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12-06-2006, 03:59 PM
Did a search, both here and on Google, didn't come up with anything.

I have my Dad's 1946 Davis brand tennis racquet. It's in really great shape, straight and solid, no cracks, except the wood frame needs refinishing in some places and a couple of the original stickers are partly worn away. I'm wondering if there's anyone who restores old wooden racquets as a profession? I don't want to just sand it and apply some stain and varnish myself, and not match the original. I'd like to send it to someone who has experience restoring and refinishing old tennis racquets. I'm kinda doubtful the original stickers exist, but you never know. Any suggestions? This has obvious sentimental value to me, but I have no idea of what it's worth. Thanks.

12-30-2006, 01:35 PM
Hi there,doug.
I'm a member of the Tennis Collectors of America,and I do collect rackets.
I have cleaned,and repaired a number of them.
Davis rackets are really beautiful.I have a number of them.
They are not very rare.You can usually find a couple on eBay,in the vintage
rackets section.Sometimes even mint condition.
I have never tried to recreate graphics on a racket.That would not be easy to do.If you really want to fix this one up because it was your dads,you might try to find someone who does craft work.
Try to find an Arts and Crafts store,and see if they can put you in touch with someone.
If you want to know more about,or just see some great old wood rackets,
Google Wood Tennis.

Best Wishes.