Wimbledon racquets any good?

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  1. netman

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    What is the story on the old line of Wimbledon racquets. Were they cheap knockoffs of the Prince and Wilson frames of the time or were any of them decent racquets? Who manufactured them?

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  2. SliceServe

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    Wimbledon raquets were one of the first manufactures to offer sub 12 oz frames back in the day when mostly everything was 12.25oz - 12.75oz. I played with the Wimbledon Graphite Mid (89.5 in., 16 main, 100% Graphite, 11.15oz strung) and the Wimbledon Traditional Pro (102in, 16main, 60% graphite / 40% fiberglass, 11.85 oz strung). Good quality frames. I think at the time these were produced they were manufactured in the Kennex factory.

    I also believe that Wimbledon frames were the first line that promoted "tip weighting" to counteract the overall lightweight of their racquets. This was before the Wilson Hammers were around.

    Not sure why the line went under. Maybe players felt weird using Purple and Green frames although some of their last frames had all white cosmetics which were offered during the "ceramic" craze.
     
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  3. Kirko

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    They played very well. They had a "stable" of players using them eg.the three Flach brothers & Bill Scanlon.
     
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  4. Flatspin

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    Wimbledon produced fine racquets. My favorite is the Graphite 88 mid. The Graphite 88 was Wimbledons finest frame. In the early eighties it retailed for around $150.00. The 88 came with a beautiful brushed leather case. Very nice. Total quality ....the racquet and case. It was a light frame. I added lead tape at the 9 o'clock and 3 o'clock positions as well in the handle to give it more heft. Even though it was said to be 88", the head size was closer to what most manufactureres would call a 95" head. I still carry mine in the bag. Very fine racquet. The Graphite 88 was a metallic grey and was total quality. I still have a few sets of new grommets which I bought several years back. I still hit with it from time to time. The 88 is a frame which favored players with fast swings and placed a premium on control. The graphite 88 is a favorite for me.
     
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  5. netman

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    Thanks eveyone for all the great info. Besides the Graphite 88, were there any other models worth investigating?

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  6. Kirko

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    Try the SUper Boron that was very nice !
     
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  7. Roadway

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    Has anyone ever hit with VEM16, which is also labelled 88.
     
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  8. tailofdog

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    I had a Wimbledon Pro that was a nice racquet but, i would not prefer it over the modern racquets.
     
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