Wimbledon tennis racquet?

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  1. Virus

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    My favorite racquet of all. It looked almost exactly like the POG. I regret selling it as I would love to take it for a whirl again. It took me to 1st seed single and doubles throughout my 4 years of high school. Would anyone have any pics of this vintage racquet?
     
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  2. Deuce

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    Wimbledon was a brand of racquet back in the 80s. They had a few different models.
     
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  4. jck01

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    Didn't Ken Flach use a Pro Kennex?
     
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    The link doesn't work.
     
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  6. Mick

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    here's my old Wimbledon HM-88 racket

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  7. Deuce

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    I don't think that racquets have improved over the years - but overgrips sure have.
     
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  8. LoveThisGame

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    Wimbledon frames were around until the late 1990's, the last model being the Conqueror. Frames like the HMs and the Nova/Conquest/Sabre were high quality well-playing. There was about a 5 layer lacquer finish on the N/C/S frames!

    OK, truth be known, I still play dubs with the N/C/S because I've never found amother frame with the weight, even balance, power and control for doubles play. I've continually tried other frames, some of which were just fine, but not quite as good. I've got 6 of them, 2 yet to be used. Weird, but true.
     
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  9. J-man

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    They used to sell these rackets on H,olabird
     
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  10. Z-Man

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    I kind of remember them being purple and green and looking a lot like the Prince racquets of the day. I wonder who made them.
     
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  11. Mick

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    Old HM-88 with modern overgrip and a new string job :)

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  12. tennisguy2121

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    i have a wimbledon racquet, I beleive it is called an All Pro. I might be able to take a pic of it tommorow. I loved that racquet, i am teaching my brother to play tennis, and will likely start with that racquet like I did. I played with it for my freshman year. great racquet.
     
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  13. aussie

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    Okay, I reckon I know the Racquet you're referring to. Its the Wimbledon Super Boron. Around 120sq inches, gold in color with a throat stabilizer bar much like the POG's. Two brown color pinstripes run along the frame. Frame width about 18mm. Beautiful racquet, great control frame, large sweetspot and very flexible. I believe that Martina Navratalova used one for a time.

    Made by Kunnan in Taiwan (Pro Kennex etc) I bought mine in 1989 at a close out sale in Australia. Probably best racquet I've ever played with right up to Pennant grade in Australia.

    I've still got mine, and only strung it up again (at 74 lbs can you believe!!) for a hit about 6 months ago. Lacks power compared to the wider, stiffer frames we all use now, but the control was still there.

    If that's the one you're thinking of I'll post a pic (how do you put a pic into these posts??)
     
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  14. psp2

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    Perhaps you're talking about the "Tradition". It's all black with a throat bar like the POG, 98", 100% graphite and looks very much like the POG OS. I'll take a photo of mine soon and post it.
     
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  15. movdqa

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    I have an old Wimbledon Widebody racquet. Looks identical to a Dunlop model.
    Our daughter currently uses it but I'm looking for something else for her. Way
    too much power.
     
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    No, his doubles partner, Robert Seguso, did. It was the ProKennex Silver Ace. I owned it and thought very highly of the frame.
     
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  18. aussie

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    My sister still uses one and plays very well with it! Bought it for her in 1982 in Hong Kong. Nice stick.
     
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  19. javier sergio

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    yes....robert Seguso used to play a Pro Kennex Silver Ace, sweet little racquet !!!
     
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    Actually Martina tried the Wilson Profile for a while which was a very thick widebody, even if the version she used was a midsize (95 inches). She then switched to some Yonex widebody immediately afterwards - I can't recall the head size. I remember this because the announcers were talking about racquet technology during a match and noted that Martina's Profile was too powerful for her to control and that her new Yonex while still powerful was more controllable for her.
     
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  22. superstition

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    She played the 1987 French with the Dunlop 200g and should have won the final against Graf, but choked away leads. I think that racquet hindered her volleys a bit.

    As for the Profile. I've heard that she briefly tested it, but didn't use it for matches.
     
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  23. Rafa freak

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    That is so cool.
     
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    Lovely racquet, Mick.
     
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  25. tennis939

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    i acually have that racquet =]
    it looks just like POG
    and its great loll..it was my dad's and he gave it to me
    its called wimbledon all pro

    ill post pic soon

    btw i want the specs for it


    (sry for the crappy post im in a rush)
     
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  26. plasma

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    I now own the one with the flourescent strings if anyone wants an hm 88 in awesome shape, great sticks, will trade for prostaff...danielrauch72@yahoo.com
     
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  27. treblings

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    Ken Flach played the HM88. i still have a few videos of Flach/Seguso, so i checked to make sure.
    Mikael Pernfors and Joakim Nystrom played with the Wimbledon Graphite, which for me still ranks as my all-time favourite.
     
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  28. samster

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    I bought a used HM-98. How does it play?
     
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  29. treblings

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    Give us a report as soon as you´ve played with it:)
    I have the HM88 and that´s very comfortable, easy to maneuvre particularly at the net. Very flexible, if i recall correctly.
     
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  30. plasma

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    r 7 ain't no mid!!!!
     
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  31. treblings

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    ain´t no wimbledon racket either!!!!!
     
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  32. plasma

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    I have two used wimbledons, (88 and 98) up for trade if anyone's interested, would love to see pics of Martina with a profile or wimbledon, but probably never will...
     
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    I have a Wimbledon Boron Pro -- 98 square inches, manufactured by Kunnan (ProKennex). has US Patent #4294787. No idea who owned the patent (and no time to search right now) but it is a clone of the Prince Boron Pro and it may have very well been licensed from Prince.
     
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  34. tailofdog

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    Wimbledon

    I just bought the WIMBLEDON PRO its 98 sq in about 11.5 oz .
    Nice to swing. I will play with it tonight (WEATHER PERMITTING)
    Quality item
     
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  35. WORLDWITHINAWORLD

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    Agree

    I AGREE THAT OVERGRIPS HAVE MADE GREAT PROGRESS.
     
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  36. Don't Let It Bounce

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    I had a doubles partner who was on their free list and played with the very frame described in the OP. He swore by "me Wimbies". They looked like POG's, green & gold on gloss black with a crossbar, but the graphics were a little busier than Prince's. I also remember them being really light, but "really light" in the 80's would be about average now, I guess.
     
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  37. schu47

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    This is the Wimbie that looks like the POG, I believe. It's the All-Pro. Quite a resemblance, really. Nice frame, too.

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  38. Ace4U

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    Wimbledon All Pro

    Does anyone have one of these in good playing condition for sale?
     
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  39. yajim

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    hey m8 i got these raquet wanna get? I'm from spain offer and i'll answere. Thanks I also got the McEnroe Dunlop One. Wood one. Both perfect ! Say things!
     
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    I played these rackets in high school, introduced to them by some friends on their free list (they had lots of kids playing them!!). Nice sticks!! The version pictured was the one I liked best. They had an earlier version, slightly different graphics and slightly different composition if I remember correctly (a tad more flexible). Then after the All-Pro they replaced it with a GK-98. Same frame "mold" but it was red and I believe it has a touch of Kevlar mixed in, not sure. I don't have any more All-Pro's but I do still have a GK-98. perhaps i'll post a pic...
     
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  41. yajim

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    ACe4U

    M8 do you want it ?? or notttt??!
     
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  42. Ace4U

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    Is this a Wimbledon All Pro 100% graphite? Would you post a pic?
     
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    i need to get one to add to my collection
     
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  44. eman resu

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    I got a Wimbledon all pro 98 grafite/glass for less than 10 dollars. How should I string it? there's no reccomendation. It weights a little over 370g strung, around even balance, but its in fact shorter in length, close to 26,5" (I have extended it now to 27"). Very nice thin beam (thinner than my POG, maybe 17mm?). Grip 4 1/2.
     
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  45. serve and Justin

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    I had one of those as one of my first sticks...Moved on pretty quickly.
     
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    Total Eclipse 88 widebody

    Does anybody know where I can find the Wimbledon Total Eclipse 88 widebody? It was made back in the late 80s early 90s. Even an oversize would be nice. Has anybody hit with it?
     
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  47. Problx

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    What is the exact name of it?
     
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    Total Eclipse. I have a 98 (black). Also have a HM Wide Body 98 (white).

    Both are the same mold, the Total is 100% graphite, not sure about the HM as it doesn't indicate on the frame.
     
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  49. Problx

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    What kind of shape is the Total Eclipse in?
     
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  50. struggle

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    it's in decent shape, maybe 8/10. Headguard still in good shape, some scrapes, etc. I'd say great shape for it's age. Obviously i can't speak for the grommets which may be brittle but are still intact as of now.
     
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