Wooden Rackets. Major Walter C. Wingfield and his wooden racket. The very first tennis racket was made in 1874 in London by Major Walter C. Wingfield. This racket was large, heavy, and made of solid wood, meaning it could deal some severe damage!
The Open era in 1968, when professionals and amateurs began competing together for cash prizes, was probably a key driver behind the development of racquets.
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Early Racquet Design, Unusual Handles & Metal Frames. by admin on January 27, 2010. In 1874, Major Walter Wingfield created marketing history by packaging racquets, nets, posts and balls into sets to sell as the first outdoor tennis sets. Early racquets were also lop sided however as the game progressed so did the desire to provide racquets more suited to the game and so began an amazing evolution of design, materials and ingenuity.
For much of the history of tennis, the standard racket length was 27 inches. When longer rackets were first introduced, people were skeptical of its effects – the concept of altering racket length was radical at the time because players were accustomed to the traditional form.
The Classic set the foundations for the modern tennis racket, with most of its successors featuring large heads. Indeed, the International Tennis Federation began limiting racket size in 1981, so...
It made its first appearance in the Wilson catalog in 1969. Connors saw the racket as a youth player, getting his hands on it before many of the men in tennis. King gave it a whirl for a number of...
The entrepreneur began to build racquets with layers of synthetic resins and in 1979 he acquired the patent of Black Ace, the first racket with one hundred percent graphite, launched by Taiwanese Kunnan Lo. A revolution for lightness, precision, versatility, which allowed you to hit a ball at 150 mph.
Early tennis rackets borrowed their design from the older sport of real tennis, an early racket sport dating back to around the 16th century and played by the rich and elite.