Most beautiful racket ever?

25-TENNIS

Rookie
What do you think is the most beautiful racket ever, in terms of design?
With pictures please
 
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TagUrIt

Hall of Fame
So of course my answer is completely biased because I literally just made the switch to Yonex. However, I think the new Yonex EZONE 100 deep blue is one the sexiest racquets I've ever seen! I demoed it recently, loved the way it played and I'd be lying if I don’t mind admitting that aesthetically it got me as well. :love:


 
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Thiem's 1HB

Rookie
So of course my answer is completely biased because I literally just made the switch to Yonex. However, I think the new Yonex EZONE 100 deep blue is one the sexiest racquets I've ever seen! I demoed it recently, loved the way it played and I'd be lying if I didn't admit that the aesthetically it got me as well. :love:


Agree with that. The Ferrari red on the current Vcores also look terrific. Just a shame they didn't put a gloss clearcoat on it. Would have been even more amazing to look at.

 
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I like these, they have holograms on the racket. Beautiful paint job

 

graycrait

Hall of Fame
Wilson Advantage makes the TAD Davis look plain.
Granted, when tastes turned to wood paneled walls and green shag carpet the Advantage did look attractive in a dark brooding way. But the Classic, so bright cheery and elegant. Different tastes.

I feel sorry for those who have only experienced crass looking graphite. Graphite is starkly utilitarian, but beautiful only in its efficiency regardless of slap dash paint and graphics.
 

vsbabolat

G.O.A.T.
Granted, when tastes turned to wood paneled walls and green shag carpet the Advantage did look attractive in a dark brooding way. But the Classic, so bright cheery and elegant. Different tastes.

I feel sorry for those who have only experienced crass looking graphite. Graphite is starkly utilitarian, but beautiful only in its efficiency regardless of slap dash paint and graphics.
Check this graphite racquet. My photo doesn’t do it justice
 

BorgCash

Legend
For me the attractive racquet should be thin beam, small (medium) headsize with mostly solid pj. 80'S racquet are mostly the big deal.
 

H22 fan

Rookie
Most beautiful frames are my H22’s in Reverse Burn Frost pj.
Also my H19’s in Ultra Tour Pj are nice.
Somehow, I prefer matte pj, somehow against TW opinion.
 

NicoMK

Professional
The Puma / Estusa / Head Boris Becker, red and blue.
I don't know why but whether its shape, color or who it belonged to, I've always felt a sense of fascination for that frame.

The one I love most should be the Head version. Shinny, only blue and red, no logo or whatever. Classiest racket ever to my taste. My #2 choice would be the Estusa.

 
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tennis347

Professional
I have to say that the cosmetics and build quality on the Angell ASL2 is one of the best I have ever seen.
 

Sanglier

Semi-Pro
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so there is probably no consensus on any single frame being the "most beautiful ever". Nevertheless, the three racquets below are my top choices among metals, woods, and composites. I've posted these before in similar threads on the "Classical" sub-forum, which seems to attract less and less traffic as of late.

I would give the metal crown to the 1927 Spalding Metalite - one of the first aluminum frames in the world. It not only looks good but has remarkably 'modern' specs (362g, 4 pt head light, 66 RA), and is much more playable than some of the "new" aluminum racquets that emerged many decades later.

Of the countless beautiful woodies produced during their century-long domination of the sport, I remain partial to the Groves Kelco "Grafighter". The example shown is a prototype with two plies of fiberglass reinforcement (so it's technically a "composite" per contemporary definitions), later production models replaced the fiberglass plies with carbon fiber, and looked equally stunning. Like the Metalite and the Phantom Gold, the beauty on this frame does not come from paint or veneer, but is actually part of its functional structure (I'd like to think of it as its 'inner beauty'). All models of Grafighter are very flexy (RA in the low to upper 30s), and are among the last of the woodies to compete (and fail) in a market increasingly dominated by 100% FRP offerings.

The 1981/2 Slazenger Phantom Gold shown on the right was not the first or only clear-coated graphite frames to reach the market, but for my taste, it is still the most elegant example made to date, because its graceful lines went very well with its jewel-like finish (something that requires an up-close examination to become fully apparent, just like with the Grafighter). On top of that, it happens to play nice and plush, exactly as it looks.

By coincidence (or not?), all three of these beauties were developed and made in the US, by companies that either quit making them shortly thereafter or got out of the business altogether. Evidently, inner-beauty is prohibitively expensive to manufacture; it's much easier and economical to use makeup! :)

 

Fa8io

New User
in random order: yonex rq 380 widebody, wilson blade black/silver, prince graphite (4 stripes), all the prince phantoms 2020
 
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