Discussion in 'Pros' Racquets and Gear' started by caesar66, Jul 7, 2006.
Anyone know what racquet Yannick Noah used when he won the French?
le coq sportif ?
(or it's just the strings ?...)
searching on yahoo...... made me come back here !
i guess you'll have all the details you're looking for...
Le Coq's TCO, a Euro take on the Prince Woodie. Largely a wooden frame with graphite rienforcements, the TCO had a slightly elongated oversize head, a very open string pattern that virtually required topspin strokes to control the trampoline effect, and a Euro-style rectangular grip shape. An unused, deadstock TCO just went for $183.50 at auction:
(If the link doesn't work and you're still interested, the item number is 190002436917.)
I was friends with the owner of Latin Sports (Tennis Shop) in Paris in the early 80's and he was the racquet tech for Le Coq and Yannick's racket guy - he would modify all of Yannick's sticks - I was lucky enough to get about 10 of them from him and played with them from 1983 thru 1989 or so.
the main thing was that the grips were modified for Yannick and VERY square and small no larger than 4 1/2 with a fairway leather grip. strung with VS gut 17g or 18g at various tensions based on climate ...etc.
the model that was won on the site was the last of 3 different versions - the inital one had a slightly thicker frame and the frame was flat across (like the woodie) the 2nd generation had the beveled edges and thiner - the 3rd was the thinest frame - had the beveled edges and they were trimmed in black - that frame was the best looking and playing of the bunch - very stiff for wood -
Noah also put a strip of lead tape from the 11 o'clock to the 1 o'clock position inside the hoop before stringing on all of his frames - I remember going into the back room of the shop and seeing at least 100 frames hanging and getting set up to being worked on -
The middle "prong" served a purpose per LCS - it was a vibration dampner and help stabilize the frames - in fact that design was first seen in the
1930's and Le Coq reintroduced the idea of the 3 prongs - it was not some weird French idea they just thought up.
This sounds like really good, credible info - THANKS FOR IT. I too recall that Noah, a tall, lanky man, would often have his hand competely wrap around the handle, which by traditional standards meant the grip size was too small for him. Hard to argue with his results - I guess it was just what he was used to. His frames at the 1983 French had tan Fairway grips, just as the gentleman above stated.
his son is even taller, joachim is it? hes 6'11'' or something
you guys watch college basketball? his team won the last year. And he was the center, only a sophmore he has a good chance in NBA
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