Yannick Noah's LCS Racquet

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  1. Herve

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    Hi,

    Does anyone remember which exact model Yannick Noah was playing after the TCO he used to win RG in '83 and before he switched to the Yamaha Secret 04 in the late 80's / early 90's?

    it's either one of the two, but can't quite recall which one:

    1. Le Coq Sportif TS25
    2. Le Coq Sportif TF40

    Any ideas?

    Thanks
     
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  2. Rorsach

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    http://80s-tennis.com/pages/yannick-noah.html

     
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  3. gavna

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    Just to clarify the above - Le Coq Sportif was owned by Adidas and when the tennis line was first issued (with Arthur Ashe as the 1st major endorser followed by Noah, Ashe was wearing the LCS clothes at the 78 Masters vs McEnroe) the Cresendo was in effect a repaint of the NASTASE Comp.
    And after the TCO Noah did switch to the TF40 and used that until switching again to the Secret 04.
     
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  4. vsbabolat

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    I have a Gambit with a Cresendo paint job. It is really very poorly done. It's a decal put over the gambit cosmetics. When Adidas owned Le Coq Sportif they had the nicest clothes and really good tennis shoes. I guess Adidas is not going to do that with Reebok.
     
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  5. gavna

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    I still have one Nastase comp (model 555) left on the wall. In 81 when I got a deal with LCS i was so happy I loved the graphics of the Cresendo - my parents still have I think 5 or 6 put away somewhere. Jeez 4 5/8 mediums! Things must have weighed 13+ oz.
    The TF40 was also a good stick but I never saw them sold in the states - all mine were given to me in Europe.

    One other interesting note was the TCO Noah used was vastly different from was was sold to the public or even given to other players. In 83 during RG I was to get a supply of gear from LCS and had to visit Latin Sports in Paris where the owner did all the customization for Noah and Higueras. The sticks he gave me were from Yannick's stock and beautiful - they were thinner, had a small square grip (between a 3/8 and 1/2) and had the edges of the frame "finished" with black trim on all inside and outside edges. What kills me know is that in the late 90's I took ALL my old frames (close to 100 at least) and donated them to the Garrison academy in Houston (at least a very good cause) i just wish now I had kept just one of each.
     
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  6. Herve

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    Noah's stick

    Thanks for all the feedback guys, really appreciate it! I still have most of the noah clothing line from the 80s and 90s plus some secret 04 and want to complete my collection.
     
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  7. gavna

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    About 2 years ago Le Coq Sportif in France reissued for a limited time a complete retro line from 1983 - TCO frame and shirts in Yellow, Lt Blue and I think in the Dark Red. I saw Noah at an exo event in Lyon and he was fully decked out in the gear. I have seen now he is using Babolat sticks and the LCS website no longer has the stuff foe sale. Maybe in France in some small boutiques you can find still some of it.
     
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  8. vsbabolat

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    I still have a couple of TCO, TXO, and TXM from 1983.
     
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  9. gavna

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    In 1985 I had a pile of like 40 or 50 TCO's. I donated like 20 to the Tennis Shop/center at the Shamrock Hilton hotel for guest use where the head pro/manager was an old coach of mine from Jrs and ex UH player. KILLS me that I didn't keep even one at the time.
    In Fall 82 / Spring 83 I also remember trying out a full oversize LCS graphite model it was black with I remember red and white pin stripes - nothing special but I never saw it in Europe, the local LCS sales/player rep in Dallas gave me a few to play. Stiff and I remember breaking two on overheads. I also remember the crazy shoes that had the rubber arch support OUTSIDE the shoe with a plastic heel support, goofy stuff.
     
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  10. slice bh compliment

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    Yes. Thankfully, they made him some shorts with a longer inseam.

    LeCoq. Great brand. Cool sticks. Great logo. I used to wear the shoe Ashe wore...and I had one blue and white tee shirt with the huge rooster in the triangle on the front. Wore that thing out.
     
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  11. vsbabolat

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    I had that shoe with the arch support on the out side. That was funky. My favorite LCS shoe was the mesh shoe that was 3/4 top with the blue triangle and white roster and a blue polyurethane sole.
     
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  12. vsbabolat

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    I also had the Ashe shoe. See the post above for my favorite LCS shoe. I wore the giant roster T-shirt in white and red.:)
     
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  13. gavna

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    LOVED the poly shoe!!!!! Ashe shoe was like a higher end Stan Smith/Halliet - loved the "pebbled" leather and the off white color.
     
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  14. vsbabolat

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    Exactly. And the leather was so soft and comfy, it conformed to your foot shape.. A friend mine says that today's high end shoe resemble the look of bowling shoes. Especially the Nike 2K10 and Adidas Barricade 6.
     
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  15. JUAN_PRADO

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    This le coq sportif racket are the concept 3 , was made in wood , laminated with garphite , its a nice racket i have in the past
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