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Old 11-30-2009, 05:12 AM   #20
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Originally Posted by jimbo333 View Post

I read somewhere that these Birmals from the 1920's had the first ever leather grips, but I really don't know about this, but would definitely like to know!
Perhaps but it was not common, untill 1930 it was mostly bare handle or they put something on top (white tape?) preventing from blisters i guess.
Take a look here at some pics:

Suzanne Lenglen and Bill Tilden in 1920 (bare handles)

Bunny Austin (English Davis Cup) in 1930 (bare handles with cover)

Don Budge in 1936 (bare handle but the article said: Note the bare handle; everyone else was using leather grips by now.
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