The All-England that was Won with a Racket with Two Shafts

Written by Geoff Hinder

Sondico BX4000 Twinshaft Racket

Photo: – Geoff Hinder                                                                                                                                           Click on images to enlarge

At the 1978 All-England Championships Gillian Gilks MBE (England) would win the woman’s singles title with a Sondico BX4000 twinshaft racket. Gillian had previously won the All-England woman’s singles title in 1976 when she completed the triple, also winning the woman’s doubles and the mixed doubles. Her All-England winning career started in 1969 at the age of 18 when she won the mixed doubles with Roger Mills (England). Gillian Gilks would win a total of 11 All-England titles, 2 x singles, 3 x woman’s doubles and 6 mixed doubles over a 15-year period.
The 1978 victory would make her the last Englishwoman to win the All-England singles title.
The Sondico BX4000 racket weighs 127.5 grams, a modern graphite racket weighs approximately 92 grams.

Photo: – Louis Ross

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