8) Current, 9) Cyberspace, and 10) Comedy

    I enjoy making lists and the above categories should keep me busy for 2010 and beyond!
     
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  38. ericsson

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    If you have a digital list of your collection please shoot me an e-mail, would love to read it.
     
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  39. Hall of Fame Racquets

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    Hall of Fame Players/Racquets List

    Thanks for the clarification! The initial publication will be in the Journal of the Tennis Collectors of America. During the past year editor, Clark Benson, has been receiving the results of my research on the racquets of 157 of the 182 tennis players who have been inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. Hopefully, in the coming months I will be able to identify racquets that the final fifteen players used.

    If you or anyone in the Talk Tennis World knows the racquets that Barger-Wallach, Hansell, Pell, E. Sears, Behr, Garland, Mathieu, Wagner, Griffin, Moore, Townsend-Toulmin, Alonso, Clark, Dod, and Jones-Farquhar used, please let me know. I have collected photos of these players with racquets but the brand/model of the racquet is not distinguishable yet.

    If you or anyone is interested in seeing a complete list of the players as well as contributors inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame, please go to their web site. The lists are presented in three ways: 1) year inducted, 2) country represented, and 3) alphabetical.
     
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    HOFR, I posted a link to your rackets in Thai tennis forums and the members were in awe. Thanks!!
     
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  41. Hall of Fame Racquets

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    Tennis Matches Archived!

    Thanks for the clarification! The matches which I have recorded over the last thirty years are basically from the various networks that covered tennis during that period. For example, this year's US Open I have taped all of the matches provided by ESPN, Tennis Channel, and CBS. I am enjoying the technological reality that I can save these matches on DVD rather than the much more space consuming VHS videotapes that I had been using since 1980. With the HD level of origination the DVD copies are much better than VHS copies also.

    What I especially like about my video collection of tennis is that I can view how the tennis racquets have evolved over the last thirty years as well as the level of tennis that the great tennis pros played during their careers. I have also had a chance to meet and talk to most all of the tennis players who have been inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame from this thirty year period.

    I will check to see if I have very much of the Dent match. I don't have a list of the tennis matches but if the match was offered on the networks during the last thirty years I would likely have it in my archives.
     
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  42. Hall of Fame Racquets

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    Tennis Link-Thailand

    Thanks for passing on a link of the Tennis Racquet Hall of Fame in your country! I am amazed at how the Talk Tennis site is being accessed around the world. It is really special to learn of other collectors like yourself in so many countries! Thanks for your very positive comments you have made especially on the posting I started also for the Tennis Racquet Hall of Fame in the TW Racquets section.
     
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  43. Hall of Fame Racquets

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    Best Tennis Collection?

    Thanks for the affirmation!! I have never thought of my collection as one of the best racquet collections in the world. I would be interested in learning what characterizes some of the "amazing collections" that you and others have seen around the world. What have others done to present their tennis racquet collection in a special way? It would be very interesting to learn from others how they have presented their collection for their enjoyment and the inspiration of others. Also, might some of these collections be available in cyberspace such as mine has been the last two weeks? http://photobucket.com/alamocrest
     
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  44. Wilander Fan

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    I would love to hear what you think are the 10 most significant rackets of the 80s, 90s, and 2000s and a little blurb on why.
     
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  45. MichaelChang

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    wow damn. wow. man. definitely the biggest collection on this planet. Welcome to the board! We need you here :)
     
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    Your collection is without a doubt one of the very best in the World!

    I think displaying a racquet collection outside of peoples own houses is almost impossible really, unless you are at one of the 4 Grand Slam venues or the TennisHallofFame, as you just wouldn't get enough people in to see it, to make it worthwhile. Showing photos on the internet is probably the best way to show a collection I'd have thought.

    I'm certainly really looking forward to seeing your study of those players racquets, fantastic work doing this:)

    I'm wondering if you could please give an example here. I've always been interested in the racquets used by John Newcombe, as he used a variety of racquets in his career, from wood to metal. Could you please list all the racquets he used, and also the exact models he used to win his 7 Grand Slam singles titles? As I'd be really interested in seeing this info. Thanks:)

    And I have to say it's amazing you have time to do all this stuff, that's what I'm most impressed with I think!
     
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  47. Hall of Fame Racquets

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    Best Collection?

    Thanks again for your affirmation! Again, I am very eager to see other tennis racquet collections around the world. I think this way of networking and inspiring one another will stimulate racquet hunting adrenaline for many of us.

    I wish I had even more time to research the player's racquets as I am very oriented to investigating many different sources and often wish I had even more time to study the tennis literature that is available to me.

    I have had a strong interest in Newcombe also and will pass on my research. I suspect there are many of you who have really specialized in knowing the racquets of particular players. Do you currently have a list yourself of the exact models which Newcombe used to win his 7 Grand Slam singles titles? If so I would be interested in seeing it. I hope others on Talk Tennis will share their favorite player's career racquets as I don't pretend to be an expert on every significant player.

    The 182 Hall of Fame players which probably used the most different racquets are Martina Navratilova and Dorthy Bundy Cheany. As you may know the latter player won the Australian Open in the 1930's and won over 300 USTA National Championships as she moved through the various age groups in the USA. She is currently in her 90's and is likely still winning championships. May Sutton was her mother and she was the first foreign player to win Wimbeldon in 1905.
     
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    Wasn't aware of DBC, and still playing in the 90's eh, that is a good effort; but certainly aware Martina used many racquets!

    Anyway as far as Newcombe is concerned, I'm only aware of a couple of racquets he used, that's why i asked, so hopefully you and others can help, I'm about to start a thread about it I think:)
     
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    This is probably the first time I've wet my pants and exploded my brain AND got the shivers all at the same time.

    You sir, are my hero.
     
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    Tennis Collecting Humor!

    Anytime I have needed an injection of humor in the challenges of my life I have thought of your clever words of affirmation. :) Hopefully, all of the biological and psychological reactions you described can be further used to produce adrenaline and inspiration for your own collecting pursuits!! :)
     
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