Boris Becker championship racquet

teachingprotx

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a friend of mine got one of these awhile back . Much to my jealous heart . He’s played with it for a few months and put it back in his collection due to the lack of no head guard . He like myself played with the puma super back in college . So he wanted to get it. In any event he told me it felt softer than the supers but he didn’t know why .
Finally after many gripes by me to get it on the rdc rack he got it back and said the flex was 52 RA .
I was shocked as I thought it would be be closer to 62 RA .
Does anyone have this Racket in their possession and happen to have the specs ? Was wondering if they all were the same specs ? Or are some different depending on numbers marked in the side ?
I’ve always wanted to play with one just to feel it but haven’t had the opportunity .
If anyone does have one and knows a little more about it please share !
Thank you much !!
 

retrowagen

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Supposedly, BB had Head in Kennelbach, Tirol, Austria make a batch with the Puma mold, for his own use (he was out of contract, and didn’t want to adapt to a new racquet). Selling a bunch of them with special packaging and such probably offset his cost, and satisfied fans and collectors.

I don’t know about the specs, but having had Puma Winners and Supers in the past, and remembering that his pro stock Pumas were the more flexy Winners painted as Supers, I would expect the Championship racquets to be flexier, too.
 

teachingprotx

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That’s great info I didn’t realize that . For some reason I thought Becker used the g vilas frame under super paint ? Interesting ther is a fello on the bay as we speak with a pumasuper witha 54 Ra at least that was his spec info, from a rdc machine , in his item description...perhaps he was a true Becker puma ?
I’ve had dozens of supers over the years and they all felt a bit different as far as weight and a bit different in flex too . Not a ton .. also I have had Two versions . One being flat beam and the other a bit more rounded off edges .. maybe that was a different lay up?
 

retrowagen

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That’s great info I didn’t realize that . For some reason I thought Becker used the g vilas frame under super paint?
His initial victory at Wimbledon in 1985 was indeed with the silver G. Vilas Winner frame. Puma immediately renamed the frame for Becker, so captivating was the win, especially in Puma’s home market. (It didn’t help Guillermo Vilas’ marketability that he was 32 years old and past his prime, and that from June 1983 through June 1984, he was banned from playing on tour, having been busted for accepting “guarantee” money to play a tournament in Amsterdam, tainting his career for a while.)
 
But Head NOT used a Puma/Estusa mold !!! They made a new one which resulted in a slightly different beam than before! A friend worked for Head in Kennelbach that time and he had left so many informations in his mind...
 

retrowagen

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But Head NOT used a Puma/Estusa mold !!! They made a new one which resulted in a slightly different beam than before! A friend worked for Head in Kennelbach that time and he had left so many informations in his mind...
Very interesting! Please tell us more, if you can.
 

teachingprotx

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But Head NOT used a Puma/Estusa mold !!! They made a new one which resulted in a slightly different beam than before! A friend worked for Head in Kennelbach that time and he had left so many informations in his mind...
Yes what does it all mean ? So who cooked up the last championships series of these?? Head ?
 

teachingprotx

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Or was it another company altogether ? You would think it wold say somewhere about the origin of the frame . Like created by ? Or made in “ blank “.. Maybe it does and I just don’t know it . I’ve never seen one in real life only in pictures but if I had one I would take off the grip first thing and see if there was any info on that handle .. then I’d take it and get it specd! I can’t be the only one who would enjoy the specs on this thing .
Does anyone know of anyone personally beside myself who actually has one? Played with one? Strung one ? Held hands with one ? Really any info is fun info since there is such a lack of info on this stick .
I really should just bite the bullet and ask for it for Xmas . But Jees 300 400 bux for a used stick . Kinda hard to justify . Especially if you hate the way it plays .. I can’t imagine a lot of people selling these and getting the 3 to 500 asking price but what do I know
 

teachingprotx

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Argh.. ok dang . I get confused As someone on here told me some estusa / samhosa etc. company made them . But vs knows his stuff as gospel . Thank you sir !
 

vsbabolat

G.O.A.T.
Argh.. ok dang . I get confused As someone on here told me some estusa / samhosa etc. company made them . But vs knows his stuff as gospel . Thank you sir !

Boris Becker's racquets when he did not have a contract were made by HEAD and his World Champion Limited Edition racquets were too that he sold to the public
 

teachingprotx

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You know that I love you . Thank you friend . How nice is this of VS! You NEVER DISSAPOINT . Your knowledge is truly amazing . I think TT needs to hand out literary awards for your publications here . I have learned so much from this one man , like a walking talking university.
So much info and visuals to back things up.
This is too cool thank you kind sir
 
I do not know why but I can not upload Pictures to show: Looking at the Racket from above - not from the side - the beam ist wider at 5 and 7 position. And the edges all over the frame are slightly different - complete new mold.
 

teachingprotx

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Say whAt? Tennis tiger ? You have this racket the one that VS posted? But it’s a new different mold? Please tell us more !
 

jxs653

Semi-Pro
I have fond memory of the egg-shaped racquets like Kneissl and Adidas. I always wanted to have Becker's racquet but for some reason didn't have a chance. It must play great in today's game too.
 

teachingprotx

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I don’t think anyone plays with these ever. Maybe have hit a few but I guess they don’t play that well , or the price tag scares everyone away . Shame too. Curiosity always booming in my ear about these . But no one here on these boards that I know has played with them . Would LOVE the specs on these ..
here’s my dream specs for it 11.8 oz
12 pts Head Light
50 Ra
 

teachingprotx

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Only reason why I thin the RA on these may be in the low 50’s as I heard that Boris liked his fatigued ..so maybe if they really did make these for him .. maybe they are that flexible ? OR...
Did Boris’s frames differ than the retail ones .. yikes !! Possibly though ? Surely not .. why even mess with 2 versions
 

teachingprotx

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Also anyone still play with these regularly? Tension recommendations? 20kg? Less? What string would make it relevant today?
Valek- you as well as I love v throated frames that are flexible . Is there any fun to be had with the puma top flex ?if memory’s serves you have played it ?
Also what are your thoughts on the Volk top fcs white v throat ? Does the 48 RA feel that flexible ! I hope so ! I’d love to try one,, one day! I had a chance to get a Volk match fcs but when I found out the stiffness on it I backed up .. figured it would be as flexible as the top ? But the top fcs is the softest out of the fcs line. Concur ??
 
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