Wayne Ferriera Tennis racquet?

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    Silhouette or Phantom? Probably a paint job.

    I have some of his Dunlops. He lives in the Berzerkly area. Lafayette, CA?
     
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    I think its the silhouette. Thanks mate. This has been bugging me for a few years. Everytime I watch a 1992 match of Wayne it bugs me.

    Now comes the fun part...finding some :(

    Anyone ever play with one of these uglysticks?
     
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    Actually, I do have a stock Silhouette but not in that particular PJ.
    It,s the standard grey/green/purple retail version.
     
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    How is it? Stiff?
     
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    Unfortunately it's one of 600+ rackets I have in my collection and I have to admit, I never played with it.
    It's Slazenger's first real widebody so I would imagine it's fairly stiff.
     
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    The Silhouette was Slazenger's first widebody that came out in 1989 that Sanchez-Vicario used. But the Phantom that Ferriera used that came out in 1990 was much stiffer.
     
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    Looks like I am on the lookout for some phantoms then. I am suprised Wayne used such a stiff racquet. It doesnt suit his game well at all. He must prefer the feel over flexy frames. At least back then he did. Most of his time on tour he was useing the revamped 200g which I always felt played similar to a prostaff in stiffness.
     
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    I would assume it is a paintjob. I doubt he used that stiff of a frame, but maybe he did. Probably a custom stick painted like a Slaz.

    I know his Dunlops were a custom pro mold layup with a stiffness in the 50's ( or so it seems to me)
     
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    Wow 50s, thats lower than I thought. He is definitly useing a widebody in the 1992 US Open quarters against Chang (great match Wayne). If those slazengers phantoms he used were not stiff and custom layups there must have been a lot of fiberglass in them.
     
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    I believe the yellow Estusa that Jimmy Connors used for a while (famously on his epic miraculous run in that last US Open he played) was from the same mold as these Slazengers.
     
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    I guessing the 50's. I think the stock flex on that same Dunlop MW series was about 59. The pro stock mold is a little different than the stock MW, almost seems to be a clone of the Head Pro Tour 280/630 except the head of the MW is just a little longer. A few points flexier that the stock PT IMHO. I would guess the low to mid 50's. 54? Hard to believe WF could keep the ball in with a wide body but a lot depends on flex.

    One of the best matches that I ever saw was WF against Lleyton when Hewitt was highly ranked (maybe still #1). Around 2001-2. It was indoor in Stuttgart?, a 3 setter. It was a baseline war. They were both on fire. I forget who won but I do remember being in awe of how well they were playing.
     
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    I think the best match I saw Wayne play was probably the semifinal against Todd Martin in the 96 Canadian Open. That was a fun one. He hit some of the most amazing forehands on the run I have ever seen it that match.

    Wayne was a fun player to watch when he was on and that forehand was clicking. I always really liked his serve as well. Its very lose and snappy at the top. It was always kind of unique looking to me. He was also a very natural player at the net even though it was not something he used all the time. His backhand could break down and get him into trouble. A neat player I would have like to see get his head together and get some belief in his ability. Early on in his career he looked like he was a sure thing to win at least one major.
     
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    Yes, Jimmy's Estusa was from the Phantom 90 mold.
     
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