Kevin Curren' Racquets.

BorgCash

Legend
I first watched Kevin in his prime match - Wimbledon Men's Final in 1985. Though he lost i was impressed by his playing.
As a kinda racquet maniac i was wondering about his racquets history. First it was logical, i watched him playing JK Auto woody in 1984, then he moved to composite Kneissl WS Pro in 1985, then to different composite Head racquets ( anybody could please name the models?, one is white ). But recently i watched several seconds of his 1983 Wimbledon match vs Connors and i noticed he played some kind of Head racquet, probably early composite but maybe wood with v-throat. Could somebody name this racquet please? All other info about his racquets will be appreciate.
 

vsbabolat

G.O.A.T.
I first watched Kevin in his prime match - Wimbledon Men's Final in 1985. Though he lost i was impressed by his playing.
As a kinda racquet maniac i was wondering about his racquets history. First it was logical, i watched him playing JK Auto woody in 1984, then he moved to composite Kneissl WS Pro in 1985, then to different composite Head racquets ( anybody could please name the models?, one is white ). But recently i watched several seconds of his 1983 Wimbledon match vs Connors and i noticed he played some kind of Head racquet, probably early composite but maybe wood with v-throat. Could somebody name this racquet please? All other info about his racquets will be appreciate.
Curren used the wood JK Pro Staff and the HEAD was the US market white Composite Pro
 

retrowagen

Hall of Fame
I might be wrong, but I vaguely remember him using Puma racquets around 1987-1988, also wearing Puma clothes...
...or was it Christo van Rensburg?
 

retrowagen

Hall of Fame
I might be wrong, but I vaguely remember him using Puma racquets around 1987-1988, also wearing Puma clothes...
...or was it Christo van Rensburg?
I was remembering van Rensburg. KC continued wearing the adidas Lendl kit, and as @vsbabolat correctly remembered, played the white, North American-market Head Composite Pro.

I remember the 1985 Wimbledon fortnight; I was living in SW London that summer, and playing junior tournaments around England that year, using the Kneissl White Star Pro Masters just like Curren. Seeing him take out McEnroe and Connors en route to the final was amazing! And then watching him get beaten in the final by a German kid only one year older than me at the time was stunning!

Definitely made all true lovers of the game believe that anything is possible.
 
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BorgCash

Legend
I might be wrong, but I vaguely remember him using Puma racquets around 1987-1988, also wearing Puma clothes...
...or was it Christo van Rensburg?
Actually no, he changed racquets (did not use Puma ) but used only Adidas clothes and shoes all the time as i know.
 

BorgCash

Legend
I was remembering van Rensburg. KC continued wearing the adidas Lendl kit, and as @vsbabolat correctly remembered, played the white, North American-market Head Composite Pro.

I remember the 1985 Wimbledon fortnight; I was living in SW London that summer, and playing junior tournaments around England that year, using the Kneissl White Star Pro Masters just like Curren. Seeing him take out McEnroe and Connors en route to the final was amazing! And then watching him get beaten in the final by a German kid only one year older than me at the time was stunning!

Definitely made all true lovers of the game believe that anything is possible.
Great memories, David. I remember this final quite good also. I was serving in the army from 1984 till 1986 but for that weekend i was dismissed for two nights and watched that match at home. Was very excited of it, i was after Kevin.
 

BorgCash

Legend
Curren used the wood JK Pro Staff and the HEAD was the US market white Composite Pro
He used JK PS in 1984 and Composite Pro in 1990, maybe earlier. Still got some questions. What was his Head model racquet after Kneissl but before Composite Pro? Smth black or dark colour. And the main question is what did he use in 1983 ( i watched very short period of him against Jimbo at Wimbledon - 1983 )? It was also Head racquet, look smth modern composite design for that period, v-shape throat, dark colour.
 

vsbabolat

G.O.A.T.
He used JK PS in 1984 and Composite Pro in 1990, maybe earlier. Still got some questions. What was his Head model racquet after Kneissl but before Composite Pro? Smth black or dark colour. And the main question is what did he use in 1983 ( i watched very short period of him against Jimbo at Wimbledon - 1983 )? It was also Head racquet, look smth modern composite design for that period, v-shape throat, dark colour.
Curren used the Wilson Jack Kramer at least from 1980-1984 he then switched to the Kneissl White Star Master for 1985. Curren switched to the Comp Pro in 1988. Curren switched from the White Star Pro Master to the Comp Pro
 
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michael valek

Professional
I was remembering van Rensburg. KC continued wearing the adidas Lendl kit, and as @vsbabolat correctly remembered, played the white, North American-market Head Composite Pro.

I remember the 1985 Wimbledon fortnight; I was living in SW London that summer, and playing junior tournaments around England that year, using the Kneissl White Star Pro Masters just like Curren. Seeing him take out McEnroe and Connors en route to the final was amazing! And then watching him get beaten in the final by a German kid only one year older than me at the time was stunning!

Definitely made all true lovers of the game believe that anything is possible.
you obviously never came to wales then or I would have played you!!
 

BorgCash

Legend
Curren used the Wilson Jack Kramer at least from 1980-1984 he then switched to the Kneissl White Star Master for 1985. Curren switched to the Comp Pro in 1988. Curren switched from the White Star Pro Master to the Comp Pro
That seems logical, but i watched Kevin played Connors ( 6-3, 6-7, 6-3, 7-6) in the fourth round of Wimbledon -1983 and he was playing some Head racquet.
 

BorgCash

Legend
Yes, these pictures from his semis vs Lewis, i watched this match as well. But in fourth round vs Connors he used some Head racquet ( maybe not the whole match, i watched verty short period of it ), he also weared other style Adidas polo with red/white top shoulder panels, also maybe just part of the match.
 

vsbabolat

G.O.A.T.

If you watch this video from the very start, just few first seconds, you will notice Curren with Head racquet during his previous match vs Connors ( Wimby -1983 4th round ). That's what i mean.
That’s not Kevin Curren at the beginning of that video. That is Ricardo Acuna playing Conners in the Quarterfinals of the 1985 Wimbledon championships. Acuna is using the Graphite Edge. Kevin Curren in 1983 used the Wilson Jack Kramer Pro Staff
 
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atatu

Legend
I'll always remember him using the Kneissl - and for suggesting that the USTA nuke Flushing Meadows.
 

BorgCash

Legend
That’s not Kevin Curren at the beginning of that video. That is Ricardo Acuna playing Conners in the Quarterfinals of the 1985 Wimbledon championships. Acuna is using the Graphite Edge. Kevin Curren in 1983 used the Wilson Jack Kramer Pro Staff
Thank you. Sorry to mislead you and myself also.
 

PaulC

Semi-Pro
Not quite his racquet related...

But is there another player that hit harder than or as hard as Curren (even groundies!!) with a wooden racquet??
 
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