Made famous by Henry Wilfred “Bunny” Austin who played with them at Wimbledon in the 1930’s. Henry pioneered the design of the modern tennis racquet by inventing the ‘Streamline’ racquet, with a shaft that splits into three segments. The design allowed for greater aerodynamic head speed. It was manufactured by Hazells and at the time was mocked in the press for looking more like a snow shoe then a tennis racquet.
After Austin’s retirement, the design was virtually forgotten, until the reintroduction of the split shaft in the late 1960s.
The design was really ahead for it’s time. They also produced squash and badminton racquets using the same design. Models were differentiated by colored star logos and you may well find green, red, blue and white star examples all of which are very expensive.
A company called Grays, famous even today for their Royal Tennis racquets bought Hazell and produced a STREAMLINE version themselves in the 1970′s.
Also in 1937, a very similarly designed looking Snauwaert Triumph racquet hit the market in possible contravention of Hazell’s patent. Donnay too made a similar styled racquet in the 1950′s called the Court King.
The rarity of the racquet is because it was only manufactured in London for about 3 years in the 1930’s, which makes the Streamline not only extremely rare but very unique, particularly in North America.
Streamline is a highly sought after racquet by collectors and commands prices between $200.00 and $800.00, depending on the model. In today’s market, prices can command every bit of $1000.00. No serious tennis racquet collection would be complete without a Streamline.
So keep your eyes and wallets open for any Hazell Streamline UK Circa 1930’s, it will be a great investment.
Some current live auctions on eBay for Hazell Streamline tennis rackets:
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