Peak Connors vs Peak Big 3 (sorry Andy). Only Wilson T-2000. Who wins?

So ... who wins?


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OldschoolKIaus

Hall of Fame
Well, Nadal has much more spin than anyone else now with the same equipment, so he'd probably produce spin at rates Connors was not familiar with in his time. A lot of it is in the technique,
Good point ... so it's Connors in 5 as after 4 sets the Nadal would get tired of using a small racquet headsize and starts to shank.
 

Sudacafan

Bionic Poster
The Wilson T-2000 is probably the most unfriendly tennis racket of all time. Only Connors could play with it.
Probably the ATG racket with less sales because of that.
 
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RaulRamirez

Legend
Being of a certain age, when I first started to play tennis (a bit pre-high-school team) I thought that the T-2000 - already starting to get phased out in favor of the slightly improved T-3000 - (as I recall) was kind of cool. Of course, for a little while, I thought that artificial turf was cool in baseball, and not the abomination I now consider it to be. My brother used one for a little while before going to something else (maybe a Dunlop...hated those...maybe the Davis Classic...this was a long time ago).

The T-2000 was like a slingshot, and I'm not sure how Jimbo controlled it so well.
But given that my other racquets were family hand-me-downs that both sucked and we were advised to keep them in presses, the T-2000 sure was cooler than those.
I ended up breaking it hitting an overhead - and I'm not sure if it was successful or a "Djokosmash", and the T-3000 was supposed to cure that problem, but I never used it. I just went back to wood for a while, and probably didn't pick up a semi-decent graphite or composite till years later.
Money wasn't plentiful. and I think I ended up playing my junior and senior years with a Bancroft racquet, bought when a sporting goods store was having a warehouse sale.

As to your question, who knows. I feel that the greats will always find a way, and it's not like any of these guys are lacking in hand-eye coordination, timing, competitiveness, etc.
 

Holdfast44ID

Semi-Pro
Well, my friend played against Connors in one of his early pro tourneys using the old, tiny wooden racket and lost something like 6-3, 6-4. If only my friend had a modern racquet at the time. Lol. I remember playing with an "imitation" T-2000 racquet when I was a kid. God, the worst racquet I ever owned. Wish I still had my Jack Kramer auto but traded it for a custom-made tennis sculpture made by a family friend.

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Holdfast44ID

Semi-Pro
What size was Fedr’s pro staff when he started? I’m guessing the closest of the big three to a T-2000.
Fed used the same 85" Pro Staff that Sampras used. The T-2000 was a big hunk of metal. I did use the aluminum Prince Pro in the 80's. Wish I used the Pro Staff instead. So much better.

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