These bottle openers are crafted from authentic wooden tennis racquets salvaged from attics, garages and basements. Available featuring the racquet's handle or Y-shaped neck. Note - racquets are original, from either male or female player; color, markings, wear and size will vary from image.
Each bottle opener comes in an embroidered flannel gift pouch with a Certificate of Authenticity.Warning: This product may contain one or more chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer or to cause birth defects or other reproductive harm.
Y-cut style measures approximately 9-1/2" long
The Evolution of Tennis
It is believed that the origins of tennis can be traced to 12th century French monks who volleyed the ball with their hands in indoor courts. By the 16th century, racquets with long handles, small wooden frame heads, and strings made of intestines, came into use.
It wasn't until 1874 that modern, outdoor tennis - then referred to as "lawn tennis" - and its equipment were patented by Walter Wingfield in London. He introduced and sold solid wood tennis racquets which led to the laminated wood racquets, iconic of the 1950s - early 1970s. These laminated racquets were most often glued layers of ash, maple, sycamore, and hornbeam.
In later models, manufacturers included non-wood materials in the laminate. Though metal racquets replaced the wooden frames and these composites have replaced metal, the leather handles and multicolored frames of the past still evoke a weekend at the courts. Tennis anyone?