1914- The first Wilson Tennis Racket, priced at only $.075, is crafted with an all wood, second growth ash tree frame and fine-combed cedar handle.
1917- Blue Ribbon
THE BLUE RIBBON WAS ONE OF 28 WILSON MODELS SOLD IN 1917. The Wilson catalog described the racket as “made of white ash, special oval shape, depressed walnut throat, reinforced with dogwood.”
1935- The Ellsworth Vines tennis rackets introduce customization to the game of tennis. For the first time, athletes were able to dictate the weight and balance of their racket.
1935- The release of the original leather tennis handle wrap, known as the Mahogany Leather Grip, gave athletes new and unparallel feel and grip.
1949- Jack Kramer Autograph racket
The Jack Kramer Autograph tennis racket introduced unforeseen power to the game of tennis and was produced featuring all ash laminated construction. Over 10 million Jack Kramer rackets were eventually sold between 1949 and 1981. The racket was used by John McEnroe, Tracy Austin, Arthur Ashe, Billie Jean King, and many others on its way to winning more Grand Slams than any other racket during this time.
1967- The era of wooden rackets is stirred with the introduction of the first, commercial metal racket - the Wilson T2000. Its strength and lightweight body still influence the way rackets are built today.