JOHN NEWCOMBE Classic Racquet List!

jimbo333

Hall of Fame
John Newcombe doesn't seem to get many mentions around here so thought it would be interesting to discover his Classic Racquet List, as he used a few different racquets from wood to metal, to then later graphite and boron, while winning 7 Grand Slam tournaments singles titles and many doubles titles in the process!

I only know about the Slazenger Challenge No.1 and the Rawlings Tiebreaker, so I'm hoping to have some help with this, and will then update this first post, thanks:)

So racquets used:-
Slazenger Austral
Slazenger Challenge No.1
Rawlings Tiebreaker
Snauwaert Boronite 2
Prince Boron

Grand Slam tournament wins
1967 Wimbledon - ?
1967 US - ?
1970 Wimbledon - Slazenger Austral or Challenge No.1 ?
1971 Wimbledon - Slazenger Challenge No.1 ?
1973 Aus Open - Slazenger Challenge No1 or Rawlings Tiebreaker?
1973 US Open - Rawlings Tiebreaker (only racquet used definite so far)
1975 Aus Open - ?

And realise he won many Doubles titles as well, but am going to concentrate on the Singles or will get a bit complicated:)
 
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jimbo333

Hall of Fame
While looking into this I just found out that John Newcombe was apparently George W Bush's drinking buddy the night Bush was done for drink driving in 1976!

Surprising I have to say:shock:

But havn't found any more racquets he used yet though.
 

Virginia

Hall of Fame
Bush wrote the foreword to Newcombe's autobiography "Newk", in which he mentioned that Bush had once referred to him as a "black-belt beer drinker". So they weren't drinking buddies for just that one night! :)

Unfortunately, I don't recall the book mentioning any of the racquets Newk played with. However it's full of interesting anecdotes and a lot of history of Australian tennis. A great read!
 

coachrick

Hall of Fame
I 'thought' Newk played with the 'Austral'-type version made by Slazenger at some point in the '70s. I believe Spalding, Dunlop and Slazenger all had this smaller head, boxy shaft wood frame during the early-mid '70s. Not sure what titles Newk might have won using it, however.
 

MAXXply

Hall of Fame
How about the (dark blue?) Snauwaert woodie when he and Fred Stolle made the QF(?) at the US Open in '83? :confused:
And the Prince Boron he plugged.
 

ritton07

Rookie
(...hoping not to get things too complicated, Jimbo......:)

did he use both known versions , of the Challenge N.1, to win his titles ?
(also the first, darker one?)
 

jimbo333

Hall of Fame
Bush wrote the foreword to Newcombe's autobiography "Newk", in which he mentioned that Bush had once referred to him as a "black-belt beer drinker". So they weren't drinking buddies for just that one night! :)

Unfortunately, I don't recall the book mentioning any of the racquets Newk played with. However it's full of interesting anecdotes and a lot of history of Australian tennis. A great read!
Certainly sounds like an interesting read:)
 

jimbo333

Hall of Fame
I 'thought' Newk played with the 'Austral'-type version made by Slazenger at some point in the '70s. I believe Spalding, Dunlop and Slazenger all had this smaller head, boxy shaft wood frame during the early-mid '70s. Not sure what titles Newk might have won using it, however.
Thanks, do you have any photos of his "Austral" please?
 

jimbo333

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(...hoping not to get things too complicated, Jimbo......:)

did he use both known versions , of the Challenge N.1, to win his titles ?
(also the first, darker one?)
Yes, think it could get quite complicated, that's why I like it:)

I don't know which versions of the Slazenger Challenge No.1 that he used, or if he definitely used them to win Wimbedon in 70 and 71. This is the sort of thing that it would be great to find out, hopefully someone here knows or can find out please?
 

coachrick

Hall of Fame
Thanks, do you have any photos of his "Austral" please?
I don't. Sorry.
With thanks to woodtennis.com, here is a pic of the Dunlop version:
http://www.woodtennis.com/new5lady1.jpg Far left...
Note the smaller head and boxy throat. I'm pretty sure there was a Slaz version(makes sense, given the Dun/Slaz connection) and I actually used the Spalding Gonzales for a while. I believe Margaret Court used the Dunlop at one point.
 

jimbo333

Hall of Fame
We seem a bit stuck then now. Time to call for the Dr TennisRacquetHallofFame:)

Can you please fill in gaps of Newcombe's racquet history? And give your opinion of what Newcombe used to win his Singles Grand Slam titles please? Would really be appreciated thanks:)
 
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