What strings were pros using between the mid 80's and late 90's

THESEXPISTOL

Hall of Fame
Before all the poly what were pros using besides natural gut?

Here's a list of players that didn't used natural gut:

Andre Agassi - Prince Pro Blend
Jim Courier - Gosen Jim Courier
Jonas Svensson Tecnifibre 635
Thomas Muster - Isospeed '?'

Please contribute to the list.
 
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Doubles

Legend
Jay Berger used Prince Synthetic Original at some insane tension, like 90 lbs. or so, I think...
 

Kirko

Hall of Fame
Brad Gilbert like Jay Berger used a syn. gut string like prn.syn. gut & Aaron Krickstein used technfibre 515 played very well had to be pre-stretched though to get the very best out of it.
 

Rabbit

G.O.A.T.
I remember reading the Navratilova & Shriver played gut in tournaments but practiced with syngut.

Ilie Nastase strung with syn gut for a lot of his matches.

Most all the guys who came from wood still played with gut.

Michael Fishbach used gut and rubber bands and paper clips.
 

Lambsscroll

Hall of Fame
Andre Agassi did have kevlar for the mains but had 15L natural gut for the cross. Courier was using gosen OG micro sheep.
 

JoelDali

Talk Tennis Guru
you forgot Graphite. don't remember who made it, but those black strings looked badass in my wood Donnay's :)
I know exactly what yer talking about!!!

What strings were those? They were really soft.

I had them in my Borg Pros and my Head Edge, lol.

Oh man...the name is on the tip of my...
 

JoelDali

Talk Tennis Guru
Back in the day leona (Toalson) had graphite strings, Prince, and if memory serves me Gamma.
I was actually thinking Leona, but, I recall the string had a grey label imprint with something other than Leona.

50% of me thinks it could be Leona but the other 50% is thinking something else.

They looked like RPM...lol...

:)
 

Tar Heel Tennis

Professional
lol....looks like i've opened a can of worms.

Leona sounds right to me. i just remember they were textured, and looked awesome in the Borg Pro as well as the Allwood. the contrast of the black string sitting 'inside' the white painted outer hoop was mesmerizing!
 

vsbabolat

G.O.A.T.
I was actually thinking Leona, but, I recall the string had a grey label imprint with something other than Leona.

50% of me thinks it could be Leona but the other 50% is thinking something else.

They looked like RPM...lol...

:)
I have a USRSA Stringers Assistant from 1985 and here is a list of the graphite strings advertised in it.
Gamma Graphite - color black
Tennex Graphite 99 Plus - color black
Graphite Leona 66 - color black
Prince Graphite Synthetic Gut - color black
 

JoelDali

Talk Tennis Guru
I have a USRSA Stringers Assistant from 1985 and here is a list of the graphite strings advertised in it.
Gamma Graphite - color black
Tennex Graphite 99 Plus - color black
Graphite Leona 66 - color black
Prince Graphite Synthetic Gut - color black
Tennex...!!!
 

retrowagen

Hall of Fame
OK, let's get this back on track here. Here are a few, all circa 1986:

Ivan Lendl (Adidas Lendl GTX Pro-T): Bow Brand Natural Gut, 16 ga., 72.5 lbs.
John McEnroe (Dunlop Max 200g): Pacific Natural Gut, 16L ga., 50 lbs.
Mats Wilander (Rossignol F200 Carbon): VS Natural Gut, 16L ga., 53 lbs.
Martina Navratilova (Yonex R-22): VS Natural Gut, 16L ga., 69 lbs.
Chris Evert (Wilson Pro Staff Mid): Victor Natural Gut, 16 ga., 68 lbs.
Pam Shriver (Prince Precision Series 110): Prince Synthetic Gut, 16ga., 65 lbs.
 

TennezSport

Hall of Fame
Major =

I seem to remember a string made by company named Major that was a graphite string a friend of mine used to play with. I don't know if it had any connection to the French company or not.
Major is now Tecnifibre.

Cheers, TennezSport :cool:
 

TennezSport

Hall of Fame
Agreed.........

Major has always marketed the strings as Tecnifibre while the racquets were Major until a few years ago.
Completely agree sir. Major wanted to enter the US market but felt that the racquets would do better with a name US player were familiar with.

Cheers, TennezSport :cool:
 
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