I began to play tennis in 1976 as a balance for the work I was doing as a clinical psychologist and psychotherapist. I needed a vigorous outdoor exercise to provide relaxation, stimulation, challenge to the heavy duty mental and emotional work I was doing. I soon became aware that tennis was not only a very vigorous physical game but also had many many psychological challenges. In 1978 I founded the Sport Psychology Institute to help promote the integration of tennis and psychology on many levels. I have done mental toughness training of athletes from many sports over the last 32 years but have focused on training tennis players especially. My learning of the biomechanics and teaching of tennis has been enhanced by membership in the USPTA and the PTR tennis teaching groups. When I started with tennis I found myself learning to play tennis with more and more physical and mental skill I broke my first wood racquet quickly so I decided to buy a racquet that would not easily break so I quickly moved on to steel, graphite, and next great space age racquets that came on the scene. However, in 1997 I realized I did not have a wood racquet in my small collection of racquets I had used for the last 20 years and I sought one out. In addition my new stringer was working out of his condo and he had the walls of his work room lined with racquets from the last fifty years. During the next three years I visited 80 thrift stores and numerous second sport stores and developed my collection of about 1000 racquets mainly from 1960-1990. I created a Wimbledon Room, US Open Room, Australian Open Room, Roland Garros Room, Grand Slam Stairway, etc. in my home. The best of the many racquets I found on the "thrift store circuit" went on the walls of the various rooms. My initial goal was to collect racquets which reflected the history of tennis. In order to add meaning and depth to my collecting adventures I decided to go to the International Hall of Fame Induction of Jimmy Connors in Newport, R.I., July, 1998, and also meet with the Tennis Collectors Society that was meeting in Newport at the same time. This experience of seeing the great Tennis Museum at the International Hall of Fame and meeting with many other tennis collectors led to another significant collecting goal and that was to identify and collect the ten most significant tennis racquets from each tennis decade beginning in 1870-2010. During the past 13 years I have developed a collection of 4200 racquets and I am providing a photo display of my progress. http://photobucket.com/alamocrest An additional goal that has emerged to stimulate my thinking is to identify and collect the racquets that were used by the 182 tennis players that have been inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. I have 157 players identified with the type/brand/model of the racquets that they used. Each of the last thirteen years I have spent at least five days at the Tennis Hall of Fame attending the inductions and studying the history of tennis with a special emphasis on the tennis racquets that Hall of Famers have used. I did not know about this TW Talk Tennis site until a few weeks ago and I am looking forward to reviewing and learning from the many comments and suggestions that have been posted by many of you. I hope you enjoy the photos of my collection and might be further inspired in your own collecting pursuits.