What was your first racquet??

Black Knight

New User
I fell in love with the sport courtesy of a slender, flexible blue Pro Kennex, named, funnily enough, the Black Knight. It took my serve and put it, well, in to the net almost every time, but I still learned to love the game through this little beauty! Now, it is the dog's chew toy unfortunately, but it is still in one piece and would surely hold up to a hit sets I am sure!
 

Mailiw

New User
My first own frame was a Wilson "Pro Staff 26". Obviously a juniors racquet. But the first racquet I ever played was a Prince Classic made out of steel. Kind of heavy for six year old. :shock:
 

Bender

G.O.A.T.
hyper hammer 4.3:twisted:
Me too!

Well, a Hyper Hammer anyway...not sure which one. It was metallic green/olive and black and incredibly head heavy...any ideas?

And then the first racquet I got to choose for myself was a Prince O3 Blue. Then O3 Red. Then Wilson K Surge. Then APDC+. Then APDGT. :D
 

pheonix6579

Semi-Pro
hyper hammer 4.3:twisted:
Yep, this was my first frame as well the OS version. Wouldn't mind having one in my bag for old times sake. The original found its end on a fence post, fortunately it was the one frame I have ever broken out of frustration, but def. regretted it.
 

mrtrinh

Professional
Yep, this was my first frame as well the OS version. Wouldn't mind having one in my bag for old times sake. The original found its end on a fence post, fortunately it was the one frame I have ever broken out of frustration, but def. regretted it.
I broke mine too through anger during a CIF match. tried to find one years later but was never able to find it in my grip size. I cant believe how head heavy it was compared to my current racket I play with (Pure storm tour gt). I miss the good ol head heavy frames
 

jim e

Legend
Tad Davis Imperial. Had to switch to a Slazenger challenger #1 as the Tad had a tendency to snap at the neck. After about 3 of them broke, I switched to the slazenger.The wooden racquet days!!I still have a Tad strung with Bow brand gut that I strung in 1971 and it is still playable!
 

BMC9670

Hall of Fame
My first own frame was a Wilson "Pro Staff 26". Obviously a juniors racquet. But the first racquet I ever played was a Prince Classic made out of steel. Kind of heavy for six year old. :shock:
Funny, we had some wood racquets around the house when I was a kid and then my older brother, who was on the High School team, got a Prince Classic. I remember thinking how light it was - aluminum compared to wood! I thought that was the coolest looking racquet ever back then!
 

thug the bunny

Professional
We also had some woodies for general family use, but then I got my own. It was a 'Hart' - aluminum frame with a plastic bridge. Anyone remember this brand?

Then when I joined the HS team I got a T2000.
 

jmjmkim

Semi-Pro
The Terminator 2000 looked cool on Connors, but no mortal beings could use it. The head size was like that of a ping pong paddle. I remember one kid sprayed on a smiley on it instead of a W stencil.
 

The_Question

Hall of Fame
A $10 generic black aluminum racquet with cross bar from Woolworth...that's probably about $30-35 in today's currency exchange...
 

ghia

Rookie
Dunlop Ceramax for me. I still have it, strung with some prince synthetic gut. It vibrates from a crack but I love it non the less.
 

tinyman

Rookie
Wilson Hammer 5.8 95, with a 4 5/8 grip (even now, two sizes above what I use). Still have it, just pulled it out to play with last week actually :). To this day, still my favorite racquet by far - everything I know about the game came with that stick.

Sadly enough, I had one with a small crack in it that really just gave way last night - it's no small crack anymore. If I could actually find two in workable condition, I'd likely play with them over my current volkls.
 

jmjmkim

Semi-Pro
I remember when using these old rackets, the balls came in a tin can. Not like the transparent plastic cans we have today. Also, there were ball compressors that supposedly kept the balls under pressure to reduce air leak. To me, those did not work, as the fuzz on the balls are just as important as the compression.
 

movdqa

Talk Tennis Guru
Yup. Used the tin cans to get water from the bubbler for drinks on the court. I recall the first time I cut my hand on one of the sharp edges too.

I remember the ball pumps too but never had one myself. Then there were the Tretorn tennis balls that were pressure-less.
 

LinePainter

Professional
Federer 25, about 10 years ago.
But, my first full size was a Babolat Pure Drive Cortex that my dad gave me used.
 

wrxinsc

Professional
Tee2k baby. in all its silvery spirally glory. massive "sweet" spot was NOT included. this was a hand me down from my father and i kicked serious high school pimply ass with this racquet.
 

FloridaAG

Professional
1. Wilson wooden frame (don't recall model)
2. Wilson Defender aluminum
3. Wilson Triumph aluminum
4. Dunlop Max 200G - ah now there was a racquet
 

Xizel

Professional
Walmart version of KBlade. I tried to be like Federer and leaded it up to 12+ oz when I've only been playing for two months. I can't say it was a waste of time, though.
 

Miso

Rookie
prince triple threat. I can't remember specifically which one but it was yellow, some silver, i think black on it too. Oversized head.

Triple threat though.
 
First real stick was a Dunlop MW200 which I proceeded to break a few months later because it had a crack in it. I was only like 11 back then, don't get mad at me. I thought it was too heavy and lacked power. I'd like to try it again though to see if my opinion has changed!

Before that I used some cheapo aluminium sticks.
 
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FedExpress 333

Professional
POS Wilson no name 8 ounce red racket.

I did not know about stringing then, so i had the strings in for 2 yrs, it was like 20 lbs.
 
my mom's old prince original graphite oversize 110

still one of the best racquets i've ever used

considering the POG mid for my next racquet if i'm able to improve my game.

using Aerogel 300 tour now.
 

TennisCJC

Legend
I am having trouble remember. I think it was a Slazenger wood racket from the mid 70s. But, the 70s are kind of a blur. Went on to 1st OS on market which was the Aluminum Prince with green throat piece. Also, had Wilson Kramer Pro Staff (best wood racket), and Davis Tad (cool looking cosmetics). My 1st graphite was the prince precision oversize which was graphite with a plastic throat piece.
 
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