M O S T R E M A R K A B L E R A C K E T S O F A L L T I M E S
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SLAZENGER CHALLENGE N 1
It is one of the mythical rackets of the Slazenger brand. Marketed between 1962 and 1982 in different versions. Grand Slam’s winner with Manolo Santana (Wimbledon ’66, US Open ’65), John Newcombe (Wimbledon ’67, ’70 and ’71, US Open ’67), Margaret Court (Australian Open ’66, Roland Garros ’73, Wimbledon ’65, US Open ’65), Bjorn Borg (Roland Garros ’74) and Manolo Orantes (US Open ’75)
The model evolved with the Slazenger Challenge Graphite (1979) and the Slazenger Challenge 100 (1981) that commemorated the centenary of the creation of the Slazenger brand (1881-1981).
DUNLOP MAXPLY, DUNLOP MAXPLY INTERNATIONAL, DUNLOP MAXPLY TOURNEMENT, DUNLOP FORT MAXPLY and its many variants have been very significant names in the tennis world for half a century, and undoubtedly the most appreciated racket model of the DUNLOP brand. The model appeared in 1931 and for 50 years there have been changes in the logo and in the graphics of the racket. In 1981, on the fiftieth anniversary, the brand marketed a “limited edition” of the “MAXPLY” model in tune with the new racket concepts.
WILSON & JACK KRAMER
Jack Kramer was not the first player to whom the Wilson brand dedicated a racket model, but he is the player to whom the brand has dedicated the most. Not surprisingly, the most significant JACK KRAMER AUTOGRAPH model was marketed for 35 years, between 1949 and 1984. Several models have carried the player’s name, and many others have his image.
DONNAY & BJORN BORG
The images of Bjorn Borg with his various Donnay rackets are in the memory of all tennis fans from 1975 to 1981. During this period of years, Bjorn Borg won Roland Garros 5 times and Wimbledon 5 times (in 1974 he had won his first Roland Garros with racket Slazenger Challenge No. 1).