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Feb. 26, 1963
L. F. BAUKNEY
3,079,156
TENNIS RACKET PRESS COVER
Filed Feb. 5, 1962
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LUCILLE F. BAUKNEY
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Feb. 26, 1963
L. F. BAuKNl-:Y
3,079,156
TENNIS RACKET PRESS COVER
Filed Feb. 5, 1962
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INVENTOR
I_UCILLE F_ BAUKNEY
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Patented Feb. 26, 1963
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3,079,156
TENNES RACKET PRESS COVER
Lucille F. Baukney, »1524i NE. 40th Court,
Fort Lauderdale, Fla. _
Filed Feb. 5, 1962, Ser. No. 170,928
5 Claims. (Cl. 273-74)
This invention relates to a combined cover and press
Áfor tennis rackets or similar articles of such nature as
the flanges may be co-extensive with the cover to ter
minate'at-the end'sioffthe throat 8. However, the >flanges
have been illustrated as being of such length as toprovide
aguide for a cover device, to be described.
Adapted to cover and uncover the opening 1t), is a' rela
tively ilexible cover ïdevice, illustrated as a whole by the
numeral 15. The cover device 15 may be formed of any
desirable material and of course may be molded of plastic
or’possibly metal.- The cover device l5 as more clearly
will protect the head of a tennis racket against the ele 10 illustrated in FIGURE 8 embodies a generally U-shaped
ments and to also maintain the frame of the tennis racket
member having a closure wall 16 and with the wall 16
against warping.
at'its upper and lower edges being ilanged at 17. The
The invention contemplates a molded plastic cover that
flanges
17 terminatein inwardly directed walls 18, that
is shaped in top plan to conform to the general oval shape
have their terminal edges-angled inwardly to form guide
of the head of a -tennis racket and with the cover being 15 tongues 19. Theangularity of the guide tongues 19- are
formed of relatively still plastic that will avoid ilexing and
identical with the angularity of the grooves 14 of the
that will maintain the head of the tennis racket in a normal
flanges 13 and the spacing of the flanges i7 is such as
flat condition. The cover embodies upper and lower fiat
to have a frictional guiding engagement upon the marginal
Walls that are partially connected by a connecting vertical
portions of the ilauges i3. The cover 15 at one or both
wall and with a part of the vertical wall being omitted to 20 ends> is provided with an actuating lip Ztl' whereby the
form an opening for the insertion of the head of the racket
cover may be manually shifted to and from a covering
and with a slide device that is adapted to close the opening
relation with resp-ect to the opening lil. The cover'15,
after the racket has been inserted.
when formed of plastic Iwill obviously be flexible to such
Novel features of construction and ‘operation of the de
an extent‘that the cover may be caused to traverse ñanges
vice will be more clearly apparent during the course of the 25 13 to a position Where the opening l@ is fully exposed
following description, reference being had to the accom
for either the insertion or removal of the tennis racket.
panying drawings wherein has been illustrated a preferred
Where the ilangeslâ are co-extensive with the plates 6,
form ofthe invention and wherein like characters of ref-l
the additional extension'will obviously constitute more of
erence are employed to denote like parts throughout the
several iigures.
In the drawings:
FIGURE 1 is a top pian view of the cover and associat
ed parts illustrating the manner of inserting the head of
the tennis racket therein,
an ornamental appearance. The neck portion 8 may be
provided adjacent its open end with a band or U-shape
and preferably soft rubber seal, indicated at 21.
In the use of the device, when a tennis racket is adapted
to be covered, the slide 15 is shiftable along the llanges
l5 by the lip 2d, to the point closely adjacent to the end
FIGURE 2 is an edge view of the cover with a closure 35 portion 9 of the wall 7. The tennis racket is then insert
slide in the open position,
FIGURE 3 is an end View of the cover~ taken from the
ed at an angle through an opening lll to its full depth into
the cover or, where the head of the tennis racket has
left end of the illustration in FIGURE l,
abutting engagement with the inner side of the wall 7, at
FIGURE 4 is a transverse section taken substantially
which time the handle 12 of the tennis racket is swung
on line 4_4. of FIGURE 1,
40 laterally to cause the neck portion between the handle 12
FIGURE 5 is a longitudinal section taken substantially
and the head ll to be fully engaged into the throat 8.
on line 5-5 of FIGURE l,
The cover l5 is then shifted along the flanges 13 to fully
FlGURE 6 is a horizontal section taken substantially
cover the opening l@ an-d to terminate at the end portion
on line 6_6 of FIGURE 2 with the tennis racket being
of
the throat 8. The engagement of the tongues 19 into
shown in dotted lines,
45 the grooves 14, form a very definite tie between the upper
FIGURE 7 is a fragmentary section through one edge
and lower walls 6 that will prevent any tendency for the
of the cover with a closure slide omitted, and
walls 6 in the area of the opening 10 -to tlex »away from
FIGURE 8 is a fragmentary perspective view of a slide
the racket head 11. The inner dimensions of the cover
evice adapted to cover and uncover the opening of the
are adapted to conform closely to the head 11 of the
device.
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Referring specifically to the drawings, there has been
illustrated a tennis racket cover and press of generally
racket so that the plates 6 will have a relatively snug en
gagernent with the upper and lower sides of the frame
constituting the head l1 and, since the cov-er is formed of
oval shape in top plan, shown as a whole by the numeral
relatively still plastic material, the racket will be securely
5. The cover 5 embodies ilat parallel upper and lower
maintained against any tendency to twist during storage
plates 6, that are connected for the major circumference 55 or due to weather conditions and the use of the seal 21
of the device by a wall'7. The cover terminates at one
avoids the possible entry of moisture into the cover that
end in a reduced throat extension â. The wall 7 extends
possibly might affect the cords of the racket head 11.
from one side of the throat 8 around the circumference
The cover 15 has a relatively snug engagement with the
of the cover and terminates at a point 9, providing a rela
flanges 13 and such also will eEectively seal the open
tively large opening 10 for the insertion of the head por 60 ing lll.
tion 1l of a tennis racket of conventional construction,
It will be apparent from the foregoing that a very novel
having the usual handle 12. The plates 6 and the walls
type of molded plastic and relatively rigid cover has been
7 are integrally molded to form a relatively still cover
provided for tennis rackets, the device may be molded
for the tennis racket head ll and with the handle 12
`from any suitable reinforced plastic such as the well
being disposed within the throat 8 after the racket has 65 'known standard epoxy-glass laminate and while the device
been fully inserted into the cover. The major portion of
has been indicated as being formed of such plastic, the
the device, conforming to the curvature of the cover and
device could obviously be formed of light weight metal,
the opening l0 is provided with upper and lower integral
such as aluminum. The device is cheap to manufacture,
flanges 13, that project above the outer surfaces of the
is strong, durable and forms a most desirable combined
cover 6 a predetermined distance and with the ilanges 70 cover and press for the head portion of conventional
upon the inner side having diagonal grooves 14. The
tennis rackets.
ñanges 13 may be partial, as indicated in FIGURE 1 or,
It is to be understood that the invention is not limited
3,079,156
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to the precise construction shown, but that changes are
contemplated as readily Íall within the spirit of the inven
tion as shall be determined by the scope of the subjoined
claims.
Having described my invention what I claim as new and
*desirev to secure by Letters Patent is: .
1. A combined tennis racket cover and frame press that
comprises a molded plastic housing of generally oval -
4. The structure according to claim 1 wherein the throat
extension is provided with a compressible seal ring for
engagement with the handle of the racket whereby to ef
fectively seal the chamber when the racket head is housed
therein.
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5. A molded plastic combined cover and press for
tennis rackets that comprises a cover that is shaped to
conform to the curvature of the head portion of a tennis
racket, the cover embodying a pair of spaced apart flat
shape in top plan and that consists of a pair of dat plate
parallel walls of substantially oval shape that are connect`
Isections that are parallel and spaced apart in accordance 10 ed together by an integral marginal wall, the spacing of
with the thickness of the tennis racket head, the plates
the l'lat parallel walls defining a chamber for the reception
around their maior circumference being rigidly connected
of the head of the racket whereby the several walls will
'together by an integral marginal wall, the housingk at one
>snugly engage the opposite faces of the racket and the
end being provided with a reduced throat extension that
Vmarginal edges of the racket head, the cover terminating
receives an adjacent portion of a handle for the racket 15 at one end in a reduced throat extension adapted to em
head, the throat being open at its end and one side, the
brace a portion of a tennis racket handle, the marginal
marginal wall at one side of the housing being omitted to
wall upon one side of the cover being omitted to form an
-form an access opening whereby the head of the racket
laccess opening whereby the head of the racket may be
may be inserted into a chamber that is formed by the
inserted into the cover, the access opening also extending
plates andv the marginal wa11,‘a flexible slide that is
through the throat extension and a slidable cover device
»slidably connected to the plates whereby to cover and
for closing the access opening, the said cover being formed
uncover the access opening, the slide when in a covering
of relatively hard and non-ilexible plastic calculated to
position being co-extensive with the access opening of
prevent warping of the tennis racket, the slidable cover
the
throat.
-the one side and the side opening of
being formed of a relatively pliable plastic whereby to
2, 'Ihe structure in accordance with claim 1, wherein
permit the cover to slide and conform to the marginal
the plates at their marginal edge are provided with in
tegral grooved flanges, the said slide upon its marginal
edges having ñanges that traverse the grooves, lthe flanges ,
of the slide providing an interlocking engagement withgthe
Vedges of the cover.
i ` References Cited in the tile of this patent
grooves of the first named llanges whereby to hold the so Í
" plates against separation in the Aarea ofthe access opening.
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3. The structure according to claim 2, wherein the
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-flanges of the plates are outwardly extending and with
the grooves of the ñanges being formed upon the inner
'side of the flanges and inwardly and downwardly inclined
>into the flanges, the flanges of the slide having a snug
sliding engagement in the grooves of the first named
rilanges, the slide at one end being provided with a right
angle lip whereby to manually actuate the slide.
UNITED STATES PATENTS
chase ___; ____________ __ Mar. 8,1927
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Watkins ______________ __ Ian. 29, 1935
FOREIGN PATENTS
579,197
Germany -___~_ _______ _.. June 23, 1933
15,429
Australia _____________ .__ Oct. '17, 1934
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