A little while ago I did some blogs on the Bosworth collection, (check it out here) and covered some of the racquets we had available at the time. This stuff sells quick and they’re usually not racquets that you’ll see around for sale very often. As I mentioned in that first blog, as a general rule, once something is online and gets sold, that’s the last you’ll ever see of it.
To re-explain: The Bosworth custom racquets come from the late Warren Bosworth, who specialized in customizing racquets to help professionals optimize their performance. He thought that racquets in stock form were limiting — racquets produced for the masses weren’t always what different pros needed, so he decided to provide unique setups to suit each player’s specific requirements. Every player is different and desires a different customization for their racquet, so Bosworth explored that idea by watching, coaching, listening, experimenting and working with different pros to create setups and specs that would help each play his or her best tennis.
As per usual, our inventory has changed and I wanted to let you all know some of the cool and very unique racquets that we currently have available in our vintage racquet collection.
Bosworth Head Director
Manufactured in the US in 1982, the Head Director is a unique racquet with an interesting elongated head shape. It features an extruded aluminum frame and provides a wonderful snapshot of the era just before graphite. It provides a comfortable and solid on court.
Specs: Contains original leather grip. Grip size 4. Specs include 100 square inch head size, an unstrung weight of approximately 12.3 ounces, an 18×19 string pattern, standard length, and has a bumper-less grommet system.
Bosworth-ProKennex Comp Destiny
If you think this racquet shape looks familiar, then you are right. The Pro Kennex Composite Destiny is the predecessor to the Babolat Pure Drive model with its rounded shaft and aero head. Also features original blue Pro Kennex leather grip still in the plastic and original blue working grommets. Made in Taiwan.
Specs: It features Destiny Performance System (DPS) technology, a 95 square inch headsize, weighs in at 12.5 ounces strung, a 16 x 19 string pattern, and is standard length.
Here’s another week’s worth of string! I like to do a range of strings; random picks, just to keep things spicy so you all may see some of the wonders we have here in the Warehouse! My favorite of these picks is Luxilon 4G, (we actually did a playtest on the 16L version of the string and also a written review), and I went on a mission to see if anyone else in the office liked it. Strangely enough, I didn’t have to look far.
Jason, who happens to sit right next to me (how lucky can I get, wit and sarcasm all within a one meter radius!?), loves Luxilon 4G right now. When I asked for reasons why he liked it, he said, “It has great ball pocketing, it feels good, it feels ‘right.’ ” He then followed with, “When you know, you know, right?!” Yes, well. Maybe, Jason. He also said, “It fits into the softer poly category, it doesnt hurt my arm so I can use it all day and night.” I had to agree with him. I also enjoy the poly qualities: how I can really rip the ball and have it still drop into the court, and how I am able to take full cuts with this string, and not have to lay off for fear of things flying long. Jason also continued to describe the string as a nice color (too far J, too far) and Chris chimed in saying, “It’s as good as gold!!” which I thought was clever until I realized he was quoting off the Luxilon packaging. ENOUGH! You should try it.
With 2012 being a great year for Andy Murray and Britain, Heather Watson continues the success into the second half of the year this weekend. Celebrations all round for Watson, Britain and Dunlop after her stellar performance at the Japan Open, winning in a closely contested final against Taiwanese player Chang Kai-chen, 7-5, 5-7, 7-6.
Winning the tournament this weekend started a chain of events for Heather Watson, as not only did she become the number one British women’s tennis player, but she is Britain’s first winner of a WTA Tour singles title in 24 years. In a grinding final, Watson took three hours and 11 minutes to take the crown. Returning 4-5, 40-0 down, Watson managed to save four match points and then steal the tiebreak from her defeated opponent, 7-4.
About her match, Watson said, “I’ve worked so hard for this moment. Britain has been breaking quite a few records recently, so I’m happy I could break another one today. I’m proud to do this for my country.”
Watson plays with the new Dunlop Biomimetic M 3.0 which we playtested recently here at Tennis Warehouse. This racquet is an update to Dunlop’s 300 series, with improved technologies for increased racquet head speed and better access to power. Comfort was really high, particularly on groundstrokes and serves. Touch and feel at net were also enjoyed by our entire playtesting team (check out the video here and the written review here). In the string department, Watson also reps Dunlop with her Black Widow string. One of our playtesters did a review on this string and found it to offer exceptional comfort, great power for a poly based string and excellent bite from it’s heptagonal shape (check out the video and the written review here).
With that great weekend, and a stunner of a year for Britain in 2012, let’s see what else they have for us in the upcoming months as the year comes to an end.