Discussion in 'Classic Racquet Talk' started by jimanuel12, Feb 22, 2010.
i cannot remember but i think i had one back around 1974.
Newcombe used Rawlings, for the most part, I believe. He won the US Open using an aluminum Rawlings called the Tiebreaker.
That the one you had?
it may have been, i cannot remember, i think it may have been a
Slazenger. i thought at one time john used a slazenger.
The tiebreaker was one of the best metal rackets ever.
Quite a club. Take a look ...
Yes, didn't he win the 1973 Australian Open with the Rawlings Tiebreaker as well as the US Open that year?
And what did Newcombe use to win the 1975 Australian Open?
73 and 75 i think he used Australian Slazenger Challenge woods
Here is a picture, I do have a new one that has never been strung:
Those were/are beautiful sticks. My last tournament-use wood racket was the Slaz Professional--slightly stiffer, especially in the shaft. I recently acquired one in great shape...the owner had even built up the grip to about 4 7/8", same as I used!
Back in college, in a 'channels of distribution' course, I presented a talk on various retail avenues for certain tennis brands. Slazenger was a 'courtside pro shop only' line(our shop wasn't courtside but the owner was a USPTA pro) and was considered somewhat exclusive. Now, it's a mainstay of big boxes like Dick's Sporting Goods. How times have changed!
Thanks, and good to see you posting here
I think your racquet photos were the best seen on here!
And I wonder why Newcombe only used the Rawlings Tie-Breaker then for such a short time?
I thought you said you sold me your last one of these 2 years ago:evil:
Photo of Slaz Prof coming up later
i think his rawlings contract only covered the USA for a couple years.
after that he went to Snauwaert woods i think
Here is mine
All it says on the side is "sold exclusively by tennis professionals"
^^^Thats a really cool racquet, makes good memories
It's not a racquet I was aware of at the time, but seems to be really solid and well made
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