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    What was the 1st Grand Slam final to feature no wood rackets?

    Here’s a slightly useful thread: https://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/index.php?threads/grand-slam-singles-winners-and-racquets-1980-1991.610665/
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    Why did Mac and Graf leave the 200g behind?

    I would suggest that neither player left the Max200g behind; rather, Dunlop left them behind, by discontinuing production of the novel (and difficult to produce) IMF frames. Both pros were looking for new tools of the trade, and certainly looking for an endorsement paycheck, as well—two things...
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    Tell me about your racquet collections!

    Like a few others here, I was an impressionable teenager in the 1980’s, and became obsessed with playing tournaments in that era, which really was the most interesting, racquet-wise and personality-wise in the sport. Rekindling my passion for tennis in my 30’s, I started playing tournaments...
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    American manufactured Rackets euro-release only frames ?

    Every manufacturer has different market strategies... all of them revolve around making as much profit as possible, in a difficult market. Pretty much all racquet manufacturing was moved by all companies to outsourced (called OEM’s) contract factories in either Taiwan, China, or Singapore...
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    American manufactured Rackets euro-release only frames ?

    The Chicago factory was loooooong defunct by 1991. In fact, by this point in time, there were likely no tennis racquets manufactured in the USA... Head shuttered its Boulder, Colorado factory around 1987, Aegis (who quietly pressed the Rossignol F-250 beside their eponymous carbon fiber bicycle...
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    Prince Woodie

    Peter McNamara played the Woodie on the ATP tour.
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    Do you think racquets/companies back in the day were region specific?

    Up through the 1960’s, I would say that there was definitely a “regionalization” of equipment available to players... particularly in more isolated regions, such as the Anitpodes, or Asia. And certainly through the era of wood racquets, North American players were spoilt for choice over many...
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    Prince Graphite III OS

    It looks like a cosmetic refresh on the Graphite II, which I think is a particularly good racquet, especially in its midplus version.
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    "Le Mans" Vintage Snauwaert Racquet?

    It’s a racquet that’s only good for drives, and only for 24 hours!
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    ZEBRA, ZIBRA, ZEBEST transformation and SNAKY 1 wave shaft 80's model

    Looks similar to the Wavex models and concept.
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    They were so cute together but - USPS:(

    The racquet I purchased from you arrived today, via USPS, and in fine condition. It does not appear as though an attempt to fold my racquet in half was made. :-D
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    Kneissl stencil?

    Gratis, for you, buddy... if you can deal with one made of thin cardboard, using my ancient plastic one as a pattern.
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    Kneissl stencil?

    I can make one for you. Email your address to me again, please, and I’ll see if I can make one in my workshop in the next couple of weeks.
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    Tennix “Pro Staff”? What is this?

    Quite right; also Marie Peers.
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    Tennix “Pro Staff”? What is this?

    Racquet of choice for Pat Sempris, Stephen Eggberg, and Kris Invert.
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    Best items you found at thrift stores (Goodwill)?

    Well done, and well articulated, @racquet Crazy! We all should tune into that “little voice” of the heart... Got your PM; will write soon! :-)
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    Fischer Twin Tec

    Congrats on an excellent addition! I can’t take any special credit for obtaining this Twin Tec blank—one of our forum colleagues, based in Austria, obtained it recently from an ex-Fischer tennis employee, and thoughtfully offered it to me for my collection. Being a tennis player, collector of...
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    Fischer Twin Tec

    One of the Fischer project managers, who also covered (pro) player development in the time span when these racquets were developed, was a personal friend of mine, and I wish that I had thought about asking him about the backstory of these original Twin Tecs (Fischer resurrected the model name in...
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    Fischer Twin Tec

    Classic Racquet Talk forum regulars will probably recognize me as an enthusiast of Austrian-made racquets of the 1980’s. Quite right, having used Kneissl, Head, and finally Fischer frames in competition play between 1985 and 1993. My association with the Fischer brand began in 1991, which...
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    Question about racquet string pattern - Snauwaert Hi-Ten 30

    Well, not 6m x 8c, I can tell you that much! Yes, absolutely! I tried hitting with it, it was comically awful—the ball NEVER went even remotely where you thought it might, and realistically, one had absolutely nothing but random chance that you might return a ball in court! I gave it to a...
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    Question about racquet string pattern - Snauwaert Hi-Ten 30

    Great question. A few years ago, while extremely bored, I explored this topic, and posted my observations and results at https://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/index.php?threads/take-a-banana-peel-to-a-gun-fight.553112/
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    I'm Racketoholic, please help!!!

    Oh dear. Hope you have a safe place to land at, @Sanglier ! You certainly can store your portable collection in my basement for a while, if needed—I’m a scant two hour drive to your east.
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    Head Elite Pro

    Hahahaha! Well, although I am the same age as AA, what you see in that archive photo of me is about as crazy as my style ever got. The overgrip was a Gripsy, strings were red Prince topspin—nice guess! The butt cap just had the stock silver Head sticker on it, though I typically added another...
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    Slazenger silhoutte 105?

    I remember the 95, which I believe was used by Aranxta Sanchez-Vicario and was a pretty decent hit, but I don’t remember a 105.
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    Head Elite Pro

    My favorite racquet! We have a long relationship. I started using them back in 1988. Here’s me practicing with one, circa 1990: I still have a few; still play with them, when I am in good practice. The grommets can be difficult to remove, though: Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Best items you found at thrift stores (Goodwill)?

    I believe the difference between the Fischer Vacuum Pro midsize and the Vacuum SC - apart from the obvious cosmetics - lies in the percentage content of silicon carbide (“ceramic” fibers) in the layups. If that one’s a 14x19, it’s a very early one. Nice find!
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    Best items you found at thrift stores (Goodwill)?

    Unfortunately, many of my usual hitting partners simply haven’t been interested in playing, since March. I might need to just start hitting baskets of practice serves a couple times a week. Here in the middle of California, we’re now contending with fire season. It’s exceptionally smoky, hot...
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    Best items you found at thrift stores (Goodwill)?

    Hello! I’ll direct your attention to post #2,569 a few swipes above, for my latest report. No super exotic treasures to declare.
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    Best items you found at thrift stores (Goodwill)?

    Those standard + 10% Kneissl frames are all like a tennis sword—more manoeuverable than you’d think, and deadly in skilled hands. The boron-enhanced Red Stars of that era (Twin and Mid) molds always tended to be flexier than the concurrent White Stars, which is not what one would expect from the...
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