What was your first racquet??

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  1. Black Knight

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    I fell in love with the sport courtesy of a slender, flexible blue Pro Kennex, named, funnily enough, the Black Knight. It took my serve and put it, well, in to the net almost every time, but I still learned to love the game through this little beauty! Now, it is the dog's chew toy unfortunately, but it is still in one piece and would surely hold up to a hit sets I am sure!
     
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  2. mrtrinh

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    hyper hammer 4.3:twisted:
     
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  3. Mailiw

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    My first own frame was a Wilson "Pro Staff 26". Obviously a juniors racquet. But the first racquet I ever played was a Prince Classic made out of steel. Kind of heavy for six year old. :shock:
     
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    Adidas "HAILLET" a few years later they renamed it the Nastase Competition.
     
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  5. Ronaldo

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    Dunlop Maxply Fort
     
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  6. phnx90

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    Me too!

    Well, a Hyper Hammer anyway...not sure which one. It was metallic green/olive and black and incredibly head heavy...any ideas?

    And then the first racquet I got to choose for myself was a Prince O3 Blue. Then O3 Red. Then Wilson K Surge. Then APDC+. Then APDGT. :D
     
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  7. pheonix6579

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    Yep, this was my first frame as well the OS version. Wouldn't mind having one in my bag for old times sake. The original found its end on a fence post, fortunately it was the one frame I have ever broken out of frustration, but def. regretted it.
     
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  8. Black Knight

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    I hope you've still got it! That'd be worth a bit now wouldn't it??
     
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  10. mrtrinh

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    I broke mine too through anger during a CIF match. tried to find one years later but was never able to find it in my grip size. I cant believe how head heavy it was compared to my current racket I play with (Pure storm tour gt). I miss the good ol head heavy frames
     
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  11. alanl228

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    Wilson ncode n4 OS from Costco
     
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    Head Arthur Ashe Competition I
     
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  13. Ronaldo

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    Only had one racquet, broke strings monthly, hoop cracked within a year.
     
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    Ditto!! :)
     
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  15. movdqa

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    Piece of crap $5 wood racquet which was quickly broken.
     
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  18. UkeSoap

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    Wilson ncode n6 from costco here! :)
     
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    Tad Davis Imperial. Had to switch to a Slazenger challenger #1 as the Tad had a tendency to snap at the neck. After about 3 of them broke, I switched to the slazenger.The wooden racquet days!!I still have a Tad strung with Bow brand gut that I strung in 1971 and it is still playable!
     
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    My favorite was the Wilson Advantage.
     
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    Head Ti. Eclipse. Yes, it was one of those beginner titanium racquets. It's my loaner racquet for kids.
     
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  22. BMC9670

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    Funny, we had some wood racquets around the house when I was a kid and then my older brother, who was on the High School team, got a Prince Classic. I remember thinking how light it was - aluminum compared to wood! I thought that was the coolest looking racquet ever back then!
     
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  23. thug the bunny

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    We also had some woodies for general family use, but then I got my own. It was a 'Hart' - aluminum frame with a plastic bridge. Anyone remember this brand?

    Then when I joined the HS team I got a T2000.
     
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  24. tennis-kid

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    My first racquet was Dunlop Tactical Energy.
     
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    Wilson T2000
     
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    The Terminator 2000 looked cool on Connors, but no mortal beings could use it. The head size was like that of a ping pong paddle. I remember one kid sprayed on a smiley on it instead of a W stencil.
     
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  27. The_Question

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    A $10 generic black aluminum racquet with cross bar from Woolworth...that's probably about $30-35 in today's currency exchange...
     
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  28. ghia

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    Dunlop Ceramax for me. I still have it, strung with some prince synthetic gut. It vibrates from a crack but I love it non the less.
     
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  29. tinyman

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    Wilson Hammer 5.8 95, with a 4 5/8 grip (even now, two sizes above what I use). Still have it, just pulled it out to play with last week actually :). To this day, still my favorite racquet by far - everything I know about the game came with that stick.

    Sadly enough, I had one with a small crack in it that really just gave way last night - it's no small crack anymore. If I could actually find two in workable condition, I'd likely play with them over my current volkls.
     
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  30. movdqa

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    A lot of young players here.
     
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  31. jmjmkim

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    I remember when using these old rackets, the balls came in a tin can. Not like the transparent plastic cans we have today. Also, there were ball compressors that supposedly kept the balls under pressure to reduce air leak. To me, those did not work, as the fuzz on the balls are just as important as the compression.
     
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  32. movdqa

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    Yup. Used the tin cans to get water from the bubbler for drinks on the court. I recall the first time I cut my hand on one of the sharp edges too.

    I remember the ball pumps too but never had one myself. Then there were the Tretorn tennis balls that were pressure-less.
     
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  33. Fednal7497

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    mine too, what do u think about this racquet, it works great for me,
     
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    Federer 25, about 10 years ago.
    But, my first full size was a Babolat Pure Drive Cortex that my dad gave me used.
     
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    Tee2k baby. in all its silvery spirally glory. massive "sweet" spot was NOT included. this was a hand me down from my father and i kicked serious high school pimply ass with this racquet.
     
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    1. Wilson wooden frame (don't recall model)
    2. Wilson Defender aluminum
    3. Wilson Triumph aluminum
    4. Dunlop Max 200G - ah now there was a racquet
     
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  38. dunlop1857

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    Wilson T 2000 and Prince classic
     
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    Walmart version of KBlade. I tried to be like Federer and leaded it up to 12+ oz when I've only been playing for two months. I can't say it was a waste of time, though.
     
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  40. Miso

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    prince triple threat. I can't remember specifically which one but it was yellow, some silver, i think black on it too. Oversized head.

    Triple threat though.
     
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  41. sunof tennis

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    Wilson T3000 (even worse than the T2000). Then the Jack Kramer Autograph-a true classic
     
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    First real stick was a Dunlop MW200 which I proceeded to break a few months later because it had a crack in it. I was only like 11 back then, don't get mad at me. I thought it was too heavy and lacked power. I'd like to try it again though to see if my opinion has changed!

    Before that I used some cheapo aluminium sticks.
     
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  43. Ronaldo

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    That is a sweet racquet.
     
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  44. Larrysümmers

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    the first one i bought was a prince classic os that was $.99 on ****.
     
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  45. FedExpress 333

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    POS Wilson no name 8 ounce red racket.

    I did not know about stringing then, so i had the strings in for 2 yrs, it was like 20 lbs.
     
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  46. PhotoBlue

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    My first was a black and yellow fischer.
     
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    Wilson T3000;,....back in the day,...freaking EVERYBODY had one of them!!!....(or a T2000),...
     
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  48. Black Knight

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    Yep...kind a wish I hadn't asked now! I suddenly feel v old!:cry:
     
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  49. tennischemist

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    my mom's old prince original graphite oversize 110

    still one of the best racquets i've ever used

    considering the POG mid for my next racquet if i'm able to improve my game.

    using Aerogel 300 tour now.
     
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  50. Squidward

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    My first was a Western Auto "Revelation". Wooden, strung and only $5. (nearly 40 years ago)
     
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