Does anyone recognise Photo Decal on this Maxply?

jimbo333

Hall of Fame
I saw this Dunlop Maxply recently, but don't recognise the Photo Decal on it, anyone know who it is please?

 

VGP

Legend
:( :(

I'm saddened by the fact that Lew Hoad wasn't recognized. The guy would have truly been a GOAT candidate if it weren't for his back going out. He truly had a monster game.

He was Rod Laver's idol and he's the one that Pancho Gonzalez says could beat him even on his best day.
 

MAXXply

Hall of Fame
:( :(

I'm saddened by the fact that Lew Hoad wasn't recognized. The guy would have truly been a GOAT candidate if it weren't for his back going out. He truly had a monster game. He was Rod Laver's idol and he's the one that Pancho Gonzalez says could beat him even on his best day.
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The bloke Pancho said he'd pick to play the vital 5th rubber for planet Earth in the galactic Davis Cup if mankind depended on it...or something like that. Lew's always had a near mythical status for me in the pantheon of Oz Tennis idols...probably because his star shone too brief.
It's a disgrace but unsurprising he warrants only a lamentable, tiny municipal park/reserve in his childhood suburb yet Rosewall got a whole arena to himself. It should've had Hoad's name out the front as well.
 

jimbo333

Hall of Fame
:( :(

I'm saddened by the fact that Lew Hoad wasn't recognized. The guy would have truly been a GOAT candidate if it weren't for his back going out. He truly had a monster game.

He was Rod Laver's idol and he's the one that Pancho Gonzalez says could beat him even on his best day.
I actually have a Maxply with a Lew Hoad Photo Decal, which is different from this one, I think that's why I didn't spot it as him!

Strange he has 2 different Photo Decal Maxply's.
 

Virginia

Hall of Fame
+1
The bloke Pancho said he'd pick to play the vital 5th rubber for planet Earth in the galactic Davis Cup if mankind depended on it...or something like that. Lew's always had a near mythical status for me in the pantheon of Oz Tennis idols...probably because his star shone too brief.
It's a disgrace but unsurprising he warrants only a lamentable, tiny municipal park/reserve in his childhood suburb yet Rosewall got a whole arena to himself. It should've had Hoad's name out the front as well.
I agree with you 100%. Though Rosewall is my favourite of all time and I have a Seamco racquet autographed by him and I was actually down to play both with and against him in a little tournament in Sydney last year (but it rained!), I honestly believe Hoad was the best and most naturally talented player ever.

Sadly, he never won the Grand Slam because of Rosewall, who actually shed tears when he beat him at the US Open.

Lew Hoad and Ken Rosewall are surely the best two players ever to miss out on winning all four majors.
 
Aussie Photo Decal Racquet Dominance!

The second version of the Hoad photo decal Maxply?

I think the Maxply second version of Lew Hoad is one of the favorite photo decal racquets in my Tennis Racquet Hall of Fame collection!

I think the Aussies really dominate the photo decal racquet realm. For example, I currently have thirty-four photo decal racquets representing nine great Aussie players: Hoad (9), Laver (5), Court (4), Goolagong (4), Newcombe (4), Rosewall (3), Sedgman (3), Davidson (1), and Bolton (1).

The three Aussie connected photo decals which I don't have are John Hillebrand, Martin Mulligan, and Dinny Pails. Anyone have any of these three very rare photo decals in your collection?

As you may have noticed from viewing the Tennis Racquet Hall of Fame, my collection of 45 different photo decal players are present on the walls of the Grand Slam Stairway. http://photobucket.com/alamocrest I believe there are 71 photo decal racquets/players identified so I have a long ways to go.

According to my records the Hoad Mychro Balance was produced in 1955, the half body in 1960, the full body in 1965, and the famous head photo decal of Hoad was produced in 1975. There were three Hoad racquets with a head shot produced in 1980 along with a squash photo decal racquet in 1980.

Don Budge is often considered by experts as the "king" of the photo decal racquets! He has eleven different photo decal racquets with his picture produced on three continents!
 
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jimbo333

Hall of Fame
^^^^^^I had no idea there were so many photo decal racquets made, amazing:)

So there are 2 Hoad photo decal Maxply's and 1 Laver photo decal Maxply that I've seen!

Any other photo decal Maxply's exist?
 

jimbo333

Hall of Fame
Have seen what seems to be a Vincent Richards photo decal Maxply.

So now aware of these Maxply photo decals:-
x1 Vinnie Richards
x1 Rod Laver
x2 Lew Hoad

Any others anyone know of?
 

jimbo333

Hall of Fame
I completely forgot about this thread, a few nice photos of Maxply photo decal rackets!

Can't believe now I didn't recognise Lew Hoad:shock:
 

joe sch

Legend
Enjoyed reading these threads on Hoad rackets and the photo decal rackets, especially the info from @Hall of Fame Racquets
Hope you can find the John Hillebrand, Martin Mulligan, and Dinny Pails scarce models. BTW, I played John in the singles match, it was very fun and he is super nice guy ! Here are my contributions:
 
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